Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Theresa E. O'Toole

Emergency and Critical Care

A board-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine,Dr.O'Toole is one of the core faculty of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals' busy Emergency and Critical Care service. She sees cases that require emergent care for trauma, infections, or complications of a wide assortment of conditions, including metabolic, cardiac and neurological diseases—some of the hospital's most complicated cases.

A native of Manhattan,Dr.O'Toole wanted to be a veterinarian as long as she can remember, which led her to study veterinary medicine here at Tufts, where she graduated in 1995. She teaches third-year veterinary students about shock, its effects and treatments in the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery course, and mentors fourth-year students, interns, and residents in their fourth-year clinical rotations through the emergency and intensive care units.

The Emergency and Critical Care Service is one of the best veterinary resources worldwide,Dr.O'Toole says.The students are excellent, as is the support staff.

Education

  • DVM - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - 1995

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)

Hypoperfusion and acute traumatic coagulopathy in severely traumatized canine patients

Author(s):Abelson, A.L. | O'Toole, T.E. | Johnston, A. | Respess, M. | de Laforcade, A.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Hypoperfusion and acute traumatic coagulopathy in severely traumatized canine patients.

Author(s):Abelson, A.L. | O'Toole, T.E. | Johnston, A. | Respess, M. | de Laforcade, A.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001)

Portal Vein Thrombosis in 33 Dogs: 1998-2011

Author(s):Respess, M. | O'Toole, T.E. | Taeymans, O. | Rogers, C.L. | Johnston, A. | Webster, C.R.L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Use of mycophenolate mofetil as a rescue agent in the treatment of severe generalized myasthenia gravis in three dogs

Author(s):Abelson, A.L. | Shelton, G.D. | Whelan, M.F. | Cornejo, L. | Shaw, S. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Use of human immunoglobulin in addition to glucocorticoids for the initial treatment of dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia: Original Study

Author(s):Whelan, M.F. | O'Toole, T.E. | Chan, D.L. | Rozanski, E.A. | Delaforcade, A.M. | Crawford, S.L. | Cotter, S.M.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Treatment of a dog with severe baclofen intoxication using hemodialysis and mechanical ventilation

Author(s):Torre, D.M. | Labato, M.A. | Rossi, T. | Foley, C. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Portal vein thrombosis in cats: 6 cases (2001-2006)

Author(s):Rogers, C.L. | O'Toole, T.E. | Keating, J.H. | Penninck, D.G. | Webster, C.R.L.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The use of thrombolytic agents

Author(s):Whelan, M.F. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Compendium: Continuing Education For Veterinarians

Budd - Chiari-like syndrome in a dog with a chondrosarcoma of the thoracic wall

Author(s):Whelan, M.F. | O'Toole, T.E. | Carlson, K.R. | Sutherland-Smith, J. | Berg, J.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

The use of intravenous human immunoglobulin in treatment of severe pemphigus foliaceus in a dog

Author(s):Rahilly, L.J. | Keating, J.H. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Management of prolonged food deprivation, hypothermia, and refeeding syndrome in a cat

Author(s):Armitage-Chan, E.A. | O'Toole, T. | Chan, D.L.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Resolution of severe thrombocytopenia in two standard Poodles with surgical correction of splenic torsion

Author(s):Stoneham, A.E. | Henderson, A.K. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Colon volvulus in dogs

Author(s):Bentley, A.M. | O'Toole, T.E. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian

Peritoneal dialysis in the management of acute renal failure in 5 dogs with leptospirosis

Author(s):Beckel, N.F. | O'Toole, T.E. | Rozanski, E.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Volvulus of the colon in four dogs

Author(s):Bentley, A.M. | O'Toole, T.E. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Casale, S.A. | McCarthy, R.J.
Publication year: 2005
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Esophageal perforation in a dog following an acute episode of gastric dilatation with 360° volvulus

Author(s):Streeter, E.M. | Rozanski, E.A. | Berg, J. | Walker, T. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Causes of cardiopulmonary arrest, resuscitation management, and functional outcome in dogs and cats surviving cardiopulmonary arrest

Author(s):Waldrop, J.E. | Rozanski, E.A. | Swanke, E.D. | O'Toole, T.E. | Rush, J.E.
Publication year: 2004
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Cryptococcosis of the central nervous system in a dog

Author(s):O'Toole, T.E. | Sato, A.F. | Rozanski, E.A.
Publication year: 2003
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

General Research Interests

  • Hematology
  • Trauma and Shock
  • Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
  • Coagulopathy

Selected Research Projects

  • Prognostic Risk Factors for Dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
  • Coagulation Changes in Dogs with Severe Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Outcome in Dogs with Portal Vein Thrombosis
  • Outcome for Animals with Myasthenia Gravis Undergoing Removal of Thymoma
  • Outcome in Dogs with Aortic Thromboembolism

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Coagulopathies associated with sepsis, liver disease, renal disease, rodenticide, DIC, and trauma. Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Emergency and Critical Care
  • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, coagulation, wound healing, clinical critical care.