VCA West Shore Animal Hospital

Christopher Smith, VMD, Medical Director

VMD, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Christopher Smith joined our team in 2013 and recently stepped into the role of Medical Director. Dr. Smith has a diverse background with includes general practice along with emergency medicine.

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. After graduation he initially worked as an associate veterinarian before accepting a position as Medical Director at VCA Detwiler Animal Hospital in Reading, PA between 1998 and 2009. During this time he also worked on a part time basis, intermittent basis doing emergency and critical care at West Chester Animal Hospital in West Chester, PA and Berks Animal Emergency Center in Reading, PA. Dr. Smith has spent the last four years as the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Whitehall, PA.

He served as president of the Schuylkill Valley Veterinary Medical Association from 2004 - 2007. Dr. Smith has also served as an alternate trustee to the PVMA for the last 6 years.

In his free time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family and smallmouth bass fishing on the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers.


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 717-774-0685

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS: Please contact one of the following:
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center - 717-796-2334 (Located at 4930 Ritter Rd. ST 101 Mechanicsburg Pa 17055)