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Important VRC Announcement

To Our Referring Veterinary Community and Clients,

As we approach the end of 2015, all of us at VRC would like to express our gratitude for the trust and confidence you have placed in us to care for your clients and their pets. We recognize that you have many choices in where to refer your clients or receive specialty care for your pets and we appreciate that you have chosen us.

We have spent the greater part of this year learning and listening to the community and our referring veterinarians. We have heard and understood the importance of having all of our services under one roof to enable better patient care. This is why we are proud to announce the initiation of two changes to occur on January 4 that further elevate our medical offerings and increase client service.

Our first announcement is that we are relocating all of our services to the VRC hospital at 340 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, PA. We know after 44 years in this community how important it is to have immediate access to all services. Combining the Cancer Center and VRC will create efficiencies, elevate our care and streamline communications for both referring DVMs and pet owners alike.

Our second announcement is that our very own Dr. John Anastasio, the current Director of Emergency and Critical Care will expand his role to become the medical director for the entire hospital. Dr. Kenneth Sadanaga and Dr. Dietrich Franczuszki both look forward to turning their attention fully on their surgical procedures and client communication. They are as eager as I am to see these exciting changes implemented and to witness the enhancements in customer experience that we know will accompany them.

We have always understood the importance of the customer experience, from interactions with our reception to the journey that both our patients and clients undertake while in our care. We also recognize the significance of a strong communication line between a referring veterinarian and the veterinary specialists on our team. These aforementioned changes will create a more unified environment in our hospital that will even further develop the client care and communication with the referral community that we already so deeply value. Under one roof, we will have the ability to work together and hold ourselves to the same high standards that we have in the past, while simultaneously striving to raise the bar and exceed expectations. We hope that these changes even further reinforce the confidence you already have in us as we enter 2016.

From all of us at VRC, we wish you, your staff, and family a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Best Regards,

James Gregory
Hospital Director
VRC Veterinary Hospital
340 Lancaster Ave
Malvern, PA 19355

How to Schedule an Appointment with a Veterinary Specialist in Philadelphia

Important Notice: If you are having an emergency with your pet, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call (610) 647-2950 for emergency medicine and critical care.

The Internet was supposed to make everything so much easier for us, wasn’t it? Doctor SadanagaBut we all know that sometimes that isn’t the case. While it’s easier than ever before to look up something like “veterinarian in Philadelphia,” sometimes we’re spoiled for choice by the results. It can be hard to sift through everything, especially if you’re looking for something like a veterinary specialist in Philadelphia.

What is a veterinary specialist? Well, veterinary specialists are comprehensive, specialty healthcare centers, like VRC in Malvern. We’re not your typical vet. VRC specializes in advanced diagnostic testing, as well as comprehensive cancer care. Our services include cardiology, internal medicine, reproductive services, ophthalmology, cardiology… even ongoing management of pain and rehabilitation services. We provide all the care of a normal veterinarian, with extras that mean we can take referrals from your vet (though a referral is not required to be seen by our specialists). That said if you are referred, please ask your primary vet to give you any copies of your pet’s medical records, lab reports, and so on, to be submitted with our referral form. We like to make sure to review your pet’s history and needs before you come in, in order to provide the best care possible.

And speaking of that referral form, we love ours. It’s a tool we use to make your visit as good as it can be. The first question we ask is the name of your preferred doctor—so view our Veterinary Team page and get to know us! You can then select what sort of specialist you’re looking for, so we understand your exact needs. It’s also a good idea to include in our message field why you want to come in, so we can get to the heart of the matter when it comes to specialty veterinary care.

VRC is only 25 miles from Philadelphia, which means we’re close-by when you need specialty care—but we’re also close when you need emergency care. VRC is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and if you’re having an emergency, don’t wait! Call us at (610) 647-2950.

VRC in Malvern, PA is here for your pet. We’re dedicated to providing top-notch medical care for your furry friends, and helping you manage their illness through the healing process. We believe we offer the best in specialty care for animals, and we’d love to provide that for your pet, too. When you need us, we’re here: so get in touch. We’re close by, and eager to help.

Holiday Pet Supply Drive

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VRC is partnering up with the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team this year for a Holiday Pet Supply Drive.

The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance including search & rescue, emergency transport, shelter, and veterinary care to animals involved in fires and other residential disasters.

Items needed include:

Capstar • Flea medicine for cats and dogs • Cat litter + scoops + litter boxes • Cleaning supplies (trash bags, clorox wipes, laundry detergent) • Dry dog and cat food • Heavy duty dog toys • Cat teaser toys • Cat carriers • Dog and cat beds • Amazon gift cards

No human bedding, towels, or open bags of food please!

Please stop in between now and December 28th to make your donation to this worthy cause. Bring all donated supplies to the holiday themed supply drop box in the VRC Veterinary Specialty Hospital lobby.


Emergency Medicine and Critical Care for Your Pet

Cats and dogs can get colds and tummy aches, just like we can. But the difference is, our pets can’t communicate with us. They can’t tell us they want a cup of tea or some aspirin, or a warm blanket to cuddle up with—we just have to watch them carefully and make sure they’re getting what they need when they seem a little under the weather.

But, also just like us, there’s a difference for your pets between being “a little under the weather” and being really sick. When a pet is seriously unwell, it’s best to schedule them an immediate appointment with an emergency vet.

Just like being a parent, being a pet-owner means being on-call sometimes. emergency Vet careKnowing a good 24-hour critical care veterinarian is a crucial part of pet ownership, for those late-night moments when something goes really wrong, like an injury or sudden illness.

Always seek out a 24-hour vet if your pet is experiencing difficulty breathing, exhibiting shallow breathing, or choking. VRC has an excellent Respiratory and Critical Care specialist center that can help at these times. Other essential reasons to consider an urgent care clinic for your pet is if they are struck by a car, projectile, or if they are cut or burned. These injuries, especially being struck or burned, can lead to shock—which is a very real threat. Signs of shock include cold extremities, shivering, an abnormal heart rate, pale membranes in the mouth or around the nose, and general weakness.

Other times an emergency vet is necessary: if your animal is experiencing difficulty urinating, or is producing no urine, if they will not eat on their own, or if they are having a seizure. Also, any pet that does not recover well from anesthesia, from an earlier surgery, or who is not recovering well post-op may need to see an emergency veterinary specialist in Philadelphia.

The best thing to keep in mind when you find yourself in need of critical care for pets is this: you are not a vet! If you have concerns or questions, don’t diagnose them yourself—or worse yet, consult the Internet in a time of panic. But that said, it’s always better not to put things off—you’ll sleep better, anyway—so just get on the phone and give the emergency vet clinic a call. They’ll give you the advice you need, when you need it.

A good emergency vet is there for you and for your pet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 356 days a year. VRC in Malvern, PA, only 25 miles from Philadelphia, provides emergency medicine and critical care for pets, because we know that accidents, illnesses, and emergencies don’t take holidays.

VRC in Malvern, PA is a comprehensive, specialty veterinary healthcare clinic for pets in the Philadelphia area. If you are in need of critical care for your pet, give us a call at (610) 647-2950, 24/7, 365 days a year, for answers to your questions.