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 ER 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 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

How to Help Your Pet Age Gracefully

There’s nothing better than seeing a cherished loved one live a long, healthy life and getting to spend as much time together as possible. That goes for our four-legged family as well, those furry angels who instantly forgive our bad mood, love us with licks, snuggles and purring, and always, always make us smile.Read More »

Halloween Dangers

The weeks surrounding Halloween can present many dangers to family pets. Pet Poison Helpline cites an increase of 12% in calls pertaining to chocolate, candy overindulgence, raisins and candy wrappers. Pets exposed to Halloween treats or décor have the potential to develop life-threatening complications.Read More »

Dog Park Dangers

With busy schedules and not enough backyard space in cities and even the suburbs, it can sometimes be difficult for you to give your pup the exercise he needs to be happy, healthy and calm. Taking your four-legged friend to the dog park on a sunny afternoon or a crisp autumn morning may seem like the perfect solution.Read More »

Why do dogs eat grass?

Maybe it’s not the most burning question you have about your pet’s behavior, but aren’t you curious to know why dogs eat grass? Some say it’s because they need the extra nutrients. Others think canines like to nibble grass because it’s tasty. Read on to learn the real deal.Read More »

Pet Diabetes: A Treatable Condition

Animal diabetes is as serious a disease for pets as it is for humans. If left untreated, it can lead to other medical problems, like cataracts and slow wound healing, even death. Since it’s a fairly common disorder, it’s important to be on the lookout for the warning signs, and to follow steps to prevent your cat or dog from getting diabetes.Read More »

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Upcoming Events

VSEC Fall Symposium: Diseases of Head & Neck – “Diagnosis & Treatment Beyond the Blade”

Veterinarians are invited to join us for VSEC's Fall Symposium in Philadelphia. Read More »

Monster Milers

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2015 8:00am – 12:00 Philadelphia Navy YardRead More »

Mummers and Mutts Festival

SATURDAY OCTOBER 10, 2015 Mummers and Mutts Festival 9:00am – 3:00pm 2nd & Jackson, South PhiladelphiaRead More »

Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference

OCTOBER 13-15, 2015 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference Atlantic City, NJRead More »

Barktoberfest! @ Animal’s Hospital of Levittown

Saturday October 17, 2015 Barktoberfest! @ Animal’s Hospital of Levittown 2230 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd Levittown, PA 19057 12:00 – 4:00pmRead More »

PAWS for the Cause

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18, 2015 PAWS for the Cause 9:00am – 12:00 Fox Chase Cancer Center 333 Cottman Ave Philadelphia, PA 19111Read More »

Philly PAWS Mutt Strutt

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2015 Philly PAWS Mutt Strutt 9:00am – 3:00PM Philadelphia Navy YardRead 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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