Primary Care

The Primary Care service is a full-service veterinary clinic within the Veterinary Medical Center. We offer routine veterinary care for dogs and cats and the opportunity for our fourth year veterinary students to gain experience typically found in a Primary Care private practice setting.

Large Animal Hospital,
Lewis Small Animal Hospital,
Piper Equine Hospital

Make an appointment

Phone number

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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We take a team approach to each case with our clinicians, senior veterinary students, and staff all working together to offer your pet the best care possible. 

Primary Care Services include:

  • Annual examinations and preventative care including vaccinations, parasite control, proper nutrition, oral health, and behavioral recommendations
  • New puppy and kitten evaluations
  • Treatment for outpatient illnesses and injury
  • Weight management and diet consultations
  • Outpatient surgeries such as spays, neuters, and small mass removals
  • Dental prophylaxis and extractions
  • Basic behavior consultations and training

What to expect

Upon arrival, you and your pet will be met by one of our senior veterinary students who will gather your pet's medical history and let you know what care your pet is due for today. The student will then consult with one of our clinicians who is in charge of your pet's medical care. Both the clinician and student will conduct a thorough physical exam. After assessment, we will discuss a complete care plan and together we can determine the best next steps for your pet and family.

Our team approach ensures that your pet receives the highest-quality care possible, however it also means that your appointment may take longer than it would at a traditional primary care clinic.

List of common Primary Care costs (pdf), provided only for general information, and not as an estimate for your pet specifically.


Low-stress Handling Techniques and Cat Friendly Practice:

Our Primary Care team is trained in low-stress handling techniques for dogs and cats. The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center is proud to be an American Association of Feline Practitioners Cat Friendly Practice®.

AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Practices that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping—and are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession.

Today, only 12%–15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation. We are proud to be one of them.


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