VCA University Veterinary Clinic

Kate Gardner, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine


Kate Gardner was raised in Howard County, Maryland, the youngest of four sisters. She obtained her undergraduate and veterinary degrees in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech and the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Gardner started her career with a one-year internship then a three-year small animal surgery residency at The Ohio State University. Dr. Gardner participated in the surgical training of three classes of veterinary students and interns at Ohio State, and was honored with the SCAVMA Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004. In 2005, Dr. Gardner returned to Virginia and spent five years as a member of the specialty surgical team at SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center. Dr. Gardner joined a general practice in Alexandria in 2010 and was named one of Virginia’s Top 100 Veterinarians in 2011. She became medical director for our hospital in 2012.

Dr. Gardner enjoys wine tasting, autumn and spring camping, and spending time with her husband Stewart and their pets. Their furry family consists of a three-legged domestic shorthair cat named Carmen and two American Bullnese dogs, Roscoe and Tallulah.

"The reason why I work at VCA University Veterinary Clinic is that each day brings a reason to smile. Even after over a decade as a veterinarian, I still get excited with each cat and dog I see, and I thrive on learning their unique personality traits. I also love our staff and the family atmosphere we have together. There is a deep, shared passion for delivering the best care to our clients and our patients. We are lucky to have a special group of clients that are always well-informed and eager to learn new ways to take even better care of their pets. Whether it’s with our fantastic staff or our great clients, working together to strengthen the special bond an owner has with their companion is my reward for a day well spent."


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 at 703-385-1054. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

- The Hope Center, 703-281-5121, 140 Park Street SE Vienna, VA 22180

- VCA South PAWS, 703-752-9100, 8500 Arlington Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22031