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Veterinary Emergency Center of Bradenton

Veterinary Emergency Center of Bradenton

3915 Cortez Rd W | Bradenton, FL 34210

Call 941-777-2697
Monday 5:00pm - 12:00am, 12:00am - 8:00am
Tuesday 5:00pm - 12:00am, 12:00am - 8:00am
Wednesday 5:00pm - 12:00am, 12:00am - 8:00am
Thursday 5:00pm - 12:00am, 12:00am - 8:00am
Friday 5:00pm - 12:00am, 12:00am - 8:00am
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
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  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Emergencies may happen when your family vet is not open, and it can be very frightening when your pet is ill or injured. There are times when urgent care makes all the difference, and it is important to know who you can quickly turn to in the event of an emergency.

If you live in the area of Bradenton, a veterinary emergency no longer requires a long drive to the nearest ER - your pet can be seen and receive treatment much more quickly locally!

Veterinary Emergency Center is centrally located for residents of Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, and surrounding areas so your pet can receive the care he or she needs as soon as possible. You can trust our skilled, dedicated ER vets and staff to provide the best possible care for your pet no matter how mild or severe the illness is.

Veterinary Emergency Center is the only veterinary clinic in west Bradenton specifically designed for and dedicated strictly to emergency and intensive care for your family pets. Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to provide the highest quality care for your pet; ranging from basic outpatient treatment of wounds, infections, and illnesses to inpatient intensive critical care/medical management with continuous monitoring as well as emergency lifesaving surgery.

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Dr. Ilonka Ambros
Dr. Ilonka Ambros

Dr. Ambros graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2006, and worked as a general practitioner at a day practice in north Sarasota for 3 years. She then workd as an associate at a local emergency hospital for 2 years. Most recently, she returned to day practice as a relief veterinarian, helping out at many different clinics from Bradenton to Port Charlotte. While she enjoyed getting to be part of a day practice again for a while, she is excited to be back in the emergency field, where her passion truly lies.

Dr. Ambros was a Colorado native until she moved to Florida 6 years ago and does not know how she lived in a landlocked state for so long! Her spare time is spent with Herbie, Humphrey, D-Dog, and Kung Pao, the critters affectionately known as the "reject pet collection" - 2 pekingese mixes, a husky, and a chicken. When she is not with them, she can always be found somewhere near the beach and the ocean. In addition to emergency and critical care medicine, her professional interests include oncology, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery.

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Sarena von der Heyde, DVM
Sarena von der Heyde, DVM

Dr. Sarena was born and raised in rural Zimbabwe. She took care of all the animals on the farm as there was very little veterinary care. She came to the United States in 1989, and attended the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, and then did her surgery internship at Ocala Equine. Since then she has worked in mixed animal and emergency medicine practices in and around Sarasota. She lives with her aged dachshund Harry, and her ancient cat Mufasa. Her two grown children live and attend college in Orlando.

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Nicolas Caceres, DVM
Nicolas Caceres, DVM

Dr. Nicolas was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and earned his veterinary diploma from the National University of Colombia.
He moved to the United States in 2004 for a one-year internship in Herd Health with the University of Florida.
During the next three years, he worked on dairy farms practicing herd medicine and reproduction.
After visiting Sarasota, he decided it was time for a change and moved to Sarasota where he received his license in Small Animal Practice and joined V.E.C. in May of 2012. Dr. Nic also practices shelter Medicine at a local humane society.
He has a two year old Yorkshire Terrier named Pimienta.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and boxing, cycling, going to the beach, reading and listening to music.

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