In order to provide emergency and critical care to dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and small mammals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day per year, a VECCS
Level I emergency and critical care facility must be appropriately equipped and staffed with emergency and critical care specialists, emergency veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians and assistants who have met VECCS
In addition to the unique efforts in each of these communities, the VECCs in both locations help leverage citywide programs and services for neighborhood residents, such as:
The city hopes that the VECCs can become hubs for professional development of early childhood educators in their neighborhoods and possibly facilitate the adoption of high-quality curricula, such as HighScope, in nearby centers.
The VECC model strives to bring together early education providers and the school district while offering additional wraparound services in a community center setting.