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 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 2016 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

Radiation Therapy: An Introduction & New Advancements

The principle mechanism by which radiation works is by damaging the DNA of neoplastic cells. Photons or electrons are generated with a linear accelerator, which are then targeted to a patient’s tumor. The effects of radiation are dependent on the presence of oxygen within a cell. Tumors will respond to radiation therapy depending on their rate of cellular division, i.e. slowly dividing tumor cells will respond slowly to radiation whereas rapidly growing or dividing tumor cells will respond in a more rapid fashion. Read More »

My dog’s abdomen looks big, now what?

You are relaxing after a hard day at work…Fido walks by and something looks different…you notice that his belly appears larger than usual. But why? And what could that mean? At first, you think he must have overeaten or gotten into his bin of food, because overeating (Food Bloat) is a common reason for dogs' bellies to appear distended.Read More »

The Dog Days: Heat stroke, Hyperthermia & Your Pet

After a long winter and with the warmer spring and summer weather quickly approaching, pet owners are anxious to get outside and enjoy the weather with their pets. However, it is important to remember that our pets do not handle these warmer temperatures the same way humans do. When the heat and humidity starts to rise, veterinarians can see an increase in emergency cases of heat stroke which can range from mild, to life-threatening, to fatal. Read More »


We all recognize the fractured tooth that presents to our office: the puppy coming in with a bleeding canine tooth or slab fracture after chewing on a bone, or the older animal that presents with the classic swelling under its eye, indicating a likely tooth root abscess. But did you know that over 25% of dogs and cats visiting the vet Read More »

Immunosuppressive Drugs

It’s that time of year again! While many factors are believed to contribute to the seasonality of immune-mediated disease, we certainly appreciate an up-tick (pun intended) in these diseases in the warmer months. Here are some of the drugs that have been by our side year after year along with some newer agents that you may see us using more often.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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