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

Saving Dollars & Making Sense: Preventative Care For Your Pets

To quote Ben Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These words of wisdom should be followed in many aspects of life, but especially with your pets, since proper preventative care will save time, money and stress. Sometimes a trip to the emergency room is unavoidable, but routine care can help prevent many ER visits.Read More »


Extensive wounds can be very challenging. Wounds must be managed in some way until they are free of necrotic debris and infection and have a healthy granulation tissue bed before they can be closed, reconstructed or allowed to heal by second intention. This management often requires repeated daily sedation or anesthesia for wound management and dressing changes. Read More »

Cardiac Disease & Summer Considerations

Cardiac disease in veterinary patients is not confined to any season; however, special considerations are necessary to maintain the comfort and stability of our cardiac patients in the hot summer months. Heat and humidity affects dogs and cats more than people due to differences in how they are able to cool themselves.Read More »

Clinical Gems: Approach to Heat Stroke

Summer means daylight stretching long into the evening hours and increased time spent outdoors. This is great for us and our pets as physical activity and socialization are often much needed after hibernating throughout the cold winter and wet springs. While exercise and activity are good Read More »

Near & Accidental Drowning

Warm weather is here and that means pool parties and long runs on the beach with our four-legged friends. Sadly with the warm weather, we can often times see a rise in cases presenting to the Emergency room for accidental or near drowning. In some scenarios, accidental drowning may be secondary to other causes such as seizure, head trauma, hypoglycemic eventRead 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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