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. VSEC is proud to be named 2017's "Practice of the Year" by Petplan North America.

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!!


VSEC Named "Practice of the Year"

VSEC is proud to have been awarded 2017's "Practice of the Year" by Petplan North America.



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.


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

TOP 7 Emergency Drug Pearls for 2017

Here’s an interesting fact: 99% of the drugs we use today were developed in the past 60 years. It’s no wonder that every year the needle moves on pharmacology knowledge in exponential ways. In recognition of this, here are the top 7 drug pearls (from an ER perspective) to keep in mind for 2017.Read More »

Do you see what I see? A diagnostic imaging approach to feline urethral obstruction

Feline urethral obstruction (UO) is a common medical emergency encountered in small animal practice. This problem affects more males than females given the length and narrowness of their urethra. Urethral obstruction is a medical emergency which can potentially be life-threatening if unrecognized or left untreated due to severe changes in electrolytes or azotemia which develops as a sequela of the obstruction. If identified and treated early many of these changes can be corrected with supportive medical care.Read More »

Pennsylvania pet hospitals named U.S. “Practice of the Year”

PHILADELPHIA – Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center has been named “practice of the year” in a nationwide competition sponsored by Petplan pet insurance.Read More »

VSEC Levittown named National Trauma Center

“This is exciting, because it shows we stand out as one of the leaders in the country for emergency and critical care,” said Dr. Garret Pachtinger, a veterinarian who is board-certified in emergency and critical care, and director of VSEC’s Trauma Medical Center.Read More »

Immunosuppressive Drugs: What’s NEW?

Unfortunately, immune-mediated diseases are all too common in veterinary medicine. Today, there are many new medications that have shown promise in the treatment of these conditions. These medications include Leflunomide, Mycophenolate Mofetil and intravenous Immunoglobulin. 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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