VCA Animal Emergency Critical Care

Our Promise To You

From the very first time you speak with our team at Animal Emergency Critical Care, we will focus our full attention on you and your pet, helping make certain your pet arrives safely and quickly at our emergency care facility. From providing important information such as directions and recommendations to post-emergency follow up and primary veterinarian collaboration and commun

ication, you can count on our team as dedicated and compassionate animal specialists. In the event of a sudden illness or trauma, our highly experienced and credentialed specialists, doctors and team provide the utmost in emergency and critical care for pets when they need it most. You can rely on our team to give your pet the very best possible chance to survive, thrive and lead a long, healthy life for years to come.

10/20/2022

Let's get back at it tonight: What does a credentialed veterinary technician do?

While most people hear the word "technician" and think someone is working on your cable box, credentialed vet techs are doing so much more. In fact, the equipment and keeping it maintained is, for some techs, the one thing they DO NOT want to be doing.

Technicians in the veterinary field are taking radiographs, gathering samples for various testing, running anesthesia, scrubbing in for surgery, taking care of neonates, managing inventory and entire pharmacies (and knowing each drug inside and out), critical care nurses, laundry managers, record keepers and more...

Their specific skill set and role in the hospital leads them to be natural leaders and advocates. Hospitals are holding these techs accountable and looking to them to train and educate their other employees.

For every time a client calls and says "I want a doctor not a tech", we wish they understood just how much the techs actually know. If you are talking to a tech, they've likely already confirmed the information with a doctor themselves and are going in most cases to be able to give you some extra minutes of their day to chat about Fluffy's diarrhea.

Disclaimer: None of this is to say the other positions in the hospital aren't important - but this is veterinary technician week, so let's keep praising these specific folks, shall we?

Every October, the industry takes a week to celebrate veterinary technicians! This year, we would like to talk to you al...
10/17/2022

Every October, the industry takes a week to celebrate veterinary technicians! This year, we would like to talk to you all about them: who they are, what they do, and why they are so awesome. Spoiler alert: we could not do this without them!

First, because not everyone is 100% sure on this: What actually is a vet tech?

A credentialed veterinary nurse! First, they graduate from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program (with BAS or AAS degrees in hand) and then sit for their state specific exam to become boarded. Here in Virginia, they must maintain yearly licensing with the Va Dept. of Health after meeting the required amount of continuing education each year. Their college education not only includes the usual suspects, but also includes things like pathology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, anesthesia, radiology, and more! Every LVT regardless of their specialty learns all aspects of veterinary medicine. Even if you only want to work with horses, you still have to learn about hamsters!

At graduation, these newly hatched veterinary technicians take an oath. This Oath is their promise to all of us that no matter what, they will leave everything they have at the paws, hooves, and toe beans of the animals they get to take care of.

Tonight we ask you help us share this oath! Share so everyone can help us spoil our own LVTs by including your story about how a vet tech (does not have to be just ours, but we love praise for ours), has helped you and your pet live a better life.

01/14/2022

We’re so proud of our Associates, who work so hard to care for your pets, and take care of the future of veterinary medicine every day. Thank you for being part of our story.

10/23/2021

VCA Animal Hospitals has been celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week ALL WEEK!

We’ve been recognizing our Veterinary Technicians all across VCA Animal Hospitals. They are a critical part of the team at each of our hospitals where your pet’s health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal!

Thanks again for all the ongoing dedication that ALL of our Vet Techs give every day.
Highlighting another Vet Tech that is part of our South Atlantic team of VCA Animal Hospitals, Kat Carman, RVT at VCA Braelinn Village. Hear what she has to say about her profession:

10/20/2021

VCA Animal Hospitals celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week THIS WEEK!

Our Vet Techs do amazing things every day! We appreciate all the hard work and want to share a few words from our Vet Techs in our South Atlantic Group of VCA Animal Hospitals.
Hear from Susan Goodman, RVT from VCA Falcon Village in Suwanee, GA.

Thanks to ALL OUR VET TECHS for all your dedication, hard work and expertise! Your efforts help us deliver excellent medical care and a great experience for our clients!

10/18/2021

VCA Animal Hospitals celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week THIS WEEK!

VCA Animal Hospitals is proud to be one of the many animal hospitals across the U.S. that are part of the VCA Team. It's our goal to offer exceptional care for your pets every day.

Hear from one of our Veterinary Technicians, Elise with VCA Dunwoody, who shares why she loves her job. We appreciate everything that our technicians do and want to say THANK YOU during this week of Appreciation for them.

Pets get springtime allergies too! Dust, plants, pollens and insects can all be irritants! If you think your pet may be ...
03/26/2021

Pets get springtime allergies too! Dust, plants, pollens and insects can all be irritants! If you think your pet may be allergic to something, consult your VCA veterinarian. Learn more about pet allergies here: https://bit.ly/3jD7yHB 🌸🐶

08/31/2020
Meet Valerie Sullivan, LVT & Overnight Shift LeaderValerie joined the Animal Emergency Critical Care team in 2012 as an ...
08/04/2020

Meet Valerie Sullivan, LVT & Overnight Shift Leader

Valerie joined the Animal Emergency Critical Care team in 2012 as an assistant. Valerie advanced through different positions within AECC, including student technician and passed her VTNE and became a licensed technician in 2016. In 2018, Valerie achieved the role a shift leader.

Her favorite parts about working in the ER is the fast pace, that she still learns something new each shift she works, and seeing pets that had been hospitalized for along time return home with their families. Valerie also really enjoys the patient care aspect of emergency - especially the critical/complicated cases.

When she’s not helping to save lives in the ER, she is at home in Ashburn or at her lake house in West Virginia with her husband of 6 years, Tim, and her “furry children”, Misty - 13 year old cat (pictured here with Valerie), Bella – 11 year old cat, Tyrion, Drogon, and Tormund – 1 year old cat littermates, and Ginger – 13 year old yellow lab.

Meet Linda Curtis, Hospital Manager!  Linda began working at The LifeCentre in 1996 as an over-night technician in the o...
07/14/2020

Meet Linda Curtis, Hospital Manager! Linda began working at The LifeCentre in 1996 as an over-night technician in the original Animal Emergency Critical Care building on Cardinal Park Drive. She stayed with the practice during the transition to the new The LifeCentre building. When the team had grown, and the need for a practice manager arose, Linda was hand selected with several other team members to serve on the leadership team. Linda has since been leading the team through changes, including the VCA acquisition 3 years ago.

In addition to our hospital, Linda belongs to the Purcellville Rescue Squad. In her free time, Linda like to be outdoors - gardening, hiking, and when the weather is right, searching for mushrooms. She also enjoys riding her motorcycle, whittling wood into spoons, and hanging with her furry children, Josie (the dog) & Ethyn (the cat).

Meet Natasha Walters, LVT and Co-Hospital Manager of VCA's Animal Emergency Critical Care & VCA's Leesburg Veterinary In...
06/30/2020

Meet Natasha Walters, LVT and Co-Hospital Manager of VCA's Animal Emergency Critical Care & VCA's Leesburg Veterinary Internal Medicine!

Natasha began working at The LifeCentre in the Emergency Department as an LVT in January 2009. In 2010, she took the opportunity to become the head LVT in Leesburg Veterinary Internal Medicine (LVIM). During her time with LVIM Natasha worked side by side with leadership to grow the team. In 2016, Natasha transitioned to the Critical Care team to develop and create new positions with a goal of providing support to our criticalists for hospitalized patients and client needs.

As a result of this experience, her natural leadership abilities, and her ambition to improve our overall patient, client, and employee experiences, in 2018 she was promoted to Operations Manager. In May of 2020 Natasha was promoted to Co-Hospital Manager, while still upholding her LVT license. Frequently, she can still be caught providing patient care when needed (or just to keep her skills fresh).

At home, Natasha lives with her human family as well as her brindle/tabby animal family: Marley, Hamisch, and Jane. Outside of balancing being a mom and the demands of our hospital, she likes reading and horseback riding - in her spare time she pulls dual duty as a wrangler for Marriott Ranch in Hume, VA.

Meet One of Our Multi-faceted Employees:Amanda (Mandy) Hanley, Purchaser/ Inventory Manager for Animal Emergency Crtitic...
06/23/2020

Meet One of Our Multi-faceted Employees:

Amanda (Mandy) Hanley, Purchaser/ Inventory Manager for Animal Emergency Crtitical Care and Tech assistant for Leesburg Veterinary Internal Medicine. Mandy began her career in October of 2011 when she was a technician's assistant for Leesburg Veterinary Internal Medicine. In September of 2015, she saw the opportunity to grow her career and became the Team Leader for Veterinary Radiology Associates. In October of 2018, after Veterinary Radiology Associates no longer had a doctor, she transitioned back onto the Internal Medicine Department team and often helps out the Emergency Team as well.

Mandy's favorite part about working here is that she feels that we practice great medicine and really enjoys working with everyone, but most of all she loves helping animals.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids outside: hiking and gardening. Mandy also enjoys spending time with extended family and friends. Mandy has a few fuzzy children as well, She refers to Yah Yah (a 14 year old cattle dog mix) as her first "baby", Eek is her parakeet , and Strawberry Glitter Sparkles the family's sassy Lion Head rabbit.

Diamond has accrued a substantial care bill at Animal Emergency Critical Care, help support her bill by purchasing a t-s...
03/06/2020

Diamond has accrued a substantial care bill at Animal Emergency Critical Care, help support her bill by purchasing a t-shirt!

Buy a shirt to support Diamond

We just had the pleasure of visiting with Diamond's family again tonight and discussing her current status. While she is...
02/28/2020

We just had the pleasure of visiting with Diamond's family again tonight and discussing her current status. While she is still on oxygen and needs to eat better, she is happy to see her family and snuggled them in the room tonight. Diamond still has a long way to go but our criticalist things we are in a "when she goes home" not "if she goes home" situation. Our team appreciates the outpouring of community support for little Diamond and we are all giving her extra snuggles in between treatments.

Please continue to donate to The Princess Fund to help with the financial burden for this family. We promise we are doing our part to help as well! (Link to donate in the comments below)

💎 Diamond SQUADDD 💪🏼💞👊🏻💎🙌🏼💜🙏🏼
The LIFECentre Emergency & Specialty Veterinary Care - THANK YOU for all of the love & care you are providing to Diamond 24/7. We are FURever grateful & could not have asked for a better care team!! 💗🙏🏼

This dog is a true fighter and has been treated by our dedicated team.  Please consider visiting the Happy Hound for a g...
02/26/2020

This dog is a true fighter and has been treated by our dedicated team. Please consider visiting the Happy Hound for a great cause!

Please vote for our colleagues at CVCA Leesburg and The Barking 20s!
02/17/2020

Please vote for our colleagues at CVCA Leesburg and The Barking 20s!

From now until 3 PM on Tuesday, February 18th, VOTE for your favorite wear red day photo in this album by giving the best pictures a 'like', 'love', or 'laugh'! The top three CVCA offices get a prize, so support your favorites!

We were happy to host American Heritage Girls Troop  #0711 as they toured the ER and made get well cards for our hospita...
02/07/2020

We were happy to host American Heritage Girls Troop #0711 as they toured the ER and made get well cards for our hospitalized patients.

01/03/2020
On Thursday our team participated in a biannual CPR drill.  We do this to ensure the team is a well oiled machine for wh...
12/13/2019

On Thursday our team participated in a biannual CPR drill. We do this to ensure the team is a well oiled machine for when emergent situations arise!

VCA's AECC was happy to host a local Daisy Girl Scout troop this past Sunday.  The girls learned about what makes an ER ...
10/22/2019

VCA's AECC was happy to host a local Daisy Girl Scout troop this past Sunday. The girls learned about what makes an ER different from a GP, some of the machines and tools used, listened to the heartbeat of a dog, and made hospitalized patients "get well" cards!

Animal Emergency Critical Care was lucky enough to participate in NOVA Community College’s 2nd Annual Veterinary Technol...
10/11/2019

Animal Emergency Critical Care was lucky enough to participate in NOVA Community College’s 2nd Annual Veterinary Technology Networking Event this past Wednesday. Thank you to Dr. McCorkle and Julie for representing the team!

08/12/2019

We are seeking an experienced Client Service Representative to join our team on our closing CSR shift. This position requires evenings, 1 weekend shift, ands some holidays. Evening pay differential as well as holiday pay is offered when applicable.

At VCA Animal Hospitals, we take our mission statement – your pet’s health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal – very seriously. With every opportunity, we aim to exceed each pet owner’s expectations.
We’re looking for a personable yet highly professional “service extraordinaire” to join us in delivering our mission to our clients and their pets.

Why We Need You
As the face of VCA, the Client Service Representative sets the tone for the practice as we build and maintain each customer's trust and confidence in our abilities. The CSR is the pivot around which the hospital operates and is responsible for:
• Customer service functions, including: greeting visitors, answering telephones, and guiding clients and their pets to exam rooms.
• Scheduling and confirming appointments.
• Placing outbound calls for follow-ups and reaching out to prospective clients.
• Presenting and explaining fees, including processing payments.
• Recommending, selecting, and obtaining products and services, including prescriptions.
• Answering questions regarding products and services, including phone triage of emergent patients.
• Managing medical records, charts, reports and correspondence.
• Hospital maintenance (including removal of animal waste) and ensuring that facility is neat and clean at all times—both inside and outside.

Benefits
We offer competitive compensation and great benefits, including, medical/dental/vision and paid vacation (for F/T employees only), 401(k), generous personal pet care discounts, and more!

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

Won't you walk to raise awareness for su***de prevention?
07/31/2019

Won't you walk to raise awareness for su***de prevention?

Vote now and vote often!  Julie Antonellis is our technician supervisor and very deserving of this huge honor. Her contr...
07/16/2019

Vote now and vote often! Julie Antonellis is our technician supervisor and very deserving of this huge honor. Her contribution to our hospital and our veterinary industry is immeasurable. Read her story and vote every day until August 8th. Help us get Julie the recognition she deserves!

Hoping you’ll take a minute to vote for me each day. Thank you!
http://herovetawards.org/vote/

Su***de is very prevalent in the veterinary community.  Join this walk and help raise funds and awareness for su***de pr...
07/16/2019

Su***de is very prevalent in the veterinary community. Join this walk and help raise funds and awareness for su***de prevention.

Heat Stroke is No JOKE!!! At AECC, we see way too much heat stroke. Here are a few tips on how to prevent heat stroke in...
07/12/2019

Heat Stroke is No JOKE!!! At AECC, we see way too much heat stroke. Here are a few tips on how to prevent heat stroke in the summertime:

Here are a few reminders about caring for your pet in this heat:
07/05/2019

Here are a few reminders about caring for your pet in this heat:

Please remember, when you are feeling hot, your pets are too!
06/28/2019

Please remember, when you are feeling hot, your pets are too!

Heat Stroke is No JOKE!!!  At AECC, we see way too much heat stroke.  Here are a few tips on how to prevent heat stroke ...
06/21/2019

Heat Stroke is No JOKE!!! At AECC, we see way too much heat stroke. Here are a few tips on how to prevent heat stroke in the summertime:

We love this post by one of our referring practices Loudoun Cat Care! We also have a lot of love for newly graduated "Dr...
06/19/2019

We love this post by one of our referring practices Loudoun Cat Care! We also have a lot of love for newly graduated "Dr. Thor", who we know very well around here. I wonder if he'll be doing more than one surgery or if his specialty is just bunnies?

So we are a day late, but please welcome our newest staff member....Dr. Thor!!! He is a very experienced surgeon, providing only the best care for our patients!!!!!

06/18/2019

VCA Animal Emergency Critical Care—housed in The LifeCentre for Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care—is located in Leesburg, Virginia.
We are seeking an experienced Licensed Veterinary Technician to join our team.
The successful candidate will be a believer in the possibilities of high quality veterinary medicine and patient care—with the expertise and technical know-how to make them happen.

Why We Need You
As a member of the VCA team, your mission will be to win the confidence of every pet parent—by delivering an outstanding client experience—so they will partner with us for the lifelong care of their companion animals.
We want you to use the knowledge that you’ve invested your time and talent in. The skills that you will be utilizing include, but are not limited to:
• Venipuncture
• catheter placement
• radiology
• anesthesia monitoring
• physical examinations and patient assessment
• surgical preparation and assisting
• dentistry
• laboratory work
• pharmacy
• patient recovery
• compassionate care for our hospitalized patients

Why You Should Consider Us
At VCA, your passion for medicine and compassion for pets and people is matched with a commitment to your professional growth.
• You will enjoy exposure to a diverse and stimulating caseload, employ the most advanced imaging and monitoring tools, and tap into the expertise of more than 4,500+ doctors, including 600+ boarded specialists.
• You will sharpen your skills—and even learn some new techniques—and explore career options that only VCA can offer, such as continuing education, transfer, specialization, and leadership opportunities.


Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!
The information in this position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Management reserves the right to revise the job description or require that other tasks be performed when the circumstances of the job change (for example, emergencies, change in personnel, workload, or technical development).

06/18/2019

We are seeking an experienced Client Service Representative to join our team on our closing CSR shift. This position requires evenings and weekend shifts as well as some holidays. Evening pay differential and holiday pay is offered when applicable.

At VCA Animal Hospitals, we take our mission statement – your pet’s health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal – very seriously. With every opportunity, we aim to exceed each pet owner’s expectations.
We’re looking for a personable yet highly professional “service extraordinaire” to join us in delivering our mission to our clients and their pets.

Why We Need You
As the face of VCA, the Client Service Representative sets the tone for the practice as we build and maintain each customer's trust and confidence in our abilities. The CSR is the pivot around which the hospital operates and is responsible for:
• Customer service functions, including: greeting visitors, answering telephones, and guiding clients and their pets to exam rooms.
• Scheduling and confirming appointments.
• Placing outbound calls for follow-ups and reaching out to prospective clients.
• Presenting and explaining fees, including processing payments.
• Recommending, selecting, and obtaining products and services, including prescriptions.
• Answering questions regarding products and services, including phone triage of emergent patients.
• Managing medical records, charts, reports and correspondence.
• Hospital maintenance (including removal of animal waste) and ensuring that facility is neat and clean at all times—both inside and outside.

Benefits
We offer competitive compensation and great benefits, including, medical/dental/vision and paid vacation (for F/T employees only), 401(k), generous personal pet care discounts, and more!

Benefits: We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and paid vacation/sick days, 401(k), generous employee pet discounts and more!

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165 Fort Evans Road NE
Leesburg, VA
20176

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We wanted to remind everyone that we will be closed for Thanksgiving this year and re-opening at 8am on Black Friday. We hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday filled with Turkey and Pie!

Should you need emergency care, please reach out to our friends at VCA Animal Emergency Critical Care or Hope Advanced Veterinary Center - Vienna during our holiday hours. 🦃🥧

It's National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Please join us in celebrating the caregivers who have given shelter dogs their forever homes!

Meet Haribo, who was adopted in February by Esther, client service representative at VCA Animal Emergency Critical Care in Virginia.

"Before Haribo, something was missing in my life. A caregiver recommended that I adopt a pet. So, I said, let's go see the dogs!"

"During COVID, it was hard to visit shelters. Luckily, a foster mom had posted photos online, and when we saw those dogs, we needed to see them in person! We were fascinated with the husky mix that was very shy at first, but quickly warmed up to us, and let us love him. We knew Haribo was meant to complete our family. His brother, Otis, was adopted that same day. We keep in very close contact with them -- and have many play dates together!"

"We learned that Haribo and his brother came from a very abusive family. He had trust issues after his experience. It broke my heart. So, we adopted this sweet boy. Since then, he has become one of our hospital mascots. He loves everyone and is becoming more friendly and trusting. He has become my best friend, my dog of honor, my ESA dog, my travel buddy... and he has helped me so much with my own mental health."

"We remind this sweet boy every day that he has a family to rely on now. And that he is ALWAYS loved. My husband pretends to be 'manly' in front of him, but I catch him in the morning before work, telling him 'good morning, my baby boy.' It makes my morning -- every morning. We love him dearly. He saved my life, I saved his. He is now and forever my best friend. He is our favorite boy."

Ready to foster or adopt a dog of your own? Visit a VCA shelter partner near you: https://bit.ly/vcasheltermap
Good morning! A reminder that Alpha is closed today (Thursday, February 4). We will reopen on Friday at noon. Please call 703-272-7810 and leave a message for non-urgent requests, or email the clinic at [email protected]. If your pet is in need of urgent care, please contact Hope Advanced Veterinary Center - Vienna, VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency in Fairfax, Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, or Animal Emergency Critical Care in Leesburg.
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We’ve been sharing a few posts about Diamond by Bring Ace Home - A Lesson In Faith over the past couple months but we wanted to personally dedicate one for her, since she graduated from her surgeries last week!

Diamond is a 7 year old Pit Bull who was initially seen by Animal Emergency Critical Care at The LIFECentre Emergency & Specialty Veterinary Care in Leesburg due to a house fire at the end of February. She had pneumonia, smoke inhalation and corneal ulcers. She also needed surgery from dead skin tissue (eschars) caused by the severe burns.

Dr. Anna Dunlap, one of our board-certified surgeons in Leesburg, took over the case in March and performed a series of laceration repairs and wound management for Diamond. Her team dedicated a week to caring for Diamond with multiple procedures and interventions. Through these weeks of care, Diamond has gradually healed over time! Diamond is doing well at home now and getting more energetic, getting back to her old self.

We wish you the best, Diamond, and hope that you’ll continue to dazzle brighter than ever!! 💎💎✨
We took our cat to "The Life Center" on Sunday, February 11th based on a positive review that we read on Google...and boy, let me tell ya, that's the last time we ever make that mistake. The only thing these people are interested in doing is taking advantage of pet owner's ignorance and separating them from their hard earned money. They charged us $844 to examine our cat and induce her to have a bowel movement. They couldn't even tell us what was wrong but, refused to proceed any further until we approved a $1500 treatment plan. But it wasn't until we took our cat to her regular vet, a few days later, before we even knew what was wrong and have it treated. "The Life Center" is predatory. They prey upon the fear and uncertainty of pet owners when their pets need emergency treatment and then they take financial advantage of their distress. Do yourself a favor and more importantly, do your pet a favor and take them somewhere else if they get sick on the weekend or, better yet, wait until your regular vet can see them.
It’s so true...
Jessica Sanderson, LVT from Animal Emergency Critical Care will lead two labs on Anesthesia Machine and Monitoring Equipment during the VALVT Fall Conference at BRCC. We are excited to offer this hands-on content to our attendees! Make sure to check out her session and registration by visiting: http://www.valvt.org/Fall-Conference