About Us

Upstate Veterinary Specialties, PLLC is a leader in comprehensive specialty and emergency healthcare for pets. Our hospital is located in upstate New York, just outside the state’s capital. UVS is a privately-owned hospital with board-certified specialists in Cardiology, Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, and Surgery, as well as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.  The hospital is fully staffed with Licensed Veterinary Technicians, including a Pharmacy Technician, Assistants, Client Relations Staff, and Management and Administration.


Our Mission:

Helping pets live longer, happier lives through expert care and compassionate client service.

Our Vision:

To be the premier emergency and referral hospital for the greater Capital District.


Veterinary Specialists:

Specialists in veterinary medicine are veterinarians who have advanced training in various veterinary medical and surgical disciplines beyond their DVM/VMD degree.  Specialization involves a residency program that encompasses multiple years of additional training, caseload requirements, and a series of rigorous exams that culminate in board certification.  Specialists who have completed this training and passed all certifying examinations become Diplomates of their respective specialty colleges and are considered experts in their field.


The UVS emergency service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assess and treat patients. In addition to a full complement of emergency doctors our emergency and critical care service is supported by full-time LVTs, assistants, and client relations staff to maintain the highest level of patient care. Our emergency department triages and treats critical cases 24/7, as well as maintains and manages the care of hospitalized patients from our specialty services.

Our History:

The vision for a specialty referral hospital in the Capital District began with Dr. Aaron Wey and Dr. Joel Edwards who partnered with local primary care veterinarians to provide cardiology care to their patients. UVS was established in 2003 and over the years expanded to offer referral services in several other specialties. In 2015 UVS expanded to our custom-built facility and opened our 24/7 emergency and critical care service.


Upstate Veterinary Specialties

Upstate Veterinary Specialties

COVID-19 Protocols:

Updated: July 5, 2021

UVS is happy to welcome our clients back into the building! Please see the below information regarding reopening and our most current COVID-19 policies.

Clients arriving for their appointment with a specialist or an emergency visit will be directed to call our Client Relations team upon arrival. During your initial phone call with our team, clients will be given three options for proceeding with their appointment.

  1. Continue curbside services and remain in your vehicle.
  2. Wait in your vehicle until your appointment is ready and be taken directly into an exam room.
  3. Enter the building and wait in the lobby.
    • Appropriate spacing in the lobby must be available to proceed with option 3.
    • Please follow social distancing guidelines when in the lobby.


For an appointment or visit within the hospital, either in the lobby or straight to an exam room, we are limiting the number of visitors to two (2) individuals per patient.

Mask Policy:

Face masks are required in all public areas of the hospital. Please take the time to understand why we require masks within the hospital:

  1. UVS will not be asking clients to show proof of their vaccination status.
  2. Human healthcare facilities are one of the exceptions to the new, relaxed CDC masking guidelines. As a medical facility, we are following our human healthcare colleague’s lead.
  3. Our hospital’s work environment has many tight, shared spaces that do not allow for social distancing.
  4. Some of our clients and colleagues are not vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated, or have medical conditions that make them a higher risk for contracting COVID-19.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter

Please click here for full details on our COVID-19 protocols, including visitation, euthanasia, and prescription pick-ups.