OPEN 24/7 - 365 DAYS
We’re a 24/7 animal emergency hospital serving the Naples, FL and the entire Collier county area. As an emergency vet only, we specialize in providing the most compassionate, thoughtful, and progressive care to pets when they most need it.
A few things distinguish C.A.R.E from other emergency vets: First of all, an experienced vet will pick up the phone to answer when you call. Next, if we recommend that you come in, your pet will see a vet right away–before you need to fill out any paperwork. Additionally, we’ll examine and treat your pet wherever they feel most comfortable.
Our vets are happy to sit on the floor with your pet if it puts them more at ease. And finally, we don’t separate pets from their people if we can help it. Want to stay by your companion’s side? We’ll make it happen.
The C.A.R.E Team
Our staff is available 24/7, 365 days a year to serve your pet’s emergent medical needs in our walk-in animal hospital in Naples, FL.
Our team is highly skilled, compassionate and eager to serve our neighbors.
Albert Lopez, DVM
Owner/CEO - Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Lopez is the Chief Medical Officer, and Owner-CEO at Collier Animal Referral & Emergency, a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Referral Center located in North Naples , Florida (CARE). He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Camaguey, Cuba College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.
Dr. Lopez worked in general practice in the Caribbean and Europe for the following years developing skills in Critical Care and Surgery.
In 2001, Dr. Lopez arrived to the US with the dream to become a business owner. He completed his licensing requirements and started his practice in Orlando, Florida after him and his family relocated to Naples and founded Concierge Veterinary Hospital .
Prior to establishing Concierge Veterinary Hospital of Naples and Collier Animal Referral & Emergency , Dr. Lopez practiced as an Emergency Veterinarian at Animal Specialty Center in Naples, Florida where he assisted in the development and growth of their Emergency and Critical Care Department and also practiced in the Caribbean, Europe and Florida creating more than 25 years of experience.
Dr. Lopez has been involved locally assisting and donating equipments and resources to the Naples Humane Society and the Collier County Department of Animal Services.
Dr Lopez has been President of the Collier County Veterinary Society, he is an active member of the Collier County veterinary Society , Florida Veterinary Medical association , American Veterinary Medical Association and the Cuban Veterinary Medical Association in Exile.
He has also volunteered his time to be an active member of the Lorenzo Walker Technical Institute advisory board to improve the veterinary career and help many young kids to pursue their dreams to become a Veterinarian.
His clinical interests include endocrine diseases, emergency and surgery.
His passion is to help others and assist his patients and clients with the best level of care possible and to create opportunities for the new generations.
GABRIELA SANCHEZ, DVM
Areas of Interest: Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Diagnostic Imaging
Dr. Sanchez graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, Grenada in 2021 with a degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Virginia Tech. Originally from Miami, she moved to Naples in 2006 where she completed high school and her undergraduate studies. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Sanchez worked for one year in a general practice/urgent care facility and then decided to move on to emergency medicine at Collier Animal Referral and Emergency in January of 2023. Her interests include internal medicine, emergency/critical care and diagnostic imaging and she is mainly focused on small animals.
Dr. Sanchez has three pets of her own, two Chihuahuas named Hazel and Havana and a Persian cat named Hugo. During her off time, she enjoys staying active and going to the gym, traveling and spending time with her family. Dr. Sanchez is very grateful to be part of the emergency veterinary team at CARE and is here to help you and your pets as best as she can.
JESSICA HERNANDEZ, DVM
As a young child Dr Hernandez grew up on a small farm in Cuba. By the age of 10, she knew veterinary medicine was her calling. It has been a passion of hers ever since, and she is grateful to have had the opportunity to follow her dreams. Dr. Hernandez graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics from the University of Havana, Cuba in 2013. After graduation and obtaining her doctorate in veterinary medicine she emigrated to Panama. In Panama she practiced medicine in a small animal hospital as well as offering her services and time helping shelter pets. During this time, Dr. Hernandez felt she could do more for her patients and she did. She pursued a career in the United States and settled in South West Florida. Over the past few years working in SW Florida, Dr Hernandez has continued her education focusing on internal medicine, soft tissue surgeries, dermatologic cases and most recently emergency medicine.
In her free-time, Dr Hernandez loves to travel and spending time with her husband, family and her 3 rescue dogs Yokitin, Simon and Negrita. She is bilingual and also a member of AVMA, FVMA and CVMAE.
ISTVAN SINKA, DVM
Areas of interest:
• Soft Tissue Surgery • Pediatric Patient Care • Critical Care
Dr. Sinka grew up in Transylvania and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Lasi, Romania. For a short time he was practicing in Europe before he decided to move to the United States of America. He is practicing in the Southwest Florida area for the past few years.
Dr. Sinka has a special interest in soft tissue surgery. He believes that the visits to the clinic should be relaxing and informative for the whole family. When not at work, Dr. Sinka likes to travel, enjoys to spend time with his family and play with *Cutie* and *Morzsa* their pets. He is also a member of the AVMA, FVMA and the local Collier County Veterinary Society.cing elit.