VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

Our Story
At VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, we've helped pets live long, healthy and happy lives since 1942. We work hard to deliver the best medical care for your pets, as well as the best experience for you, the pet owner.

Our veterinarians, technicians and other pet-friendly support staff are trained to the highest standards. Their thorough knowledge of the latest procedures and medicines ensures that all our patients get the best in prevention and healing care.

Hometown Care at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

Welcome to VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, located in Alexandria, Virginia!  We are proud to be serving the community for so long and when you visit our hospital, you will experience why our hospital has been such an integral part of the community for so many years and why clients in Alexandria and the surrounding communities have entrusted their pets’ health to us.

Everyone on our staff believes the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them.  We'll make sure to give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam.  We'll also carefully document the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.  Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. When you come in you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care.  Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods. 

Local Medical Issues 

There are many local medical issues that can affect your pet. One of these is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi.  This organism is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.  It was first identified in humans in 1975 and in dogs in 1984, and the disease has been reported in every part of the United States, but is more common in certain areas. In this country, more than 90% of Lyme disease cases occur in the Northeast and in the North Central states. 

The most likely time to be bitten by an infected tick in the USA is April through November, but ticks can remain active throughout the winter if temperatures are mild.  At least three species of ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease; however, the great majority of transmissions are due to the bite of an extremely small (poppy-seed-sized) tick called the deer tick or black-legged tick. 

Accreditations & Affiliations
American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. As an accredited hospital, we voluntarily uphold the Association's high standards in 18 different areas and are routinely evaluated on over 900 different standards of veterinary care. Not all animal hospitals are accredited, and we are proud to be amongst only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals that hold this honor.