For over 20 years, VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & 24-hour Emergency Center has been serving the metropolitan DC community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our board-certified veterinarians provide the best specialty and emergency care for pets and their owners throughout Northern Virginia (including Falls Church, Vienna, Annandale, Burke, and McLean), Washington DC, and Montgomery County, MD.
Founded in 1995 by three left-handed doctors, SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center is uniquely qualified to address major, life-threatening, challenging or difficult health problems in pets. Our specialists have undergone two to four years of advanced training following completion of their veterinary doctoral degree. They then complete rigorous qualification procedures and examinations in order to be called “specialists.” SouthPaws’ specialists provide care in our surgery, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, and CritiCare departments. Our Pet Rehabilitation service is run by a real physical therapist, not someone who took a quick seminar. Our CritiCare department offers twenty-four hour admissions for urgent, critical or emergency patients, and provides continuous care including weekends and holidays. Our hospital's compassionate and expert medical team has years of experience in companion animal medicine, and they are dedicated to one thing -- helping your pets get well.
In addition to our exceptional staff, SouthPaws is equipped with the most advanced, state-of-the art technology available, allowing our doctors to arrive at quicker and more accurate diagnoses and treatment protocols. Our hospital offers ultrasonagraphic examinations, neuroelectrodiagnostics, complete endoscopy services, laparoscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), digital radiography and fluoroscopy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), linear accelerator for radiation therapy, I-131 therapy for hyperthyroid cats, 3D Spiral CT scanner, respiratory ventilators, and five enclosed surgical suites with complex anesthetic monitoring equipment - ready to be used to provide the best care possible for your pet.
Whether it is endoscopy to evaluate a gastric ulcer; ultrasonography to look for liver shunts; total hip replacement surgery for dysplasia; combination chemotherapy for lymphoma; radiation therapy for soft tissue sarcomas; blood transfusions for anemia; delicate brain surgery to remove a tumor or repair a skull fracture; corneal grafting for a lacerated eye; thoracoscopic surgery to remove a diseased pericardium; 24 hour oxygen, fluid and intravenous antibiotic therapy for pneumonia; partial mandibulectomy to remove oral cancer; or a discussion of medical, nutritional, and pain management for chronic illnesses, you are certain to find what your pet needs at SouthPaws.
Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center. Should your pet ever experience a medical crisis or require the expertise of a veterinary specialist, we are here to help, offering the best medical expertise, advanced technology and a dedicated and compassionate staff.
The staff of SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center
VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center
8500 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031
Monday-Sunday: Open 24 hours
Emergency & Critical Care Unit Open 24/7, 365 days a year. No appointment or referral is necessary. Specialty Hours by appointment only. Please call to schedule.
Please be sure to check with us before your first visit to find out what forms and other information you will need to bring with you.
Client Information Sheet
Dear Pet Owner,
Prior to bringing your pet to VCA Southpaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, please complete our "Client Information Sheet" located on this web page. Full instructions for submission are included on the form. If you should have any questions or require assistance, please call us at (703) 752-9100 and a staff member will be happy to help you.
We thank you for allowing us to serve you and your pet. Providing unparalleled service and only the best quality medical care is our mission at VCA Southpaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency. Please do not hesitate to let us know at any time how we can be of assistance to you and your pet.
The Doctors and Staff
VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center
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We accept cash, all major credit cards and personal checks. If financial assistance is needed, we also offer our clients the CareCredit credit card with monthly payments. To learn more about CareCredit® or apply now, please click here.
We will also assist you and your pet with your pet insurance needs (such as Trupanion). Trupanion is VCA’s preferred vendor for medical insurance covering cats and dogs.
The Mission of Trupanion is to help the pets we all love receive the best veterinary care. Call 1-855-591-3100 or click here.
VCA’s goal is to help treat your pet’s cancer, giving you and your pet more quality time together.
At VCA Pet CancerCare Centers, our oncology teams design individualized treatment plans for each pet patient using the most advanced and effective treatments available—much like those used in human medicine. Today’s cancer treatments have fewer side effects, so most pets remain comfortable and happy throughout treatment.
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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology, and small animal internal medicine. ACVIM websites provide science based peer-reviewed educational information about animal health for their patients, family members, volunteers and healthcare professionals.Visit AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE
AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 84,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. A wealth of public resources are available online.Visit AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER HOTLINE
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is staffed 24 hours with veterinary health professionals who have been specially trained in veterinary toxicology. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA 24 hour emergency Animal Poison Control Center hotline at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee is applied to your credit card.Visit ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER HOTLINE
CareCredit offers Special Financing* and low monthly payment options, no up-front costs, and no prepayment penalties so you can keep your pet healthy and happy.
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ACADEMY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
The District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1957 to provide high quality continuing education for the graduate veterinarian. Its aims and purposes are: to advance knowledge of small animal medicine by postgraduate study; to promote closer relationships among veterinarians; to promote better veterinary services.Visit DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ACADEMY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
FETCH a Cure
FETCH A CURE MISSION
Furthering Education and Treatment for Companion Health
FETCH a Cure is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization determined to improve quality of life by connecting people and pets through accessible, compassionate treatment and education. Our vision is simple: A community where no one is denied a choice for their pet due to lack of options, education or funding.
Helping People. Helping Pets. Through community outreach by way of events, campaigns and fundraisers, FETCH is working to promote the need to help pets live long, healthy lives. FETCH continually works to raise awareness and further education about pet cancer prevention, detection and treatment and senior care and aging issues.
We provide financial aid to families unable to bear the cost of the life-saving treatments for their pets that have been diagnosed with cancer through the Companions in Crisis program. FETCH continues to work towards providing more accessible treatment options for all within our community.
Through the Pixie’s Pen Pals program, FETCH is helping rescue dogs and inmates in Virginia correctional centers have a second chance. By working cooperatively and bonding with the animals, the inmates learn responsibility, patience, tolerance and life-long skills and the trained dogs find life-long homes.
A search website provided as a public resource by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to assist pet owners in locating a veterinary practitioner in their area.Visit MYVETERINARIAN.COM
NORTHERN VIRGINIA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
The Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association began in 1975 as a non-profit organization to:
• Promote within the veterinary profession the highest degree of skill, integrity and service to the public.
• Enlighten the public concerning veterinary medicine and to disseminate information for the benefit of the public regarding appropriate care and treatment of animals.
• Improve and elevate the standards of veterinary medicine within the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Foster the cultivation of professional fellowship among veterinarians in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
VETERINARY CANCER SOCIETY
The Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) is a non-profit professional and educational organization dedicated to veterinary oncology. Formed in 1976, VCS has over 800 members, including specialists in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, internists, pathologists, pharmacologists and general practitioners worldwide. The website dedicated to both members and pet owners provides a wealth of resources and information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, clinical trials, locating a veterinary oncologist, links of interest, and memorials/tributes.Visit VETERINARY CANCER SOCIETY