Proudly Serving Lakewood Ranch – Bradenton, Florida

UrgentVet is located in School House Plaza on FL-64 in Bradenton between I-75 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. We’re right across FL-64 from Carlos E. Haile Middle School.

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3PM-11PM Mon-Fri
10AM-8PM Sat-Sun
12PM–8PM All Holidays

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We understand what urgent means.

Our UrgentVet mission is simple: We want to be here for your pet when your primary care vet can’t. Our goal is to provide quick, convenient, affordable care 365 days a year. Think of us as urgent care for pets in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. We’ll be there when you need us most.

Welcome to UrgentVet – Lakewood Ranch

UrgentVet is delighted to be a part of the Lakewood Ranch community, serving pets in Bradenton and points beyond in Manatee and Sarasota Counties in Southwestern Florida.

Fast Facts About Our Clinic

  • Dog & cat specific exam rooms: Yes
  • Large & small dog exam rooms: Yes
  • Private comfort room: Yes
  • Online check in: Yes
  • Walk-ins accepted: Yes
  • Percentage of pets discharged back to their home: 90%
  • Open evenings: Yes
  • Open weekends: Yes
  • Open holidays: Yes
  • Open overnight: No
  • Preventative/general care: No
  • Urgent care: Yes
  • Diagnostics: Digital X-Ray machine, ultrasound, in-house lab
  • Record keeping: Cloud-based medical record keeping software
  • Pet health records & case information provided to regular vet: Yes

At Your Service

Dr. Megan Joyce


Dr. Megan Joyce graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2011 where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Spanish Studies. She then worked for the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, FL as an education specialist before realizing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Joyce graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.

She recently moved to the Lakewood Ranch-Bradenton area to join the UrgentVet team and looks forward to helping your pets! When she’s not practicing veterinary medicine, you can find her at the beach, practicing yoga or volunteering in the community.

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Janette Blanco

Clinic Manager

Janette Blanco is an animal lover who has been working in and around the veterinary field since the age of 14. She has a Degree in pre-veterinary medicine and she is a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA).

Her passion for all animals led her to volunteer for non-profit rescues, where she loved to adopt relinquished geriatric pets so they could live out their days in her home. Janette brings a wealth of experience to UrgentVet, including 6 years in a general practice setting and 5 years in emergency veterinary medicine. Throughout her career in pet medicine, she’s had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals. She’s done everything from rehabilitating horses and livestock, to nursing opossums and raccoons to microchipping snakes.

When she’s not on the job providing care for animals, you can find her at home relaxing with her two kitties or outside enjoying nature — at the beach, on a nature trail, in a kayak or on a paddleboard.

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UrgentVet provides care for non-life threatening emergencies that happen after your regular vet is closed. Here are some examples of the types of illnesses and injuries we treat.

Coughing, Sneezing
Excessive Drinking
Eye Discharge & Squinting
Not Eating or Not Drinking
Poison/Toxin Ingestion
Skin Allergies – Itching, Rashes, Hot Spots
Upper Respiratory Infections
Urinary Tract Problems – Frequency, Straining or Blood Vomiting

Back Pain
Cuts & Scrapes
Fracture Assessment
Mild Lameness
Minor Wounds & Lacerations
Pain Management
Post-Op Incisions
Toenail Injuries
Trouble Walking

Ain’t Doing Right
Anal Glands – Scooting, Licking
Anxiety & Motion Sickness
Bad Breath
Ear Infections – Head Shaking, Ear Discharge
End of Life Care-Euthanasia
Hiding or Whining
Hives & Facial Swelling
Lumps & Bumps
Snake Bites
Vaccine Reactions

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We Don’t Treat
Life Threatening

Proceed immediately to the nearest veterinary Emergency Hospital, not UrgentVet.

Hit By Car
Overnight Hospitalization
Kidney Failure