For Immediate Release –
Closures and limitations of primary care veterinary clinics during the COVID-19 crisis have led to an ongoing, nationwide emergency of unprecedented caseloads, stretched resources, and increased staff burnout in the veterinary emergency field. Due to VREC’s dedication to the community and to our team of doctors, technicians, and client service representatives, VREC has made the decision to temporarily adjust our Emergency Service’s hours of operation.
Important information for pet owners:
During our Emergency Service hours, we are prioritizing critically ill and emergency patients.
We strongly recommend contacting our staff prior to arrival to discuss your pet’s concerns. Please do not come to VREC with an emergency when our Emergency Service is closed, as we will not be able to provide care. If your pet is experiencing an emergency when the Emergency Service is inactive, seek care at primary care veterinarian, urgent care, or elsewhere. Owners without a current primary care veterinarian are encouraged to contact VREC for assistance in locating a clinic.
Important information for veterinarians:
To ensure we are prepared, do not send a referral patient without speaking with a clinician in advance. Veterinarians seeking alternative emergency facilities in the region can contact us for a list.
AS OF TODAY, OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE WILL BE OPEN IN OCTOBER:
Saturday, October 2 – 7am-7pm
Sunday, October 3 – 7am-7pm
Monday, October 4 – 7am-7pm
Tuesday October 5 – 7am-7pm
Wednesday, October 6 – 7am-7pm
Thursday, October 7 – 7am-7pm
Friday, October 8 – 7am-7pm
Sunday, October 10 – 7am-7pm
Monday, October 11 – 7am-7pm
Wednesday, October 13 – 7am-7pm
Thursday, October 14 – 24 hrs.
Friday, October 15 – 7pm-7am
Saturday, October 16 – 7pm-7am
Wednesday, October 20 – 7am-7pm
Friday, October 22 – 7am-7pm
Saturday, October 23 – 24 hrs.
Sunday, October 24 – 24 hrs.
Monday, October 25 – 7pm-7am
Wednesday, October 27 – 7am-7pm
Friday, October 29 – 7am-7pm
Sunday, October 30 – 7am-7pm
Sunday, October 31 – 7am-7pm
While our Emergency Service hours are temporarily limited, the hospital remains open 24 hours a day for calls or concerns. Referral departments – Cardiology, Surgery, Physical Rehabilitation, Exotic Medicine, and Internal Medicine – will continue to schedule appointments and operate without disruption. Any pet requiring hospitalization will be monitored 24/7 by our staff.
Our Emergency Service schedule is temporary. Additional shifts may be added. We encourage clinics and pet owners alike to contact us or follow us on social media for additions to this schedule. Any/all changes to the Emergency Service schedule will be announced as soon as they arise.
We remain committed to providing superior care to our community, patients, clients and regional veterinarians and look forward to returning to 24/7 as soon as possible.