Rochester’s overnight emergency veterinary clinic opens Thursday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester’s new overnight emergency veterinary clinic will open on Thursday night.

The new clinic, called Rochester Emergency Veterinary Services, will be housed in the same building as the Animal Hospital of Rochester on University Avenue. It has the support of $100,000 from the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA) and is expected to create 30 to 35 jobs.

The clinic will be open overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends, according to its website. You can donate to the new clinic here.

The opening comes months after Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services in Brighton, once the area’s only 24-hour emergency vet clinic, closed permanently. It closed in November due to staffing shortages.

With the closing, the nearest emergency care options to Rochester became Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center in Buffalo, Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York in Syracuse, and Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca.