About Us

Upstate Veterinary Specialties is a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital offering 24/7 emergency and critical care and board-certified specialty care to companion animals in the Capital District. UVS is a privately-owned hospital with services in Cardiology, Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Radiology, Rehabilitation, and Surgery. Our highly qualified team provides comprehensive care to pets while building long-lasting relationships with those who care for them. When you choose UVS, you choose expert medical care, advanced diagnostics and treatment plans, and compassionate client service to meet your pet’s healthcare needs.

Upstate Veterinary Specialties is a trusted partner in the veterinary community. Our full-service specialty referral practice and emergency hospital work alongside your primary care veterinarian to navigate your pet’s wellbeing. We act as an extension of your family veterinarian and communicate regularly through phone updates and written reports for a seamless transition between practices.

Our Mission:

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

Our Vision:

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

Specialty Care:

Specialists in veterinary medicine are veterinarians with advanced training in various veterinary medical and surgical disciplines beyond their doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Specialization involves a residency program encompassing multiple years of additional training, caseload requirements, and a series of rigorous exams culminating 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. At UVS, we embrace collegiality across multiple specialties creating optimal care for our patients.

Emergency Care:

Emergency veterinarians are veterinarians trained in emergency medicine and critical illnesses. Emergency veterinarians possess advanced skills to evaluate trauma and injury and perform intensive care unit procedures and life-saving interventions. This team masters critical thinking and has exceptional skills to remain calm in a high-paced environment. Our emergency department is staffed with three full-time board-certified criticalists, a complement of emergency doctors, and an advanced support staff.

Our History:

Upstate Veterinary Specialties was established in 2003 as a cardiology referral practice 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. In 2020 UVS expanded our hospital, nearly doubling our footprint to continue to provide exceptional veterinary care to our community. Over the years, UVS has grown to be the region’s largest multi-specialty referral and emergency hospital with a network of the finest veterinary professionals.


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