VCA Povar Animal Hospital

Melissa Wash, DVM, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Mississippi State University


Dr. Melissa wash was born and raised in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.  She obtained her BS in Animal Sciences and biotechnology from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA in 2001. Afterward she worked in the pharmaceutical industry outside of Philadelphia then went to the University of New Orleans where she pursued graduate courses in biology.  It was in New Orleans she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Mississippi State Veterinary College in 2012 as a Giles Scholar then completed an internship at a VCA Specialty/Referral center outside of Washington DC.

Dr. Wash moved to RI to join the VCA Povar family and to be closer to her family in MA.  She has a passion for internal medicine, pain management, reproductive and pediatric care.  Outside veterinary medicine, she enjoys horseback riding, reading , cooking and traveling.  her passion for traveling enabled her to study in Australia and South America during her undergraduate career studying.  She plans to one day tour Europe.


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 call one of the following:

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich RI 401-866-6787

Bay State Veterianry Emergency Services Swansea MA 508-379-1233

Mass-RI Veterinary ER Swansea MA 508-730-1112