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Small Animal Emergencies

(dogs and cats)

July 28, 2021- The John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital at the UTCVM Veterinary Medical Center is experiencing intermittent personnel shortages. This is affecting the ability of our Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) service to provide for patients most in need of our services. To ensure the best patient care possible, please click here for the most up-to-date information and protocols regarding emergencies and patient referrals.

  • DAYTIME EMERGENCIES by veterinarian referral:

    Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    During business hours, our Emergency and Critical Care Service is by referral only.

    Please seek medical advice from your primary veterinarian who can then refer your animal to us if necessary. If your veterinarian has referred your animal to us, we ask you arrive within the designated time. If a patient is brought to us without a referral, we will assess the patient, provide emergency care as needed, and contact the primary veterinarian.

    Monday-Friday 5:00 PM – 8:00 AM

    All Day Weekends and Holidays

    (no referral required) Patients presented to our emergency service after hours and on week-ends will be treated and admitted to our hospital if necessary.

    We will contact your primary veterinarian the next business day to coordinate follow-up care.
  • WALK-IN emergencies will be accepted.
  • PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is expected at the time of the service.

Avian and Exotics Animal Emergencies

  • No referral required.*

Equine Emergencies

  • No referral required.*

Farm Animal Emergency

  • No referral required.*

*as a courtesy, we ask that you call ahead.