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Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies

24 hour Emergency Veterinary Services

Sometimes pets need care immediately—even outside of normal office hours. Bring them to our facility for emergency vet services from veterinary doctors who love dogs and cats as much as you do.

Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies is there for your pets when your regular veterinarian isn’t available or when you need a board-certified specialist. We are a privately-owned animal hospital open 24/7 for emergencies. We also provide specialty services for pets in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Denver’s South Suburbs and beyond.

Specialized Pet Care

Many of our patients come to us from veterinarians in the area serving pets who need specialized care. Our state-of-the-art facility provides access to advanced technology for diagnostic tests and treatment that is unavailable in most veterinary offices. Our staff includes veterinarians specializing in Internal Medicine, as well as board-certified Veterinary Surgeons, Cardiology and Diagnostic Imaging.


We understand that a pet medical emergency is stressful. When in doubt, just come to our location, conveniently near the heart of Castle Rock and minutes from I25. Keep our phone number handy and our address in your contacts so that you can quickly route to our emergency vet hospital.

Our supportive staff is ready to assess your pet’s injury or illness and provide the emergency care that your pet needs, 365 days a year. We are here to help with 24 hour emergency vet care.

Veterinary Experts You Can Trust
With Your Furry Family Members

We strive to surround you and your pets
with: compassion, shared knowledge,
clear communication, and respect.

We know that the best outcomes for our patients grow out of a commitment to collaborating with your family veterinarian so your pet can receive the ongoing care he or she needs for a long, happy life.

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What Pet Owners are Saying

The staff here are so wonderful and patient. . . I wish I could take my dogs here for normal vet visits; they are truly that caring. While we are still in the healing stages with our girl, I cannot be more grateful for this emergency vet hospital and thank them for all they have done. We highly recommend them!

Tiffany, CO

Polite, professional and caring staff. Kept us informed and comfortable. Hope I don’t have to come back but good to know they are here.

Stephanie is great. So is the rest of the staff. Super helpful. Took my dog here at 2:00 AM… They were exceptional.

Jeb, CO

We had an emergency with our cat. They were responsive and caring from the initial phone call until the end. . . We felt that everyone there truly cared, from the receptionist to the vet tech to the DVM. We are truly blessed to live in an area that has this level of care. They made a very hard choice and night the very best that it could be under the conditions and we are forever grateful.

Jamie, CO

My dog had serious medical issues and Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies took such great care of him, and me!  From the initial exam through procedures and post-operative care, my dog’s wellbeing was always the priority. Communication was excellent and every person I interacted with treated us with professionalism and respect.

Louise, CO

Dr. Backland and Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies saved our 5 year old husky Gunnar’s life. I cannot say enough about the professional, competent and caring service the staff at this clinic provided. From the first phone call to Stephanie desperately trying to get him in to see a specialist, the emergency trip in the middle of the night to the follow up care has been amazing. . .

Kathleen, CO

Going to an emergency vet is never a fun experience but these wonderful people were there for us twice. The first time we were able save our little old guy, the second time we weren’t but we honestly couldn’t have asked for better staff in navigating one of the worst experiences in life. They tried so hard to save him and when it was time to say good bye, they were so kind and understanding. . .

Sarah, CO

Amazing emergency vet. They took great care of my dog, were quick to see us, and put us at ease at a stressful time.

Taylor, CO

We went to the VSR Internal Medicine group on recommendation from our vet to handle a more complicated situation with our dog. Throughout the treatment process (which extended over a couple of months) this group has been great. . . . Something like our problem is not cheap to resolve, but I have never got the impression that I was being overcharged for a service or test. The prices have seemed generally reasonable and the service has been exceptional.

Scott, CO

From the time I arrived, their staff was prompt, accommodating, and compassionate. They quickly took Bruno to be assessed, and their amazing care saved his life. . . . I’ve already recommended them to my friends in the area, and I just can’t say enough great things about my experience. And while I hope I never find myself in another pet emergency situation, I have no doubt I’ll put my trust in the pros at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies.

Andrea, CO

I would recommend this place to anyone who loves their pet(s) and wants the best care possible for them. The staff from when you walk in, to the technicians to the veterinarians are friendly, caring and very helpful. I especially want to thank Ashley for all her help…

John, CO

We had a need for an emergency vet while visiting in Colorado.  We were so lucky to find Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies… We brought our pup in and were so pleased with the quality of service and how well our baby was treated. The owner Dr. Rector took the time to explain everything to us and to calm our fears. Highly recommend this place!

Red, CO