About Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists

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Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, formerly Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Surgery (CVRS), was founded in Annapolis in 1992 as a component of the Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), and opened a second location in Towson in 1998. In the Fall of 2016, CVSS joined CVRC in opening a third location in Columbia.

The medical staff of Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists is composed of nine staff surgeons, three surgical residents, surgical interns, Registered Veterinary Technicians, technician assistants, and ICU technicians. All of our staff surgeons are boarded or board-eligible by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists is associated with emergency care facilities that have 24 hour doctor care in our intensive care units at all of our locations:  AAVEC in Annapolis and Pet+E.R. in Hunt Valley and Columbia.  Our three locations have doctors on premises 24 hours a day to ensure that all of our patients receive the highest quality care.

If you would like to learn more about our practice, see our surgical informational brochure or our pet rehabilitation brochure.

Collaboration with Referral Specialists


Our direct access to a multitude of other veterinary specialists in all three of our locations means that we are able to offer cross-specialty care for the most complex cases. Our practice is co-located within the Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center, a coalition of board-certified veterinary specialists in the disciplines of emergency medicine and critical care, surgery, canine rehabilitation, internal medicine, oncology, cardiology, eye care, neurology and advanced imaging.

We regularly collaborate with:

evelyn G.evelyn G. ★★★★★ Todd B.Todd B. ★★★★★ My dog needed her ears operated on and they did a wonderful job. They are very kind and sensitive to our pet and our feelings. Their communication is excellent and service was wonderful and comforting. Our Dog is now in a good place of healing moving forward.Chris S.Chris S. ★★★★★ Kari M.Kari M. ★★★★★ Nikki B (Nikki - D.Nikki B (Nikki - D. ★★★★★ Dr Gauthier took his time going over the results of my dog’s recent X-ray and we came up with a great plan to move forward with my dog. The support staff were incredible and very good listeners. They didn’t engage our dog, a Dutch/mal working dog with stranger anxiety, directly. This was the best vet appt our dog has ever had.Dawn B.Dawn B. ★★★★★ Very satisfied, I have used the hospital multiple times and have always had a good experience and the staff has been professional.Response from the ownerThank you for your positive feedback, Dawn! We're thrilled to hear that you've had multiple good experiences with our hospital and found our staff to be professional. We appreciate your continued trust in Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Annapolis. Tricia K.Tricia K. ★★★★★ We have been to the Hunt Valley and Columbia locations. Kittie diagnosed with anal gland cancer, was able to get all of the necessary testing done on our first visit. Surgery was scheduled and completed within 4 days. Excellent communication, follow ups, and overall we really like Dr. Chris Gauthier who performed the surgery. He took a lot of time to explain the circumstances and what to do going forward. We are very grateful to CVSS. Highly recommend!Response from the ownerThank you for your positive review, Tricia! Laura H.Laura H. ★★★★★ Wonderful, caring people. Great care.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind compliments, Laura! We love visits from you and your family and appreciate you trusting us with your pet's care. Marshall W.Marshall W. ★★★★★ Dr Gaither, Javi's surgeon is tops in his field, and he always made time for Javi's issues. It was a long ordeal, (over a year) but in the end, Dr Gaither saved his leg.Also like to honor the Vet staff and Front desk personnel who treat their patients as if they were their own.Susana, Brittany, Alex, Shelby, Candance and Keyana.Response from the ownerThank you for sharing your wonderful review, Marshall. The qualities you described are the goals we strive to achieve for all of our clients. On behalf of the staff, thank you for trusting us with your pets' care for years! Jeannie B.Jeannie B. ★★★★★ Dr Wolfe and staff is amazing with my charlie rose. So much that she gets all excited two red lights before we pull in because she’s so happy to be visiting them for her check ups !!Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words, Jeannie! Please give extra love to your pet from us. Yolanda R.Yolanda R. ★★★★★ The care and attention our dog received was so heartwarming. He’s a big baby and rarely gets a welcome response because of his size. This journey is not over. However from what we’ve experienced so far, he’s in very capable loving hands. It’s very apparent, the staff at CVSS love animals. I am so grateful to them for the kindness and professionalism to me while they cared for our #1 responsibility.Response from the ownerThank you for your generous feedback, Yolanda! Our team looks forward to seeing you and your pet again soon. Denise M.Denise M. ★★★★★ Provided superb follow-on support for my babies surgery. Explained all the details and my expectations were met.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words, Denise! Please give extra love to your pet from us. Dowell E.Dowell E. ★★★★★ Excellent experience with CVSS, Dr. Burgess and entire staff to operate on my 5 month old kitten. Prices are high but everything else was above and beyond. Everyone was professional and caring about the pet and owners.Response from the ownerWe appreciate your positive feedback, Dowell! Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your kitten. While we understand that our prices may be higher, we strive to provide exceptional service and care. Our team is dedicated to being professional and compassionate towards both pets and owners. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (410) 224-0121. Jenny P.Jenny P. ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for the great feedback! We’re happy to hear you had a positive experience at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Hunt Valley and appreciate you allowing us to care for your pet. Bruce W.Bruce W. ★★★★★ Compassionate people, with a thorough understanding of our dogs issue. Explained our options and answered all our questions. Dr. Burgess was wonderful, kept us informed both prior to and after surgery. Appointment times were spot on. We would not hesitate to use CVSS again.Response from the ownerThank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review, Bruce! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Annapolis. Our team strives to provide compassionate care and thorough explanations to our clients. We're glad that Dr. Burgess kept you informed throughout the process and that our appointment times were convenient for you. We appreciate your trust in us and look forward to serving you and your furry friend again in the future. D B.D B. ★★★★★ The news I received about Mr. Benson wasn’t good but Dr. Wolf was thorough in her explanation of the problem. I appreciate the staff and the compassion that they showed to me and my family.Response from the ownerThank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We understand that receiving difficult news about your pet can be tough, but we're glad that Dr. Wolfe provided a thorough explanation of the problem. Our staff is committed to providing compassionate care for both you and your family during these challenging times. Denise E.Denise E. ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for your generous review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! David O.David O. ★★★★★ I am truly grateful to have some of the best Veterinary care available at a moment notice.Response from the ownerThank you, David, for your kind words and positive review! We are glad to hear that you have had a great experience with our veterinary care services. We are always here to provide the best care for your furry friends. If you have any questions or need assistance in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (410) 828-0911. Dawn D.Dawn D. ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for your generous review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! Stephanie W.Stephanie W. ★★★★★ The staff and vets are amazing. Scout is happy to go in for every visit, even after ACL surgery.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words, Stephanie! We're thrilled to hear that Scout is happy and comfortable during his visits with us, even after his surgery. Our team at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Annapolis is dedicated to providing exceptional care and ensuring a positive experience for both pets and their owners. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. js_loader