Emergency Veterinarian

Emergency vet Rapid City, SD.


The Emergency Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week from 7:00am – midnight. If you experience an emergency after midnight, please call our emergency service at 605-721-0789 to have our on-call Veterinarian meet you at the clinic.

The Emergency Veterinary Hospital is here to serve your critical care needs after hours, on weekends, and holidays. We are equipped with a state of the art treatment facility that includes an intensive care unit and runs with heated floors. You can rest easy knowing your pet is in good hands. We hope you never have an emergency, but want you to know that we are here to help if you need us.

Emergency Staff:


Dr. David Christensen

Dr. Dave Christensen has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating from Kansas State in 1992. He has spent most of his career in mixed animal practices, and owned his own practice in central Nebraska for about 10 years. He has cared for a wide variety of species, including exotics, and has experience in abdominal and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Christensen is the Emergency Veterinarian on the weekends and sees routine medical appointments on Mondays. He and his wife have 2 adult children and a grandson, who have given him the title "Baka".


Dr. Dustin Ahrendt

Dr. Ahrendt grew up on a small acreage near Humbold, South Dakota where his passion for animals both small and large was cultivated. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at South Dakota State University and his Veterinary degree at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing various sports as well as raising ornamental game birds. He looks forward to helping the patients and clients in the Rapid City area.

Hannah - Emergency Technician

Hannah grew up in the Black Hills where she currently resides with her husband, 2 kids and 4 dogs. Hannah first came to our clinic while working on her Paramedic degree in November of 2017, but since joining the practice, she has developed a strong interest in Emergency Veterinary Medicine and has decided to change her major. She is currently working on her undergrad in Biology at Black Hills State University as well as her Veterinary Technician degree. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, hunting, dirt biking and snowmobiling.


Beth - Emergency Technician

Beth was born and raised in Alliance, NE. She is married to her childhood sweetheart Anthony and they have 2 amazing kids (Blake and Brianna). Beth and her family moved to Rapid City in 2008 and in 2009 she got her dream job as an ER/Hospital technician here at the Emergency Veterinary Hospital. On her spare time she loves to spend time with her family whether it is hiking, camping, or even just staying home and watching movies. Beth has always been a big animal lover and she has a house full to show for it she has 6 dogs, 2 Cats, 2 ferrets and last but not least 5 sugar gliders.


Shanna - Emergency Technician

 Bio coming soon!


Jesica - Veterinary Assistant

Jesica was born in a small town in Indiana and came to Rapid City 15 years ago when she met her soulmate. Jesica loves all types of pets, but is drawn to "squishy faced" animals a little more. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband, 2 children and her 2 Boxer fur babies. Jesica is excited to be part of the Animal Clinic team...loving her career choice with no plans of leaving anytime soon!