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 2015 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

Warmer Weather & Health Concerns for You Pet

As the weather gets warmer, there is nothing nicer than spending some outdoor time with our canine companions. Long days snuggled under the blankets are replaced by strolls in the sun and romps in the park. As crazy as it may seem, at this time of year veterinary emergency rooms tend to see an influx of cases of dogs that have gotten sick or injured after embarking on just such an adventure. Read More »

Nasal Tumors in Dogs

Advanced imaging is necessary to investigate for a nasal tumor. Skull radiographs can be done, however, we no longer advise them as the results are often equivocal with further testing needed. We typically combine a CT scan of the head with endoscopy of the nasal cavity and nasopharynx. The two imaging techniques are complementary; the CT scan will allow for visualization of a tumor and identify the extent, location and any bone involvement. Read More »

Tylen-NOOOOOOOO!!!! – over the counter medications: safe for US harmful for PETS

Muscle cramps, fever, headaches, and toothaches are common pains that humans experience on a daily basis.They send us right over to our medicine cabinet where we have our choice of several over the counter (OTC) medications including; Tylenol, Advil, and Aspirin. When we see our dog limping after a run outside, or our cat seems to have a belly ache, we want to take the pain away and make them feel betterRead More »

My Dog Has Seizures…What Does That Mean?

Witnessing your dog have a seizure can be a disturbing and frightening experience, leaving you panicked and alarmed as you rush to the nearest veterinary hospital. “What exactly is a seizure and what could have caused this?” “What does this mean for the future health of my canine companion?” We will discuss the some of the basics to help ease your mind in the event that you experience a seizure in your beloved pup: what is a seizure, what to expect from a veterinarian visit at the onset of seizures, and what you may expect for the future.Read More »

“Can My Pet Eat That?”

Everyone likes to share a snack with their four-legged friend from time to time. It's just too hard to deny those adorable puppy eyes! And sometimes, of course, our pets help themselves to a snack…and not all of those snacks are food. For those situations, it is helpful to be aware of some of the common food and even non-food items in our homes that may be toxic or harmful to our dog and cat companions.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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