Due to emergency service staffing shortages, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) Small Animal Emergency Service overnight coverage for veterinary clinics on Prince Edward Island will change on Thursday, January 6, 2022. These changes are being implemented to ensure that all pet owners can access safe and focused care for their pets around the clock.   

The shortage of veterinarians is a long-standing issue in the veterinary profession across Canada, and it has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Atlantic Veterinary College plans to resume full emergency coverage when staffing levels are adequately restored. The staff and veterinarians at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition and are still here for your pets seven days a week. 

When to call AVC  

If you have an urgent or emergency need for your pet, please call AVC at 902-566-0950 during the following coverage hours:
Monday to Friday from 5–11 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 7 am–11 pm
Statutory holidays from 7 am–11 pm  

When to call your regular or family veterinarian 

Please contact your regular or family veterinarian during the following hours for assessment, evaluation, and further direction if you are experiencing an emergency or need urgent assistance for your pet:
During their regular business hours
Monday to Sunday from 11 pm–7 am 
Statutory Holidays from 11 pm–7 am  

What to do if you do not have a primary care veterinarian 

Pet owners who do not have a primary care veterinarian on PEI are encouraged to reach out to a local clinic to ensure that their pet can receive the appropriate care needed for regular services or in an emergency. The AVC Community Practice is one of 13 primary care clinics on Prince Edward Island. To find a clinic, please visit the Prince Edward Island Veterinary Medical Association’s website