24-Hour Emergency Vet

Our 24 hour vet

24-Hour Emergency Vet

The vet emergency department at Adelaide Animal & Emergency Referral Centre runs in a very similar fashion to the ED at a human hospital. AAERC’s doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to treat and provide emergency care to your pet. Our animal emergency centre is staffed by highly trained emergency veterinarians with the support of dedicated nursing staff and ancillary support staff.

Find out more about the rest of our specialist and emergency veterinary team here.

Just like in a human hospital, our veterinarian staff are trained to triage and assess the degree of urgency your pet requires from the moment you contact us or check-in at the AAERC clinic. Pets needing immediate emergency attention are seen first which means there may be a waiting time upon arrival. The technology includes automated laboratory equipment, digital x-rays, advanced anaesthesia, CT imaging, fluoroscopy, endoscopy, ultrasound, and advanced diagnostic and monitoring equipment.

Seek vet treatment for any pet health concerns at AAERC’s 24-hour vet clinic when your regular veterinarian is not available.

Our highly trained emergency triage nurse will evaluate your pet’s illness or injury and make any waiting time as comfortable for them as possible. The vet emergency department sees a wide variety of animal medical and surgical conditions, covering:

  • Hit by car injuries
  • Fractures
  •  Head injuries
  • Heat stroke
  • Respiratory distress
  • Wounds, cuts, lacerations
  • Seizures
  • Heart disease
  • Drowning
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Neurological conditions
  • Emergency surgery
  • Complicated diabetes
  • Caesareans
  • Medical conditions such as vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Snake bites or poisonings
male vet treating dog
female vet treating dog with bandaged leg

What to do if your pet needs emergency care:

  1. If your regular veterinarian is closed, unable to see you, or you do not have a regular veterinarian, AAERC’s vet emergency department is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  2. Whilst you do not need an appointment to see one of our vet emergency veterinarians, we recommend that you call before coming to see us, so that we can advise you of any first aid measures that may be appropriate for your pet’s condition. Please note that waiting times are unpredictable and are subject to constant change. Our emergency veterinarians see patients in order of urgency of the condition, which may mean that patients that are currently stable may have long waiting times. Your pet will be assessed by our trained vet emergency staff on arrival.
  3. When you arrive, we will ask you to complete a registration form whilst your pet is assessed by one of the trained staff. If your pet is suffering from a serious condition, they will be admitted to our treatment room by one of our staff so that the veterinarian can begin their assessment and emergency treatment immediately. In this case, we ask that you remain at reception, and the vet emergency clinical staff will be with you as soon as possible to update you on your pet’s condition.

To refer a veterinary emergency case to the Adelaide Animal Emergency & Referral Centre, please complete our online referral form or download and submit either by email or fax.

Contact us to enquire about how we can help today

Phone: (08) 8371 0333