Valley Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center

Valley Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center The Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center is the Shenandoah Valley's only critical care facility providing emergency services including on-site laboratory procedures, ultrasound, radiology, surgery, monitoring and hospitalization.
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The Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center is the Shenandoah Valley's only critical care facility providing emergency services including on-site laboratory procedures, ultrasound, radiology, surgery, monitoring & hospitalization.

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Meet handsome man “Sammy” here! Sammy has had quite a wild ride the last few days of his doggy life. Aside from healing ...
10/22/2020

Meet handsome man “Sammy” here! Sammy has had quite a wild ride the last few days of his doggy life. Aside from healing Sammy, our goal has been to keep him as comfortable as possible during his hospitalization here with us – he is on several medications to achieve this. Sammy is one of our postoperative care patients and has been receiving medical treatments 24/7 to support his road to recovery. We have been taking Sammy for his bathroom walks and each time we tell him how handsome he is, his tail goes wild for us! He absolutely LOVES all the snuggles he's been receiving. Sammy is a stud muffin and adores the ladies! Keep going Sammy boy! We love you so much! Thank you to Sammy’s wonderful family for allowing us to share these photos of Sammy’s journey here with us.

Meet "Lucy"!! Our precious baby Lucy went home today after being hospitalized with us for a couple days!!!! We are so pr...
10/22/2020

Meet "Lucy"!! Our precious baby Lucy went home today after being hospitalized with us for a couple days!!!! We are so proud of Lucy for fighting as hard as she did. When Lucy first arrived here at the ER she was seriously ill. Our emergency teams worked around the clock to get Lucy well again. As you can see by this photo, Lucy's momma was over the moon with joy to get her baby home. Lucy's nurse, Kelly, was both sad and happy her patient was leaving. We tend to become easily attached to all of our patients and Lucy was certainly no exception. Happy day for baby Lucy!! Thank you to her family for allowing us to use these precious photos!!

Meet little miss “August” here! August was a patient of the day last week for us here at Valley Veterinary Emergency Hos...
10/21/2020

Meet little miss “August” here! August was a patient of the day last week for us here at Valley Veterinary Emergency Hospital. August was rescued from a pile of trash as a baby and her rescuers quickly became her forever family. We think it is safe to say she hit the lottery with the family who found her! Today we followed up on August and she has continued to move forward on her personal road to recovery. We wish August and her family only the best! Can her face possibly be any cuter?! We think not! This perfect little soul has the courage of a lion! Those big bright eyes have the power to shine a little light on everyone’s day! Thank you to her lovely family for granting us permission to share her with the Facebook world! Keep going August! Give this little warrior a "like"!

Good afternoon! Meet “Skip”! He is our patient of the day! Not only does Skip have the most perfect nose to boop, he als...
10/20/2020

Good afternoon!

Meet “Skip”! He is our patient of the day! Not only does Skip have the most perfect nose to boop, he also has an incredible story. Skip is a true fighter! Years ago, Skip was found after being hit by a car. He had sustained trauma and had been with injuries for a lengthy amount of time before being found and treated with proper medical attention. Due to his injuries, he has some permanent leg deformities, but he is so happy he does not even notice! Skip was such a good boy! His rockstar nurses used the fear free method today while giving him his injections. Shelly gave him kisses while Ashley talked with him and used safe yet minimal restraint as his injection was administered. Thank you to his owner for granting us permission to share these photos! Also, special thank you to our incredibly compassionate emergency nurses! Feel free to give little Skip a “like”! Look at that sweet face!

Happy Tuesday!! Please don't forget to participate in this year's annual Halloween pet costume contest!! All you need to...
10/20/2020

Happy Tuesday!! Please don't forget to participate in this year's annual Halloween pet costume contest!! All you need to do to is share a photo(s) of your pet(s) dressed up in a costume in the comment section below! Share this post too! Each winner will receive a Visa gift card!! See full details below!

It's that time everybody!! Our annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest has officially started!!

In order to enter, you MUST submit photos in the comments section below. Please do NOT send us photos via messenger as we may not see them.

As a participant, you may enter as many photos as you would like. The deadline for entry will be October 31st 2020. We will pick the top two cat photos and the top two dog photos as our winners. Stay tuned for us to announce the winners on our page during the first week of November. Each winner will receive a Visa gift card. Anybody can enter!

We do not support costumes that threaten the safety of your pet(s). If your pet's costume jeopardizes his/her safety you will be disqualified.

Good luck to all who enter

10/12/2020
What is a Veterinary Technician?

It is one of our favorite weeks here at Valley Veterinary Emergency Hospital! Today we begin our week long celebration of Vet Tech Week!!

“The week of October 11-17, 2020 has been set aside to celebrate, recognize, and promote the valuable contributions you, as credentialed veterinary technicians, make to the veterinary profession and society.”

We like to utilize this opportunity to raise awareness about the vet tech position as so many people from communities all over are actually unaware that you can have a career as a veterinary nurse. It is quite an extraordinary job full of so much opportunity!!

But first, let’s get real for a moment... it is often assumed that a veterinary nurse’s only purpose is to snuggle furry critters all day long. Crazy, right?! While snuggling and comforting patients is definitely involved, the real job description of a veterinary nurse is absolutely mind blowing! The job description includes but is not limited to:

-Providing general nursing care
-Checking vitals in preparation for the Veterinarian
-Radiologist
-Administering first aid for emergencies
-Pharmacist
-Administering medication and treatments
-Phlebotomist
-Anesthesiologist
-Performing ultrasounds

One veterinary technician is responsible for all of the above!!!! Can you believe it?! Well, it’s true!! They choose this selfless profession from a place of love and a true passion for veterinary medicine. The veterinary field often involves more work and less pay in comparison to the human medical field so please, if you are lucky enough to know a selfless and hardworking veterinary technician don’t forget to thank them this week!!

To all you veterinary technicians with those superpowers of yours, you are the heart of every clinic you choose to work in and we are so grateful for the empathy and compassion you share with the animal patients and their humans.

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week from all of us here at Valley Veterinary Emergency Hospital!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwj4dlBnbLA

Veterinary Technicians are Rock Stars! ACT would like to thank all veterinary technicians for their endless hard work and support in the caring of our belove...

“Tito” meet “Waffles”. “Waffles” meet “Tito”. Tito was an incredibly good boy today!! While Tito was hanging out in our ...
10/08/2020

“Tito” meet “Waffles”. “Waffles” meet “Tito”. Tito was an incredibly good boy today!! While Tito was hanging out in our private cat suite, Waffles decided to climb up to say hello to Tito. There is something to be said about friendship. “Each friend represents a world within us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Whether it be a human child or a baby animal, we think there is nothing more sacred than the innocence of both. Hug a friend today! Happy Wednesday all!

Hey there everybody!! Happy Wednesday! Please dont forget to participate in this year's annual Halloween pet costume con...
10/07/2020

Hey there everybody!! Happy Wednesday! Please dont forget to participate in this year's annual Halloween pet costume contest!! All you need to do to is share a photo(s) of your pet(s) dressed up in a costume in the comment section below! Share this post too!

It's that time everybody!! Our annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest has officially started!!

In order to enter, you MUST submit photos in the comments section below. Please do NOT send us photos via messenger as we may not see them.

As a participant, you may enter as many photos as you would like. The deadline for entry will be October 31st 2020. We will pick the top two cat photos and the top two dog photos as our winners. Stay tuned for us to announce the winners on our page during the first week of November. Each winner will receive a Visa gift card. Anybody can enter!

We do not support costumes that threaten the safety of your pet(s). If your pet's costume jeopardizes his/her safety you will be disqualified.

Good luck to all who enter

Raise your hands in the air if you are excited like little Cindy here about tomorrow being Friday! The weekend is upon u...
09/24/2020

Raise your hands in the air if you are excited like little Cindy here about tomorrow being Friday! The weekend is upon us! As always, we are open 24 hours a day every single day of the week including weekends. Our veterinarians and our staff are always working hard 24/7 even into the wee hours of the night to ensure we always have a team here should you need us.

It's that time everybody!! Our annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest has officially started!! In order to enter, you MUST...
09/23/2020

It's that time everybody!! Our annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest has officially started!!

In order to enter, you MUST submit photos in the comments section below. Please do NOT send us photos via messenger as we may not see them.

As a participant, you may enter as many photos as you would like. The deadline for entry will be October 31st 2020. We will pick the top two cat photos and the top two dog photos as our winners. Stay tuned for us to announce the winners on our page during the first week of November. Each winner will receive a Visa gift card. Anybody can enter!

We do not support costumes that threaten the safety of your pet(s). If your pet's costume jeopardizes his/her safety you will be disqualified.

Good luck to all who enter

GUESS WHAT!! It’s deaf pet awareness week!! 🥰This is a week to celebrate and help support deaf pets! Raise awareness by ...
09/22/2020
​DEAF DOG AWARENESS WEEK - September 20-26, 2020 | National Today

GUESS WHAT!! It’s deaf pet awareness week!! 🥰

This is a week to celebrate and help support deaf pets! Raise awareness by sharing stories and photos about your own hearing impaired pet or a deaf pet you know through family and friends. Maybe you’ve recently adopted a special needs pet who is hearing impaired? If so, we would love to hear all about him or her in the comments below! You can also spread love and awareness by sharing this article!

https://nationaltoday.com/deaf-dog-awareness-week/

Did you know some breeds of dogs have deafness rates of 40 percent or more? Head to a dog park and it's likely that two or three of the dogs you see will be hearing impaired. While deaf dogs have special needs, they can be loyal companions for their owners. Celebrate these special dogs and learn mor...

Happy Friday everyone! Let’s see how your pets enjoy their Friday afternoons and evenings!! Place photos in the comments...
09/18/2020

Happy Friday everyone! Let’s see how your pets enjoy their Friday afternoons and evenings!! Place photos in the comments below! 🥰 If you should have an emergency, we are here 24/7 including weekends!

Daily wisdom: “When it’s raining cats and dogs, be sure not to step in the poodles!”Also, no matter how rainy it is outs...
08/31/2020

Daily wisdom:

“When it’s raining cats and dogs, be sure not to step in the poodles!”

Also, no matter how rainy it is outside today, we are still open 24 hours a day every day of the week if you need us!

Okay everyone! It’s National Dog Day and obviously today would not be complete without us asking the community to share ...
08/26/2020

Okay everyone! It’s National Dog Day and obviously today would not be complete without us asking the community to share pictures of your best canine buddies!! Whether it’s a current canine family member or a canine family member who has gone to Rainbow bridge, we believe today is a day to celebrate all the special dogs who have made our lives complete!! Please share your photos in the comments below!!

Happy National Dog Day!!!!! What is National Dog Day you ask?? “While many days aim to find loving homes for dogs, this ...
08/26/2020
NATIONAL DOG DAY – August 26

Happy National Dog Day!!!!! What is National Dog Day you ask??

“While many days aim to find loving homes for dogs, this day expands that consideration to look beyond the breed. Look into the heart of the animal. The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.”

Today we celebrate man’s best friend - the dog.

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-dog-day-august-26/

National Dog Day is observed annually on August 26th. This day encourages dog ownership of all breeds whether mixed or purebred.

Happy Friday! We would love to see how your fur babies spent this rainy day snuggled up inside! Feel free to share photo...
08/01/2020

Happy Friday! We would love to see how your fur babies spent this rainy day snuggled up inside! Feel free to share photos in the comments below!! We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. As always we are open 24 hours 7 days a week should you have an emergency.

IMPORTANT: Record temps are expected to occur over the weekend. This is an urgent reminder to all pet owners: Please kee...
07/18/2020

IMPORTANT:

Record temps are expected to occur over the weekend.

This is an urgent reminder to all pet owners: Please keep your pets indoors as much as possible during the next few days as the heat index in some areas is expected to be over 100 degrees.

If you care for a cat colony or own barn cats it is CRUCIAL that they have access to fresh water and shaded shelter at all times!

It is best to please keep your pets indoors!

You can keep your pet’s paws safe by avoiding walks on hot pavement. If possible, avoid walks altogether and choose short bathroom breaks as an alternative. Unfortunately, heat stroke is one of the most common emergencies we treat on these hot days.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE TO LEAVE YOUR PET INSIDE A HOT VEHICLE DURING THESE HOT SUMMER MONTHS!

Stay safe and stay cool! Our doors are always open and we are always here for your pets should you have an emergency.

Valley Veterinary Emergency Hospital

As we approach 4th of July weekend we want to share this helpful article to keep your pets safe. Most of the time, the 4...
07/02/2020
July 4 safety

As we approach 4th of July weekend we want to share this helpful article to keep your pets safe. Most of the time, the 4th of July weekend fireworks extend into the coming weeks so please prepare accordingly to ensure your pet’s safety. As always, we are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We will be here for your beloved fur babies should you need us. Please stay safe.

https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/july-4-safety

Fireworks, picnics and other 4th of July traditions can be great fun for people, but frightening and dangerous for animals. Know how to keep your animals safe.

Although, tomorrow is Friday, we are open 24 hours 7 days a week! Always here for your pets if you should need us!
06/11/2020

Although, tomorrow is Friday, we are open 24 hours 7 days a week! Always here for your pets if you should need us!

06/09/2020

Protocol update: We will be allowing a few clients into our waiting room due to the heat. You must call us when you have arrived and we will notify you if we have available seating in our waiting room. We are still requesting that only 1-2 people at maximum accompany the pet. All clients in the waiting room MUST wear a mask. Doctors cannot see patients in the exam rooms as it is close quarters and our goal is to keep everyone safe. Doctors will only enter exam rooms with clients during euthanasias. For euthanasias we are still limiting 1-2 family members at max be present for the procedure. We would like to thank all of our clients for being so kind and patient during the all the protocol changes of the past few months and continuing to understand and adhere to the current restrictions.

06/08/2020

Happy Monday to all!

Protocol update: Now that Virginia is on Phase 2 of opening, we will be allowing a few clients into our waiting room. You must call us when you have arrived and we will notify you if we have available seating in our waiting room. We request that only 1-2 people at maximum accompany the pet as the more people in a group will seriously limit the number of clients we can allow in the waiting room making more clients have to wait in the parking lot. All clients in the waiting room MUST wear a mask at all times and remain seated until you are called to an exam room. We would like to thank all of our clients for being so kind and patient during the all the protocol changes of the past few months and continuing to understand and adhere to the current restrictions.

Valley Veterinary Emergency Hospital staff

06/03/2020

Good morning!

We just want to share a very important public safety reminder. It is never okay to leave your pet in a hot vehicle. Temperatures are expected to be very high today. If you see something, say something. It would also be a very wise idea to not leave your animals exposed to the heat outdoors today. If you are a caretaker of barn cats or a feral cat colony, please make sure they have fresh water and a cool place for shade. Dogs are susceptible to heat stroke so it is best to refrain from doing anything that will cause exertion. All pets should have access to fresh water at all times. Also, protect your four legged friend’s paws today by staying away from hot pavement.

We are open 24 hours and always here for your pets!

Valley Emergency Hospital staff

Address

210 Costello Dr
Winchester, VA
22602

General information

About VVERC The Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (VVERC) is the Shenandoah Valley's only critical care facility providing emergency services including on-site laboratory procedures, ultrasound, radiology, surgery, monitoring and hospitalization. Established in 1998, the clinic has provided our residents and their pets with quality emergency services when their regular veterinarians are not available. The Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center currently supports more than 50 area veterinary professionals. Our qualified and professional staff promise to provide the best care, treatment and support for your pets. Our mission is to serve our community and referring hospitals by providing quality emergency veterinary care to small animals one patient at a time. The Valley Emergency Veterinary Clinic (VVERC) was the vision of 19 local veterinarians. This group of veterinarians wanted to provide the highest level of care to their clients' pets. The emergency clinic idea was born and VVERC opened in April of 1998. In July of 2005, Veterinary Surgical Center (VSC) made VVERC their permanent location in Winchester, offering specialty surgical services to referring veterinarians. VSC is available for consultations and a variety of surgeries; orthopedic, soft tissue and neurology. Post-surgical care is provided by VVERC. On April 3rd, 2006, VVERC became a 24-hour facility. The clinic is presently staffed with five full-time veterinarians along with many licensed veterinary technicians, assistants and receptionists. Everyone is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care. In October of 2010, Valley Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center opened the doors to a new state of the art emergency and specialty referral center in Winchester, Virginia. Our center is the first of its kind in our area, providing the best veterinary care for your pets. In May of 2011, Valley Veterinary Oncology (VVO) and Dr. Rogers Fred III joined VVERC. VVO is an independent specialty practice located within VVERC and focuses specifically on oncolgy cases offering consultation services, cytology interpretation (in house & referral) and chemotherapy.

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(540) 662-7811

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I just wanted to thank the staff here! I have never been through this and your staff is amazing! They were sweet and kind and walked me through every step. I would call multiple times a week looking for Gizzie’s ashes and they were kind and never irritated that I kept calling. When I brought home the ashes today I noticed the paw 🐾 print was missing. I called and they told me that once they locate it they will call me. I appreciate the honesty of the staff and the hard work that they do. Thank you all again!
I’ll make this as short as I can.... they wanted to kill my 3 month old healthy puppy. We took him in as he was having seizures (found out it was from hartz flea shampoo... which they claimed it couldn’t be). They pumped his little body with so much prescription medication, that I’m honestly surprised he didn’t over dose. Then claimed he had to be put down. When I said that I wanted to bring him home, I was told (very heartlessly) that he would suffer and die. Well I brought him home, treated him holistically... and a few hours later the seizures stopped and about a day or so later he finally came out of all the medication they gave him. They did not give us back his blanket or his collar (until I asked for it back). Then another thing... first we were given an estimate of $700.... a little later we were told our total was $586.... however, they took $700 out of the bank account. And when I questioned it, I was told it would cover any meds he may need to come home with and if not then they would adjust the charge .... well he didn’t come home with any meds and it’s been three weeks and no adjustment has been made. I call and , how coincidentally, there’s nothing notated on my account about the $586 or the refund .... just the $700! These people are crooked and heartless. I for sure will NEVER go back and will do everything in my power to spread the word of how this place operates so I can keep other people from going through what we had to go through. I hope y’all enjoyed that $114 you stole from me! And please don’t kill anyone else’s pet that doesn’t truly have any other option! I wish I could give you 0 stars!
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Tech told me my dog has 2 ear infections. There is NO way she looked at my dogs ears and missed the mass in his ear!! She said "you did not tell me there was a mass" I said if you had looked you would have seen it. She told me to "never come back" for calling her out for not doing her job!!! This is why we NEED TO BE IN THE OFFICE WHEN OUT ANIMALS ARE EXAMINED!!!!! THEY CAN NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AND NO ONE CAN BE TRUSTED!!!!!!!
Thank you for everything you do!
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