Photo Above (Left to right): Keia Goode, RVT Emergency & Critical Care; Sarah Hoggan, DVM, Medical Director; Jennifer Schultz, DVM, Emergency & Critical Care, and Intern Director; Tana Simmons, DVM, Emergency & Critical Care; Alice Dejohn, RVT Lead Cardiology and Emergency & Critical Care
We’re proud to be part of a national effort led by our parent company Mars Veterinary Health to help our human healthcare counterparts in the fight against COVID. To date, 13 mechanical ventilators and 1200 N-95 masks have been donated to human hospitals from our more than 2000 fellow hospitals that include VCA, BluePearl, and Banfield Pet Hospitals. Of the 13 donated ventilators, one came from our Murrieta hospital.
“As a veterinarian, I took an oath to alleviate animal suffering. If our ventilator can help someone return home to their pet, then I absolutely did my job,” shared our Murrieta hospital Medical Director Dr. Sarah Hoggan.
Our Murrieta hospital had only received the brand new ventilator a few months ago and recently held staff training on how to use the upgraded machine. Last week, Dr. Hoggan and our facility manager Dean Price delivered the breathing machine to Temecula Valley Hospital.
“Currently, the need for ventilator use by the human hospital far exceeds our own. This donation is an opportunity to help animal families, our human medical counterparts, and our community. In the event, we have a dog or cat that needs advanced respiratory support, I can look to our sister hospitals VCA California Veterinary Specialists in Ontario and Carlsbad for equipment assistance. We will be here working through the pandemic too.” said Dr. Hoggan.
The donation has a personal connection as many of our staff members, their families, and friends, have been patients at Temecula Valley Hospital. “Our team has family members working on the front lines at the human hospital, as well as close friends in various departments at Temecula Valley. We felt compelled to help in any way we could; special care from the heart doesn’t just refer to the way we treat animal friends,” shared the Veterinary Medical Director.
All three of our VCA California Veterinary Specialists’ hospitals will continue to provide emergency and critical care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with specialty veterinary services offered Monday through Friday by referral.
For those needing veterinary emergency and specialty care, due to the health crisis, we ask that you call first due to current check-in and check out procedures set in place to limit direct contact and prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.