VCA MacArthur Animal Hospital

Client Services

  • Client Service

    Sara Pickell

    Sara joined VCA in 2013, but is no stranger to animals. She grew up taking care of horses in her native country Israel. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv and completed a tour of service as a commissioned Air Force officer. After an embassy assignment in Turkey, Sara came to the United States. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, babysitting her neighbors pets, flying with her husband as a student and co-pilot, and exercise. Sara Speaks four languages and loves to put all our clients and patients at ease. She loves meeting new clients and their pets, and is happy to have an opportunity to help!

  • Client Service

    Chelsea Shanline

    Chelsea is new to the VCA Family. She will be one of the smiling faces you see when you walk through our front door.

    Chelsea grew up in Virginia Beach, VA where she was always surrounded by pets and animals. She grew up riding horses, volunteering at shelters, and caring for pets of her own. She moved to the Washington, DC area 5 years ago. She and her boyfriend live in the area with her cat Mozart, a Chameleon named Karma and Tortoise Ludwig.

    When she has free time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, cooking, skateboarding, reading and relaxing with her pets.

    Chelsea has been a wonderful addition to the VCA family and is excited about her future career in Client Services and Veterinary Medicine at VCA MacArthur Animals Hospital.


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 contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics:

VCA Alexandria Animal Emergency 703-751-2022

VCA VRA, 301-926-3300

VCA Southpaws,703-752-9100

Please request the emergency hospital send us a report so we may follow up with you the next day.