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“I cannot say enough wonderful words about this place. We had to go twice, this past weekend being our first overnight stay. Nothing was done that shouldn’t have been or the team felt was unnecessary. My kitty is stable and is going to be around for a few more.”

– Jamie F

“Our cat Peezee was referred by Banfield because his liver function was abnormal. Animal Emergency has been great to him and us! We could not have been blessed with a better place for him!”

– Mike B

“AWESOME!!! Dr. Wong and his staff are excellent… They cared for my dog like family… Surgery came out just as it was explained to me… Thank you.”

– James R

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Welcome to Animal Emergency & Specialty Center

Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TennesseeAESC in Knoxville, TN

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center is East Tennessee’s premier veterinary emergency & specialty hospital. With hospitals in Knoxville and Chattanooga for convenient service, we provide veterinary specialty services to pet owners throughout Tennessee and neighboring states. The emergency department at Animal Emergency and Specialty Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for walk-ins and immediate referrals. A critical care veterinarian is always on site and supported by a full support team.

Our staff of board-certified veterinary specialists bring an array of experience in many treatment areas. Our veterinarians are board certified or have advanced experience and training in areas of emergency and critical care, internal medicine, surgery, oncology, and avian & exotic medicine. We work with your neighborhood veterinarian to provide the best quality of care from diagnosis to treatment and overall patient care of your pet. Our veterinarians are supported by our highly-trained, compassionate staff. Click here to learn more about our veterinary and specialty team.

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center uses state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment. We have an on-site CT scanner, digital x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, complete lab, radiation therapy system, fully-equipped surgical suites, and much more.

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville is THE place to bring your exotic pets in an emergency situation. Our emergency and support staff is trained to manage all manner of patients, including birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, sugar gliders, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, mice, hedgehogs, small exotic dogs & cats, reptiles, and amphibians. Please don’t hesitate to bring your bird or exotic pet in through the emergency service.

We are here anytime, day or night, to help care for your pets. If you would like to speak with a staff member or learn more about our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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We want to make you and your pet’s visit convenient and enjoyable. You may expedite the registration process by downloading the new patient registration form and bringing it with you. While you are visiting us, take advantage of the comfortable seating and free guest Wi-Fi in our waiting area.

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A deposit is required before treatment can be initiated. Payment is required when services are rendered (no credit). Accepted payment methods include: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You may download our credit card authorization form and bring it with you to your visit.

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Visitation Policy

We support your need to be with your vet and your pet’s need for your company and care.

Take advantage of our Open Door Policy to visit your pet.

Please call ahead, though, so we can advise on arriving emergencies that may interfere with your visit.