VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital

Merilee Costello, DVM, DACVECC, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Michigan State University
Certifications: DACVECC
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care


Dr. Costello received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and completed her residency training in emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Board-certified veterinary specialist, she performed clinical research and served as a staff clinician in the Emergency Service at the Matthew J. Ryan Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2006. She also completed advanced training in veterinary hemodialysis at the University of California Davis and worked in the hemodialysis unit at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004 - 2006. Dr. Costello has lectured extensively including international speaking engagements in Germany, Japan and Thailand.  She co-edited the book Feline Emergency and Critical Care, the first book written specifically for feline critical care and emergency.  Her clinical interests include acute and chronic renal failure, critically ill feline patients, and endocrine dysfunction in critical illness and sepsis.  Dr. Costello lives with her spouse, daughter and two dogs and enjoys gardening and cooking.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

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.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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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.