VERC Emergency and Urgent Care

24-Hour Emergency Care for your Pet

Our professional emergency doctors and board-certified specialists at Veterinary Emergency Referral Center understand that emergencies can strike at any time. Our facility is open and fully-staffed around the clock to provide emergency vet services for cats and dogs. We have the professional staff and equipment to provide your animal with emergency, surgical and diagnostic services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency Care

Emergency situations affecting our animals often arise without warning. While most pet owners do everything they can to provide a safe and secure environment for their best friend, there are some situations that can’t be predicted or prevented. From visible trauma caused by dog bites, fights or being hit by a car to pets exhibiting unusual behaviors or symptoms, we diagnose and treat the underlying problems to ease their pain and put your animal on the path to recovery.


Common Pet Conditions that Require Emergency Care

  • Trauma, internal and external injuries
  • Snake bite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty or straining to urinate or defecate
  • Eye injury
  • Poisoning
  • Heat Stroke
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Non-responsive
  • Weakness
  • Dog fight/bite
  • Hit by car
  • Bloated stomach


The Veterinary Emergency Referral Center is the most advanced surgery center in Northwest Florida, staffed by a caring support team trained to use our state-of-the-art technology. From our clean and comfortable waiting room to the paw-friendly heated floors in our recovery ward, our entire facility is designed to keep you and your pet as stress-free as possible.


Diagnostics and Imaging

Unlike human patients, animals cannot answer questions about how they’re feeling or what is causing their distress. In fact, most dogs and cats instinctively hide outward signs of injury or disease! That’s why it is so important to have thorough diagnostic tests and accurate images of your pet’s internal organs and structures to identify injuries or signs of disease.

At the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center, we have the equipment to perform a wide range of medical imaging services for pets. From digital X-Rays, endoscopy and fluoroscopy imaging modalities to ultrasounds and echocardiograms, we have the technology and know-how to see the details of trauma and internal injuries. We also perform services not found at most veterinarian offices such as CT scans, MRI scans and myelograms.