VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Sarah Sheafor, DVM, DACVIM/Oncology, Medical Director

DVM, Michigan State University
Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
Departments: Oncology


Medical Director, Chief of Oncology
BS, Michigan State University
DVM, Michigan State University
Internship: North Carolina State University
Residency: Ohio State University, Medical Oncology & Internal Medicine
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine '" Oncology

Special Interests/Expertise: Diagnostic and therapeutic medical oncology, pain management, maximizing quality of life for cancer patients, transfusion medicine, infectious diseases, hematology.

Research/Lectures/Publications: Founding member of the Animal Cancer Institute/Animal Clinical Investigations performing clinical research in novel therapeutic agents. Lecturer for many local and regional veterinary societies, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students. Published in many veterinary journals.

Pets: Maude, a Jack Russell Terrier who was brought to SouthPaws by a rescue group due to multiple pelvic fractures when she was about a year old back in 2006. She's all fixed, and one day, she will be a pretty good dog. We're still hopeful on that last point.

Neville and Harriet, sibling tabby cats adopted as dumpster-diving stray kittens in the summer of 2008. Both were volunteer blood donors at SouthPaws until they grew too old! Now that they're full grown hellions -- they “boss” Maude around all day!

Personal Facts: Sarah grew up spending her school months in Baltimore, MD, and the summers in Northern Michigan. She still loves to travel (especially internationally), and enjoys reading, history, cooking, ethnic foods, and gardening.

Member of the VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center team since July 1997.


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.