Veterinary Referral Center

The VRC will close April 30

The Veterinary Referral Center is closing April 30, 2020

For the past five years the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, in partnership with South Metro Animal Emergency Care (SMAEC), has provided specialty veterinary care to the South Metro area at the Veterinary Referral Center in Apple Valley. The satellite practice has been successful in many ways, due in no small part to the loyal support of referring practitioners. As we look ahead to the strategic priorities of the college and hospital, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue our operations at the satellite site in Apple Valley, and to focus resources on the three-part mission of our teaching hospital on the UM St. Paul campus.

The Veterinary Referral Center in Apple Valley will cease operations, effective April 30, 2020. The doctors and staff of the VRC, with whom you have worked so closely on your most complicated cases, will continue to be available at the Veterinary Medical Center, although modified operations continue to be in place due to COVID-19 and the current Stay at Home executive order. All communications regarding your patients' care, consults, and future referrals can be handled through the VMC's referral line at 612-626-VETS (8387).

We thank you for the support you have shown the VRC these last several years and will be happy to serve you and your clients at our St. Paul location.

David E. Lee, DVM, MBA
Hospital Director, Veterinary Medical Center

Emergency care

If you live in the South Metro area and your pet needs emergency care when your primary veterinarian is unavailable, University of Minnesota Veterinary Referral Center suggests you take your pet to:

  • South Metro Animal Emergency Care, located in the same hospital.
    Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 a.m. Saturday/Sunday open 24 hours (closing at 8 a.m. Monday). Open 24 hours on Holidays. 

  • University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in St. Paul.
    Hours of operation: Emergency open 24 hours, Urgent care open Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m - 2 p.m.