Emergency and Critical Care

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center provides emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lewis Small Animal Hospital,
Large Animal Hospital

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Phone number

24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Emergency Services is for emergencies only. Emergencies are defined as a medical incident or condition which, if not treated immediately, would result in long-lasting morbidity or mortality.

Please call before referring patients.


1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Supportive care and initial diagnostics for emergency patients
  • Critical care monitoring
  • Chest tube placement
  • Tracheostomy tube placement
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Thoracocentesis
  • 24-hour ICU monitoring/hospitalization
  • Bloodwork including profile, CBC, partial coagulation panels, blood gas analysis, and cross matching
  • Radiographs
  • Emergency endoscopy for foreign body retrieval
  • Emergency advanced imaging procedures (fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Emergency surgical procedures

Special equipment

  • Ventilator
  • Capnography
  • O2 cages
  • ECG/Blood pressure monitoring
  • Fuji Sonosite


Garth the corgi

Always there to help

Longtime VMC client recalls years of compassionate care and specialty services that have saved her animals time and time again


A dire diagnosis

Gastrointestinal bleeding puts a puppy into intensive care and a fight for her life as veterinarians work to uncover the cause

Joey the cat

Bringing back Joey

Nothing seemed to help a kitten with rare skin disease. Then an innovative treatment approach at the VMC brought him and his family relief.

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