Emergency & Critical Care
Co-Head of Critical Care
Erik Zager, DVM, DACVECC is a board-certified Emergency and Critical Care specialist, managing partner, and co-department head of the Emergency and Critical Care services at Philadelphia Animal Specialty and Emergency (PASE).
Dr. Zager attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor of arts in animal behavior. He went on to Cornell University for his doctor of veterinary medicine. After earning his DVM in 2013 he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the New York City Animal Medical Center. He followed his rotating internship with a specialty internship in emergency and critical care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He returned to Cornell University for his 3-year emergency and critical care residency. Following his residency, Dr. Zager moved to Hong Kong to set up a critical care department at one of Asia’s few veterinary specialty hospitals. After 3 years in Hong Kong, Dr. Zager returned to the USA to be part of the exciting new PASE team.
Dr. Zager has presented at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium and has authored and co-authored articles in veterinary journals. During his veterinary education, Dr. Zager participated in multiple community-focused veterinary endeavors, including trips to rural areas of the American Midwest to provide wellness and preventative medicine to disadvantaged communities.
Dr. Zager’s professional interests include the treatment of sepsis, endocrine emergencies, intoxications, and the use of focused ultrasound in the critically ill. Outside of work he enjoys traveling, hiking, and baking. He has two 2 rescue cats, Brando and Otto.