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the best in personalized, compassionate veterinary care

Welcome to Back Cove Animal Hospital

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About Us

  1. We are gentle and compassionate - All of our staff have been trained to reduce the stress of veterinary visits for pets and their owners. This means lots of special treats, dog beds, cat perches, high-grip floors, calming music and in-room payment processing, among many other touches that make our clinic feel like home. We only book full-length 30-minute appointments, which means we will never rush you or your pet, and will take our time to get to know you. Additionally, we utilize unique combination and oral vaccines, which means we often only have to administer 1 or 2 injections to completely update your pets immunizations. Less pokes means less pain, less fear and fewer adverse reactions.

  2. We are modern - With a highly trained staff, after-hours veterinary phone support, a dedicated dental suite, digital radiography, ultrasound, in-house laboratory machines, advanced anesthetic monitoring and much more.

  3. We are online - Our practice is 100% paperless, which gives you access to your pet's medical records whenever you need them. Use our patient portal to view complete health history and browse and book appointments. Visit our online store to place orders, fulfill prescriptions and see recommendations. 

  4. We have a welcoming, vibrant facility - Our hospital was designed for you and your pet's comfort and safety. We practice the highest quality veterinary medicine in a clean and vibrant facility with separate cat and dog exam rooms and treatment areas, a complimentary beverage station and WiFi throughout the facility.

  5. We have parking - Our large, dedicated parking lot guarantees an easy visit.

  6. We are on the Back Cove - Enjoy a walk on the trail after your appointment, or just the view from our reception windows.

  7. We are local - We strongly believe in living local.  We make every effort to support our local community.

  8. We are convenient - Our location is just seconds from 295, allowing easy access from all of Portland, Falmouth, South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth. We offer evening and Saturday hours to make sure even the busiest pet-owners can get great veterinary care.

  9. We are flexible - Don't have time for an appointment? Drop off your pet on the way to work, and pick them up on your drive home. We'll take care of any medical issues or wellness updates, and your pet will enjoy a day of love, fun and day-care!

We opened Back Cove Animal Hospital in the Summer of 2019 to provide a unique and personable veterinary experience. We practice high quality veterinary medicine in a welcoming, clean and calm environment, with the goal of providing exceptional client and patient care tailored to you and your pet's unique needs.

Here are just a few of the ways we are doing that:

Every aspect of your experience with us, from the design of our hospital to the special training of our staff, is tailored to reduce stress and take the anxiety and fear out of your pet's veterinary visit. Our goal is to make your pet as excited to see us as we are to see them!

Stop by for a tour and happy visit to see what makes us so special!


Our hospital offers a wide range of medical and surgical veterinary services for dogs, cats and small mammals. Our services include wellness, preventative, urgent and emergency care, dentistry, spays and neuters as well as other soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. We also offer after-hours veterinary care phone support.

Prevention, Wellness and Grooming

Surgery & Dentistry


Pharmacy & Nutrition

Urgent & Emergency Care with After-Hours Veterinary Phone Support

Full Range of Diagnostic Testing

Whitney L.

Our puppy was recently neutered at Back Cove Animal Hospital. Dr. Nicole Fortin is outstanding along with the rest of her staff. They explained the procedure in a clear way and gave us everything in an email as well. They are a hospital that truly cares about the well being of the animals. We look forward to many years with them as Bruin grows up! We would highly recommend this animal hospital!

Darlene S.

I've used other Portland Vets in the past but decided to try out Back Cove for my new rescue. I was worried because he is very timid and nervous in new situations/places. Dr Fortin and staff did a wonderful job at making him feel at ease. The space is comfortable, clean, and they were so caring. Timmy even got a bath with mild sedation which was really needed. If you are looking for a Vet don't hesitate to try this place!

Melissa B.

Dr. Fortin and the team at Back Cove Animal Hospital are absolutely amazing. We brought our bulldog puppy here for an emergency visit and second opinion. They handled the situation quickly and efficiently with compassion and kindness. We cannot thank them enough for getting our puppy, Hank, feeling better. Looking forward to bringing our bulldogs here for top notch quality service and care!

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8am - 12pm



Licensed veterinary professionals available by phone 24/7 

Access medical records and browse and book appointments 24/7 on our patient portal

Back Cove Animal Hospital

55 Baxter Boulevard

Portland ME 04101

Phone: (207) 253-1780

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