Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin was founded more than ten years ago, 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. 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.”


In a recent survey, our staff shared the following things they like about working at PESCM:

“The professionalism, clean environment, compassionate and fun staff, the ability to perform complete workups, and value placed on high quality medicine”

“The opportunities that I get every day working with animals and amazing people and the level of knowledge I learn daily”

“The staff – everyone gets along well with each other”

“The high quality of medicine practiced “

“The highly skilled nursing team “

“The easygoing yet professional environment “

“The way nurses get along and respect each other “

“I love the amount of trust the doctors have in the nursing abilities of the techs and that they let us do so much”

“Fellow nurses are very supportive in helping each other learn and improve nursing skills”

“I have been pleased with management when it came time to handling issues”

“The high level of medicine – I would trust the care if my own animals were ill”

“The camaraderie between the nursing staff is the best and most comforting that I’ve ever been around”

“I love what I am learning to do and the level of satisfaction among our clients seems very high”

“My wonderful co-workers and the high quality of care we provide”

“I love the commitment by the nurses and partners”