VCA Veterinary Referral Associates


  • Maintenance

    Rob Nicholson

    Rob Nicholson is Maintenance Supervisor with VCA Veterinary Referral Associates. Rob started his employment at VCA/VRA in August 2003 when it was still located in the world famous, 100 year old dairy barn. His office and shop were located in the loft of the barn so he earned the nickname Barn Owl. He’s still referred to as such by long-time employees of VCA/VRA. Rob trained under the building engineers at Federal Realty Investment Trust, an owner of many properties in the area. Although the veterinary hospital field was new to him at the time, Rob fit right in and never looked back. His job includes maintaining all aspects of building equipment such as lights, plumbing, heating/cooling and many other repairs. Basically, whatever it takes to keep the hospital running.

    Rob has many interests outside of VCA/VRA. Some of which include hiking, biking and fishing. He also love to vacation at his mountain cabin in Virginia where he enjoys tubing, hiking and hunting for caves.

    Rob is an animal lover and adopted two dogs from VCA/VRA. His handsome Jack Russell terrier named Broozer and his French-fry loving, beautiful Jack Russell/Beagle mix named Piper. Although he doesn’t work directly with the animals in the hospital, Rob does feel like he keeps the facility in a condition that allows for a healthy stay for the animals.


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Veterinarian Referral Associates provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 301-926-3300. We are located at 500 Perry Parkway. Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.