VCA Healthy PAWS Medical Center

Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Katie Colton

    Katie has been with VCA since 2012.   She loves animals of every shape and size and has four dogs of her own.   She shares with us that since before she could talk she loved and wanted to be around animals.  In her spare time she loves being at home with her new son who was born this Summer.  

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Arena Crisemon

    Arena is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and she brings a sunny disposition and great humor to our team.   She enjoys working with the animals and their people and is a delightful animal advocate.   In her spare time she enjoys her kids, gardening and watching the True Blood series.   She plans to pursue training to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Carey Nicholas-Barnes

    Carey loves working with animals and brings a friendly smile to the clinic every day.   She enjoys camping, hiking and disc golf too.  

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Lisa Orona

    Lisa fell in love with the veterinary field in 2012 and has never looked back.   She loves all animals, great and small, and goes horseback riding in her spare time.   When not with animals, she enjoys playing cello and kayaking, though not at the same time.  

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica Ortega

    Jessica works full time at VCA Healthy Paws and is also a student.   She enjoys running in her spare time and loves all animals.    She has more energy than 10 people and she keeps a positive attitude always.  


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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:


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Emergency Care

At VCA Healthy PAWS Medical Center, we understand how frightening and stressful it can be when your pet requires emergency medical attention. If your pet has a medical emergency during business hours, please bring them in right away. You do not need an appointment and your pet will be triaged immediately. It is helpful if you call to notify us that you are on your way so that we can prepare the supplies needed for your pet's care.

If your pet has a medical emergency after hours, please contact one of the Veterinary Emergency facilities below.

VCA South Paws in Fairfax, VA 703-752-9100

The Life Center in Leesburg, VA 703-777-5755

Prince William Emergency in Manassas, VA 703-361-8287

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, VA 703-751-2022