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. Sara Porter

Dr. Sara Porter grew up on a farm that went from a dairy, to ostriches, to corn and beans in Indiana. She attended Ross University for her pre-clinical veterinary school and Michigan State for her clinical year (Go Spartans!) Before moving to South Dakota with her newly wedded husband, she practiced in a small town outside of South Bend, IN. Dr. Porter has a special interest in behavior and is grateful to be an advocate for animals. In her free time, she likes to dance and play volleyball. Dr. Porter is happy to be in Rapid City and is looking forward to caring for all of your furry family members!


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.


Miranda - Emergency Technician

Miranda was born and raised right here in Rapid City. She has always had a love for animals, from catching snakes, turtles and lizards when she was younger to raising, showing and breeding Great Danes today. In her free time, she loves doing anything that involves being outside including camping, fishing, hiking and spending time with her family. She is married to her best friend (Jesse), have two amazing children (Halei and Haiden), a dog named Ebony and a cat named Bruce.

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.

Brandy - Emergency Technician

Brandy has a very eclectic background working with different types of exotic animals. Brandy has always been passionate about endangered species and was lucky to take part in a US Fish and Wildlife Service project repopulating a species of butterfly that was thought to be extinct. She has worked with large cats, primates, elephants, marsupials and birds of prey (just to name a few). She has also worked in areas of wildlife rehabilitation with dolphins and sea turtles at Mote Aquarium in Florida. During that time, she also worked as a marine biologist teaching eco-culture in the Sarasota Bay area. Brandy relocated to the Rapid City area where her family has roots and achieved her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from Black Hills State University. During the summer season, in her free time, Brandy works with a team of scientists collecting data on the local bat population in the Black Hills.


Shanna - Emergency Technician

 Bio coming soon!

Kyrsten, RVT - Emergency Technician

Kyrsten was raised in the beautiful mountain state of Colorado.  She is married to her high school sweetheart (Joseph), who is currently serving our country in the Air Force.  Joseph and Kyrsten have no human children but consider their dog (Koda), bearded dragon (Aussie), and their sugar gliders (Kaiah and Kricket) to be their babies and love them dearly.  Kyrsten attended college at the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology and, after graduating college, she moved to Rapid City to finally be with her husband after being separated from him for 2 years.  Upon arriving in the Black Hills, she was excited to be able to pursue her dream job as a Veterinary Technician by joining the Animal Clinic/Emergency Veterinary Hospital team.  Kyrsten’s interests in veterinary medicine are emergency and critical care, anesthesia/analgesia and pharmacology.  Kyrsten has known her whole life that veterinary medicine is where her heart belongs and she loves working at Emergency Veterinary Hospital.  In her spare time, she likes to play video games, watch movies, hike and ride horses.  She looks forward to helping you with your fur babies’ emergency needs.