VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center

Deanna Purvis, VMD, DACVECC, Medical Director

VMD, University of Pennsylvania
Certifications: DACVECC


Dr. Deanna Purvis was born in Vancouver Washington. Despite her west coast beginnings, she spent many formative years in Pittsburgh making it feel like home. She received her B.S. in Biology from Penn State University in 1983, and is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She continued at the University of Pennsylvania for her internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Following her internship she completed two years of residency training in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee. During her surgical residency, she realized her passion for care of the critically ill/ICU patients. She shifted her focus and was accepted into the residency training program in Emergency and Critical Care at the Animal Emergency Center (Milwaukee, WI). Dr. Purvis earned Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 1994.

Since 1994, Dr. Purvis has directed emergency/critical care departments in Portland, Oregon; Springfield, Virginia; and was a consultant for the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She and two colleagues founded the California Animal Referral & Emergency Hospital in July 2003 – establishing Santa Barbara California’s first veterinary specialty hospital.

She enjoys working with referring veterinarians and clients to aid in their understanding of critical disease and life threatening emergencies. Her clinical interests include treatment of the septic/SIRS patient, patients in shock, and patients requiring immediate surgical intervention. She completed training and was certified to perform veterinary acupuncture in 2005. Since then, she has enjoyed combining eastern and western medical approaches to provide for optimal patient care and comfort.

Dr. Purvis is married and shares her home with three dogs, (Maya, a golden retriever; Zack, a Carolina Mountain Dog rescued from an Asheville, NC shelter; and Deuce, a Jack Russell mix rescued from California), and Karma a dwarf hamster. In addition to her love of animals, she’s an avid student of Eastern philosophies, and enjoys gardening and hiking. 


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Refferal Center provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 412-364-5353. We are located at 223 Siebert Road. Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.