Simply put, we’re Open 24 Hours, 365 Days, for Emergency Care.
Augusta Animal Emergency evolved from the original Animal Emergency Clinic on Washington Road. In 1998, the local veterinarians sold their interest to a private owner. The name was changed and the location was moved to our current address in 2000.
The quality of veterinary care has been expanded over the years and in May of 2007, Dr. George Runnels purchased AAE and took over operations. He has worked hard to maintain an emergency only referral based specialty practice. Maintaining 24 hour care with quality staff is a challenge of leadership and management skills.
AAE is a practice partner with the local veterinarians providing quality service and veterinary care when your regular veterinarian is not available or when intensive critical care is needed for your pet.
AAE is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. This is wonderful source for the latest research and innovations in veterinary medicine.
AAE strives to gain your trust by demonstrating the best veterinary critical care possible.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We are not distracted by routine veterinary care or boarding which allows us to be prompt and efficient when caring for your special family member.
Your sick or injured pet will be examined immediately upon arrival by our experienced and highly trained staff and will be treated with the respect and love we would treat our own special family members.
We offer a wide arrangement of modern technologically superior treatments and medications not easily found in other hospitals. With the addition of Dr. Patrick Keith we are now accepting surgical referrals. Dr. Keith offers a variety of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries that your regular veterinarian would typically refer to another city or UGA.
DR. GEORGE E. RUNNELS
Dr. George Runnels acquired Augusta Animal Emergency (AAE) on May 1st, 2007, but he is not new to the area’s veterinary community. He has been the medical director of AAE for two years and has over seven years of veterinary emergency and critical care experience.
Dr. Runnels moved to Aiken in 2003 to bring his family closer to his wife’s parents who have lived in Aiken, SC for over 30 years. Dr. Runnels and his family had always wanted to move back to Aiken due to their love of the CSRA.
He graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Runnels’ career in emergency and critical started in Savannah, GA under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Shealy, DVM, ACVS.
When the opportunity came about to buy AAE, he took it because of his love for the challenges associated with pet emergency and critical care.
HERE WHEN YOU NEED EMERGENCY VETERINARY CARE
Augusta Animal Emergency is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is the referral center for the CSRA's leading veterinarians. When the patient is special and the condition is critical, you will want immediate, experienced, competent emergency care. Call 706 733-7458.
~ We are glad that you are here for the animals.
~ Dr. Runnels is Awesome Last night was the second time I had to bring one of my Pugs in to AAE. The first time was a month ago my Pug Mops was having problems with her leg. Being new to the area I looked on line for an ER. I found AAE and ran her in. I was welcomed by the very nice staff behind the counter. The place was very clean. When they took me to the back to see my Pug she was walking and running around Dr. Runnels told me had to reset her knee cap. I thought oh God how much and he told me no problem and charged me only the walk in fee. Last night I took our 7 week on Pug puppy Lilly in with puffy eyes. He looked her over said she had an infection gave her some ointment. This morning she looks a lot better. Both time Dr. Runnels was professional and compassionate. He also did not charge me an arm and a leg. I am use to be charged a lot of money for Vet care because of the breed of dogs I own but, not here. I expect the best when it comes to me babies. Dr.Runnels is the best!
~ Simply the Best! Dr. George Runnels and his professional team cared for my 18 year old Siamese after he was administered Metacam by the Highland Animal Hospital. This drug triggered renal failure and Sampson was given the absolute best care we could have asked for without question. He stayed in the hospital over a week and we took him home on a feeding tube. Dr. Runnels and his whole staff were available to us 24 hours a day and believe me we called them at every hour. We have since moved to Rhode Island and Dr. Runnels was instumental in getting Sampson ready for the trip. I even consulted with him while we were up here on various topics. I trust him and this team more than the vet here who can actually see Sampson. Could not recommend AAE more...they were a God-send for us.
~ A wonderful, caring animal hospital. My experiences with Augusta Animal Emergency have all been extremely positive. Everyone there has shown genuine compassion and professional expertise. They have gone above and beyond in helping me adjust to life with a diabetic, high maintenance dog. I can't say enough about how much I respect and appreciate Augusta Animal Emergency. I have and will continue to recommend AAE to my friends with pets.