VCA Commonwealth Animal Hospital


  • Hospital Manager

    Candice Bhatia
    Veterinary Tech School: Northern Virginia Community College

    Candice was born and raised in Fairfax, VA where she started working at a young age in her family owned business doing many various jobs.  After graduating from high school she attended George Mason University but still unsure of her career path.  Finally she realized what she had always wanted to do and that is to work with animals.  She applied and was accepted into the Veterinary Technology Program.  Having many pets while growing up, she remembers being a client of Commonwealth as a child and decided to start her veterinary career there doing her internship in the year 2000.  She graduated from NOVA with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science and obtained her license in Veterinary Technology in 2001.  After completing her internship at Commonwealth she then stayed and became a full time employee.  Over the years she has gained much knowledge and responsibility and is now the Hospital Manager of VCA Commonwealth.  She is married with a full house of 3 beautiful young girls and 2 dogs named Maddie and Buttercup.  Candice also has an extreme love for baking, cooking, and spending time hosting many family gatherings. 

    "I actually had no idea what I wanted to do after high school.  The career choices were just not interesting to me.  I knew I wanted to help people in some way whether it was being an EMT or working in a hospital.  I knew animals would be more exciting for me so I looked into the Veterinary field.  My original plan was to become a Veterinarian but soon after finding out the important role the technician makes in the patients' lives, I liked that even more.  Nursing them back to health and giving them routine care is an amazing reward.  Growing into the role of Manager just makes it more fun and gratifying.  Knowing that I can help owners and their pets in every way is the greatest!  There is always something new to learn and every day is just exciting in the Veterinary field!"


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. If it is after hours, please call VCA South PAWS 703-752-9100 or The Hope Center at 703-281-5121