Animal Referral & Emergency Centre (AREC) provides specialist, referraland emergency healthcare for pets throughout Newcastle, Maitland and the Hunter region.

Newcastle's animal referral, specialist and emergency vet care experts

Since 2004 AREC has been delivering 24/7 emergency care for pets in the Hunter region. With over 100 qualified staff, our purpose-built facilities provide holistic medical care to more than 10,000 pets & their humans every year.

It's hard to make decisions about your pet's healthcare

Time slows down in a consult room when you’re upset, confused and waiting. You just want to know what’s happening. At AREC we help pet owners find a way through the grief and confusion so you can make the right decision for your pet.

Get the information & Treatment you need

You can breathe a sigh of relief because after-hours emergency care is available when your pet needs it most. With access to specialist medical advice and treatment options, you can be confident your fur-baby is in good hands


3 steps to getting emergency
vet care for your pet

If there's an emergency and your regular vet isn't available, give us a call & bring your pet to see us

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A nurse will triage your pet & a vet will examine them

pet owners

We'll provide a treatment plan so you can decide on the best care option for your pet

Expert advice & tips on caring for your pet.

Rat Bait Toxicity in Dogs

Kevin’s owners brought him straight to AREC after noticing he was becoming lethargic and was off his food, he also had a mild nosebleed. A blood test confirmed he was suffering from rodenticide toxicity from ingestion of rat bait – which can be fatal.


Ticks on Dogs

Our emergency veterinarian, Dr Liz Napier shares advice on symptoms of paralysis ticks to look for, and the search techniques to find them on your pet.  Paralysis ticks are a

Dog licking chocolate bunny and easter eggs

Avoiding Easter Vet Bills

The dangers of chocolate, hot cross buns, and other seemingly-harmless treats. Plus, tips on how to keep your dog (and cat) safe and avoid vet bills this easter.


Join our team

Our vets & vet nurses are the
of everything we do.

Acknowledgement of country

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the Traditional
Owners of this land and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.