VCA Southern Maryland Veterinary Referral Center


  • Hospital Manager

    Monica Pelto

    Hospital Manager Monica Pelto was born in Richland, Washington and has always had a soft spot in her heart for all animals. Married in 1997 to her husband Jeff; they welcomed daughter Tanna and son RJ in 1998 & 1999. Monica has always had pets within the home. The current fur kids consist of 2 dogs (Belle & Tuck) and 3 cats (Shadow, Koda & Ash). Monica always knew she wanted to have a job in the veterinary field but did not know where until she learned of 24 hour emergency pet care and has been a part of it since. She started as a nurse in a general practice for several years and shortly after joined the team at VCA Southpaws where she spent the past 12 years as either an emergency veterinary technician or ER practice manager. Monica recently accepted the position as Hospital Manager here at SMVRC and is excited about the potential she has within the hospital. She is actively working with her entire team towards their goal of SMVRC becoming the leader in quality medicine and remaining a staple in the Southern Maryland veterinary community; as well as supporting the local veterinary hospitals in the area and finding ways in which they can give back to the community.

  • Referral Coordinator

    Krissy Moy
    School: University of Maryland School of Social Work, MSW

    Krissy is our Patient Referral Coordinator in the hospital. She has been with VCA SMVRC since 2010.  She is here as a patient advocate between our doctors and your referring veterinarian.  She is with you through our whole process from the time of admittance to discharge and even following up after that.  Krissy is a licensed social worker who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2014. She is a pit bull mom of two who enjoys weightlifting and traveling in her spare time.


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Southern Maryland Veterinary Referral Center provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 301-638-0988. We are located at 3485 Rockefeller Court. Waldorf, MD 20602.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.