Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

After Hours Veterinary Emergencies

The Halifax Regional Municipality is blessed to have a dedicated emergency veterinary hospital. The Metro Animal Emergency Clinic located is supported by more than 25 member clinics and two subscribing practices.  The benefits of all the practices collaborating by joining a single emergency practice, ensures your fur, feathered and reptilian family members receive high-quality services that cannot be provided by individual smaller practices overnight, on weekends and holidays. Medical records are transferred to your regular clinic, keeping a smooth flow of information from the emergency providers and the general care providers, this is a critical component in continuity of care.

The veterinarians and staff at the Emergency clinic have advanced training in emergency medicine, which is as different from routine daily veterinary practice as your doctor’s general practice is from the work of paramedics and human emergency room workers. Examples of unique services available to all the clinics collaborating with the Emergency Clinic include the only blood bank in Nova Scotia. Another perk to using an emergency facility it that the staff work those hours as regular shifts. They are not coming in exhausted after a day at work and trying to solve medical problems with tired brains.

Gastric Dilation Volvulus

_WYS1056xRecently, services at the Metro Animal Emergency clinic were expanded to include daytime monitoring for patients who would be best served by not transporting back to their referring veterinarian each day.  Full Circle was recently able to access this awesome daytime emergency support when one of our patients suffered from a gastric torsion and needed a specialized surgery done infrequently in daily practice but often in emergency practices.  We were able to get a rapid diagnosis, send her to the MAEC and have this surgery underway in a very short time frame with a successful outcome for the dog.  Dr. Bishop’s cat Pepita enjoyed the overnight and weekend care at the emergency clinic when she had acute liver disease a few years ago.  The staff at the emergency clinic have also been quite co-operative in administering the herbals or homoepathic treatments that our holistic patients may be receiving in addition to conventional protocols.

Pepita with feeding tube.
Pepita with feeding tube.


Sometimes we hear complaints that the emergency clinic costs more than regular practice.  Every patient who visits a member hospital receives an automatic discount to the emergency fee, bringing the service fees charged in line with most hospitals in the area and certainly lower than an individual clinic would charge if they had to get a technician and a veterinarian (who likely just worked all day) out of bed in the middle of the night to deal with an emergency.  And for the fees charged, your pet receives outstanding emergency care.   Please visit www.maec.ca for information on the services and helpful tips on household hazards, poisonous plants, seasonal safety tips and emergency first aid.

If your pet needs emergency support call: 902 468 0674.




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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.