Our History

Your Specialized Animal Medical Center in Philadelphia and Bucks County

In 1994, Dr. Robert J. Orsher founded the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (VSEC), a 24-hour multi-specialty referral and emergency small animal hospital in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His goal for this veterinary specialty hospital was to bring board-certified specialists from multiple disciplines under one roof to practice as a cohesive team.

Over the years, veterinary specialists in anesthesiology, cardiology, clinical pathology, dentistry & oral surgery, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency & critical care, holistic medicine & acupuncture, internal medicine, neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology and surgery have joined VSEC to realizeĀ Dr. Orsher’s vision. VSEC offers leading-edge medicine while working closely with pet owners and their primary careĀ veterinarians to ensure the highest level of communication and care.

Veterinary Hospital in Bucks County

On June 1, 2011, VSEC opened the doors to our state-of-the-art facility in Levittown, PA. This hospital features several amenities, including a linear accelerator to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients and a special room to administer radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats, along with a CT scanner, MRI scanner, dedicated ICU, separate canine and feline wards and a presentation room for continuing education lectures.

Complete Animal Care Center in Philadelphia

In February 2013, VSEC opened our second location, VSEC Philadelphia, at 1114 South Front Street. This hospital brings our state-of-the-art, personalized specialty veterinary medicine to the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Northern Delaware communities. These two hospitals help VSEC carry out our mission of enhancing the human-animal bond by providing our community of primary careĀ veterinarians and pet owners with exceptional emergency and specialty veterinary care. Our practice leaders guideĀ our staff to accomplish this goal by modeling VSEC’s core values of professional excellence, teamwork, integrity, compassion and service.

VSEC Becomes a BluePearl Veterinary Partners Practice

VSEC is pleased to announce that on January 4, 2015 we celebrated our one year anniversary as a member of the BluePearl Veterinary Partners Hospital Network. Despite this change our entire leadership and management team has not changed. Our owners, Drs.Ā  Rob Orsher, Laura Tseng, Alan Klag, Beth Bossbaly and Sandy Macleod are now joined by a group of new owners; including Drs. Joe Eagleson, Peter Chapman, and Caleb Frankel and Kristen Hoffman, Hospital Administrator and Rebecca Orsher, Philadelphia Location Manager. Furthermore BluePearl has made significant investments in our hospitals evidenced by our planned expansion of the Philadelphia hospital (anticipated February 2017) and the upgrade of our Levittown CT scanner to a Toshiba 64 slice (anticipated Spring 2016). BluePearl Veterinary Partners is a national network of referral specialty & emergency hospitals dedicated to providing world-class medical care for pets. All of us at VSEC remain committed to delivering high quality compassionate care for your patients and remarkable service for you and your clients. Ā If youā€™d like to learn more about the BluePearl Veterinary Partners network, click HEREā€¦http://bluepearlvet.com/about/our-story/

Pictured Below
  • Robert J. Orsher, VMD, DACVS, Co-Hospital Director, Chief of Surgery
  • Laura W. Tseng, DVM, DACVECC, Co-Hospital Director, Chief of Emergency & Critical Care
  • Alan R. Klag, DVM, DACVIM, Chief of Internal Medicine
  • Maribeth J. Bossbaly, VMD, DACVIM, Chief of Cardiology
  • Alexander G. MacLeod, DVM, DACVR, Chief of Radiology
  • Peter S. Chapman, BVetMed(Hons), DECVIM-CA, DACVIM, MRCVS – Internal Medicine
  • Joseph S. Eagleson, DVM, DACVIM, Neurologist/Neurosurgeon
  • Caleb S. Frankel, VMD, Emergency Clinician
  • Kristen A. Hoffman, BS, CVPM, Hospital Administrator
  • Rebecca K. Orsher, MBA, Philadelphia Location Manager