Emergency &

24 Hour Veterinary Emergency Care for Southeastern MI

We are ready to receive patients 24/7, 365 days a year.

You do not need a referral for emergency care.

What do you do if your pet becomes ill or is injured in the middle of the night? Oakland Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (OVECC) is ALWAYS available to help! Since opening in April 2004, our hospital is considered the premier veterinary emergency care facility in Oakland County. We provide emergency and critical care coverage for Oakland County and the surrounding communities, as well as northern Michigan and Ohio. Our highly qualified emergency veterinarians have over 60 years of combined experience. They work side-by-side with a skilled staff of licensed veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants that excel in providing prompt, cutting-edge veterinary care to even the most critical patients while using the latest technological advances.

We are fully capable of managing a wide variety of emergency cases that may range from minor to life-threatening. Because we have earned the confidence and trust of the local veterinary community, we are frequently their first choice for after-hours emergency care. Our goal is to ensure that all pets receive compassionate and quality emergency care whenever the need arises. Coupled with the expertise of Oakland Veterinary Referral Servicesí veterinary specialists, we offer unsurpassed patient care any time, day or night!

We understand that it can be a very difficult time when your pet becomes ill or is injured; therefore, we do our best not only to care for your pet as if they were our own, but also to communicate with you every step of the way. We understand that being separated from a beloved pet can be traumatic for both of you. To best accommodate this special bond, we offer daily visiting hours between 6pm and 8:30pm. We also offer support and guidance at times when it is needed the most.

Questions About Emergency & Critical Care

What can I expect when I arrive with my critically ill pet?
All phases of treatment are determined on a case-by-case basis. We understand how important it is to have a rapid response to extremely critical cases such as hit-by-car traumas. When you arrive, an emergency technician will meet you in the lobby, prepared to collect your pet for emergency treatment and stabilization. This may include, but is not limited to: checking the petís temperature, pulse and respirations, assessing the petís level of consciousness (such as alert, depressed, comatose), obtaining blood samples and blood pressure measurements, placing an intravenous catheter, providing oxygen support (via oxygen mask or endotracheal tube), and administering intravenous fluid therapy, pain management, and CPCR (cardio-pulmonary-cerebral resuscitation).

We will then obtain information from you regarding your petís medical history, as well as the current injury/illness. This information will allow us to create a medical record where treatments and medications can be logged. It is highly recommended that you always maintain a record of your petís medical history in case of emergency.
Is there a veterinarian available overnight?
Our veterinarians work 24 hours a day in order to provide the best patient care possible. The doctorsí workstation is centrally located, allowing for a 360 view of the entire intensive care unit (ICU) area. This allows for careful observation of all hospitalized patients as well as timely changes in treatment protocols. To ensure an unrivaled level of patient care, we also have several technicians and assistants on staff throughout the night.


Emergency Services

At OVECC we provide a wide range of services for every imaginable emergency. Based on our knowledge foundation, equipment and facility, following is a partial list of our services:

  • Abdominocentesis
  • Arterial line placement and management
  • Blood product administration
  • Capnography
  • Cardiac assessment
  • Cardio-pulmonary-cerebral resuscitation (CPCR)
  • Casting/splinting injured limbs
  • Central venous pressure (CVP) monitoring
  • Central-line placement and management
  • Digital radiography
  • Doppler blood pressure
  • ECG telemetry
  • Emergency stabilization
  • Endoscopy
  • Feeding tube placement and management (nasogastric, esophageal, PEG)
  • Fluid therapy
  • Gastric lavage
  • Intravenous catheter placement
  • Kidney diuresis
  • Management of feline lower urinary tract disorder
  • Management of toxicosis
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pain management
  • Parenteral and enteral nutrition
  • Pulse oximetry monitoring
  • Pyothorax
  • Thoracocentesis
  • Tracheal washes
  • Tracheostomy
  • Triage
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Vascular assessment
  • Ventilation and ventilator management

Emergency Surgical Procedures

  • Abscess repair
  • Bite wound repair
  • Bloat (GDV)
  • C-Section
  • Cystotomy
  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Exploratory abdominal surgeries
  • Eye enucleations
  • Gastrointestinal foreign body removal
  • Laceration repairs
  • Limb amputations
  • Splenectomy
Toll Free:
(866) 334 - 6877
(248) 334 - 6877

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Meet Our Expert Staff

The facility is staffed by dedicated and highly trained veterinarians. The specialists at OVRS are also ready to stand by to assist the emergency doctors after hours and on weekends to provide patients with the best care available.

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Christopher Coppins, BVMS MRCVS
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care


Christopher Coppins, BVMS, MRCVS graduated from Michigan State University with his bachelorís in Physiology. Dr. Coppins earned his veterinary medicine degree with commendation from the University of Glasgow, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Following graduation, he completed a one year rotating internship at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services. Afterwards, he gladly accepted a position in the Emergency & Critical Care department.

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Karen Fidell, DVM, MS
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care


Karen Fidell, DVM, MS is a 1990 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she participated in a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She returned home to Michigan to settle into private practice first in Wyandotte and then in Lincoln Park.

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Judith Fleischaker, DVM, MS
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care


Judi Fleischaker, DVM, MS received her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1985. Prior to her acceptance at CSU, Dr. Fleischaker worked as a veterinary technician in an emergency center for 8 years. She has co-authored journal articles on the topic of renal disease in Doberman Pinschers. She is a provider of emergency veterinary education to search and rescue groups, firemen, and policemen around the country.

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Noni Greene, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care


Noni Greene, DVM joined the emergency and critical care staff of OVRS in September of 2004. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received a Bachelors of Science degree with the dual concentration in Biology and African American and African Studies. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Tuskegee University where she graduated first in her class and earned numerous awards and scholarships.

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Melissa Holahan, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care


Melissa Holahan, DVM joined the emergency and critical care staff of OVRS in November of 2012. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. In July 2010, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care medicine at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following that she worked at a teaching hospital in Connecticut for two years before returning home to Michigan.

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Elizabeth Sopoliga, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care


Elizabeth Sopoliga, DVM has been practicing exclusively emergency medicine since graduating in 2002 from Michigan State University. Immediately after graduation, she practiced at a high volume and progressive emergency clinic in southern California. She returned to Michigan in April 2004 to help initiate the Oakland Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care department of OVRS.

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Sam Latra, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care


Sam Latra, DVM joined the emergency and critical care staff at OVRS in July of 2004. He graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2003. After graduating from veterinary college, he completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.

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Sara Snow, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care


Sara Snow, DVM joined the Emergency and Critical Care Service in July 2006. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC. In July 2005 she returned to Michigan State University for a specialty internship in emergency and critical care and went on to pursue residency training.

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