VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Sara Vachher, DVM, DACVECC, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island
Certifications: DACVECC
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care


BSc: McGill University, Quebec, 1999
DVM: Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI, 2004
Internship: Affiliated Animal Care, Chesapeake VA, 2004-5
Residency: VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, Gaithersburg MD, 2005-8
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Special Interests/Expertise: Shock, fluid therapy and transfusion medicine, toxicities, pain management and intensive management of the critical patient.

Pets: Damien, an affectionate and hungry buff cat who runs the house, and Max, also a buff cat and a bit younger, known as Mr. Nice Guy.

Personal Facts: Sara was born and raised in Eastern Canada. She moved to the U.S. in 2004 and has settled in Northern Virginia with her husband, Mark. She enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, exploring D.C. and sampling its many restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.

Member of the VCA Southpaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center team since May 2011.


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.