Changes to Atlantic Veterinary College Emergency Services

The hours for AVC Small Animal Emergency Service overnight coverage will change January 6.
| Atlantic Veterinary College
Rachel Cutcliffe
Atlantic Veterinary College in the winter time.

Due to emergency service staffing shortages, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) Small Animal Emergency Service overnight coverage for veterinary clinics on Prince Edward Island will change on Thursday, January 6, 2022. These changes are being implemented to ensure that all pet owners can access safe and focused care for their pets around the clock.  

The shortage of veterinarians is a long-standing issue in the veterinary profession across Canada, and it has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Atlantic Veterinary College plans to resume full emergency coverage when staffing levels are adequately restored. The staff and veterinarians at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition and are still here for your pets seven days a week.

When to call AVC

If you have an urgent or emergency need for your pet, please call AVC at 902.566.0950 during the following coverage hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 5–11 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 7 am–11 pm
  • Statutory holidays from 7 am–11 pm

Please note: If the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital is your primary veterinarian or you do not have a primary care veterinarian we are open for primary care and emergency services after coverage hours. The AVC will also remain open for specialty referral care after coverage hours. Animals currently in AVC care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital will also have an attending veterinarian onsite during these hours.

When to call your regular or family veterinarian

Please contact your regular or family veterinarian during the following hours for assessment, evaluation, and further direction if you are experiencing an emergency or need urgent assistance for your pet:

  • During their regular business hours
  • Monday to Sunday from 11 pm–7 am
  • Statutory Holidays from 11 pm–7 am

What to do if you do not have a primary care veterinarian

Pet owners who do not have a primary care veterinarian on PEI are encouraged to reach out to a local clinic to ensure that their pet can receive the appropriate care needed for regular services or in an emergency. The AVC Community Practice is one of 13 primary care clinics on Prince Edward Island. To find a clinic, please visit the Prince Edward Island Veterinary Medical Association’s website.

If you do not have a primary care veterinarian and require emergency or urgent service, the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital is available for emergency services after coverage hours.

Media Contact

Rachel Cutcliffe
External Engagement Officer
Atlantic Veterinary College
902-566-6786

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