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VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

2660 Duke St | Alexandria, VA 22314

Call 571-293-1637
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Open 24 hours for emergencies
  • Appointments available Monday- Saturday
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital combines state-of-the-art medicine with old-fashioned compassion. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality medicine and care and have been since 1942.

The professional staff at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. In a word: Teamwork! Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the first person you speak to, to the person who discharges you and your pet. Our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Everyone on our staff believes the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health. In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.

The Emergency and Critical Care Department of VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital provides one of the few round-the-clock services for veterinary care in the area. Our hospital is staffed at all times with veterinarians and technicians to attend to the emergency needs of your pet. Our facility is equipped with the latest in veterinary technology. As a result, many local veterinarians trust us as the premier referral emergency hospital for their patients who need critical care.

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from first shots to lifetime preventive care. As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 veterinarians. And if your pet ever needs advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.

Come visit us in our newly renovated hospital!

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Rena Allen, DVM
Rena Allen, DVM

Medical Director
Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Allen is a Virginia native who grew up in the suburbs of Richmond. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Lynchburg College in 1988, she attended the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her veterinary studies in 1991, and was awarded her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Immediately following veterinary school, Dr. Allen was selected for a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Allen practiced emergency medicine before pursuing a three year residency in emergency / critical care medicine at the Animal Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. She joined the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in June of 2002, as a member of the critical care team. Dr Allen is married and has two cats, Hansel and Taz, and a dog, Kirin.

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Jackie Suarez, DVM
Jackie Suarez, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Ohio State University

Dr. Suarez has worked as an associate veterinarian at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital since 1995. Dr. Suarez graduated with high honors from The University of Notre Dame in 1988 with a B. A. degree in Pre-professional Studies (Premed) / Sociology. She later attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received the UpJohn Small Animal Medicine Award. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Suarez was a member of the Delta Chapter of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society and a group leader in the raptor rehabilitation program. After earning her DVM degree in 1994, Dr. Suarez completed a one-year internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Married to John, Dr. Suarez has three children. Her other family members include her guinea pig, Squeaky and her German shepherd Lola. When not volunteering for her children's schools, Dr. Suarez enjoys sculling on the Potomac.

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Janice Baxter, DVM
Janice Baxter, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Baxter joined VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in September of 1995. She attended high school in Oxon Hill, MD and received her B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland. While attending the University of Maryland, Dr. Baxter worked as a research assistant at the USDA Nutrition Research Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. After college graduation, she moved to Blacksburg, VA to attend the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her DVM in 1993. Dr. Baxter lives with her Boston Terriers, Mojo Jojo, Monty and Nigel, and her cat named Tomas. In her spare time, she is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer who enjoys traveling the world to dive, but also enjoys hiking, cooking, and raising tropical fish. She volunteers as a diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.

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Jenifer Farrell, VMD
Jenifer Farrell, VMD

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Farrell has been with the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital since January, 2000. She received her bachelor's degree form Duke University in 1991 and her Vmd from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Following veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital. Dr. Farrell has special interests in endocrinology and dentistry. She currently resides in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.

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Kristin Terrio, DVM
Kristin Terrio, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Terrio is Alexandria Animal Hospital's resident abdominal ultrasound associate. She has been a member of our veterinary staff since graduating from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. During her academic years, Dr. Terrio was awarded the John T. Stanley Scholarship, the A. Cleveland Brown Scholarship, the Vaughan Scholarship, the W.R. Winslow Scholarship, the Maryland House of Delegates Scholarship, and the Washington Animal Rescue League Scholarship in recognition of her achievements. Dr. Terrio began her career in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant. She has also worked at the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Dr. Terrio's husband, John, works as an administrator at National Institute of Health. Their family consists of two beautiful children, and an orange tabby, Cheddar. When not at work, Dr. Terrio enjoys spending time with her family, reading, painting and traveling.

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Marcus Smail, DVM
Marcus Smail, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Cornell University

Dr. Smail joined the critical care team at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in July 2003. Born and raised in Albany, NY, Marcus graduated from Siena College with a B.S. in Biology in 1996. He received his DVM degree in 2002 from Cornell University. He was an active member of Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary Fraternity and held several positions including House Manager and Treasurer. Marcus moved to the Northern Virginia area in 2002 to complete a one year internship at a local Veterinary Referral Center. He decided to stay in the area after completion of the program and joined VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his dogs, Tyson and Izzy, traveling, reading a good book and participating in many outdoor activities including running, hiking, swimming and skiing.

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Seth Cohen, DVM
Seth Cohen, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Georgia

Dr. Cohen joined the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in August of 2001. Prior to this he worked as an intern at the Georgia Veterinary Specialists for a year. Dr. Cohen began his career in veterinary medicine well before earning his doctorate. During the course of his undergraduate and graduate education he worked as a Veterinary Technician and as a lab assistant at NC State's vet school. In 1996 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University, and in May of 2000 his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. Dr. Cohen's special interests include internal medicine, cardiology and ultrasound. In his spare time, Dr. Cohen enjoys working in the yard and grilling. He can be found spending time with his wife, Laura Jane, and playing with their two kids, Sylvia and Lucas and dog Cassidy.

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Shannon Talbott, DVM
Shannon Talbott, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

In 1996, Dr. Talbott joined VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant and returned in 2002, after receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During her veterinary education, Dr. Talbott was the recipient of the Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club Scholarship, Vaughan Scholarship, H.R. Winslow Trust Scholarship, Charles Gose Endowed Scholarship, and the Richard and Marie Venable Scholarship. She held offices in student chapters of the American Animal Hospital Association and Omega Tau Sigma, the veterinary service fraternity. Her special interests include dentistry and oral surgery. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Talbott moved to northern Virginia after receiving her B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in 1994. Dr. Talbott is a volunteer for the Alexandria Animal Welfare League. Outside the hospital, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and boating with her husband Mark, son Nate and their dog Sandy, the wonder-mutt.

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Sophia Chiang, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: North Carolina State University

Dr. Chiang joined the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in July 2006. A native Texan, she received her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Chicago in 1997. She then taught high school science in rural North Carolina through the Teach For America Service Program before pursuing her veterinary degree at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school, Dr. Chiang traveled to Thailand and Nicaragua to experience various facets of veterinary medicine, including exotic species medicine and sustainable livestock production. After receiving her veterinary degree, Dr. Chiang completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, VA. In 2010, She completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course in veterinary acupuncture and in now providing this exciting and important treatment therapy for the patients of VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff, their daughter Sela and cats Suvi and Summer. She is an avid reader, traveler and musician.

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Stephanie Galvan, DVM
Stephanie Galvan, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Cornell University

Dr. Galvan is a native of Los Angeles, California. She graduated summa cum laude from University of California Los Angeles with a B.S. in Biology. She then got her DVM from Cornell University, where she graduated with distinction. She completed a one year internship at a specialty hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Galvan joined VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in 2007. She now lives in Del Ray with her orange tabby Bodhi and her chocolate lab Kelby. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, mountain biking and spending time with friends.

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