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Acredale Animal Hospital

1200 Lake James Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Acredale Animal Hospital is a full-service and child-friendly vet that has been assisting Virginia Beach clients since 1986. It offers diagnostic test services and provides nutritional counseling to help pets avoid illnesses. Its veterinarians conduct surgical procedures and practice advanced care, including orthopedics, dentistry, cardiology, and ophthalmology, catering to animals that require specialized attention. Grooming and boarding solutions are also available. For client convenience, Acredale Animal Hospital accommodates pet drop-offs and prescription refill shipping requests.

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Affordable Veterinary Services of VA

Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Affordable Veterinary Services of VA is a low-cost, pet wellness clinic located within Virginia Beach’s Care-A-Lot Pet Supply Store. Affordable Veterinary Services offers affordable vaccines, basic diagnostic testing, heartworm and deworming medications, and flea and tick prevention for both cats and dogs. Walk-ins are available and patient forms can be filled out online before appointments. They also operate a Mobile Wellness Clinic that their Facebook page keeps up-to-date.

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4.6 / 5 (144)
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4.6 / 5 (55)
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4.0 / 5 (4)
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Animal Medical Center

Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Animal Medical Center is a Virginia Beach veterinary care clinic equipped to handle standard pet care for dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets. A team of eight skilled and knowledgeable doctors operate the Animal Medical Center. They enjoy everything about the practice – from working with cats to hamsters, to having special interests in ophthalmology, surgery, wound management, and giant breed dogs.

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Bostic Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Bostic Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice located in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach. Dr. Gail W. Szabo, a Virginia Beach native, and Dr. Anthony Manning, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, offer veterinary services such as pet wellness care, pet dentistry, veterinary surgery, grooming, and breeding. Bostic Veterinary Hospital is PennHIP certified and accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

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Boulevard Veterinary Hospital for Integrative Healing

Norfolk, VA 23502
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Boulevard Veterinary Hospital for Integrative Healing is an animal hospital located in Norfolk that serves pets in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Chief of Staff, Dr. Constance Pozniak, is fully-certified in veterinary chiropractic and acupuncture. Her staff uses Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasounds, and Hydrotherapy for the safe health benefits.

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5.0 / 5 (15)

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General Booth Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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General Booth Veterinary Hospital is a small animal practice that has served patients and clients in the Virginia Beach area for more than two decades. Their multi-doctor team specializes in pain management, canine and feline internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and many other areas. General Booth’s veterinarians, as well as their grooming salon and pet hotel, helped them to secure the Best of the Beach 2015 award.

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4.5 / 5 (148)
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4.5 / 5 (13)

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Great Neck Veterinary Clinic

Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Great Neck Veterinary Clinic focuses on bringing both traditional and unique services to pets and pet owners throughout the Virginia Beach area. Their team is skilled in both big and small surgical procedures, routine dental care, internal medicines for liver, cardiac, and gastrointestinal issues. The professionals at Great Neck also offer special services such as their boarding facility, Fur’st Choice Doggy Daycare, as well as a full-service veterinary pharmacy that is on-site at their location.

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Independence Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Independence Veterinary Hospital provides veterinary care and services to pets near and around Virginia Beach. Dr. Brian S. Hastings, the owner and one of their full-time veterinarians, received his doctorate from Virginia Tech and has a particular interest in surgery, ultrasonography, and cardiology. Independence’s other full-time vet, Dr. Robert B. Johnston, received his doctorate from the University of Florida and has been in the practice of caring for animals for more than 30 years.

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4.9 / 5 (13)

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Owl Creek Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Owl Creek Veterinary Hospital is a Virginia Beach companion animal hospital offering standard veterinary care, as well as dog training, a dog daycare center, and kennel boarding, for pet owners around the area. Dr. Ann Ayre, an Owl Creek veterinarian for nearly two decades, graduated with honors from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College and has a keen interest in animal dentistry. Dr. Kirsten Jaegersen earned her doctorate from Ross University in 2014 and focuses on both dental and surgical veterinary care.

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P.A.W.S. for Rehabilitation

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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P.A.W.S. for Rehabilitation is a physical rehabilitation and pain management center for dogs throughout the Virginia Beach Metro area. Doctors Stephanie Patterson and Blair Hollowell, the current veterinarians at P.A.W.S., have backgrounds in surgery and internal medicine. They use rehabilitation therapy, hydrotherapy, electronic walkway systems, fitness and conditioning, training classes, acupuncture, and a variety of other treatments during each visit.

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4.7 / 5 (32)
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4.8 / 5 (17)

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Paws Clinic

Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Paws Clinic is a low-cost, walk-ins only, pet wellness center that husband and wife, Dr. Mike and Monique Wansky, founded in 2000 in Virginia Beach. Paws Clinic offers vaccinations and parasite control for cats and dogs, as well as a free doctor’s exam with each vaccination. A certified professional by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Mike Wansky and his wife, Monique, established Paws Clinic, a BBB accredited business, to make preventive pet care available at affordable prices.

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4.5

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Princess Anne Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23453
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Princess Anne Veterinary Hospital is an animal hospital that offers primary medical, surgical, and dental care to pets throughout the Virginia Beach Metro area. Dr. Kier, one of their current doctors, has been at Princess Anne for more than a decade. A nationally accredited Veterinarian, Dr. Kier can issue domestic and international health certificates for traveling families. Dr. Johnson is a veteran of the United States Army and has a particular interest in geriatric medicine, anesthesia, and ophthalmology.

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4.7 / 5 (15)

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Providence Square Veterinary Clinic

Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Providence Square Veterinary Clinic is a Virginia Beach, Virginia, clinic that cares for small animals such as cats and dogs as well as more exotic pets, such as rabbits, birds, mice, and reptiles. Providence Square Veterinary Clinic is currently owned by Dr. Bedford, who graduated with honors from Ontario Veterinary College in 2002. Associate veterinarian Dr. Rachel Gunther graduated from Virginia Tech in 2018.

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Salem Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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Salem Veterinary Hospital cares for cats, dogs, rabbits, reptiles, pocket pets, birds, and small farm animals throughout Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. Salem’s fully-staffed and experienced veterinarians make this extensive veterinary service possible. Doctors Barbara Sheffield, Lisa Hundley, and Karen Smithwick have nearly eight decades of veterinary experience combined. Dr. Hundley has a keen interest in surgery and internal medicine, Dr. Smithwick specializes in emergency and critical care, and Dr. Sheffield has nearly 30 years of experience in owning and working in veterinary practices.

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4.7 / 5 (26)

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Strawbridge Animal Care

Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Strawbridge Animal Care is a veterinary clinic focused on caring for companion animals in and around the Virginia Beach Metro area. Through the use of up-to-date medical technology, the doctors at Strawbridge Animal Care have the experience and equipment to perform veterinary surgery, dental care, internal medicine care, and diagnostics. Strawbridge Animal Care is AAHA accredited and PennHIP certified.

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The Cove

Suffolk, VA 23435
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The Cove offers 24/7 emergency and special care services to patients in the Suffolk Metro area. Dr. Merrilee T. Small is one of 208 veterinarians who have earned board certification in the field of Cardiology. Their surgical specialist, Dr. Jeff T. Stallings, is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with surgery and cardiology, The Cove’s vets also specialize in dentistry, critical care, and internal medicines.

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Virginia Beach Veterinary Hospital

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Virginia Beach Veterinary Hospital serves pets and animals in and around the Virginia Beach area. Both Dr. David H. Morris and Dr. Andrew J. Baker earned their D.V.M. degrees from Mississippi State University and are licensed to treat patients in emergency situations, as well as less urgent needs for medical, surgical, and dental care. Virginia Beach Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited, open hospital, where owners are allowed in the examination room to be with their pets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

If you're a pet owner, you're probably familiar with companion animal veterinarians. This type of vet is a general practitioner who provides preventative care, diagnosis, treatments, and surgical services for dogs, cats, and other common pets. Some vets specialize in the care of exotic animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and pocket pets. There are veterinarians for livestock and large animals, too. These vets focus on providing care for cattle, horses, pigs, and other animals on the farm.

Veterinarians can choose to specialize in areas such as nutrition, oncology, cardiology, and many others. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) currently recognizes more than 40 fields of study and 22 veterinary specialist organizations nationwide.

How often should I bring my pet in for an exam?

This depends on the age of your pet. Ideally, puppies should have their first vet visit between six to eight weeks old, and kittens should see the vet within one week of bringing them home. Healthy adult animals need a checkup once per year. Vets recommend two exams per year for senior pets (age 10 and up).

What are the benefits of having my pet spayed or neutered?

Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancy, sterilization has other benefits for pets. Spayed females won't go into heat, and they have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer and mammary gland tumors. Neutering males reduces aggressive behavior, territorial marking, and roaming urges. It also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and can reduce the chance of prostate disease.

Should my pet be on heartworm medication?

Dogs are very commonly affected by heartworm disease, so they should be on medication to prevent it all year long. Heartworm preventatives are available as topical “spot-on” medications, monthly chewable pills, and injections that are given every six to 12 months. Heartworms are less common in cats, but preventative medication is still recommended.

How often should my pets be vaccinated?

In general, puppies and kittens need several types of vaccines every three to four weeks until they're 16 weeks old. Depending on the vaccine, your pet might need a booster shot every one to three years. Pets that are indoors-only may require fewer and less frequent vaccinations.

Are you supposed to brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth?

Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental disease in animals as young as two to three years of age. To help prevent this, vets recommend that you brush your pet's teeth at least two to three times a week. Dogs and cats should also have a professional dental cleaning once per year.

Is it safe for my cat or dog to be vegan?

According to the ASPCA, cats need a diet that's high in protein and taurine, which can only be found in meat and other animal products. They also struggle to digest carbohydrates from plants. Dogs can eat plants, but it's difficult to provide adequate nutrition for them on a vegan diet.

Why is my dog dragging his butt on the ground?

Dogs drag their rear ends on the floor for a number of reasons, including clogged anal sacs, intestinal parasites, and food allergies. Some groomers express a dog's anal glands manually, which is often unnecessary and can cause irritation that leads to scooting. If you notice frequent scooting, contact a veterinarian to figure out the cause.

What is a brachycephalic breed?

Brachycephalic animals are prone to obstructive breathing due to the short muzzles and flattened faces they were bred to have. Common brachycephalic breeds are the pug, French and English bulldogs, Boston terrier, Pekingese, shih tzu, boxer, and bull mastiff. Brachycephaly can occur in cats such as the Persian, Himalayan, and Burmese breeds, and in rabbits such as Netherland Dwarfs and Holland Lops.

When do I switch from puppy/kitten food to adult food?

For puppies, it depends on the dog's breed and size. Generally, dogs are considered ready for adult food around 18-24 months of age. Large breeds take a bit longer to mature. Toy breeds can reach their adult size in as little as 10 months. Cats should be transitioned to adult food when they're around 12 months old.

Should I declaw my cat?

It can be tempting to declaw a cat to stop it from scratching your furniture, but it's a medically unnecessary procedure that does the animal more harm than good. Declawing can cause paw and back pain, lameness, tissue necrosis, and discomfort when using the litter box. Better alternatives include keeping your pet's nails trimmed and providing scratching posts around your home.

We just found a stray pet. What should I do?

The pet may already belong to someone, so check for a collar and tags, or have it scanned for a microchip at your local animal shelter or veterinary clinic. Many people who lose a pet will look for it at nearby shelters, so consider leaving the animal there to give the owner a better chance of finding it.

Are dogs color blind?

Dogs don't see in black and white, but they're unable to recognize many of the colors that humans can. The colors they can see best are blue, yellow, and combinations of these shades. Objects that are green, orange, and red appear to be dull brown or gray through a dog's eyes.

What degree do you need to be a veterinarian?

In the United States, vets must obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD) degree to practice. Some choose a dual DVM/Ph.D. or DVM/M.S. program, and others opt for specialty training after earning their degree. Becoming a veterinarian takes about four years of undergraduate education and four years to complete a DVM or VMD program.

How do you become a registered veterinary technician?

Veterinary technician requirements vary by state. Most vet technicians must complete an AVMA-accredited two-year associate or four-year bachelor's program and pass the VTME exam. Some states have alternate paths to credentialing, such as passing a certification exam at a specialist academy.

What do veterinary assistants do?

Vet assistants help veterinarians and technicians with their daily tasks, set up equipment, and clean key areas of the clinic, such as kennels and operating rooms. There are certification programs for vet assistants, but most are trained for these tasks on the job.

What do veterinary technicians do?

Vet technicians serve many roles in the clinic. They act as surgical nurses, lab and radiography technicians, and supervisors to veterinary assistants. Technicians also meet with pet owners and usually provide the initial exam of their animal. They can administer vaccines and medications, but are not allowed to write prescriptions or provide a diagnosis without veterinarian approval.

How much do veterinary assistants/technicians make?

Veterinary assistants typically earn about $13.75 an hour, or $28,590 per year. Vet technicians, on average, make $17 per hour, or $35,320 per year for full-time employment.

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