Dogs and Cats Emergency and Specialty (DCES) is a specialty hospital and 24-hour emergency center providing advanced veterinary medical care to the DC Metropolitan Area since 2003.  DCES was originally founded by Dr. Kathy Arrington and Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo to provide specialized veterinary services in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.  At present, DCES's team has grown to include 3 board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine, 1 board-certified specialist in Radiology, 1 board-certified specialist in Neurology, 1 board-certified specialist in Oncology, and an ER Department staffed with a Critical Care specialist. 

24/7 Emergency Care

Our emergency service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are happy to receive emergencies by referral or on a walk-in basis.  Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with dedicated and experienced doctors and technicians who will treat your pet like one of their own!

DCVR's Specialty Departments

Our team of specialists has the expertise and diagnostic tools necessary to diagnose and treat the most complicated medical and surgical problems.  Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are available to receive referrals from your veterinarian every day of the week.  Please have your veterinarian’s orders on hand to help expedite scheduling your pet's appointment with internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology, or surgery.

Explore Our Hospital

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