VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital


Laparoscopy is a surgery in which a camera (laparoscope) is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a tiny incision.  It allows the doctor to see inside the abdomen without having to make a large incision.  Surgical instruments may also be introduced in this manner,  VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is excited to offer this minimally- invasive option for many surgical procedures.  Procedures such as spay, gastropexy, cryptorchid neuter and tissue collection for biopsy may be accomplished through a few small incisions rather than one large one. 

Minimally invasive surgery has many potential benefits.  There is decreased post- operative inflammation and pain compared to standard procedures.  Many procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, allowing our patients to return home sooner.  Many pets can return to normal activity more quickly than with standard procedures.

Not every surgical procedure can be performed laparoscopically.  Your veterinarian is the best judge of what can and can't be done with this technology.  If your pet needs surgery,  please schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss whether laparoscopic surgery is right for your pet.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care


VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can count on our critical care team to be here when you need them the most.

Your pet's health deserves the finest care. Each member of our team strives for the advancement of veterinary medicine. When you bring your pet to us, you can be certain you will receive the dedication and compassion that makes our hospital stand out in patient care. 

Please call us at 703-823-3601 immediately if you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency.

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