Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Commonwealth Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.

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paw Team Spotlight
Daniel Cook
DVM Medical Director
A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Cook received his undergraduate education at Georgetown University before attending Kansas State University's school of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2009, Dr. Cook practiced extensively in the region before starting at VCA Commonwealth as Medical Director. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology. In his spare time, Dr. Cook enjoys cooking, playing music and drawing. He lives currently in Arlington with his wife, Melissa, and their three children.
Candice Bhatia
Hospital Manager

Candice was born and raised in Fairfax, VA where she started working at a young age in her family owned business doing many various jobs. After graduating from high school she attended George Mason University, but was still unsure of her career path. Finally, she realized she wanted to work with animals. She applied and was accepted into the Veterinary Technology Program.

Candice had many pets while growing up, and she remembers being a client of Commonwealth as a child. In 2000, she decided to start her veterinary career with an internship at Commonwealth.She graduated from NOVA with an Associate’s Degree ...

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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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