Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center

VSEC operates state of the art 24-hour hospitals in Levittown, Bucks County and Philadelphia. Read More »

Having an Emergency? Our PET Emergency Room is open 24/7/365 in both Levittown & Philadelphia

If you require immediate care for your pet, VSEC's Emergency Service is always open and no appointment is necessary. Read More »

What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Specialist?

As in human medicine, some veterinary doctors choose to pursue further education in a specialized area of practice. A board-certified veterinary specialist has completed at least 8 years of post-graduate education. Read More »

VSEC's Mission

Our mission is to enhance the human-animal bond by providing our community of referring veterinarians and pet owners with exceptional specialty and emergency care. Our core values of professional excellence, teamwork, integrity, compassion and service guide us in fulfilling our mission.

Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center welcomes you and your pets for referral or emergency veterinary care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. As an advanced multi-specialty and emergency pet hospital, we understand that your pet is a part of your family and deserves leading edge medicine in a compassionate and caring environment.

Our board-certified specialists and emergency clinicians pride themselves on building strong relationships with primary care veterinarians through constant communication. This ensures continuity of care between pet owners, referring veterinarians and VSEC doctors.

As a 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital, VSEC provides important diagnostics on site such as ultrasound, MRI, CT, digital x-ray and an in-house lab so that we can provide the highest level of care for our patients.

VSEC Levittown, a certified level 1 emergency & critical care facility and national trauma center, is located just minutes from northeast Philadelphia and 10 minutes south of Trenton, in Lower Bucks County. VSEC Philadelphia is located in South Philadelphia, minutes from both the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges. We are happy to provide state-of-the-art, personalized 24-hour emergency and specialty veterinary care to the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions.

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Recent Announcements


NEW VSEC SPECIALTY Anesthesia & Pain Management

VSEC is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Sabrina Reilly, DVM, DACVAA (Anesthesiology). We are pleased to be one of the few referral centers in Pennsylvania to have a board certified anesthesiologist on staff.


VSEC Cardiology DOUBLES Capacity

VSEC is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Julia Shih, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology). Working primarily out of the Philadelphia hospital, Dr. Shih will be available for consultations in September.


VSEC now has 3 Board-Certified Radiologists on Staff

VSEC's Dr. Renee Simpler is now the 3rd full-time board-certified Radiologist on staff. She has achieved the highest level of training and credentials in her field and is here to provide world-class diagnostic imaging and analysis.


VSEC 2015 CE Schedule Now Open for Registration!!

Looking for some top-notch CE in 2016? Look no further that VSEC's FREE program of lectures, hands-on Labs and full-day CE events to broaden your professional skill-set. Go to the EDUCATION link for info and to register.

VSEC prides itself on having the most caring, compassionate and dedicated staff members.

Our doctors, nurses, customer service representatives and administrative staff members are committed to working together as a cohesive team to provide the highest quality veterinary care for your pets.

From Our Blog

Make a New Years Resolution for your Pet!

We doubt your pets have vowed to eat better and go to the gym three days a week, but they could still benefit from a few New Year’s resolutions. So read our list. These resolutions will help you keep your pets happy and healthy in 2016.Read More »

Marijuana Toxicity in Pets – Just Say……SOMETHING!!!

It is always the intention of the medical staff to treat your pet and only your pet - therefore, if you know or even suspect marijuana ingestion, please inform your veterinarian as this will expedite the course of treatment and potentially save you money in the long run. If you cannot confirm exposure, then further diagnostic steps will be taken, such as full laboratory blood work and radiographs. Read More »

Pets and De-icing Dangers This Winter

The winter season is here (...finally) with the cold, snow and ice. When snow is on the ground, municipalities apply commercially prepared snow and ice melting products. Home and business owners also apply similar chemicals to sidewalks, porches and driveways. Most ice melting compounds contain salt products that can damage vegetation and hard surfaces and are toxic to people and their pets. Read More »

Holiday Weight Gain and Your Pet

If you are a member of the human race, you know it can be hard to not gain weight during the long winter. Between being snowed in, freezing temperatures and all the holiday culinary delights, many exercise and diet plans go out the window.Read More »

It’s An Emergency When Your Pet Can’t Go

If your dog is demanding to go outside more than usual, or your cat is driving you crazy with all his litter box visits, it may be a signal that something is very, very wrong. When the urethra – the thin tube through which urine is moved out of the body from the bladder Read More »

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Upcoming Events

Superbowl CE Symposium: Age Is Not A Disease, A Geriatric Medicine Symposium

Age Is Not A Disease, A Geriatric Medicine SymposiumThis (5) credit CE symposium will focus on geriatric conditions for older pets.Read More »


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In Their Own Words

“You all are as skilled in medicine as you are in compassion and bedside manner with our pets and even us. Your care and understanding will never be forgotten.” - Kathy Bechtel, Trenton, NJ
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