VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Lauren R. Talarico, DVM, DACVIM/Neurology, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Cornell University
Certifications: DACVIM/Neurology
Departments: Neurology


Lauren R. Talarico, DVM, ACVIM (Neurology)
BS, Bucknell University
DVM, Cornell Univeristy
Internship: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Residency: Cornell University
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Neurology

Special Interests/Expertise: Surgical management of cranial cervical junction malformations (Chiari-like malformations and atlanto-occipital overlapping), spinal surgery, medical management of autoimmune and infectious brain disease, and MRI analysis!


Published in the following veterinary journals:
Denervation of the tensor veli palatini muscle and effusion in the tympanic cavity. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. In press.
Surgical Treatment of a Meningoencephalocele in a Cat. Veterinary Surgery. Volume 40. Issue 4. June, 2011.
Idiopathic granulomatous and necrotizing inflammatory disorders of the canine centralnervous system: a review and future perspectives. Journal of Small Animal Practice. Volume 51. Issue 3. March, 2010.

Book chapters include:
Intracranial Neoplasia in Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal. Volume 1
Polyradiculoneuritis in the Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Edition
Lysosomal Storage Diseases in the Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Edition
Myopathies in A Practical Guide to Canine & Feline Neurology, 3rd Edition
Neuropathies in A Practical Guide to Canine & Feline Neurology, 3rd Edition
Non-Infectious/Inflammatory Disease of the Central Nervous System in Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy Volume XV

Research grants include:
American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project Research Grant-Collaborate research on canine Chiari-like Malformations through Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC.

Pets: Raesynette, the chocolate Labrador with the constantly wagging tail.

Personal Facts: Lauren grew up in the southern New Jersey beach area and loves the outdoors. She is an avid marathon runner, cyclist and swimmer. In her free time, Lauren enjoys working on her surgical and genetic Canine Chiari-Malformation research projects through Children’s National Pediatric Neurosurgery and spending time with her best dog buddy, Raesynette.

Member of the VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center team since July 20, 2012.


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

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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.