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The Pet Emergency Room
Our goal is to provide the very best in advanced diagnostics and pet care for your pet. SVRC staff has extensive expertise in a wide array of specialty veterinary care including cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, critical care, surgery anesthesiology, ophthalmology, and oncology.
Internal Medicine / Diagnostic Procedures
Bone marrow aspirate and biopsy
Endoscopy guided foreign body retrieval
Endoscopic guided foreign body retrieval
PEG tube placement
Stomach feeding tube
Simple and complex fracture repair
Ligament and tendon repair
Critical Care and Emergency
Intensive nursing care by experience and caring technicians
24 hours a day
Intravenous fluid and antibiotic therapy
In-house and reference laboratory
Cardiac and blood pressure monitoring
Infections affecting the skin, paws and nails
Parasitic infections like mange (mites)
Immune mediated (autoimmune) conditions
Some neoplastic (cancer) conditions
SVRC staff has extensive expertise in a wide array of specialty veterinary care for both dogs and cats. As veterinary specialists, we strive to provide the most advanced pet care to your loved one. For your convenience we have a bilingual staff, speaking both English and Spanish. We are veterinary specialists in the diagnosis and management of many disorders that include, but are not limited to:
We are veterinary specialists in the diagnosis and management of many disorders that include, but are not limited to:
Inflammatory bowel disease
Our Advanced Training
Our advanced training is in the diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions affecting
Liver and gall bladder
Skin and ears
kidneys, urinary bladder, etc.
lungs, trachea, nose, etc.
thyroid disease, diabetes, Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, etc.
blood and bone marrow disorders
- Emergency care involves stabilizing the patient and may include placing intravenous catheters, administering IV fluids, pain medications, oxygen therapy and sometimes blood or plasma transfusions. Our in-house laboratory, radiology and ultrasound capabilities enable us to get crucial diagnostic information very quickly. Our blood bank program guarantees that our canine and feline patients have access to a safe and adequate blood supply. Additional surgeons and veterinary specialists are on call should the need arise.
Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to offer you a variety of emergency and orthopedic surgical procedures. We are affiliated and in the same building as SVRC (Southeast veterinary Referal Center), where a board-certified veterinary surgeon is on staff.
The Pet Emergency Room has on-site, digital X-ray equipment for the quickest diagnosis so we can get your pet the immediate care he or she needs.
Anesthesia and Pain Management
Our state of the art ultrasound equipment helps us diagnose many of our clients ailments in a fast and non-invasive manner
We have a comprehensive inventory of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, cardiac and respiratory medications. We also carry prescription diets and food for special cases
The Pet Emergency Room's in-house laboratory allows us to perform tests such as serum chemistry, hematology, coagulation profiles, blood gas analysis, urinalysis and parasite testing, and of course we partner with other laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations when needed
Terry Carro, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Terry Carro is a native from Puerto Rico. After finishing her BS in biology she received her veterinary degree at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She followed her training with an internship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a Veterinary Internal Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and has been providing specialed Pet care in the South Florida Area for the past 19 years. Dr. Carro is married with 2 children. She enjoys boating, tennis and traveling. She has a special interest in blood disorders like anemia and bleeding disorders, infectious disease and intestinal problems. Dr. Carro is fluent in English and Spanish.
Pedro F. Armstrong, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Pedro F. Armstrong grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Iowa State University for pre-veterinary studies. In 1996 he was admitted to Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in the year 2000. Following veterinary school, he did a one year rotating veterinary internship in VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. In 2001 he was admitted to a three year internal medicine residency at AVIM in Annapolis, MD under the mentorship of Mark E. Hitt, DACVIM. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Armstrong passed the veterinary internal medicine boards. Dr. Armstrong is interested in endoscopic procedures (gastrointestinal and respiratory), abdominal ultrasound and non-invasive procedures such as ultrasound guided biopsies. In addition to the yearly meetings for specialists, in 2010 and 2011 he attended the first two advanced courses designed for internal medicine specialists to learn about new procedures, advanced techniques and new therapies. This has enabled Dr Armstrong to remain up to date with the latest developments in small animal internal medicine. He is the proud father of twins, and enjoys mountain biking, triathlons, swimming and traveling. Dr. Armstrong is fluent in English and Spanish.
Millie Rosales, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Rosales is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), a distinction given only to practitioners who have achieved board certification in this specialty. She has authored articles on ear infections, mange and ringworm conditions in dogs; and lectured on topics such as Allergic Dermatitis and Otitis Externa. She also provides veterinary specialized care in allergic and immune medicated skin conditions in dogs and cats; and chronic ear disease in dogs. She is the past president of the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association (SFVMA). In 2008, Dr. Rosales was awarded the Gold Star Award by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for her outstanding contributions to the SFVMA. She is a board member of the South Florida Veterinary Foundation, and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Florida Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Rosales is a native of Miami and is fluent in English and Spanish.
J. Armando Villamil, DVM, PHD
Dr. J. Armando Villamil, a native of Puerto Rico, comes to South Florida from the University of Missouri where he held a clinical instructor position. Dr. Villamil obtained his Bachelor of Science, Master’s and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Louisiana State University. He then completed a one year small animal internship before continuing on to the University of Missouri, where he obtained his PhD in Epidemiology in addition to completing his residency in Medical Oncology. He is now happy to be back in South Florida with his wife Cecilia, his cat Cachaco, his French Bulldog Coco and her son Mr. Q. In his free time he enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities.
Robert Swinger, DVM
Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship in 2005 and residency in 2009 at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics in Miami, Deerfield Beach, and West Palm Beach. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago and developed a successful ophthalmology service where he continues to actively consult. In 2011, Dr. Swinger launched Animal Eye Guys within the Hollywood Animal Hospital and in 2012, joined the Southeast Veterinary Referral Center. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the hospital’s internship program. His special interests include surgical and medical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and corneal physiology. Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family; his Pug, African Grey parrot, and saltwater fish; and enjoys fishing, cooking, and traveling.
Michael Aronsohn, DVM, DACVS
After Dr. Aronsohn received his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, he was in private practice for 7 years. After completing his surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, he served as a staff surgeon at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA for 13 years, where he was appointed Chief of Surgery. He held a dual appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine during that time. Dr. Aronsohn became a Diplomate of the ACVS in 1985. He moved to Florida in 1995 where he was a staff surgeon at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City. He is currently practicing the art of veterinary surgery at Southeast Veterinary Referral Center in Miami, FL. He has written over 30 scientific papers and book chapters. He is a strong advocate for pet overpopulation, and has written several scientific papers on the subject. A longtime resident of Coconut Grove, he enjoys photography, sailing, biking, and reading. Dr. Aronsohn has authored over twenty-five journal articles, contributed to numerous textbooks and has lectured around the country and even in Peru. He received the Helen Woodward Award at Angel Memorial Hospital presented to a staff member who contributed most to animal welfare.
Marco Ruffato, DVM
Dr. Marco Ruffato was born and raised in Italy. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Padua in 2003 and completed an internship in London and Canada. He has worked internationally between UK, Canada, Italy and USA. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ruffato enjoyed working with horses and developed strong skills in equine orthopedic surgery. In 2009 he completed his residency in anesthesia and analgesia at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Ruffato started Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia Specialists (VAAS) in 2013 and will be bringing his expertise in pain management, anesthesia for critical care patients and intensive care medicine to SVRC. Dr. Ruffato enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing and snowboarding.
Alberto L. Fernandez, DVM, DACECC
Dr. Fernández obtained his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and graduated with honors. In 2011 he completed a rigorous Residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists. He became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2012. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include the treatment of sepsis, intravenous lipid therapy, toxicology, emergency surgery and mechanical ventilation.
Robert Prosek, DVM, ACVIM
Raquel Fuentes, DVM
Dr. Raquel Fuentes attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison. After becoming a veterinarian she moved to California where she completed both a general and an internal medicine internships. Later on, she continued training in Internal Medicine while living in Michigan, where she trained in ultrasound, endoscopy, and management of patients with chronic and critical illnesses. Dr. Fuentes has made Florida her new home over the last year and looks forward to meeting and caring for all her new patients
Rachel Meyer, DVM
Dr. Rachel, as she prefers to be called, grew up in rainy Seattle, but she has always been a South Floridian at heart. After graduating from Stanford University with honors, Dr. Rachel had a successful and rewarding career working in Washington D.C. for The Humane Society of the United States. Helping animals and their parents is her passion, so she made her way to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated with awards and an interest in animal shelter medicine. After an intensive internship in Santa Cruz, California, however, she was bitten by the emergency bug, and moved back to Seattle to practice emergency medicine for over ten years. She moved to South Florida over two years ago with her Italian paramour, three cats, and one wiener dog to enjoy the sun and water. An avid swimmer, scuba diver, snorkeler, and sun worshipper, she loves every day in South Florida! Dr. Rachel will be practicing her Spanish with you, so be patient, she wants to be fluent as soon as possible.
Jessie Hatfield, DVM
Dr. Jessie Hatfield received her B. A. in Biology from The Colorado College in 1997, and her DVM from the University of Florida in 2002. She has been practicing in her hometown of Miami, spending the last year working as an emergency veterinarian. She has interests in veterinary soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine, as well as internal medicine and ultrasonography, and has training in ultrasonography. She loves South Beach and feels very fortunate to be able to practice the high quality medicine at SVRC.
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SVRC/The Pet Emergency Room is open 24hrs, 7days of the week including Holidays. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialist, please call 305-666-4142.
SVRC staff has extensive expertise in a wide array of specialty veterinary care for both dogs and cats. As veterinary specialists, we strive to provide the most advanced pet care to your loved one. For your convenience we have a bilingual staff, speaking both English and Spanish.