VCA Old Marple Animal Hospital

Gretchen Fanconi-Shifflett, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine


I grew up in rural Montgomery County Maryland. We always had a menagerie of pets, including mice, dogs, cats and goats. I spent every summer growing up in California on my grandmother’s dairy farm. There, I raised and showed beef cattle. My love of animals grew from these childhood experiences. I graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. My husband Ed and I moved to the area nearly eight years ago. I have been part of the Old Marple family since then. We have two human children, Ella, 8 and Gavin, 6. We also have two cats Hugo, 16, and Pasadena (Pasy), 11, and one rambunctious dog Gable, 5. Hugo is my little old man. I got him the day before I arrived in Blacksburg, Virginia for veterinary school orientation. His favorite activities are sleeping, eating and purring. Pasy is a shy and handsome man. He likes to play catch with stuffed mice and get his cuddles from the kids at bedtime. Gable is a very high-energy pointer cross. He has been my running partner since we rescued him four years ago.

Why I do what I do:   Through my undergraduate years at the University of Miami, I realized that my passion was veterinary medicine and wanted to persue that goal and dream to make sure I could at least help make difference in the care and treatment of all pets.

Special Note:  Dr. Shifflet is an amazing doctor, she not only takes care of her patients but is also a mom outside of work and we all know how hard it can be to juggle a career and being a parent.  Dr. Shifflet does it with grace and compassion and always finds time just to see how your day is going no matter how busy she is on that day. 


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 Old Marple Animal Hospital 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 610-328-1300. We are located at 820 West Springfield Road. Springfield, PA 19064.

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.