VCA Highlands Animal Hospital


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  • Thanks guys

    -Megan from Abingdon, VA
    Pet Name: Sophie-Kit and Riley-Kat

    This place is amazing! Any questions I have are answered and phone calls are returned! The caring friendly staff makes the place!! Our cats are patients here and I wouldn't take them anywhere else! Dr. Roberts is amazing and you can tell he loves his job!

  • Compassionate People

    -Stephanie Kirkpatrick from Wytheville, VA
    Pet Name: Shelly

    I took my older cat for a second opinion when I had been told I would lose her. Dr Dunnivant was amazing. She gave me hope when the other Vet I had gone to did not. She treated my cat like every minute was worth her time. When I had questions about my bill, the hospital manager explained every procedure and what they were for. She was caring and clearly professional. This hospital is worlds above my old Vet and I will gladly drive the hour to use them again.

  • Saving Annie

    -Kim Shaffer from Bristol, TN
    Pet Name: Annie

    Pet Image Annie got sick on a weekend. I took her first to the emergency vets in Blountville since it was Saturday night where she was given a shot for nausea and some fluids. The next day, she was worse and would not eat and even threw up water when she tried to drink.
    I called VCA and was told that Dr Robinson would come in and see her. Our Beagles are members of our family and I knew Annie would be in good hands.
    Dr Robinson, being the consummate professional she is, did blood work, x-rays and an ultrasound, all on a Sunday.
    Nothing was conclusive but it was apparent that Annie was a very sick little girl. She had to spend the night in the hospital and this was the first time that girl ever left my side since she was born.
    The next morning, Dr Robinson called early. She and her staff had found some type of problem near her small intestines and surgery was the only way to save Annie's life.
    I was relieved later that day when again Dr Robinson called to let me know that Annie was recovering. Surgery had revealed a huge abscess on the connective tissue of her small intestines.
    It was that very moment I realized just how good these folks are. How many vets would go this far for a pup? Most would just say, "she ain't worth it let's put her down" and expect me to accept it.
    Every morning and every night Dr Robinson would call and let me know how Annie was doing. She even went out after work on her own time and bought chicken to boil and came back to the hospital to convince Annie to eat after her surgery. This lady has angel wings under her white coat!
    Annie is back home, safe happy and healthy. She just had a post op check-up today and got her staples out. There are no words to truly express my gratitude to the truly professional doctors and staff at VCA Highlands. If you love your fur child, there is no better place and no more caring folks than what you will find there.

  • Hypothyroid Callie

    -Meghan Tolliver from Glade Spring, VA
    Pet Name: Callie

    Pet Image When my lab/pit bull mix started having severe skin issues and gaining weight, my husband and I took her everywhere trying to get to the root of her problem. Our vet (at the time) suggested that we take her to Virginia Tech, where they ran blood tests and did an exam, but were still not able to tell us what was wrong with Callie. In Dec. 2010 Callie got very sick and lethargic. She cried because she was in pain and it was obvious she couldn't tolerate the cold weather. We rushed her to VCA, where Dr. Graham had been paged to the clinic to see her. He took one look at Callie and knew what the problem was. She was hypothyroidic and after doing a painless blood test, his diagnosis was confirmed. Dr. Graham saved our dog's life and with daily medication, Callie is back to her old self. Now I wouldn't dream of taking my dogs anywhere else for veterinary care.

  • Scared for Rowdy

    -Melissa Dozier from Marion, VA
    Pet Name: Rowdy

    I have a German Shepard mix puppy that is mine and my sons. He got really sick on Sat. and I tried everything I knew to do for him myself, but he got worse day by day...I took him in Tue. (9-21-10) and he was really bad..he couldn't even stand up..when I laid him on the table he went completely limp and it took them about 10 sec. to have him on a table in the back and a vet. Dr. Mask working on him! They were wonderful!! I called a million times over the next couple of days not to mention them calling me to inform me of what they had found and what was going on with him that day...they never complained or told me to stop calling... we were even able to visit him..when Dr Mask found out what was wrong, she said he had Parvo! It broke my heart because everything I ever heard about this disease was the chances were slim to none for survival. I was heartbroken! But on Fri. (9-24-10) He was back in my arms and home wagging his tail and very much alive! I cannot thank them enough for everything they did!! And the way they treated us like family!! When they would talk about Rowdy, they didn't act like he was just another dog coming in..they were truly concerned and treated him like part of their family..Dr Mask even kissed him on the nose and said love you...before we left!! Again I cannot thank them enough and I am a member of their family for life as they are now a member of mine!!

  • Blessing in Disguise

    -Sarah from Lebanon, VA
    Pet Name: Pixel and Kelly

    Pet Image My first experience with VCA Highlands was after my 3 month old kitten accidentally flipped a chair over on herself. I brought her in and Dr. Mask took excellent care of her! She made a full recovery from her fractured pelvis and Dr. Mask even treated an unrelated issue. After such a great experience, I decided to bring in my 16 yr old cat. Dr. Mask diagnosed her with a thyroid condition and put her on a daily medicine. She is now doing better than she has in years! Most recently, the younger cat had a place on her head that Dr. Mask suggested we remove. It turned out to be a very rare feline sarcoid. She is doing excellent now! I believe it was a blessing in disguise that my kitten had an emergency since it lead us to VCA Highlands and Dr. Mask!

  • Compassion

    -Christina from Abingdon, VA
    Pet Name: Casi

    Pet Image WOW! Is all I have to say! I have been using VCA Highlands since bringing Casi into out family and have always been satisfied with the care my four legged babies received but nothing compares to how far they went when the worst happened to my baby (Casi). We rushed her in on a Friday evening due to discoloration in her face and the staff went right to work. The staff, receptionists, techs, vets, etc. were all awesome when I made numerous calls throughout the night to check on Casi. They never complained, never rushed me through and showed genuine concern for both myself and Casi, even when I spent hours sitting in the floor by her crying. When the inevitable (euthanization) had to be done they provided Casi and I a quiet place and allowed me to hold her for her last moments. I will never forget how caring and compassionate the staff was. Thank you all - Unfortunately, the only name I can remember is Dr. Mask, but everyone I encountered was wonderful.

  • When The End Comes

    -Kim Anthony Shaffer from Bristol, TN
    Pet Name: Barney

    Pet Image My best friend Barney was 20 years old. One might imagine that having had this old guy as a family member for so long, it was going to be extra hard to let him go where all dogs must in their own time. As an Army veteran who has a unique perspective on the death of friends, it was exceedingly difficult for me to embrace allowing my buddy to pass on. The end is a very hard place to be.

    I cannot say enough how supportive and compassionate these folks are. No, it was not easy but they allowed my old friend to pass with dignity and in a comfortable manner. My dogs are my family and VCA Highlands is the only place I will ever take them for care. A special thank you and a hug to Dr. Gina Robinson, Laura Farley and Stephanie Yoder. I still say, you folks are truly angels.

  • Underdog, in more ways than one.

    -Joe Rockhead from Bristol, TN
    Pet Name: Underdog

    Pet Image This little guy came to us as a stray. He was weak, thin and was bleeding profusely from his rectum. Thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Lewis- Graham, this little guy is now happy, healthy and truly is Underdog! I cannot say enough about how professional, compassionate and caring these vets and staff are at VCA Highlands.

  • Ellynn

    -Sydney Covert from Bristol, VA
    Pet Name: Ellynn

    On December 9 my little 12 year old poodle was hurt in an accident. I took her to VCA Highlands and even it being my first time there. I was treated with kindness and compassion by the staff and Dr. Mask, I felt like they felt my hurt and my being so scared for her. Dr. Mask told me to call if I wanted to check on her thru the night, and I did, the next day the tech called and so did Dr. Mask. I got to go see Ellynn after her surgery . So thank you to the doctors, the techs and the employees who all help Ellynn and me that terrible night in December. Ellynn is doing fine, thanks to the care and professional caring she received from the staff..


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. We have a Doctor on call after hours to meet your emergency needs. Our after hours emergency phone line is: 276-492-9969.