Around-the-clock emergency care for pets will no longer available in The Villages, as the Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital has decided to end its 24/7 service.
The animal hospital has announced the change will be effective as of Saturday, June 15.
“We are suffering from a nationwide shortage in ER veterinarians, and due to recent staffing changes we have found ourselves unable to cover all the necessary shifts,” said Practice Manager Amy Dacey.
“While our day practice and remaining emergency doctor have been attempting to maintain the service, along with relief veterinarians, this is no longer feasible for our team,” she said.
As of Monday, June 17, Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital office hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This Saturday the office will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, June 17. The practice will be installing new computers and software, which will go live Monday.
There are other around-the-clock emergency options in the area:
Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida
33040 Professional Dr. Leesburg, FL 34788
• UF Pet Emergency Treatment Center: Ocala
3200 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474
• UF Small Animal Hospital
2089 SW 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601