VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center

Lisa Assandri, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Texas A&M University
Certifications: DACVIM
ACVIM, University of Illinois
Departments: Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine


Born in Canada and raised in Texas, Dr. Lisa Assandri grew up to become a proud “Aggie”, receiving her DVM from Texas A & M University in 1991.  Following completion in 1992 of an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, she returned to Texas for some sunshine and one year of general small animal practice.  In 1996, Dr. Assandri finished a three-year residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois, becoming a specialist as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr Assandri is the author of several publications in veterinary internal medicine and has participated in research on congenital kidney disease in dogs.

Dr. Assandri's areas of special interest include diagnosis and treatment of liver, gastrointestinal, and kidney disease. She is proficient at and enjoys the use of endoscopy as a diagnostic tool in nasal, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal disease.

Following her residency, Dr. Assandri practiced for 10 years in southern California. She worked at several large specialty hospitals in the region. During the last 4 years of her time there, she established and partnered in her own specialty hospital, still functioning today as Pasadena Veterinary Specialists.

In 2006, Dr. Assandri and her family were looking for a more family friendly environment to put down roots and ended up here in Pittsburgh with VCA Northview Animal Hospital. She has grown to love the community and now considers it her home. She is married and has a son who keeps her busy with “mom stuff”.
Dr. Assandri has a houseful of rescued pets of her own. Canine members include Joey, a lab mix from a West Virginia shelter, Molly, a sheltie adopted with a congenital heart defect (all fixed now!) and Hermione, born at the hospital to a stray dog. Henry the fat cat is the last adoptee from the streets of Los Angeles and his feline nemesis is Lucky from Pittsburgh. Just to keep things interesting, the family also includes James, a parrot, and Blaster the guinea pig. Dr. Assandri is too busy to have hobbies anymore, keeping busy with family life, but remembers enjoying skiing, traveling, swimming and motorcycling.


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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at (412) 364-5353