Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

If you are a small animal pet owner experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 for our primary Emergency Service.

If you are a registered large animal client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including Farm Service and Ambulatory Equine Service clients) and are experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

Small Animal Emergency Service

If your pet is experiencing a veterinary emergency, please call or come directly to the veterinary teaching hospital.

902-566-0950

WHAT TO EXPECT

LEVEL OF CARE: The AVC’s Small Animal Emergency Service provides the highest standard of urgent and emergency primary care for your pet when they need it most.   The service is designed to be practical, accessible and an extension of the care you receive at your family veterinarian. This is not a referral or specialty service.

TRIAGE:  The AVC Small Animal Emergency Service operates on a triage basis.  This is similar to how the Emergency department works in human hospitals.  Appointments are not scheduled in advance.  We triage animals as they arrive and see patients in order of priority based on the severity of their illness or injury.  

Emergency Triage Chart

SERVICES AVAILABLE: We have a wide range of services to help your pet, including:

  • Diagnostic testing- in-house bloodwork, urinalysis, x-rays and ultrasound
  • Medical care including fluid therapy, hospitalization, medications and treatments
  • Surgical care of lacerations and wounds
  • Trauma care for animals that have been injured including a full intensive care unit
  • The option for in-house referral care for patients through our specialty services, including Internal Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology, Dermatology, and more.

OPTIONS: You will always be presented with all available options for the care of your animal. We will work with you and your budget to find the best solution for your pet and your family.

HOURS: Whatever time of day or night, the Small Animal Emergency Service is here for you and your pet, 24/7/365, to provide rapid assessment, stabilization, treatment, and care you can trust – when you need it the most. Our reception is staffed by Client Services Representatives from 8am – 11pm, 7 days a week, but outside of those houses there are always veterinary and technical staff on site ready to help!

COSTS: An after-hours examination costs $175 before 10pm and $200 after 10pm. Taxes are included.  This includes a full examination and consult with an emergency veterinarian. It does not include any additional tests or treatments that are recommended. For your peace of mind, rechecks for the same condition are free within a 48 hour period from discharge.

PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is due at the time of service.  Where additional tests or treatments are recommended and agreed to, 50% of the estimated costs is due prior to proceeding with any diagnostics or treatments with the remainder due in full upon discharge.  

At the Atlantic Veterinary College Teaching Hospital we accept debit cards, most major credit cards and cash.  The hospital does not offer payment plans, but we work with several external financing companies to help support you in your financial decisions and needs.

STAFF: Your clinical care team will typically include a registered veterinary technician, senior (final year) veterinary student, and a primary care emergency clinician.  Behind the scenes, the wider hospital team will provide the highest level of care and attention to meet your pet’s needs during their stay. Our reception is staffed by a dedicated team of Client Service Representatives.

AN EXTENSION OF YOUR FAMILY VETERINARIAN:

The Small Animal Emergency Service at the AVC Teaching Hospital is an extension of your pet’s family veterinary clinic team. We know that our pets don’t choose when to get sick, and we are here so that your animal has round-the-clock access to veterinary care.

If your furry friend is ill or injured, you can come directly to the VeterinaryTeaching Hospital for veterinary care.  If at all possible, please call the clinic at 902-566-0950 before coming in for small animal emergency services to help our team prepare for your pet.  

We send all of your pet’s medical records and health care information back to your family veterinarian so that they understand your pet’s condition and treatment and can continue to care for your animal when they re-open. This allows your pet to receive 24-7-365 care, helps our senior veterinary students experience emergency medicine from trained Emergency Veterinarians, and allows your family veterinarian to turn off their phones in the evening, so that they can be their best selves when they are at work.

About us

The AVC-VTH is passionate about its goal to provide an outstanding level of health care for its animal patients while also providing clinical teaching and instruction to our senior (final year) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, interns and residents.[more]

Clinic hours

The AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital operates 24-7-365. Our front desk is staffed from 8am until 11pm 7 days a week. Clients can call to make appointments, request prescription refills, or to make other general inquiries during those hours. Appointments for Community Practice and Specialty Services are scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm based on service availability. Clients with animal emergencies can call at any time 24-7-365.

Emergency Care 24-7-365

If you are a small animal pet owner experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 or our primary Emergency Service. If you are a registered large animal client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including Farm Service and Ambulatory Equine Service clients) and are experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

To make an appointment

AVC Small Animal Hospital
Companion animals, exotic animals, pocket pets, wildlife
902-566-0950

AVC Large Animal Hospital
Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals
902-566-0999

AVC Ambulatory Equine Services
On-farm and racetrack care for horses
902-566-0992

AVC Farm Service
Herd health, on-farm and emergency service for cattle, pigs, fish and other farm animals
902-566-0900