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Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center

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

Having an Emergency? Our Emergency Room is open 24/7/365 in Levittown, Philadelphia & Conshohocken.

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. VSEC is proud to be named 2017's "Practice of the Year" by Petplan North America.

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. VSEC Conshohocken is located just to the east of the intersection of I-476 and Ridge Pike. 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


Weekend Specialty Appointments

VSEC now offers weekend specialty appointments in a variety of services. Call for details!


VSEC's Dr. Cara Horowitz nominated for Petplan's "Vet of the Year" award

VSEC is proud to have been awarded 2017's "Practice of the Year" by Petplan North America. Now it's Dr. Horowitz's turn!


VSEC Superbowl CE Symposium 2018 - Nutrition & Disease

VSEC is proud to announce our first symposium of 2018!


CE in the City 2018 - Anesthesia Symposium

4/15/18 - Philadelphia, PA
Stay tuned for details...

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

Antibiotic Use for Dental Surgeries

One common question I often discuss with other veterinarians is when to use antibiotics with dental surgeries. The cases that warrant it are quite rare. A recent panel discussion at the Veterinary Dental Forum in Nashville1 also tackled the topic, and there are some important points impacting our use of antibiotics that are worth sharingRead More »

Neoplasia: a common cause of forelimb lameness

Musculoskeletal neoplasia is a common cause of forelimb lameness in dogs. In some cases, this may be in the form of an obvious tumor or may present as a subtle or intermittent lameness. A thorough physical and orthopedic examination should be performed in all dog diagnosed with a suspected musculoskeletal neoplasm to evaluate for evidence of metastatic disease and plan the most appropriate treatment.Read More »

Arthroscopic Treatment of Forelimb Lameness

Forelimb lameness in dogs can be a frustrating diagnostic challenge. Many patients experience a subtle lameness that is difficult to localize to a specific joint. Even when obvious discomfort is associated with one joint of the forelimb, treatment of these conditions can be challenging due to small lesions present in tight joint spaces. Common causes for forelimb lameness in young dogs can be attributed to diseases of the elbow or shoulder joints. Read More »

Growing Pains: Forelimb Lameness in the Young Dog

Forelimb lameness cases can be challenging to diagnose and difficult to treat. A diagnostic workup for forelimb lameness often requires multiple tests, and treatment often entails long periods of rest and exercise restriction. When presented with a young dog with forelimb lameness, the list of differential diagnoses narrows.Read More »

Neurologic Causes of Lameness

There are multiple neurologic causes for thoracic limb lameness in the dog. Differentiating orthopedic versus neurologic causes of thoracic limb lameness can be challenging. There are certain exam findings that can help point you down the right direction; however, there are certain cases where it can be impossible to distinguish what the cause is based on the exam alone.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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