For Washington DC Veterinarians: 24/7 Advanced Care for Your Patient

Friendship Hospital for Animals’ Urgent Care and Hospitalization service is overseen by the only board-certified Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care practicing inside the Beltway. We are available to care for your patient’s advanced critical needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing emergency, critical care, and hospitalization services.

Led by board-certified Criticalists Dr. Janine Calabro and Dr. Samantha Hart, our staff is highly skilled in the management of veterinary emergencies and critical cases. Friendship’s Criticalists go through rigorous ACVECC-approved residency training and develop advanced expertise in assessing and treating critically ill patients. Our experienced team is ready to intervene as quickly as needed to assure the highest likelihood of successful outcomes.

As a trusted partner, you can expect reports about your patient’s progress throughout their stay as well as complete medical records 24-48 hours post-discharge.

Hospitalization & Critical Care

Our critically ill patients are the most closely monitored in our hospital. Patients admitted to our 24/7 ICU are stabilized, monitored, diagnosed, and treated by staff with advanced training using state-of-the-art equipment.

Hospitalization Services

By maintaining a veterinarian-staffed hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we can quickly and precisely react to changes in your patient’s condition. This level of intervention is practiced for both short-term and extended hospital stays.

Areas of service and expertise:

  • Coagulopathy/anemia, transfusion therapy
  • Treatment of severe electrolyte derangements and acid/base disorders
  • Life-threatening complications of metabolic diseases
  • Sepsis and severe inflammatory disease
  • Severe immune-mediated disease
  • Dyspnea
  • Heart failure or life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Shock and polytrauma
  • Patients recovering from difficult surgical procedures or emergency surgery
  • Cutting-edge pain management
  • Management of severe neurologic disease, such as refractory seizures or head trauma
  • Nutritional support
  • 24-hour intensive nursing care
  • 24-hour access to a clinical pathology laboratory
  • Continuous ECG, blood pressure, CVP, oxygen saturation and and blood gas monitoring
  • On-site diagnostics available 24 hours (labs and advanced imaging such as digital radiography and ultrasound)

Meet Our Doctors

Janine Calabro, DVM, DACVECC Chief of Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Calabro is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Veterinary medicine was a second career for Dr. Calabro, who worked in mammary carcinogensis and environmental reproductive toxicology research at Tufts University School of Medicine before she matriculated at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She received her DVM and a Certificate in International Veterinary Medicine from Tufts in 2008, completed an internship at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA in 2009, and then completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in 2012.

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Samantha Hart, BVMS (Hons), MS, DACVS, DACVECC

Dr. Hart is originally from Australia and obtained her veterinary degree from Murdoch University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the American College of Veterinary Surgery. She underwent an equine neonatology internship, rotating equine internship and equine surgical residency at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA. During her surgical residency, she completed a MS with a thesis on local elution of antimicrobials from a novel dextran gel. She completed a large animal emergency and critical care fellowship at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania and stayed on for a lecturer for a year before completing a small animal emergency and critical care residency.

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Eric Langfitt, DVM

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Langfitt attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and received his DVM in 2010. He completed a small animal rotating internship in Highland Ranch, Colorado. Just prior to joining Friendship, he completed a residency in small animal Emergency and Critical Care at The Animal Medical Center in New York City.

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