History & Mission



A group of local veterinarians came together in late 1999 to form Veterinary Emergency Services (VES), a part-time veterinary emergency service for about twelve veterinary hospitals in the Greater Burlington region, which expanded into the mainstay emergency service on weekends for over twenty-five veterinary hospitals in the Champlain Valley. Initially operating only on weekends, VES rapidly expanded their client base to provide services not only to their founding members, but also to more than forty other practices who had referred cases to them over the years.

Over the first four years, the business outgrew the facility, the costs of operations changed dramatically, and the energy and resources to develop an independent facility was not available to the group, most of whom were already arduously practicing veterinary medicine or busy running their own practices. Thus, in the latter months of 2004, the new Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services (BEVS) was born.

The Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services moved into a new state-of-the-art facility and opened in July of 2005. BEVS has operated during all hours when local veterinarians are typically not available: weeknights from 5PM until 8AM and weekends from 5PM Friday until 8 AM Monday morning.

BEVS underwent a major evolution in the fall of 2007. In accordance with our goal to provide the highest standard of care for our patients, we welcomed board-certified specialists to join us during the daytime hours. Burlington Emergency Veterinary Service became Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists, which now includes Dr. Bryan Harnett, Dr. Amy Cordner board-certified internal medicine specialists, Dr. Garrett Levin board-certified surgery specialist, Dr. Helia Zamprogno, PhD, practice limited to surgery, Dr. Joanna Schmit, practice limited to oncology and Dr. Pamela Levin, certified in canine rehabilitation therapy and certified in canine acupuncture.


Our mission is to provide the best care when you need it most by providing advanced medical diagnostics and treatments through our specialists and 24/7 emergency department. Some of the finest technical and front office staff in the state work in our hospital. We appreciate the enormous responsibility and privilege associated with caring for you and your pet.

 Core Values 

  • Integrity – We are committed to honest and ethical service. We will always act in the best interest of our patients and their families.
  • Compassion – We are here because we love animals and we will treat every client and patient as we would want to be treated.
  • Patient Care – Our patients are here because they need our medical expertise and support. Each patient will receive the highest level of care while at our hospital and at home, we will continue to be a support system for their families. 
  • Team Work – We will treat each other respectfully and communicate effectively.