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About Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center is a 24-hour animal hospital offering emergency and specialty pet care at our fully staffed facilities in Waukesha, Grafton, and Racine. Specializing in Cardiology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging, and Pain Management, WVRC provides Wisconsin and northern Illinois with the highest quality veterinary medical attention 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Listen to what our clients are saying. For more information about WVRC, click here.

Exceptional people. Extraordinary care. 24/7.

Featured Success Story



Three-year-old Remy was out on the lake when he fell through the ice one morning. It was suspected that he had been in the 30-40 degree water for about 40 minutes. Luckily, it was shallow enough that he had mud on his paws and his owner did not think he went under water, except for his initial fall through the ice. After the fire department got him out, he was unable to walk so his owner carried him to the house where he was then was able to stand and walk, but was very weak. They gave him a 10-minute luke warm bath, dried him off, and then brought him to WVRC’s Waukesha ER to be evaluated for hypothermia. 

When he arrived in the ER, Dr. Jacobs found that Remy’s temperature was slightly below normal and he had an elevated heart rate with some irregular heartbeats. Labwork showed dehydration, some electrolyte changes and elevation of enzyme usually related to increased muscle activity, perhaps from struggling to get out of the lake. Ultrasound also revealed progressive changes consistent with early aspiration pneumonia, so Remy was started on antibiotics to manage his potential pneumonia and swathed in warm blankets to help bring his temperature back to normal.

Dr. Gladden, one of WVRC’s Critical Care Specialists, treated Remy with supplemental heat, IV fluids, gastroprotectants, and monitored him overnight. The next day Remy’s temperature and heart rhythm had returned to normal and his lab values did not show any signs of organ damage. Thankfully, he was good to go home and get some sleep and quiet time for a few days as his body continued the healing process.


Latest Events & Happenings

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Join Us at WHS Pet Walk MKE (formerly Tails on the Trail)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 8am-1pm
Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront (Next to the Gift of Wings Kite Store) | 1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee

A great day by a Great Lake!! Enjoy a relaxing 5K or 1-mile stroll on the lakefront at Veterans Park! Visit vendors & exhibitor booths, grab a bite from food vendors, enjoy a beer at our beer tent, try out the dog agility and lure courses, let Fido play in our Doggie Splash Zone, and so much more!!

WVRC is honored to be a sponsor of this amazing event. Hope to see you there!


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