AETC: Constant, Compassionate Care

CHICAGO, Aug. - September 1, Chicago's approximately 1.6 million pets will have access to 24-hour emergency medical attention. Animal Emergency & Treatment Center (AETC) will be the only veterinary emergency and specialty center in the city to offer care at any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year.

"The construction of our state of the art Chicago treatment center is right on track," said Dr. Matt H. Tompkins, DVM, co-founder and managing partner of AETC. "We're counting down the days until our skilled team is able to fill the desperate need for high-quality, round-the-clock treatment of animal companions in the city."

Until now, Chicago residents have not had the option of 24-hour care for their pets, but instead have had to transport their injured or ill animals from after-hours emergency facilities to their regular veterinarians' offices every morning. AETC provides ongoing hospitalization, which allows pets to receive uninterrupted treatment from onset to recovery.

The emergency medical facility which began construction June 1 boasts more than 10,000 square feet and joins AETC's existing facility in Grayslake, Ill.serving the Lake County area since 1994. Offering the latest and best medical technologies and diagnostic options, AETC veterinarians will provide such specialty services as surgery, internal medicine and critical care. Other services will include video endoscopy, video ultrasound, digital radiology and computed tomography (CT) - as well as a complete diagnostic laboratory and an intensive care unit.

In addition, AETC Chicago will house a robust blood donor program. Any client may volunteer to have his or her pet screened to become a "Donor Hero" and give blood every eight to 10 weeks. Program participants benefit by earning credit toward AETC services and by helping to save the lives of animals treated at AETC and other local veterinary centers. AETC's blood bank is unique to the Chicago area in that it provides blood products to veterinary facilities throughout the entire region.

AETC Chicago is staffed by a team of more than fifty veterinary professionals, many are board-certified and residency-trained in the areas of surgery, critical care, internal medicine and emergency medicine. In addition, AETC nurses are highly-skilled and average more than ten years of emergency experience.