Veterinary Critical Care Medicine or Veterinary Intensive Care Medicine is a branch of veterinary medicine concerned with the provision of life support to critically ill animals who typically require intensive monitoring. Such care is usually only offered to animals whose condition is potentially reversible and who have a good chance of surviving with adequate support. Since critically ill animals may be close to death, their outcome is difficult to predict. Sadly, some patients may die despite intensive care.Many patients are admitted to intensive care with a serious medical condition but some are admitted following major surgery when they are too unstable to be cared for elsewhere. Some patients are in the ICU for shorter periods of time than others, depending on the extent of their illness or injury. They may be admitted either as a planned admission after major surgery or as an emergency admission following an acute illness.