Charlottesville, VA

Virginia Veterinary Specialists

Virginia Veterinary Specialists (VVS) is central Virginia’s first small animal referral hospital. We are a dedicated team of board-certified veterinary specialists committed to excellence in veterinary care.

COVID-19 Protocol

Virginia Veterinary Specialists COVID-19 Public Safety Protocol:

Virginia Veterinary Specialists strives to continue to keep our staff, doctors, patients, and clients safe while continuing to provide essential patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to announce that we will be adopting a hybrid service moving forward. Due to limited exam rooms, we will be allowing specific client appointments into the building after your pet has been evaluated to meet the physician and discuss patient care. All clients in the building will be required to mask at all times. All other appointments, as well as medication and food pickups, will remain curbside. Please call upon arrival to start the check-in process.


We offer a wide range of services to your pet, everything from surgery to oncology. We’ll be there when your family needs us most.

Virginia Veterinary Specialists specializes in state-of-the-art surgical services for your companions. We offer various minimally invasive procedures specifically designed to reduce discomfort and facilitate a speedy recovery, including CT scans, complex orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgical procedures.
Internal Medicine
At Virginia Veterinary Specialists, we understand how important your pet is, and you can rest assured that with a board-certified internist, your doctor has the expert knowledge and experience needed to provide a smooth and long-term recovery.

We will provide you and your pet with long-term support and manage your pet’s cardiac disease by working closely with your family veterinarian.


We will work with you and your pet and tailor each treatment protocol to allow effective cancer treatment while minimizing major side effects.

Virginia Veterinary Specialists


Like human physicians, a veterinary specialist has completed extensive and advanced training in a narrow field of medicine or surgery. Specialists routinely have four to six years of advanced training consisting of a one-year internship and a two to four-year residency beyond veterinary school.

Why Choose VVS?

From complex orthopedic, neurologic, and soft tissue procedures to ultrasound, chemotherapy, endoscopy, CT scans, and echocardiography, the team of Virginia Veterinary Specialists have one goal in mind: to provide a positive outcome for you and your pet. We strive to meet this goal by combining scientific knowledge, compassion, and concise communication.

Client Reviews

We love our patients and clients!

We know you have many choices when choosing the best veterinary care for your pet, and we’re happy that you’ve decided to join the Virginia Veterinary Specialists family.

VA Vet Specialists are #1 on the list for qualified board-certified Veterinarians in all of central VA. The Vets and their supporting staff are knowledgable and professional.

Special thank you to Dr. Carrie Miller for the quality care you’ve extended to my pets over the past ten years!

Penny E.

I couldn’t be happier with their services so far!! Dr. Kevin Stiffler is going to save my pup’s leg after my vet wanted to take it! Took extra needed X-rays and told me 1000x’s more on what was really going on with my dog! If I ever happen to need their services again, I won’t hesitate to call!

Amanda T.

Excellent customer service. Dr. Paling (Cardiologist) is clear, concise, and compassionate. I highly recommend VA Vet Specialists for specialty vet care.

Christi H.