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In the bustling heart of St. Petersburg, a beacon of hope and care shines for the city's beloved pets. Beacon 24/7 Veterinary ER, located at 2909 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL, led by the dynamic duo Dr. Ellen Buerkett and Nathan Buerkett, stands as a testament to dedicated emergency veterinary care, operating tirelessly around the clock, every day of the year.


A Homegrown Commitment Born from the deep-rooted love for the community, Dr. Ellen Buerkett, a native of Pinellas County, and Nathan Buerkett, a resident since 2003, have woven their lives into the fabric of St. Petersburg. Their journey, which began in 2012, blossomed into the inception of Beacon 24/7 Veterinary ER in February 2023. Their mission was clear: to fill the void of round-the-clock emergency veterinary care in their hometown, a need that Dr. Buerkett keenly observed during her tenure as an emergency veterinarian in Tampa.


Unique Approach to Veterinary Care Beacon 24/7 Veterinary ER doesn’t just provide services; it redefines the essence of emergency veterinary care. Operating non-stop, the facility is the only veterinary hospital in St. Petersburg that ensures your pet has immediate access to comprehensive emergency care. But what truly sets Beacon apart is their philosophy – a blend of modern medicine, heartfelt empathy, and a recognition that every pet and pet owner deserves understanding and comfort during stressful times.


Expertise That Makes a Difference Under the guidance of Dr. Buerkett, with her extensive background in emergency and emergent surgeries, and the strategic direction of Nathan Buerkett, Beacon 24/7 Veterinary ER excels in delivering critical care. From treating toxin exposures and wounds to providing oxygen supplementation and blood transfusions, their skilled team is equipped to handle a myriad of emergency situations with precision and compassion. The facility boasts state-of-the-art in-house diagnostics, including bloodwork, rapid ultrasound imaging, and X-rays reviewed by board-certified specialists, ensuring that your pet's condition is promptly and accurately assessed.


A Community-Centric Vision Since its inception, Beacon has not only provided unparalleled care to 5,940 pets and their families but also cemented its role as a community pillar. The Buerketts' commitment extends beyond veterinary care; they are dedicated to fostering a vibrant, healthy community, evident in their active Chamber membership and their aspiration to contribute positively to the fabric of St. Petersburg.


Celebrating One Year of Service and Care As Beacon 24/7 Veterinary ER approaches its first anniversary in February, the milestone is not just a measure of time but a testament to the unwavering dedication to the pets and people of St. Petersburg. It's a year marked by growth, countless saved lives, and deepened community bonds.

In the heart of a city renowned for its evolution and natural beauty, Beacon 24/7 Veterinary ER stands as a symbol of progressive care, heartfelt service, and an unwavering commitment to the well-being of every pet that walks through its doors. For Dr. Ellen Buerkett, Nathan Buerkett, and their team, it's not just about being a different breed of care; it's about making a difference, one pet, and one family at a time. Beacon truly is a shining example of what it means to serve and care within the vibrant community of St. Pete. Call them at 727-619-4800, or just walk in!


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