Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral now has MRI on-site! Check out the neurology page for more details...
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Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo and his wife Dr. Kathy Arrington opened Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral in 2003, providing specialized veterinary services in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. By 2004, the practice grew to include a neurologist, a surgeon, and emergency clinician. In 2006, Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral became a teaching hospital with the creation of an internship program for new veterinarians seeking to expand their knowledge and further their training. The program is designed to prepare the motivated intern for residency training or high quality general practice. The doctors at Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral have a passion for teaching and are committed to graduating outstanding veterinarians from the internship program.

In 2008, Dogs & Cats Veterinary Referral grew once more to meet the needs of the community by keeping the hospital doors open for 24-hour walk-in emergencies. The most recent expansion to the Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency team occurred in 2010 with the addition of a board certified radiologist.

As of 2013, Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency has grown to include 7 specialists, 3 emergency clinicians, and 4 interns in addition to the number of relief veterinarians who fill in when needed. In an ever growing desire to provide the best care possible, Drs. Braz-Ruivo and Arrington look forward to further expansions in the coming years.

Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency is a multi-disciplinary referral and emergency center centrally located in Bowie, Maryland serving the Metropolitan Washington DC and Baltimore areas. The goal of our specialty hospital is to provide veterinarians the opportunity to incorporate the expertise of veterinary specialists, advanced diagnostics, and sophisticated equipment as an extension of their general practices. Our walk-in emergency service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. DCVR maintains a close working relationship with your family veterinarian to provide advanced and urgent care for your pet.