VETSS: 7 day per week Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Charlottesville

*We have adjusted our hours temporarily and will not be taking patients overnight. Please call ahead when possible!

Get Emergency Vet Care for Your Pet


If you’re feeling helpless and worried about your pet’s health, or do not know if you should bring your pet to a vet, call us right away to talk about your situation. We have licensed veterinarians and team support available to help.

Our Animal Hospital is open 8am-8pm, 7 days per week.

VETSS is proud to serve the emergency veterinary needs of the greater Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley area.

Call us immediately if you believe your pet has:


  • Swallowed something it shouldn’t have
  • Experienced physical trauma,
  • Displayed worrisome and out-of-the-ordinary behavior.
Signs Your Pet May Be Having an Emergency
Some symptoms to look out for:

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Loss of consciousness or Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Inability to urinate or defecate

Onsite Pharmacy, Blood Bank, & Laboratory

To better serve our patients and clients, VETSS offers a small animal blood bank, on-site pharmacy, and in-house laboratory. We are also prepared for a variety of procedures and have on hand the following equipment:

  • Intravenous Infusion Pumps
  • AutoSuture Surgical Staplers
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Defibrillator
  • Digital Radiology
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Ultrasound
  • Respiratory Ventilator
  • Multiparameter Anesthetic Monitors

After care, we ensure that all copies of medical records, radiographs, and other pertinent findings make their way into your pets medical records to ensure your pets care is thorough and complete.

Our Promise to You

As emergency and critical care providers, we believe in compassionate care. We understand that our patients and owners are distressed, and oftentimes suffering. We believe that honesty and integrity are paramount in our relationships with our clients and the referral doctors who trust their patients to us. We believe that maintaining the highest standards of care for your pet must not be compromised by other goals. Finally, we promise to provide a dedicated veterinary team in order to offer the best emergency medical care and comfort for your pet.

Care for Strays and Wildlife Thanks to the Katie Fund

Save lives with a little less worry. VETSS is the only animal hospital in the region that cares for injured strays and wildlife, and cover costs through the Katie Fund.  Learn how you can contribute or get involved, too. If you’ve encountered an injured, wild animal, please read the following, or feel free to call us.

What to Expect At Our Emergency Clinic

When you arrive at our facility, you will be greeted by our calm, courteous, professional team. They will begin care for your pet ASAP. While your pet is being treated, make yourself comfortable in our clean, spacious waiting area. Please help yourself to coffee or tea from our automatic Keurig machine. Our veterinary technicians will regularly update on your pet’s status, and get your consent before any procedures. Our reception team is also available to answer any questions you have during your visit.

If possible, call us before your visit so we can be prepared for your animal’s medical situation. We make every effort to see patients in a timely manner, but give priority to those with critical and life-threatening conditions. This may create a delay for patients whose conditions are not life-threatening.

Our Airport Road Location & Directions

For more information about our facility, please visit our About page.

We're located across from the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO).

Please call ahead when possible.

exterior building VETSS

VETSS proudly serves all of the greater Charlottesville region: From Harrisonburg to Richmond, including Fluvanna, Orange, Albemarle, Culpeper, Rockingham, Greene, Madison, Louisa, and Augusta Counties.

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