Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.

   

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Small Animal:  The AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care service operates 8am-10pm Monday-Sunday. If your pet requires urgent or emergency veterinary care during these hours, please call 902-566-0950 for further direction and estimated wait times.

Farm Animal & Equine:  If you are a registered client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Farm Service or Ambulatory Equine Service, and are experiencing a large animal emergency at any time, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care service operates on a TRIAGE basis to provide the highest standard of urgent and emergency primary care for your pet when they need it most.  The AVC team will assess and determine your pet’s health and triage status.  Patients are seen in order of priority based on the severity of their illness or injury.

Click here to see how we work to provide the most urgent care to the patients that need it most.

We provide a practical and accessible extension of the care you receive at your family veterinarian.  Where more advanced care may benefit your pet, our clinicians may discuss referral to our specialty services.

SERVICE STATUS:  Visit our Facebook page for our latest service status updates

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The AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care service, 8am-10pm, Monday-Sunday. 902-566-0950

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Our current service status is GOOD. To see what this means, click the photo. For further direction, please call 902-566-0950.

SERVICES AVAILABLE: We can provide triage assessment, primary care examination, stabilization, investigation and treatment for your pet.

Where more advanced diagnostic and treatment options may be needed, we can discuss in-house referral care for patients through our specialty services, including Internal Medicine, Surgery, Cardiology, Dermatology, and more.

We will work with you to discuss the available options for the care of your pet so that, together, we can find the best solution for your pet and your family.

HOURS:  Between 8am and 10pm, the AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care service is here for you and your pet with care you can trust.  Our reception is staffed by Client Services Representatives who are available to answer your questions, inform you of estimated wait times, and for client liaison with our clinical teams.

We recommend you call ahead at 902-566-0950 so our VTH team can provide further direction, an estimated wait time and to help our team prepare for your pet. 

Between 10pm and 8am, please contact your Family Veterinarian directly to speak with their overnight triage team.

COSTS: An urgent or emergency primary care examination costs $192.50. 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.

YOUR AVC CLINICAL CARE TEAM: 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.

TEACHING HOSPITAL: The AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care service supports the training of senior (final year) veterinary students, who participate in all aspects of your pet’s care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

AN EXTENSION OF YOUR FAMILY VETERINARIAN:  The AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care team serves our patients and clients and supports  your pet’s family veterinary clinic team. We know that our pets don’t choose when to get sick, and we will do our best to ensure that your animal has access to urgent and emergency veterinary care throughout the day and evening.

If your furry friend is ill or injured, you can come directly to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for veterinary care between 8am-10pm Monday-Sunday.

We recommend you call ahead at 902-566-0950 so our VTH team can provide further direction, an estimated wait time and to help our team prepare for your pet. 

After 10pm and before 8am, please contact your Family Veterinarian directly to speak with their overnight triage team.

If your pet receives veterinary care at the VTH, we will send all medical records and health care information back to your family veterinarian so that they understand your pet’s condition and treatment for continuity of care of the urgent and emergency cases that we support them with throughout the day.

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 8 AM to 10 PM 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 between 8 AM and 10 PM-7-365.

AVC Urgent & Emergency Primary Care
8am-10pm Mon-Sun

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