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Please call us today for more information about our emergency and specialty services.

General Info
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, VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center is uniquely qualified to address major, life-threatening, challenging or difficult health problems in pets. Our specialists provide care in our surgery, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and CritiCare departments. Our Pet Rehabilitation service is run by a real physical therapist, not someone who took a quick seminar. Our Holistic medicine department includes two veterinarians who have completed special training to become certified veterinary acupuncturists. 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.

Regular Hours

We are open for emergencies 24 hours. No appointment is needed. For Specialty Services, please call for availability and to schedule your pet's appointment. Our specialty services include:• Behavior • Cardiology • Clinical Pathology • Dentistry • Dermatology • Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology • Emergency/Critical care • Integrative Medicine • Internal Medicine • Interventional Radiology • Medical Neurology • Neuroradiology • Nutrition • Oncology • Ophthalmology • Rehabilitation • Reproductive Medicine • Surgery • Surgical NeurologyPlease call us today with inquiries about our specialty services or for more information about scheduling your pet's appointment via referral.
We have the ability to treat a variety of species. Please call our animal hospital to inquire about currently available services for your pet's species.
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We are conveniently located just north of U.S. 50 about a mile or so west of I-495 in Fairfax.
• 24/7 Emergency & Critical Care• Caring for your pets the way we care for our own• Experienced & knowledgeable veterinarians, technicians and staff• Highest level of care for your pet• Specialty Services by appointment (Referral Only)
Veterinarians, Veterinary Specialty Services, Veterinarian Emergency Services, Pet Services, Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals



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My dog was referred to Southpaws after a diagnosis of cancer. He has a very aggressive form of cancer. I was given a number of treatment options along with the expected outcomes from each treatment. The compassion and care they showed for both me and my dog was outstanding. Whenever I had a question, I got answers within a few hours. My dog is still doing well and although his prognosis is not good I am sure I got the best care for him that is available.




I brought my limping dog into Southpaws and after lots of money and xrays they couldn't find anythng wrong. I then took the dog to another referral and they correctly diagnosed a torn ligament. Southpaws is not a good place for a sick dog.




I brought my cat into the Southpaws emergency room. The vet there diagnosed the problem as an abscessed tooth and told me to bring her to an animal dentist. I did so. There was no abscessed tooth but while the dentist was examining her, the technician noticed that the cat had an abscessed gland on the other end of the cat. I stopped at Southpaws and asked for my $465 back. They refused. Apparently they feel that this kind of incompetence is acceptable.