At Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital we strive on being the gold standard of veterinary care. This means having the best tools and doctors to treat your pet, especially when your pet is experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

At Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, we are very proud to have 2 board certified Critical Care Specialists on staff.   These specialists have completed 4 years of intensive training (in addition to veterinary school) to be able to handle the most life-threatening emergencies of all types.  Our critical care specialists handle our sickest hospitalized patients and are also on-call 24/7 to assist our emergency doctors, ICU nurses, and other specialists if a routine case becomes more critical.  Once a case is stabilized, it may be transferred to another specialist at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, or back to your primary veterinarian for ongoing care.

Examples of ICU care and monitoring we can provide: 

  • Multiple types of blood transfusions
  • Trauma and post operative care
  • Advanced IV fluid therapy and blood pressure support for sepsis and metabolic emergencies
  • Intralipid therapy for certain toxicities
  • Peritoneal dialysis in the case of severe kidney failure or certain toxicities
  • Urinary catheter and central venous IV catheter placement
  • Advanced respiratory support for breathing problems including routine oxygen support (cage and nasal cannula), high flow nasal oxygen therapy, and mechanical ventilation
  • Nutritional support including IV nutrition and feeding tubes
  • Extensive monitoring capabilities including continuous EKG, non-invasive and arterial blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximetry
  • 24/7 access to in-house lab testing and imaging including blood gas, coagulation, CBC/Chemistry, x-rays, ultrasound, and CT scan
ECC Doctors

Meet our Doctors

Dr. Brabson

Dr. Tamera Brabson, DVM, DACVECC


  • BS in Biology (Pre-veterinary) at University of Delaware
  • DVM at University of Tennessee
  • Rotating small animal internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital
  • Emergency and Critical Care Residency at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Professional Interests:

  • Immune mediated diseases (IMHA, ITP, IMPA) and transfusion medicine
  • Metabolic diseases (DKA, Addison’s)
  • Trauma
  • Sepsis
  • Providing education for technicians, interns, and residents in emergency and critical care


  • Brabson TL, Maki LC, Ralphs SC, Newell SN. Pancreatic Torsion in a Dog. Canadian Veterinary Journal. May 2015; 56(5): 476-8.
  • Brabson TL, Bloch CP, Johnson JA. Correlation of gross urine color with diagnostic findings in male cats with naturally occurring urethral obstruction.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. June 2015; 17(6): 453-7.
  • Morris JL, Block CP, Brabson TLThe effect of time on packed cell volume following packed red blood cell transfusion in anemic dogs.  Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. March 2021; 31(2): 215-220.
  • Sherer TS, Brabson TL.  Obstipation leading to urethral obstruction and uroabdomen in a dog.  Veterinary Record Case Reports.  Published online 26 November 2020; 8(4).
  • Fitzgerald AH et al.  Detecting and quantifying marijuana metabolites in serum and urine of 19 dogs affected by marijuana toxicity.  Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 1-6.  Published online 10 July 2021.

Personal Interests:

  • Skiing and hiking
  • Travel
  • Cooking, trying new restaurants, and eating all the delicious food
  • Watching her daughter do crazy circus stunts and train to be an American Ninja Warrior
Dr. Sherer

Dr. Tim Sherer DVM, DACVECC

Bio Coming Soon.