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Maritime Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Pet Owners

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What to Expect

Whether you are visiting Maritime Veterinary Emergency + Specialty Centre for a pet emergency or for a specialty appointment, we have you covered with all the information you need.

If your pet needs immediate, life-saving care, please head to our hospital immediately.

While calling ahead of your emergency visit is not required, it can help us prepare for your arrival: 902-932-0VET (0838).

Emergency Visits

Our ER is open 24/7, no appointments are necessary. Emergency patients are seen by medical priority followed by order of arrival. All emergency visits are prioritized utilizing our triage system.

  • If your pet is presenting to Maritime with a life-threatening condition, please enter the hospital immediately.

  • Unstable pets should be brought into the hospital for immediate assessment by a doctor.

If you have any questions or would like an update during your pet’s visit, please feel free to contact us anytime at 902-932-0VET (0838).

Specialty Visits

Our specialty services are available by appointment once you are referred to us by your primary care veterinarian. You can ask your primary care veterinarian for a referral.

When you arrive for your pet’s specialty appointment, please enter our main lobby to check in with our reception staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime at 902-932-0VET (0838).

Pet Owner FAQ

Do I need an appointment?

  • Specialists are seen by referral appointments during regular office hours.

  • Appointments are not needed for emergencies. Emergency walk-ins are welcome, though we recommend a phone call before your arrival to discuss any warranted pre-hospital care. Maritime emergency veterinarians see patients by medical priority, followed by order of arrival.

How do I arrange to see a specialist?

Specialists are seen by appointment, and a referral is needed to ensure that comprehensive care is provided. You can ask your primary care veterinarian for a referral.

What are my payment options?

For your convenience, we accept cash, and all major credit cards. We also accept pet insurance. We will discuss cost estimates and payment options during your pet’s visit.

What is a referral hospital?

A referral hospital is an extension of a primary care practice, where patients are “referred” to the hospital for services not typically available at the primary care veterinary clinic.

What is a veterinary specialist?

A specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced training, including a three-year residency and board exams in a specific area of clinical practice. Only veterinarians who are board-certified are recognized as specialists in their fields.

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