VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Heather Hoch, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Kansas State University
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine


BS, Kansas State University
DVM, Kansas State University, 2004
Internship: Auburn University
Residency: Louisiana State University
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Special Interest/Expertise: I like it all! Especially infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, immune mediated disease.


Canine & Feline Dirofilariasis: Life Cycle, Pathophysiology & Diagnosis
Compendium, Continuing Education for Veterinarians, March 2008

Canine & Feline Dirofilariasis: Prophylaxis, Treatment, & Complications of Treatment
Compendium, Continuing Education for Veterinarians, March 2008

Pets: Autumn and Macie (Wowzers: Schnauzer/Westie cross). I adopted 'double and trouble' when they were only 9 weeks old. Their previous owner had purchased them to be companions for their older dog, but the older dog despised them, so was looking for a new home for them. Initially I was only going to keep one, but after one night, I could not part with either one of them. Olive -- a golden retriever that I picked up from a small farm in Pennsylvania. She is the perfect addition to balance out my pack.

Personal Facts: I grew up in a small town in Kansas. My grandparents owned/operated a dairy farm, where I spent a lot of time in the Summer. I knew that I wanted to be a Veterinarian since I was a little girl. I feel fortunate to have the best job in the world. Outside of working, I like to spend time with my family and friends, travel and spend time outdoors.

Member of the VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center team since August 2007.


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


24/7/365, if your pet has a medical emergency, you can find us at the following address:

TEL: 703-752-9100

Click here for directions to our location.

VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving pets and their people in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington DC metro area. If you suspect your pet is having a medical crisis, our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist you.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.