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


64-Slice CT NOW SCANNING @ VSEC Levittown

For patients with anesthesia considerations and hard to image health issues, we've just integrated a much faster CT into our Levittown hospital. Fastest in the region!!


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 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

Why is my pet Limping?

Limping by a pet is one of the most common reasons animals are brought into the VSEC emergency room. A limp – also known as a lameness, may cause your pet to hold the affected leg up completely, or slightly shift weight off of the sore leg. In some cases, the lameness may be severe and obvious, and in others it may be subtle or may come and go.Read More »

Too “Dog-Gone” Hot

While we want to make sure our whole family can enjoy this season, extreme summer heat can have serious consequences for our canine family members. It is important to realize that while you may appreciate basking in the hot sun and working on your sun tan, remember that your dog is sitting next to you in a head-to-toe fur coat!!! Read More »

Neurology Case Study

“Linus,” a 7-year-old, 3.5 kg, male neutered, terrier mix, was presented to the VSEC Neurology service for a chronic progressive upper motor neuron (UMN) tetraparesis and general proprioceptive ataxia. Since adoption 6 years ago, the owner always noted an abnormal gait. Read More »

TOP 3 Summer Emergencies

Now that summer is squarely upon us, we at VSEC start to think about and plan for emergencies that are more common in the warmer months. Taking an active role in educating clients as well as support staff is an important step we all can take to help prevent an issue or to act quickly in an emergency situation.Read More »

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 »

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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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