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Dear MVMC Community,

Thank you for your ongoing trust in our hospital. As you may be aware, one in three families made the decision to adopt a new pet during the COVID pandemic. Over 6,000 new pets are entering the US every month, and animal shelters are essentially empty. We love that so many people share the love for animal family companions as we do.

However, because of these changes, we have reached a critical point where we must shift how we are managing the volume of pet families that are looking for medical services. While we have increased our staffing in the last year, we are still unable to meet the demand for our services and maintain the health and well-being for our staff.

We will be employing strict triaging guidelines moving forward.

We define ‘Triage’ as “to assign degrees of urgency to (wounded or ill patients)." Our hospital is currently at Priority 1/Red on our Triaging System. This means that our Emergency and Critical Care Departments will only be receiving patients that fall into the category of: “may recover if life saving measures are taken." Examples of what this means medically include: excessive bleeding, poisoning, heat stroke, difficulty breathing, GDV/bloat, collapse, or the perception that the pet is at the end of their life and are in need of compassionate euthanasia.

Our specialty departments will shift to prioritizing cases based on emergent and urgent cases first, and will be selective in scheduling cases that are not life-threatening.

We still love your pets and truly want to do our best to provide you with the best medical care we can. We need to make sure we have the staff available to provide this care for the animals who need it most.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding,

Maine Veterinary Medical Center


The emergency vet clinics have highly-skilled veterinarians and nurses who're specially trained for dealing with emergencies. Likewise, the medical facilities available at such clinics are top-notch and they need to keep everything at the disposal 24/7, including on weekends and on holidays.

How Costly Is The Service At an Emergency Vet Clinic?

The cost of the emergency medical service varies from one vet clinic to another as well as region to region. As the rule of thumb, emergency services are costlier than regular vet services. The After-hours vet clinics have to meet challenging emergency situations and thus take extra charges for consultations and services.

Cost Analysis of Some of the Most Common Pet Emergency services

Although the exact cost of visiting an emergency vet clinic cannot be estimated, we can still give you a rough analysis of the same. At most of the emergency vet clinics, the consultation fees vary between $100-150 for cats and dogs.

Likewise, general blood examination charges range from $80-200. The x-rays and Ultrasound cost $150-250 and $300-600 respectively. If your pet requires hospitalization, they may charge you anything between $600-1500 for a couple of days. In the same way, the list goes on with more complicated procedures costing more money.

Bill Payment At An Emergency Vet Clinic

The procedure for bill payment at almost all the emergency vet clinics involves paying half of the estimated amount when admitting your pet and the rest half can be paid when you take your pet home. It mostly depends upon the severity of a pet's injury as less severely injured or sick pets may not even require complicated tests and hospitalization. A pet owner can also make use of veterinary financing to manage the burden of emergency bill receipt handed over to you.

What Questions to Ask At Emergency Vet Clinics?

Although it may be difficult at that time, it's always good to ask about the cost of a service before signing the papers. So, that no surprises come later on. Other than that, be open to asking the vet about your pet's medical condition, possible treatment options, and other related things.

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Our Veterinarians


Dr. Ann Barksdale, 


Dr. Ann Barksdale graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1981.  She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1992.  Dr. Ann worked as a veterinarian and practice owner in Minnesota for several years prior to moving back to Maine.  She has been practicing medicine for 15 years and has been working with small mammals since 1994 to include rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and other pocket pets.  Dr. Ann is a member of the AVMA, MVMA and AEMV (Assoc. of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians) and is also a recommended veterinarian for the House Rabbit Society.  She had served as a board member for a service dog organization called My Wonderful Dog and provided veterinary care for the service dogs in training durng that time.  Dr. Ann has worked closely with breeders to assist in managing reproductive cases and litters. Her favorite thing about veterinary medicine is the constant variety of cases that walk through the hospital door. Dr. Ann lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband, Henry, and their two sons Matthew and Sam.  Their family pets include a black lab named Simon, 2 cats, Pippin and Rosie.  Outside of the office, Dr. Ann enjoys performing modern dance and ballet, swimming, skiing, and taking walks with her dog.

Dr. Katie Erswell,


Dr. Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, 1988.  She worked at an advertising agency in Washington, D.C. until starting the study of veterinary medicine.  She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Katie is a member of the AVMA, MVMA and AEMV (Assoc. of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians) and is a recommended veterinarian for the Ferret Rescue of Maine. She enjoys all the animals she sees here at the hospital and can’t imagine not seeing dogs, cats, ferrets and other critters smaller than toasters every day. Dr. Katie lives in South Portland with her husband, Leon, and their son, Camden and daughter, Maddie. The family is rounded out with the cats: Toby, Bokie, Kitty Bear, Grace, her dog Tofu (Dr. Katie wishes to be as pretty as Tofu one day) as well as a gregarious conure parrot, Tyrza, her ferret Moxie and 3 goldfish the size of mackerel! Outside of veterinary medicine Dr. Katie loves to work on her house (is there another wall I can rip down?), cook new tasty dishes and garden. Dr. Katie is fluent in sign language.

Dr. Alicia Ring, DVM


Dr. Alicia Ring grew up in downeast Maine and knew she wanted to become a veterinarian since she could remember. She graduated with a BS in Animal Science from the University of Maine at Orono in 2000 and then travelled to the midwest to study veterinary medicine at Iowa State University where she earned her degree in 2004.  
Her travels weren’t over, though, as she and her husband moved to Portland, Oregon to begin their careers.  She practiced in small animal veterinary medicine as well as at a no-kill cat shelter called Cat Adoption Team, where she rescued her infamous cat Sparky who had been electrocuted on a utility pole.  Finally, in 2007 her family had the opportunity to move back to their home state and they jumped at the chance. Since that time, Dr. Ring has practiced as an associate and a relief veterinarian all over southern Maine.  She joined our practice in 2011 and loves the wide variety of species that we see everyday.  She lives in Saco with her husband and four children, Lucas, Anna, Alex and Elizabeth as well as four friendly felines.  She enjoys reading (in those rare snippets of free time), baking with her children, and spending time at the lake with her family.

James Morrill, DVM

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Dr. James Morrill graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2013. He then stayed in Blacksburg, Virginia where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, Dr. James did his externship at Pine Point Animal Hospital and loved it! After graduation in May 2018, Dr. James moved up to Maine to join the PPAH team full time. Dr. James lives in Steep Falls with his husband Taylor (who is originally from Peaks Island, ME) and their two dogs; a boxer Willow and boxer-mix, Delphi. Outside of the clinic, Dr. James enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and white-water rafting. He also hopes to learn how to ski so he has things to do over the long Maine winters.   

Day in the life! RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital

To ensure that your pets receive the highest level of care and attention they deserve, we have a full-service facility, catering to your pet’s every need.

Our broad range of services includes comprehensive medical and surgical capabilities as well as a complete in-house diagnostic laboratory. Our clinic is not only furnished with state-of-the-art treatment and surgical equipment it is also managed by a genuinely compassionate, experienced, knowledgeable and devoted team of doctors and staff who truly love animals.

Animal Hospital of Saco

Physical Location
838 Portland Rd
Saco, Maine 04072

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 59
Saco, Maine 04072

Phone: (207) 494-8333
Fax: (207) 494-8910
Email:[email protected]


Our Route 1 location, Animal Hospital of Saco is temporarily closed due to structural water damage.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please call:
Saco Veterinary Clinic, located at 331 North St. location.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!

We are here at Saco Veterinary Clinic to serve all
of your pets needs.


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