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History of the Southwest Animal Emergency Clinic

In the early winter of 2005, the veterinarians of Southern Utah and St. George met to consider the value of a local emergency clinic to serve the St. George, Cedar City, Northwest Arizona and Southern Nevada areas.

Some of the doctors had come from more urban areas that offered after hours emergency clinics and realized the benefits to our communities as well as to the regular veterinarians of having such a facility in St. George.

By April 25, 2005, the funding and organization of the clinic was in place. Clinic doors opened to a new service, known as Southwest Animal Emergency Clinic, to help obtain emergency medical services for all small animals in this area.


The clinic was originally located in the EastRidge Mall at 435 North 1680 East. On August 12, 2013 we moved to our current location at 1067 E Tabernacle in St. George.

Dr. Mark Wells was the first Medical Director, with experience of practicing veterinary medicine for 35 years in California. In 1975 he established a full time veterinary emergency clinic and has practiced emergency medicine for many years. He helped establish this emergency clinic in St. George and has aided in its success.

In January of 2019, Dr. Amy Murdock became the current Medical Director at Southwest Animal Emergency Clinic. Dr Murdock comes to Southwest Animal Emergency Clinic with nearly 13 years of experience after practicing in Arizona, Idaho and Colorado. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from Washington State University. Dr. Murdock has dedicated herself to the success and growth of our clinic. She strives to keep our staff and clinic up to date on all of the most recent emergency and critical care protocols.


The emergency clinic is supported by 15 local veterinarians and has helped improve the health and life of our area’s dogs and cats.

The operating board now includes Doctors Bruce Jacobson, Kelly Houston, Craig Brinkerhoff, Scott Hannig and Rebecca Thode.



Hours of Operation

Area of Service

Southwest Utah, Southeast Nevada, and Northwest Arizona.

Open weeknights 5PM to 8AM

24 hours on weekends and holidays


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