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

7.14.16

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!!

10.4.16

NEW VSEC SPECIALIST Dr. Kari Santoro Beer, DVM, DACVECC

VSEC is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Kari Santoro Beer, our seventh board-certified Critical Care Specialist.

10.4.16

VSEC Philadelphia DOUBLES IN SIZE

VSEC is proud to announce the renovation of our Philadelphia hospital! We are doubling the size of the facility to serve patients faster, better and more comfortably. VSEC will be adding a 64-slice CT, more state-of-the-art surgical suites and a special procedures treatment room. Scheduled to complete 12.1.16.

10.4.16

CE in the CITY 2017 - Dermatology Symposium @ WHYY Studios, Philadelphia 4/2/17

Save the date!! 4/2/17 VSEC and HOPE VS will be joining forces once again to bring you CE in the City 2017, a full-day veterinary Dermatology CE Symposium.

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

Make sure to winterize your brain! Cliff notes for Antifreeze toxicosis

Ethylene glycol is a common and unfortunately life threatening hazard to our small animal patients. Ethylene glycol is a sweet, odorless, water-soluble chemical with many common household uses. It may be found in antifreeze designed for cars, de-icing agents, windshield washer fluids, home solar units, portable chemical toiletsRead More »

Rabies isn’t really found where WE live, right?

Rabies is fairly common in our area, which is a mixture of urban, suburban and rural. Between January 2016 and May 2016, there were 128 reported rabies cases in Pennsylvania, about 30 of which were in the counties adjacent to VSEC. In New Jersey, between January 2016 and June 2016, there were 112 reported rabies positive animals. Read More »

Urine Trouble

Have you ever gotten upset with your beloved kitty for urinating on your favorite rug? Nothing is more frustrating than finding an accident outside of the litter pan. There are times that these truly are “accidents” or (or what I like to call “on purposes”), but these accidents can also be a sign of a medical condition Read More »

Treating the Sick Blocked Cat: What’s New?

Over the last few weeks, the VSEC emergency service has been inundated with blocked cats. I don’t know if it’s the humidity, the full moon, or some other supernatural force, but some of them have been SICK! “Fluffy” (names have been changed to protect innocent felines) presented laterally recumbent and bradycardic with severeRead More »

A Novel Treatment Option for Esophageal Stricture

Esophageal strictures are an uncommon but important cause of esophageal disease in dogs and cats. They most commonly occur secondary to esophagitis, which leads to the development of scar tissue within the submucosa. The scarring prevents passage of normal food boluses. In general, esophageal strictures only secondary to severeRead 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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