VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center


Recent innovations in veterinary and minimally invasive surgical technology are changing the face of veterinary soft tissue surgery. New minimally invasive surgical approaches have been developed to compliment or replace traditional techniques. In many cases, quicker recovery time and superior visualization have also been demonstrated with minimally invasive techniques. Most minimally invasive procedures require 2 small incisions, but more advanced procedures can require 4-6 small ports for instrumentation.

Some of the minimally invasive soft tissue procedures offered at our hospital are listed below:


  • Laparoscopic kidney biopsy
  • Laparoscopic assisted ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy
  • Laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy
  • Laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy (bladder stone removal)
  • Laparoscopic assisted cystopexy
  • Laparoscopic assisted cystostomy tube placement


  • Exploratory laparoscopy with multiple biopsies
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
  • Laparoscopic assisted foreign body removal (intestinal)
  • Laparoscopic liver biopsy
  • Laparoscopic pancreatic biopsy
  • Laparoscopic abdominal mass explore and biopsy
  • Laparoscopic assisted colopexy
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic assisted feeding tube placement (low-profile gastrostomy, gastrostomy, jejunostomy)
  • Laparoscopic assisted cholecystectomy �" coming soon



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.