VCA Herndon-Reston Animal Hospital

Dr. Andrea Carlson, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Dr. Carlson is originally from Wisconsin. Prior to veterinary school Dr. Carlson spent several years conducting wildlife research.  She studied the effects of heavy metals on frogs, completed health and disease surveys on desert tortoise, and worked on developing a vaccine for the plague to be used in wildlife. She spent some time working with the veterinary school"s dairy cow herd. She also volunteered at humane societies, spay/neuter clinics, feral cat programs, etc. She completed a one year intership in the Chicago area with VCA and has been working at VCA Herndon Reston for 2 years.  As a veterinarian, she really enjoys working with internal medicine cases and performing surgery. She has always loved biology and animals and has spent some time working in research and always wished for more hands-on time with the animals. The veterinary field is the perfect career since she can apply the science that she is so passionate about to helping improve the quality of life in animals. Plus, she gets to spend all day with the animals and their human companions. She also loves being able to witness the strength of the human-animal bond everyday. She has 2 resuce dogs: Flint, a German shepherd and Kaiah, a Border Collie mix and a box turtle named Zippy. She loves being outdoors (hiking, camping, etc), enjoys concerts, trying new foods, playing board games, reading and craft projects. She wishes for a flock of ducks!


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, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.