Hello from The LIFECentre and welcome to our new “Loudoun Now” blog!
For this first post, we wanted to introduce ourselves, who we are, and why we are your local veterinary experts. In future posts, we will share guidance and recommendations from our team of veterinarians and technicians, seasonal pet information, what we’re up to in the community with our schedule of events, as well as answer questions you may have submitted to us via our Facebook page.
We see both cats and dogs in our practices and have occasionally been called in to help other species (i.e. -an orangutan – owls – camels – alpacas – snakes – parrots) and we love to share our experiences caring for them as well.
As you may remember from any journalism classes the questions – Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? are the questions people want answers to. So – we’ll start there!
Who Are You?
We are the largest veterinary emergency and veterinary specialty hospital within 100 miles of Leesburg. Many pet owners meet us for the first time in an emergency as we’re open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
When your pets regular veterinary hospital is closed – middle of the night – Christmas Day – Easter Sunday – We are here for pets that are ill or injured with a full staff of veterinarians and technicians. In addition to our 24 hour services, we are a veterinary specialty hospital.
Just as your primary care physician may send you for a consultation to a cardiologist , or you may see an oral surgeon to have a difficult dental procedure, and you see an ophthalmologist for your glasses – we are specialists for your pets! In fact, we have 16 veterinary specialties, and full time board certified veterinarians and as a result offer unparalleled care for pets with complex or critical medical conditions.
For a veterinarian to be a board certified specialist they have not only attended college, four years of veterinary school, a one year internship – they have received another 2 to 5 years of training in a specialty field as a resident. The doctor then has to pass examinations given by the board of that specialty to earn the credentials and title. You will notice additional initials such as – DACVIM – or DACVO which stands for Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology respectively after our specialists names and DVM or VMD title.
What Do You Do?
We see emergencies and critically ill pets 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. The pets and families that are referred to our veterinary specialists are seen by appointment Monday – Saturdays depending on the hours of each practice. If your primary care veterinarian has concerns about your pet due to an advancing illness or injury, they will refer your pet to us, and furnish their medical records and test results and we will collaborate with them to provide the best care for your dog or cat. As partners on your pets “medical team” we hope to provide answers to why your pet is not feeling well and can also provide advanced testing or diagnostics.
We offer the basics – bloodwork – digital radiographs – ultrasounds to the more advanced – CT imaging, MRI imaging, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen, echocardiograms and more! Our hospital is over 25,000 square feet, in 2 buildings and is state-of-the-art.
You can visit us at tlcvets.com and any of our specialties to learn more about our services and availability.
When Are You There?
We are here 24 – 7! Our hospital is staffed with our veterinarians When you have critically ill pets, – those recovering from neurosurgery, a full hip replacement or are ill from ingesting a toxin or foreign body for example – round the clock care is essential. 24 hours a day our licensed veterinary technicians and doctors are with pets like these. When we have a pet on a ventilator or in our ICU, our technicians never leave their side. If they need the restroom? Another technician takes their place to monitor our patients until they return. For pets recovering from surgery, they’ll need to go out for assisted walks, be given their medications on a strict schedule, have their bandages changed etc., we are here.
Where Are You?
We are on Fort Evans Rd. in the town of Leesburg. You may have noticed our largest building – 165 Fort Evans Rd. NE across from the Leesburg Outlet Mall. We have another building – The LifeCentre West – 134 Fort Evans Rd. we opened just a few years ago as the demand for our services grew. Here is a list of the partner practices and their location:
The LIFECentre – 165 Fort Evans Rd. NE is home to:
24 HOUR Emergency – Cardiology – Dentistry – Oral Surgery – Dermatology – Critical Care (ICU) – Hyperbaric Oxygen – Internal Medicine – Imaging – CT Scans and MRI – Neurology – Neurosurgery – Ophthalmology – Radiology and Surgery
The LIFECentre WEST – 134 Fort Evans Rd. NE is home to:
Behavior – Medical Oncology – Radiation Oncology and Rehabilitation Why Do You Do This?
Because we are pet lovers just like you. Our team here – 167 people at last count – 39 Veterinarians, Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Nursing Assistants, Client Care Specialists, administrators maintenance and marketing teams – All have pets we love. We consider ourselves lucky to be in a career that helps others take better care of their pets. Whether it’s a Tuesday afternoon, or a Sunday at midnight, we know that your pets may need us.
Our teams train on their days off, pursue advanced degrees, travel worldwide to educate themselves and others in taking better care of our companion animals. We are so incredibly proud of the work we do and the care we provide to pets and their families. Even on the very saddest of days – the day we say goodbye to our friends, we strive to be compassionate, kind, and respectful. We have been in your shoes and know how you feel and love the pets we see every day. Veterinary medicine is our passion.
How Do I Bring My Pet To The LIFECentre?
To learn more about our specialists visit us at tlcvets.com
Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your pet and they can guide your next steps. In an emergency – Call us immediately – 703-777-5755 – no referral or appointment necessary Follow us daily on Facebook – facebook.com/tlcvets
Thank you for reading our first blog! We hope we’ve answered some of the basic information about our services and look forward to sharing posts with you!
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