24/7 Advanced Care for Your Animal Companion

When a health situation is critical, knowing that a trusted friend is ready and waiting to help you is a great comfort. Friendship Hospital for Animals is available to care for your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing emergency, critical care, and hospitalization services.

Led by the District’s only 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.

Emergencies Aren’t Limited to Business Hours, So Neither Are We

Friendship Hospital for Animals offers one of the most advanced animal care centers in the nation. Further, we are the only emergency animal hospital in Washington, DC. Open 24/7, Friendship Emergency Center is designed to treat a wide range of emergencies from toxicities to traumas.

Our Specialists Are Available When You Need Them Most

Friendship’s criticalists, internists, surgeons, oncologists, neurologists and other specialized doctors are ready to intervene as quickly as needed.

Friendship surgeons are always on call. Our expert team, overseen by board-certified surgical specialist and Chief of Surgery Dr. Mathieu Glassman, uses the most advanced techniques and equipment, as well as full monitoring during anesthesia. Friendship’s full-time anesthesiologist, Dr. Nicole Karrasch, is also on hand for the clinical management of anesthetized patients and pain management.

In Case of Any Emergency

If you believe your animal companion is having an emergency, don’t hesitate to bring him or her right in. You can always give us a call and our experienced client care technicians will help you assess the situation. Online chat is also available throughout the day and evening.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provides more information about what constitutes an emergency.

Hospitalization & Critical Care—We’re By Your Companion’s Side

If your companion experiences major surgery, trauma, or medical issues that require hospitalization or critical care, you can take some comfort in knowing experienced Friendship veterinarians and specialists will care for your pet around the clock.

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

The Team You Want When the Situation Is Critical

Friendship’s state-of-the-art hospital and critical care unit is staffed with a collaborative team of emergency doctors, board-certified criticalists, and other specialists who are extensively trained in and dedicated to intensive care of critically ill dogs and cats.

Meet the Chief

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.

Hospitalization Services

By maintaining a veterinarian-staffed hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we can react to changes in your companion’s condition faster and more precisely. This level of intervention is practiced for both short-term and extended hospital stays. Closer monitoring and responsive care results in less discomfort, facilitates healing, and increases the likelihood of successful outcomes.

Hospitalization and critical care services we provide include:

  • 24-hour intensive nursing care
  • Continuous monitoring, including ECG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and blood gas monitoring
  • Emergency surgery
  • Onsite diagnostics available 24 hours
    • Clinical pathology laboratory
    • Advanced imaging such as digital radiography and ultrasound
  • Blood and plasma transfusion
  • Cutting-edge pain management and thermal support
  • Long-term mechanical ventilation
  • Nutritional support

If you have a pet health emergency or your companion is critically ill, we are here for you 24/7.