Being AAHA accredited for over 40 years and ever-present in the Pittsburgh community for over 70 years, VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital is happy to continue the tradition of helping your pets to live long, healthy and happy lives. Located in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, we offer not only emergency and critical veterinary care, but also general wellness services for your dogs, cats, exotic and pocket pets. We pride ourselves on offering a full complement of services in virtually all areas of medical veterinary care, ensuring that every patient receives the highest quality of veterinary care available. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the resources available at VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital for all your pet’s healthcare needs.
Welcome to VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital!
Regardless of whether you bring your pet to us for a well visit, illness, surgery, diagnostics or emergency, we are ready to provide your pet with excellent, compassionate care and provide you with courteous service. When you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians and staff are praised for their kind and thorough care.
With every visit, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and front desk staff are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines, procedures and access to state-of-the-art equipment ensures that all our patients receive the best in preventive care, treatment, and recovery.
We are proud to be an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) AAHA-accredited hospitals adhere to the highest quality standards, which helps ensure the best care for your pet. AAHA has developed a set of accreditation standards that are widely used as benchmarks to measure excellence in veterinary medicine. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards. Hospitals accredited by AAHA must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service and they are re-evaluated every three years to make sure they are keeping up with industry updates. VCA Castle Shannon has been an accredited AAHA hospital since 1974.
We are a member of AAFP; American Association of Feline Practitioners and a Silver level member of AAFP's "Cat Friendly Practice"program. The mission of AAFP and the Cat Friendly Practice initiative is to improve the health and welfare of our feline patients with high practice standards and reduce the stress of hospital visits for both the pet and the owner.
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.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) represents practitioners in the veterinary community who are passionate about the care of cats and supports its members in improving the health and welfare of feline patients. With a reputation as a leader in the field of feline medicine, the AAFP helps veterinary practices establish a feline-friendly environment that reduces stress for cats during veterinary visits.
The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a leading movement to make veterinary care less stressful for cats and their caregivers. This global initiative is designed to elevate care for cats by assisting practices in developing calming, cat-friendly environments and reducing stress for felines before, during, and after their veterinary visit.
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.
Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team
What began as one dog on an airplane several years ago has evolved into a team of over 100 volunteers who fly or drive animals from danger to safety. Founded in 2009 by pilots and friends Brad Childs and Jonathan Plesset, the organization become a recognized 501c(3) entity in 2012. Since then our teams have conducted a wide range of missions including hoarding cases, saving animals from dog fighting rings and natural disasters, and helping overcrowded shelters. We now have the capability to respond to a huge variety of rescue needs both near and far.Visit PAART