VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center

For Veterinarians Overview

We know that entrusting your patients to another doctor is a serious responsibility. At VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, we want you to know that your referred patients will receive only the best care from us. You always can count on us to be your partners in health care. We have a full range of services and specialists to meet the needs presented by even your most challenging cases. Feel free to contact us for a tour of our facility and to meet some of our staff.

Overnight Care Services

'Overnight Care' is a service provided to referring veterinary practices in an effort to provide continuity of care for your patients from the time your practice closes until it opens again. Our hospital's nursing staff will monitor your stable patients and administer medications according to your treatment plan.

The following guidelines should be used when referring a patient for 'Overnight Care Services':

        Your patient must be clinically stable which means: 

  • Only routine uncomplicated post-operative monitoring is required OR,
  • The animal has clinically stable disease, already diagnosed by you, which requires simple physiological monitoring (TPR) overnight,
  • The patient is not in need of laboratory tests while in our care (all lab work will be charged for separately, if requested)
  • Your patient will be transferred BACK to you for further care or discharge.  We will not discharge your patient other than for return to your care.

Please note that VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center provides Overnight Care Services as an extension of your practice care. Should your patient require treatments, lab work or other procedures not listed here, they will not qualify for this service. However, they can be transferred as a hospital case after speaking with one of our hospital's staff veterinarians.

To arrange for Overnight Care Services for your patient, please download and complete the Overnight Care Treatment Sheet below and call our hospital at 203-929-8600 for further instructions prior to transferring your patient.


Mobile Ultrasound Imaging Services

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center now offers Mobile Abdominal Ultrasound and Thoracic Ultrasound Imaging Services for your patients.  A Shoreline Internal Medicine Specialist will travel to your practice and perform abdominal or thoracic ultrasounds in-house for your patients. Our Specialists utilize the state-of-the-art GE Vivid i portable ultrasound system, which delivers real-time diagnostic information in high resolution images. For more information about this service, please contact Dr. Larry Berkwitt at 203-929-8600.

To arrange for imaging services, please complete our Imaging Request Form in full (click on 'SHORELINE IMAGING REQUEST FORM" link just below to open document) and fax it to the attention of Agnes Borowski, Fax # 203-929-8601. Please note that this form is an interactive PDF. After opening the document, you may choose to either (1) type the needed information directly into the form, save and print or (2) print the document and handwrite your entries. In either case, please fax it to us as instructed above.


Internship and Residency Programs

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center is also a teaching hospital and offers internship and/or residency programs to veterinarians seeking advanced training in a specialty area. Please call us to learn more about these programs.

Continuing Education Program

Additionally, we offer conferences and seminars to help you meet your ongoing continuing education needs. Be sure to check our website often for conference listings.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
895 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 203-929-8600
Fax: 203-944-9754

In the event of a pet medical emergency, no appointment is needed. We are open 24/7/365 to help your pet. For directions to our facility, please call us at at 203-929-8600.