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.
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.
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.
Caring for pets means meeting a wide range of needs beyond health care. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of organizations and businesses eager to help.
Here’s where to meet the local groups that we recommend to our pet-loving families.
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
The premier association for animal hospitals across the Nation. Visit the site to learn more about our membership in AAHA.Visit American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 80,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia and uniformed services.Visit American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
The League is an animal sheltering and welfare organization focused on community responsiveness, professional animal care, dynamic education, and compatible adoptions.Visit Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Animal Welfare League of Arlington
The mission of the AWLA is to improve the lives of animals. Their vision is to create a world where all companion animals find compassionate and permanent homes.Visit Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Everything you ever wanted to know about heartworm disease can be found here!Visit Heartworm Society
The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release to the wild of injured, ill or orphaned native Virginia birds of prey (raptors).Visit Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
The Wildlife Rescue League
The Wildlife Rescue League is non-profit organization providing care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in order to return them to the wild.Visit The Wildlife Rescue League
Protecting American Agriculture" is the basic charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants.Visit USDA-APHIS
Veterinary Information Network
VIN is the world's first and largest online veterinary community. Allowing access to the most current medical information for our veterinarians and consultation with fellow veterinarians across the country.Visit Veterinary Information Network
VeterinaryPartner.com is here to support your veterinarian and you in the care of your companion animals by providing reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network, the world's first and largest online veterinary database.Visit Veterinary Partner
Humane Rescue Alliance
As the only open-access shelter in the Nation's Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services.Visit Humane Rescue Alliance
Avalon Bay CommunitiesVisit Avalon Bay Communities
Mount Vernon at HomeVisit Mount Vernon at Home
At Home in AlexandriaVisit At Home in Alexandria
Argus InstituteVisit Argus Institute
Human Animal Bond
We provide education to the general public as well as the veterinary and mental health communities about the importance of the Human-Animal Bond. We provide educational resources, support groups, and opportunities to celebrate the unique bond between animals and their families.Visit Human/Animal Bond Trust
Losing a pet can be devastating, but you are not alone in your grief. The following online communities and resources can help you begin recovering from your loss.
Human/Animal Bond Trust
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement