VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center

The VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego utilizes the latest in state of the art equipment and technologies and has consistently earned the top rating from the American Animal Hospital Association. We have been working closely with referring primary care veterinarians for the health of pets since 1972. The hospital offers a comprehensive team of professionals with specialized expertise that complements the quality care provided by primary care veterinarians. Our doctors, board-certified veterinary specialists, and emergency and critical care veterinarians work in a sophisticated environment with the most advanced veterinary medical equipment and techniques.
Our veterinary hospital is segmented by the following departments:
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Surgery (soft tissue, orthopedic, neurosurgery)

Hours & Information

How To Reach Us

VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Ctr.
Phone: 619-299-2400
Fax: 619-299-9068
2317 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108

Business Hours

Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours 

Specialty Services by Referral Only from your primary care veterinarian. Call for appointment. 

Billing and Insurance

Payment Methods
We accept cash, all major credit cards and personal checks. If financial assistance is needed, we also offer our clients CareCredit no interest payment plans*. To learn more about CareCredit or apply now, please visit

*Please note that not all financing plans on the CareCredit website are available. Please verify with the receptionist which current plans are offered.

Safe Visit Procedures at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital

Welcome to VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center. Please read to learn what protocols we have in place and what we are doing to continue to provide the necessary care for your pet while ensuring you and our staff stay safe during this Covid pandemic.  

We understand veterinary care is an essential part of our community and in order to keep our hospital open and provide services to you and your pet, we have implemented specific protocols put forth by state and local guidelines. The health and safety of our clients and our VCA associates remains our top priority.  These currently include but are not limited to curbside check-in, social distancing measures and recommended face coverings in areas where social distancing is not possible.  You may visit our hospital as needed unless you are sick or medically quarantined, and then we ask you that you please use our curbside service. The information below will help you to better understand what to expect when visiting our hospital. 

Accreditations & Affiliations
American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. As an accredited hospital, we voluntarily uphold the Association's high standards in 18 different areas and are routinely evaluated on over 900 different standards of veterinary care. Not all animal hospitals are accredited, and we are proud to be amongst only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals that hold this honor.

American Association of Feline Practitioners

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) represents practitioners in the veterinary community who are passionate about the care of cats and supports its members in improving the health and welfare of feline patients. With a reputation as a leader in the field of feline medicine, the AAFP helps veterinary practices establish a feline-friendly environment that reduces stress for cats during veterinary visits.