Mutual Respect Policy

Our compassionate and knowledgeable team can answer your questions and concerns, including our client service representatives, certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and managers. All team members should be treated with the same respect as our doctors. If team members are relaying advice or information, they have been authorized and trained by the doctors to provide this communication. We take pride in mutually respectful relationships that benefit you, your pet, and us.


Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) Policy

By law, we must establish a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to provide medical care for your pet. This is defined in as our doctor physically examining your pet within the past 365 days. A VCPR is required to request refills of prescription medications and food, ask questions about health status or behavior, and request certain services such as telemedicine. We cannot provide these services if we do not have a legally valid VCPR.


Scheduling Policy

We see patients by appointment only. Walk-in urgent care and emergency patients will be triaged and seen based on medical priority or referred to a veterinary emergency hospital. Call us before seeking care because we have limited urgent care appointments reserved in daily schedules. If we have reached maximum patient capacity, we will refer you to an emergency hospital so your pet may receive timely care. Schedule appointments by phone 763-689-4604 or 320-679-4197 or book online. For after-hours emergency care, contact AERC at 651-293-1800.

Our veterinarians are not available for consultations outside of scheduled appointments and subsequent follow-ups. If you want to speak directly to a veterinarian about your pet’s health concern, please schedule an appointment or telemedicine consult. If you are unsure whether you need to consult with a doctor, call our client service team.


Appointment Deposit Policy

With the increased demand for appointments and wait times for veterinary services, it has become more challenging for our clients to schedule timely visits. Coupled with this, we have seen an increase in the number of clients failing to show up for scheduled appointments, despite email and text reminders.

To keep appointments available – and reduce wait times for all patients – East Central Veterinarians requires a deposit to schedule an appointment for new clients and existing clients who have had two or more missed doctor appointments in the past three years. The amount is fully credited to their visit and is only non-refundable if the patient doesn’t attend the scheduled appointment or gives less than 24 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule a doctor appointment.


Late Policy

We ask you to arrive before your scheduled appointment time so you may benefit from your full exam time. New client and patient history forms should be completed in advance to help our medical team prepare for your pet’s visit. A grace period of 10 minutes will be granted for unforeseen delays that you may encounter while traveling to our hospital. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, we will offer options of being rescheduled or if our schedule permits seen as a work-in or day admission. We strive to ensure clients and patients are seen in a timely manner and appreciate your on-time arrival. Clients who have multiple late arrivals for appointments may need to make a deposit for future visits or be seen as an urgent care or day admissions. Additional fees will apply.


Cancellation Policy

Please note that once you have booked an appointment with us it means that we have reserved time in our schedule exclusively for you.  If you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours before it is scheduled, you may be subject to a fee.  To avoid a cancellation fee, please provide notice at least 24 hours prior to your appointment so that we can reach out to another client.  


Payment Policy

Payment is required when services are provided. Prepayment may be required prior to services such as emergencies, surgery, infectious disease cases (i.e. parvo), and new clients. For your convenience, we accept cash and credit and debit cards. We offer financing options through Scratch Pay and CareCredit. We provide treatment plans with services and fees for hospitalized patients and surgical and dental procedures. If medical circumstances unexpectedly change, we promise to keep you informed on care as well as costs. You may ask about the cost of your pet’s care any time.


Medical Records Policy

You are entitled to a complete and thorough copy of your pet’s medical records at any time, including transferring them to a third party for adoption of new pets, housing verification, or scheduling of boarding, daycare, training, or veterinary specialist appointments. Medical records will be transferred by your request on the next business day. Record transfers may only be made by the listed agent(s) on the account. Record transfer requests can be done by phone 763-689-4604 or 320-679-4197 or on our website under client resources. Upon termination of the VCPR, we will transfer your pets’ records by email to a veterinary hospital of your choice.


Prescription Policy

By law, we must have established a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with one of our doctors within the past 365 days. A VCPR and prescription is required to request refills of prescription medications and prescription foods. We are happy to fill prescriptions here at East Central Veterinarians, through our online store, or to send a written prescription to allow our clients to fill prescriptions at the pharmacy of their choice.


Payment Options

Paying For Your Pet’s Care

We know billing can be a sensitive, personal matter, and that’s why our pay structure is designed with you in mind. We understand that cost of care must be a factor in any decision involving pet health care. At East Central Veterinarians, after your pet’s examination, we will review a treatment plan, including associated costs, for your pet’s individual health plan. At ECV, you are in control of your pet’s treatment; we promise to provide the level of health care that each owner has chosen.

We want paying your bill to be manageable and have payment options to fit your needs. If you need help, we’re here for you.  We accept cash, credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express), Scratch Pay, and Care Credit. We also offer Wellness Plans, these plans can be customized for your pet’s individual wellness needs and allow you to make convenient monthly payments.

Unfortunately, ECV cannot issue refunds for unused medications once the items leave the hospital.



Scratchpay is not a credit card and does not require a credit check and thus does not affect your credit score. It’s a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments. The process from application to decision takes only a few minutes. You can apply at home or at our clinic.

Care Credit

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed for you and your pet’s healthcare needs. It’s a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments. Care Credit only allows authorized users the ability to use the card, thus they require you to show two forms of identification at the time you use the card. If you are sending a family member or friend to ECV to make a payment on your account please make sure you have contacted Care Credit to make them an authorized user.

"East Central Vet is amazing. They take the time to know your pet and diagnose. They genuinely care and love the pets they see. They also have affordable plans for care."

ECV Client 2021

"Everyone was very accommodating & pleasant. They answered any questions I had. Dr. Pust was wonderful...very patient, helpful & informative!"

ECV Client 2021

"We happened apon ECV when our older dog needed urgent care and we loved how we w
ere treated that we have now started bringing our other dogs. Love the service and extra steps they take to take care of us and our pups!"

ECV Client 2020

"The care and concern shown towards our dog Abby and to us by all the staff members will long be remembered at this time that we really needed you the most. Thank you to everyone."

ECV Client 2017

"My pup was extremely well taken care of. Even a call to say he left his toy there. not many offices would take the time to find which dog the toy belongs with. Thanks so much."

ECV Client 2017