VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Robert L. Toal, Jr., DVM, DACVR, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, University of Georgia
Certifications: DACVR
Departments: Diagnostic Imaging


DVM, University of Georgia
MS, University of Georgia
Internship: Private Practice
Residency: Radiology, University of Georgia
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology

Special Interests/Expertise: Ultrasonography, CT, MRI, radiology.

Research/Lectures/Publications: Bob is the author of more than 80 scientific publications about small and large animal imaging. He is also the author of the textbook, Ultrasound for the Practitioner.

Pets: Buddy, a 12 year old American Rat Terrier; Jack, a 5 year old West Highland White Terrier -- both former shelter dogs.

Personal Facts: A native of Maryland, Bob taught radiology, ultrasonography, and CT/MRI, and nuclear medicine at the University of Tennesee for 20 years before coming to VCA SouthPaws. As a veterinary radiologist, he has interpreted over 6000 MRIs. He enjoys reading about history, spending time with his family and home restoration.

Member of the VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center team since January 2001.


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.