VCA Knightswood Animal Hospital Staff

VCA Knightswood Animal Hospital

Phone: 215-632-2525
Fax: 215-632-0614
12121 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Business Hours
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Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Thank you for selecting our VCA Animal Hospital for your pet's healthcare needs. We are located in Philadelphia Pa and we're proud to have the pleasure of serving the following communities; Andulusia, Cornwell Heights, Bensalem, Bristol, Trevose, Feasterville, and Croyden. We look forward to providing you and your pet with the highest quality of care and attention. Our entire staff will do all we can to help your pet enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Local Medical Issues

We ask our clients to bring in a fecal sample to each wellness exam. Testing twice per year provides us with the best chance of detecting any parasites. We test for heartworm yearly. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and with the winter temperatures the way they are, it is not cold enough to kill mosquito eggs. Heartworm is a year-round risk. We recommend year-round preventative medication. We also focus on flea and tick control since many health issues are caused by these parasites.

New to VCA?

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Our services don't end at our hospital doors.  As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 VCA veterinarians.

And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  These twenty-eight clinics provide state-of-the-art care in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, advanced oncology, and even such cutting-edge treatments as stem cell therapy.

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Knightswood Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission the hospital team relies on several individuals, where each team member is equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

And if things get very complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board certified specialists. In a word: TEAMWORK!

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the very first person you speak to to the person who checks you and your pet out, our team of pet lovers works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.


Dr. Patrick Barnes
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Tuskegee University

Dr. Patrick Barnes has always had compassion and love for animals and people. He moved to Philadelphia almost 2 years ago. He is the older brother

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Dr. Jesse Gasparro
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jesse Gasparro grew up in New Jersey.  He attended Ross University and finished his clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Dr. Debbie Rubin
Cheryl Lee from Philadelphia

My male Maltese (Jake) has been seeing Dr. Deb since birth (2000). Jake has had many issues over the years and I imagine has been quite a challenge for Dr. Deb. We've dealt with severe skin allergies, ear infections, narrowing trachea, weight issues, eye cataracts and more recently a severe heart murmur, pulmonary hyper tension and chronic valvular disease. Jake has kept Debbie very busy. It's amazing how this dog just keeps bouncing back. I am convinced, that it's due to the care Dr. Deb has given Jake over the years. The fact that this little guy is still alive is a testament to Dr. Deb's care. She is always there for him, with the proper treatments, sound advice and genuine concern for his well being. She is also there to provide guidance and advice for us as well and we respect her honesty as to the issues, what's at stake and what can be expected. I'll never forget the time Debbie accompanied Jake to a late night consultation with an eye surgeon. That truly was an act above and beyond. I can say many admirable things about Debbie, but what comes to mind recently happened last week. Jake was having difficulty breathing, on the weekend of course. Debbie said she'd take a look at Jake and to meet her at her office, which happened to be on a Sunday evening. She left a family affair in Washington, DC to meet Jake at her office. It was 9pm. Jake's oxygen was poor and he was filled with fluids. Debbie administered meds to make Jake comfortable and his conditions improved drastically overnight. Had she'd not seen him, I'm not sure what Jake's fate would have been. She continued her care during the week and Jake was in the care of a cardiologist all weekend. He is now being treated for moderate chronic valvular disease and pulmonary hyper tension. All the while Debbie has been in constant contact with us to check on Jake's status, our well being, and has remained in contact with the specialist. Jake is doing well again and with no doubt he will continue to improve, once again, under Debbie's care. Words cannot describe our gratefulness and admiration for Debbie. Jake has had many issues over the years and she has truly prolonged Jake's life on more than one occasion. I'm convinced it's the care and love she has given that keeps him going. We don't know what we'd do without her. She has a special place in our hearts, and Jake's little heart too. And if Jake could speak, he'd say the exact same things. She is a blessing to all she serves and to all who know her.

Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub®, call us at
215-632-2525 or request an appointment.