Veterinary Urgent Care Center, one of the first urgent care hospitals for pets in the country, recently opened its newest location in Dedham, Mass., marking the sixth hospital for the growing company whose roots began in Massachusetts.

Staff from Veterinary Urgent Care Center were joined by members from the Neponset River Regional Chamber of Commerce and local political leaders from Dedham and surrounding communities to officially host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 16.

Veterinary Urgent Care Center Dedham, located at 926 Providence Highway just outside of Legacy Place, opened its doors immediately after the ribbon cutting and is currently open and seeing patients.

“Urgent care is such an important piece to veterinary medicine, and we’ve seen a real need for our services in the communities we serve,” said Christie D’Andrea, DVM, founder and CEO of Veterinary Urgent Care Center. “Pet parents who haven’t been able to find appropriate level care when they need it will now have a place in Dedham to come seven days a week.”

Urgent care in veterinary medicine is for those instances when pet owners can’t book a same day appointment with their primary care veterinarian or when they don’t want to wait in long lines at 24/7 emergency medical centers for minor to moderate injuries and illness.

The company now has locations in Braintree, Saugus, Plymouth, Easton, East Providence, RI and now Dedham. VUCC has plans of expanding into Worcester and Rhode Island later in 2024.

Massachusetts state Representative Paul McMurtry, D-Dedham, issued a citation to Dr. D’Andrea welcoming Veterinary Urgent Care Center to the Dedham area.

“We are very excited to have Veterinary Urgent Care Center as part of the community and wish you continued success in your new endeavor,” representative McMurty said.

“There are a lot of pets and a lot of pet owners who need access to care and we are excited to welcome Veterinary Urgent Care Center into the region,” said Tom O’Rourke, president and CEO, Neponset River Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This is a really important service for the people of Dedham and the surrounding communities.”

Veterinary Urgent Care Center is open 7 days a week and its hours are 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome daily. Pet owners interested in using the services at Veterinary Urgent Care Center Dedham can book online or view hours before they walk-in at