p. 651-501-3766
f. 651-501-3763
1163 Helmo Avenue North
Oakdale, MN 55128
St. Paul
p. 651-293-1800
f. 651-291-1337
1542 W 7th St.
St Paul, MN 55102

About Us


Trying to decide whether or not to come to AERC? Hear what one of our clients has to say!


Our History

The Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) was established over 30 years ago by a group of veterinarians who wanted to provide their clients with quality veterinary care during non-business hours. We started with one clinic, one veterinarian, and one technician! Over the years, our hospitals have grown, and we highly value the relationships we’ve built with local veterinarians, pets and owners in the many communities we serve.

Today, we employ a wide variety of veterinarians, board-certified specialists, and health care team members, all on-hand for when your pet just isn't feeling like himself.

Your Family and Ours

We understand the anxiety of having a sick pet because all of our doctors and staff are pet owners, too. Therefore, we make every effort to keep you up-to-date about the care your pet receives, while paying special attention to your needs. We know that you need to be able to trust that, when care is needed, you and your pet will be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect.

Providing the Highest Quality Medicine.

If your pet requires advanced diagnostics, we are ready to respond. If your pet has a chronic illness or “just isn’t feeling well,” a referral to one of our specialists will provide you with answers. We are also one the few hospitals in the state that offers hyperthyroid treatment for cats as well as neurosurgery. In addition to good, old fashioned tender loving care, we’ve got your pet’s medical needs covered.

Our Future.

Though we started out as an emergency practice, we are forging a future in referral medicine. Critical Care & Internal Medicine (including our I-131 Treatment Facility for Hyperthyroid Cats,) Surgery, RehabilitationRadiology, Cardiology, NeurologyCancer Care, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, and Dermatology are just some of the services your pets can receive when needed.


If you have a sick bird, guinea pig, snake, hamster, or ferret, we’re also the only emergency hospital in Minnesota that has over three decades of emergency experience with exotic animals.