Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin was founded in 1998, replacing Marin’s prior veterinary emergency service in Terra Linda. Our central Marin location in San Rafael, just off the 580 and 101 freeways, allows rapid access from almost any location in Marin, the East Bay, or North San Francisco. We are available 24/7 and no appointment is necessary for emergency care, though we do ask that you call in advance if possible. In addition to providing emergency care, we offer a team of collaborative specialists in surgery, internal medicine, oncology, dermatology, and ophthalmology during the week by appointment. We work closely with veterinarians in general practice with the shared goal of providing your pet with the best possible care.


The most important ingredient in providing quality medical care, whether human or veterinary, is the people providing that care. We are very proud of the team of skilled and compassionate doctors, nurses, and client service staff assembled to care for you and your pet in a time of need. Our doctors and paraprofessional staff routinely receive superb ratings on our client and referring veterinarian surveys. When your pet is under our care, you can rest assured that she or he is in good hands.


Our state-of-the-art hospital was specifically designed to provide emergency and specialty care. Patient cages and runs are conveniently located just off our main treatment floor to allow close supervision around the clock. Each pet receives individual attention, comfortable bedding, and outdoor walks (if medically appropriate). Except at times when we are unusually busy, we allow clients to visit their pets and feel this can promote a patient’s recovery. We also allow hospital tours so our clients can see where their pet will be staying.


“We believe that pets are part of the family and enrich all of our lives.”

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve pets and people by continually pushing to improve our medicine, our service, our communication, and ourselves. We can accomplish this by working as a team, supporting our referring veterinarians, caring about every patient, learning from others, embracing change, and using intelligent and fair business practices.