Signe Plunkett graduated from the Oregon State University College of Medicine in 1985. Within one year, she was working in an emergency small animal practice in Phoenix, AZ. She became the Chief of Staff, then the Director of Medicine of the practice. The practice grew from 2 clinics open just nights and weekends to five hospitals open 24/7. The staff grew from 5 full time veterinarians to 25 and some part time help as well. After 24 years, Dr. Plunkett left this practice and joined a hospital in Cave Creek, AZ, a suburb in the desert to the north of Phoenix. We provide full service veterinary care for the community 24/7. Through the years, she treated many emergency small animal patients of all shapes and sizes, for all kinds of emergency problems. Rattlesnake envenomation and javelina attacks are common occurrences. The days continue to be variable, challenging, and never routine. Emergency medicine is a calling, to which one must be drawn. The stress level can be high, but the rewards are many. Quick references that are easy to use, such as Emergency Procedures for the Small Animal Veterinarian, are essential. This book is routinely used in our practice, and hopefully will be of assistance in your practice.