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


With recent closures of area veterinary hospitals on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Veterinary Urgent Care Center will provide important access to pet owners and their pets when they can’t get into see their primary care veterinarian or don’t want to wait in long lines at the emergency department for minor to moderate injuries and illness.

The Saugus hospital (located at 880 Broadway on Rte. 1.) marks the opening of the fourth hospital for the growing veterinary company. Veterinary Urgent Care Center started in 2017 with five employees in Quincy, Mass.

The practice now has locations in Quincy, Saugus, Plymouth and Easton, with plans of expansion into Dedham later in 2023. An East Providence location will open later in June, and in late July, the company’s Quincy location will move to a new 3,000 sq. ft. location on Commercial Street in Braintree in Weymouth landing.

“Urgent care is such an important piece to veterinary medicine, and we are thrilled to bring our services and our expertise to the residents of the North Shore,” said Dr. Christie D’Andrea, DVM, founder and CEO of Veterinary Urgent Care Center. “We aim to provide access to pets and their owners, and also a work environment where balance is a big part of the equation for those who want to still practice veterinary medicine.”

Veterinary Urgent Care Center will operate from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Hours will depend on staff availability and those interested in booking an appointment or utilizing walk-in services should check for more information.

Staff from Veterinary Urgent Care Center were joined by members from the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and local political leaders on the North Shore to officially host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 1. Veterinary Urgent Care Center opened its doors on Tuesday, May 30, and is currently seeing patients.

“We are thrilled to welcome Veterinary Urgent Care Center to the North Shore and excited for pet owners who need access to care immediately,” said Karen Andreas, president and CEO of North Shore Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to deepening our relationship with VUCC and know this will be a much-needed service to residents of Saugus and the surrounding North Shore communities.”

“Having an urgent care hospital right on Rte. 1 will not only give pet owners access to care quicker, but it could help save lives of some of the pets we have up here on the North Shore,” said Donald Wong, Massachusetts state representative, 9th Essex District. “This is a great resource, and we are excited VUCC chose Saugus to further their expansion.”