24-Hour Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service

If your pet has an emergency please call 518-783-3198. 



We are pleased to welcome a full complement of emergency doctors and a new Critical Care specialist available for emergency walk-ins, referrals, and transfers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 152 Sparrowbush Road in Latham.





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The emergency service’s primary missions

  • Provide the highest caliber of innovative and engaged emergency medicine and critical care
  • Provide exemplary, team-based care of hospitalized specialty service patients
  • Serve our community in alleviating the suffering of strays and wildlife


The emergency and critical care service is supported by full-time LVTs, assistants, and reception staff so that we can maintain the highest level of patient care at all times whether a patient is brought to UVS for overnight supportive care or advanced treatment modalities and interventional care.



  Continuation of care

With both critical care referrals and direct transfers alike we recognize that frequent communication will be essential in ensuring the best possible collaboration and medical care. If your pet presents to the emergency service your family veterinarian will be immediately notified of your pet’s arrival and kept updated with a case summary or referral report sent (either via fax or email) at the time of discharge from the hospital. If a pet requires continued care the pet’s primary care veterinarian will be contacted during business hours to discuss their preference:

  • Transfer directly back to the general practice facility
  • Continued care with the Emergency and Critical Care Service at UVS
  • Transfer to another specialty service within UVS
  • Transfer to a tertiary referral institution if appropriate care cannot be provided at UVS






For referring veterinarians: To facilitate transfer of patients please complete an Emergency Service Direct Transfer Form. For your convenience a PDF Direct Transfer Form is also available to print, complete and fax (518-783-3199) or email to UVS (info@uvsonline.com).



Upstate Veterinary Specialties Emergency Service Visitation Policy

While we encourage patient visitations, we will be unable to accommodate clients in ICU during case rounds and shift changes.   As such, unless specific authorization has been communicated by the attending emergency clinician, client visitations are prohibited during the following times: 7am – 9am  and  5pm – 7pm.   A PDF version of the policy can also be found here.


More Information About Veterinary 24-Hour Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service:

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarians:

  • Emergency and Critical Care Service at UVS
  • Upstate Veterinary Specialties

    Upstate Veterinary Specialties