VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

Jennifer Lopez, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine
MBA, St. George's University


Born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, Dr. Jennifer Lopez made the move to Pittsburgh in 2014. As a child, she always knew she was going to be a veterinarian and learned to love and care for her 7 pet Rottweilers and the various dogs that her family rescued and placed in new homes.
While in college, she began her veterinary career as a technician at the University of Florida in the Dermatology department. It was there that her passion grew for clinical research and skin diseases resulting in her being published in several journals such as Veterinary Dermatology and American Veterinary Journal of Research.

Dr. Lopez attended St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, the West Indies. She stayed active in community programs to educate the local Grenadians on pet care, parasite control and preventive medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, she began general practice in Miami, while continuing her education and receiving her MBA in Multi-Sector Health Management.

Dr. Lopez is enjoying the Pittsburgh city life with her two French Bulldogs, Ralphie and Lulu and her poodle, Amelia Bedelia. She loves interacting with her clients, being involved in the community outreach that VCA is heavily involved in and hopes to use her bilingual skills as much as she did in Miami. Her varied interests include dermatology, surgery and emergency care.

She recently went on an educational safari to Kenya and Tanzania and looks forward to future visits to Rwanda, Botswana and South Africa.


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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 412-885-2500. We have doctors and technicians on the premises 24/7, including weekends and holidays when you need us most.  Our address is 3610 Library Road, Pittsburgh Pa 15234.