VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Our Hospital

For over 20 years, VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & 24-hour Emergency Center has been serving the metropolitan DC community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our board-certified veterinarians provide the best specialty and emergency care for pets and their owners throughout Northern Virginia (including Falls Church, Vienna, Annandale, Burke, and McLean), Washington DC, and Montgomery County, MD.

Founded in 1995 by three left-handed doctors, SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center is uniquely qualified to address major, life-threatening, challenging or difficult health problems in pets. Our specialists have undergone two to four years of advanced training following completion of their veterinary doctoral degree. They then complete rigorous qualification procedures and examinations in order to be called “specialists.” SouthPaws’ specialists provide care in our surgery, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, and CritiCare departments. Our Pet Rehabilitation service is run by a real physical therapist, not someone who took a quick seminar. Our CritiCare department offers twenty-four hour admissions for urgent, critical or emergency patients, and provides continuous care including weekends and holidays. Our hospital's compassionate and expert medical team has years of experience in companion animal medicine, and they are dedicated to one thing -- helping your pets get well.

In addition to our exceptional staff, SouthPaws is equipped with the most advanced, state-of-the art technology available, allowing our doctors to arrive at quicker and more accurate diagnoses and treatment protocols. Our hospital offers ultrasonagraphic examinations, neuroelectrodiagnostics, complete endoscopy services, laparoscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), digital radiography and fluoroscopy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), linear accelerator for radiation therapy, I-131 therapy for hyperthyroid cats, 3D Spiral CT scanner, respiratory ventilators, and five enclosed surgical suites with complex anesthetic monitoring equipment - ready to be used to provide the best care possible for your pet.

Whether it is endoscopy to evaluate a gastric ulcer; ultrasonography to look for liver shunts; total hip replacement surgery for dysplasia; combination chemotherapy for lymphoma; radiation therapy for soft tissue sarcomas; blood transfusions for anemia; delicate brain surgery to remove a tumor or repair a skull fracture; corneal grafting for a lacerated eye; thoracoscopic surgery to remove a diseased pericardium; 24 hour oxygen, fluid and intravenous antibiotic therapy for pneumonia; partial mandibulectomy to remove oral cancer; or a discussion of medical, nutritional, and pain management for chronic illnesses, you are certain to find what your pet needs at SouthPaws.

Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center. Should your pet ever experience a medical crisis or require the expertise of a veterinary specialist, we are here to help, offering the best medical expertise, advanced technology and a dedicated and compassionate staff.

The staff of SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center


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.