About Us

Video by VetSetGo features our board-certified veterinary criticalist and toxicologist, Dr. Justine Lee, along with our team of veterinary technicians and assistants, seeing and treating patients at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota.

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. 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. We’re proud to be the only locally-owned emergency and specialty hospital for pets in the state of Minnesota.

We Understand How You Feel about Your Pet.

Having a sick or injured pet is stressful. We understand. Every doctor and every staff member here is a pet owner. Trust us to keep you informed about the care your pet receives at our center and to pay special attention to your needs as well. We promise to treat you and your pet with kindness, dignity, and respect.

Providing the Highest Quality Medicine.

In addition to providing good, old fashioned tender loving care, we’ve got your pet’s medical needs covered. Whether your pet has sustained traumatic injury, has a chronic illness, or is just not feeling well, we have the expertise and the technology for speedy diagnosis and quality care. 

Services We Provide:


  • Emergency surgery
  • Car accident injuries
  • Fight injuries & lacerations
  • Eye injuries
  • Poisonings


  • Pain management
  • Cancer treatment
  • Heart, kidney & liver disease
  • Oral disease
  • Seizures & strokes
  • Skin & ear diseases
  • Spinal pain & disease
  • Allergy testing & treatment


  • Imaging (X-ray, ultrasound, CT & high-field MRI
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Broken tooth repair
  • Final care & Euthanasia

Our Patients Come in All Sizes and Colors.

We treat many dogs and cats, but we also care for birds, guinea pigs, snakes, hamsters, ferrets, and more. We are the only emergency hospital in Minnesota with more than three decades of experience treating exotic animals.