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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Meet Our New Oncologist

We are incredibly pleased to welcome oncologist Dr. Bobbi McQuown to our team!
Dr. Bobbi McQuown is originally from Ohio. She attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree. Following this, she spent five years in the Army. After completing her service obligation, she changed career paths to veterinary medicine.
Dr. McQuown graduated from North Carolina State University in 2011. She then completed a one year internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center/VCA Shoreline in Connecticut. Following her internship she completed a residency in small animal medical oncology at Tufts University. While at Tufts, she conducted research regarding lymphoma and IGF-1, anal sac adenocarcinoma, and heart base tumors.

Dr. McQuown relocated to the DC area to reunite with her husband, their Boxer dog, Alabama and cat, Nemo.

Learn more about VCA VRA's Oncology Department. We are very proud to offer oncology services to our patients. VCA VRA is one of the few veterinary oncology providers in the Montgomery County and DC area. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Two of the Cutest Blood Donors EVER!

Check out this picture of Missy and Kona enjoying a break from the summer heat by hiking on the C & O canal near Sharpsburg.  Missy and Kona belong to Barb, one of our receptionists! They also participate in our blood donor program here at VCA VRA!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Welcome Dr. Chris Gauthier!

We are thrilled to introduce our new surgeon Dr. Chris Gauthier! We are confident that he will be a wonderful addition to our hospital. Check out his bio below!

Christopher M. Gauthier, DVM, MS, MSM (Practice Limited to Surgery)
Small Animal Surgeon

Dr. Gauthier earned his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2010. Afterwards, he completed an internship at Tufts University, a surgical internship at the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, and a small animal surgery residency at Colorado State University.  Dr. Gauthier’s special interests include: minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, wound management, and surgical oncology.  Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife Zahra, dog Madeline, and cat Milton.  His hobbies include SCUBA diving, traveling, cooking, and beer brewing.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

VCA VRA Semi-Annual Hospital Meeting August 2015

We had one of our semi-annual hospital meetings this past Saturday. It was great to see so many of our awesome employees together at the same time! These meetings are a great way to keep our entire staff updated on any changes, celebrate successes for the hospital, and meet our new hires.




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Visit to Pea Patch Island

Recently, two of VRA’s technicians, Ana Bruder and Jackie Vidal, took a day trip to Pea Patch Island in Delaware. This island is home to Fort Delaware, a Union fortress built in 1859 and is only accessible by ferry. Fort Delaware protected the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia and was also used to house Confederate prisoners of war.


In addition to the Fort, Pea Patch Island is a summer home to nine different species of herons, egrets, and ibis. The remote marshes provide an outstanding habitat for one of the largest wading bird nesting areas on the East Coast.