Our Mission

Animal ER Care preserves the human-animal bond by providing the most comprehensive and compassionate emergency & critical care in Southern Colorado. We restore health, relieve suffering, and provide impeccable service safely, humanely, and efficiently.

Core Values

  • Perserving the Human Animal Bond
  • Extraordinary Patient Care
  • Excellence in Veterinary Medicine
  • Excellent Client Care
  • Contributing to the Community
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Compassion
  • Easing the Burden of Pet Emergencies
  • A Great Place to Work
  • Continuous Improvement

Our History

On October 20, 2016 Gabrielle David, MJ “Sutton” Spanton & Dr. Ashley Sides became partners in ownership of Animal ER Care, LLC (AERC), previously known as Animal Emergency Care Centers. With all three partners having a goal of excellence in patient care and client service, they knew purchasing AECC from Dr. James Gaynor would be the first stepping stone to achieving that goal for Animal ER Care, LLC. Dr. James Gaynor acquired Animal Emergency Care in July 1994. In 1998 Animal Emergency Center was purchased from a local group of veterinarians, changing our name to Animal Emergency Care Centers (AECC) and allowing us to provide emergency and critical care services to the entire Colorado Springs and southern Colorado areas. Over the next several years AECC grew from 2 doctors and 4 employees to over 40 employees, staffing both our north and south facilities. Dr. Gaynor, Dr. Chris McReynolds (Southern Colorado Veterinary Internal Medicine) and Dr. Mike Bauer (Colorado Canine Orthpedics) created the Veterinary Specialty Center, which opened in April 2006 on North Nevada Avenue.

Animal ER Care is here to serve you and your pet during an emergency when your primary provider is closed.