About Us

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre (VEC) is located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 920 Yonge St. The clinic provides emergency and critical care services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Specialty services in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Dentistry, Dermatology/Allergy, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, and Anesthesia are available by referral.

Onsite parking is available, as well the VEC is located in close proximity to the Bloor and Rosedale subway stations, offering easy access via the TTC.

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic has been in operation since 1974, working in conjunction with your veterinarian.

Relationships with Referring Veterinarians

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic is not a traditional veterinary practice. The VEC offers 24/7/365 Emergency and Critical Care and offers specialty services by referral from a primary care veterinarian. Therefore the VEC does not perform general or routine services such as vaccinations, spays or neuters, boarding or grooming.

The VEC staff maintains a high level of communication with the referring veterinarian as well as the client. Upon discharge from the hospital all medical records and recommendations associated with the case are promptly forwarded to the primary care clinician enabling effective and accurate follow-up patient care.

Client Communication

As a concerned pet owner it is understandable that clients may have questions about what is happening with their animal, and what the immediate and long range plans for treatment are. The VEC staff are available to address these concerns, as well as to provide status updates, day and night.

It is recommended that pet owners familiarize themselves with the location of the VEC hospital so that, in the event of an emergency, their pet can be delivered to the facility in a timely manner, saving precious moments that could be critical to a successful prognosis.

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic practices triage, which is the practice of prioritizing emergency cases relative to the level of severity. Upon presentation to the hospital each patient’s situation is evaluated, and the priority sequence established, in order to ensure the most timely and appropriate care.

Featured Team Member

Here at the VEC we are so fortunate to have so many incredible staff members who are dedicated to their patients, clients and the team here at the clinic. Here we will showcase these amazing people and plan to post a “featured employee” every 3-4 weeks!


José Gascón H. – CVA IM/Oncology


Nick Name:

Yu-Lee  (the story of this nick is too long to tell here)

What pets do you have?

Teo (short for Teodoro). Teo is a handsome 2 years old black Persian cat with a heartbreaking story who was rescued from the Toronto Humane Society and has become the master of the house at our home.

Why do you love what you do?

I love animals unconditionally; I have always had them around, and always have given me far more than I could expect. I cannot conceive my world without them.

“What is man without the animals? If all the animals were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. Whatever happens to the animals, soon will happen to man. All things are connected. Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

It is the end of living and the beginning of survival.”

Chief Seattle  (1790-1866)  From his controverted letter answering the USA president offer, Franklin Pearce, who wanted to buy the native land in change of a reservation in 1855.


Hobbies and special talents:

Collect classic rock & blues vinyls.

Collect classic cars models scale 1:24.

I draw, paint, illustrate children books, and create animations professionally working remotely for companies around the world.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

In my twenties I was one of the youngest animation directors in Europe collaborating with an Oscar winner animator in a project for Universal Pictures worth several millions of dollars.

I was a gold medallist kuen wuhsu competitor forced to retire when I suffered a grave lesion while training.

I dog-sledded the Yukon mountains in Winter enduring temperatures of minus 45o Celsius.

My granddad was a real horse-whisperer who used to raise Andalusian horses back in South Spain.