VCA St. Mary's Animal Hospital

Dr. Kirk Forrest, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Ohio State University


Dr. Forrest is native of Ohio and received both his undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University. He moved to St. Mary’s County in 1987 providing compassionate and friendly care for our community, establishing St. Mary’s Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Forrest continues to practice preventive wellness medicine and surgery for our community, in addition to serving as our Hospital Medical Director insuring that our hospital provides state of the art medical care for all patients.

Dr. Forrest has a special interest in exotic patient care including birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits and other small mammals. He especially enjoys surgery and has obtained extensive professional training in small animal orthopedic, laser and laparoscopic surgery.

During Dr. Forrest’s spare time, he enjoys skiing, fishing, boating, and wine collecting. He also enjoys baseball and has provided ten years of service coaching our community Little League teams. Dr. Forrest also enjoys spending time with his family and pets; Ginger and Bentley (Springer Spaniels) and two sassy cats Meeko and Chloe.

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 AN EMERGENCY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call us immediately at 301-862-2441

VCA Southern Maryland Veterinary Referral Center immediately at 301-638-0988