VCA Regional Institute for Vet Emergencies and Referrals

The Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals (VCA RIVER) is dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary care possible. We offer emergency care as well as referrals for various specialty services.

We believe in using the most state-of-the art technology while fostering an inviting and professional atmosphere. We hope that your pet never needs emergency care, but if they do, you can rest assured that the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals is giving them the best care possible.


• Specialty services including but not limited to Emergency, Surgery, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Behavior
• Boarded specialists with top of the line training and education levels- often 3-4 years of extra training beyond basic veterinary education
• Licensed Veterinary Technicians
• Laparoscopy and minimally invasive techniques
• 24-hour hospitalization and intensive care unit
• Digital Radiography and Boarded Radiologist Interpretation
• Thoracic and Abdominal Ultrasonography
• Intravenous fluid administration
• Oxygen Therapy
• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
• Urinary Catheter Placement
• Central Catheter Placement
• Arterial Catheter Placement
• Central Venous Pressure Monitoring
• Mechanical Ventilation
• Blood Transfusions
• Plasma Transfusions
• Oncologic Staging and Treatment
• Canine and Feline Rehabilitation
• Complete Laboratory In-House
• Complete Diagnostic Laboratory On-Site (Antech)
• CT and MR

Hours & Information

Regular Office Hours

Open 24 hours

Specialty Appointments are available Monday-Thursday, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We are open nights, weekends, and holidays for emergencies.

In an Emergency

If your pet is experiencing an emergency, please call us immediately at 423-698-4612. We are located at 2132 Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga.

Accreditations & Affiliations
AAHA Referral Accredited
American Animal Hospital Association - Accredited Referral

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. As an AAHA-accredited referral practices we have been evaluated on our practice methods, standards of patient care, and the quality of the facility and medical equipment. In order to maintain accredited status, our hospital must be evaluated regularly by the association’s trained consultants. We are 1 of only 350 AAHA accredited referral practices in North America.