Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.

Emergency Services

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



LEVEL OF CARE: The new small animal emergency service at AVC will provide the same standard of care that you receive with your regular veterinarian. The service is designed to be practical and accessible. This is not a referral or specialty service.

SERVICES AVAILABLE: We have a wide range of services 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
  • Referral care through our main referral
  • Services for 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.

HOURS: The emergency service is available as soon as your regular veterinarian closes until they re-open the next morning. We are also fully staffed on weekends and holidays. The reception team leaves at 11 pm at which time the front doors lock, but there are always staff on site ready to help!

COSTS: An after-hours visit costs $175 before 10 pm and $200 after 10 pm. Taxes are included. This visit includes a full examination and consult with an emergency veterinarian. It does not include additional tests or treatments. Rechecks for the same condition are free within a 24 hour period from discharge.

PAYMENT POLICY: 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. 50% of the estimate is due prior to proceeding with any treatment or service, and the remainder is due upon discharge.

STAFF: This service is staffed by a caring team of emergency veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and receptionists.


The emergency services at the AVC Teaching Hospital are an extension of your pet’s regular health care 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 after hours you can come directly to the Teaching Hospital for after-hours care.

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

Where to Find Us

We are located at 550 University Ave in Charlottetown, best accessed via the roundabout on Belvedere Avenue (by the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market). When you enter UPEI from that roundabout, take a right and then an immediate left to reach the Small Animal Hospital parking lot.

Directions to the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Via Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick:
After crossing the bridge, head northeast on the Trans-Canada Highway (Route #1) for approximately 58 kms. Continue on Capital Drive then turn right at the lights onto University Avenue. Turn left at Belvedere Avenue and proceed through the roundabout, exiting left onto the UPEI campus. Turn right at the tee then take the next left. Continue straight ahead to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Via Northumberland Ferries from Pictou/Caribou, Nova Scotia (service is seasonal only):
After departing the ferry in Wood Islands, continue on the Trans-Canada Highway, (Route #1) for approximately 60 kms. Cross the Hillsborough Bridge to Charlottetown then turn right onto University Avenue. Continue for approximately 2.6 kms., then turn right onto Belvedere Avenue. Proceed through the roundabout, exiting left onto the UPEI campus. Turn right at the tee then take the next left. Continue straight ahead to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

About us

Since its establishment in 1986, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) has been committed to improving the health and well-being of animals and humans through excellence in education, research, and professional service. More than 7,000 small and large animals are cared for on-site each year, with thousands more on farms, race tracks and fish farms.   [more]

Clinic hours

The hospital operates 24-7-365. Our front desk is staffed from 8 am until 11 pm 7 days a week, and clients can call to make appointments or purchase pet food, supplies, and medications during that time. Appointments for Community Practice and Specialty Services with the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital can be scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm based on service availability.

Emergency care - 24 hrs

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

To make an appointment

AVC Small Animal Hospital
Companion animals, exotic animals, pocket pets, wildlife

AVC Large Animal Hospital
Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and other farm animals

AVC Ambulatory Equine Services
Farm and racetrack care for horses

AVC Farm Service
Herd health and emergency service for cattle, pigs, fish and other farm animals