VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital

Amy Alwood, Medical Director, DVM, DACVECC, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Tufts University
Certifications: DACVECC
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care


Dr. Alwood is a Critical Care Specialist currently serving as Medical Director at VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, MA.  Prior to relocating to New England in 2010 she had worked in a private 24-hour referral hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where in addition to providing emergency and critical care she also trained several residents in emergency and critical care.  Dr. Alwood is a proud graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 1998).  After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, she spent 2 years practicing both general wellness care and emergency medicine in the northeast region.  She completed her residency training in emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005 and also served as an attending clinician in the intensive care unit at the University upon completion of her residency training.  In 2006, she relocated from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to assist with the expansion of a critical care service in private practice which included the development of a residency training program.  She has completed research investigating respiratory complications in post-operative and ICU patients and has also investigated the use of anticoagulant or “blood thinner” therapies in dogs and cats.  Her additional clinical interests include diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia, thromboembolic disease, treatment of shock, and any critical complications of surgical or medical conditions.   Dr. Alwood loves the New England seasons and the charm of the New England towns and history.  She values the access to cultural and educational resources in the greater Western Massachusetts region while having access to the cities of Boston and NYC.  She loves being able to expose her daughter to the agricultural communities and feels that is important that her daughter understands where her food “comes from.”  She shares a home in Longmeadow with her spouse and daughter as well as two dogs-including a rambunctious Golden Retriever.  She enjoys cooking, time with friends and travel to anywhere coastal.


General Practice

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The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

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Emergency Care

VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital
1235 Boston Road
Springfield, MA 01119
Tel (413) 783-0603
Tel  (413) 783-1203

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In the event of a pet medical emergency, please call us at 413-783-0603 or drive immediately to our facility - no appointment is needed. VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital has doctors and staff on duty and ready to assist you and your pet during a medical crisis - 24/7, 365 days a year.

PLEASE NOTE:  After 11 pm our hospital's front door is locked for security reasons. Simply ring the doorbell to the left of the front door, and our ICU staff will come immediately to aid you and your pet.