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 Towson 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:

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Andrea ?
Andrea ?
20:10 04 Aug 22
I have taken my beloved dog to the Towson CVSS for two TPLO surgeries and now unfortunately for a bone biopsy that was found to be osteosarcoma. She will be going back soon for amputation and will be seen by the Annapolis location for their oncologist. I can’t say enough nice things about CVSS and especially Dr. Middlestead. The care and kindness I have received from the staff and Dr. M means so much to us during a really difficult time. It’s horrible to deal with finding out your best friend has cancer but the compassion we received makes it a little easier. I’ve always felt that everyone there has my baby’s best interest and well being at heart. They always take the time to answer my questions and make us feel informed and comfortable. If you are in the unfortunate situation of needing surgery for your pet I would definitely recommend CVSS.
Rebecca V.
Rebecca V.
14:55 01 Aug 22
Richard Z.
Richard Z.
16:05 31 Jul 22
Ashlee W.
Ashlee W.
23:19 30 Jul 22
We were referred here for a tumor on our 8 year old pit bull’s leg. He’s very anxious and apprehensive about the vet, but they treated him well. We initially declined any intervention, a decision fully supported by CVSS, but six months later, his condition took a turn for the worse. After a very honest conversation with his vet, our first call was to CVSS. They got him in within one day. Very good communication, each time I called for an update, they happily did so. We are currently home and resting, adjusting to life with our tripod. Thank you to Dr. Burgess and all the staff at CVSS! You saved our baby.
Dana W.
Dana W.
00:08 30 Jul 22
Talented group of individuals!!
Dan N.
Dan N.
15:57 29 Jul 22
Always kind and happyVery efficient
Mandi T.
Mandi T.
14:59 29 Jul 22
Dr. Burgess and his entire staff are beyond amazing!! He not only got my dog in quickly for a Ct after we discovered a mass in his stomach, but scheduled his surgery for the very next morning. They sent me pictures of my dog while I’m their care. The staff took amazing care of him and he didn’t wanna leave 🙂
Edward F.
Edward F.
15:02 27 Jul 22
My husky had TPLO surgery for a torn crucial ligament that was successful. The surgical specialist in demand and it took 3 weeks to obtain an appointment for a consultation to schedule the surgery.
Beverly D.
Beverly D.
00:27 20 Jul 22
I want to thank all who took the time making room to schedule surgery for my cat in a limited time frame due to moving. Though the price caught me a little off guard, they were able to find ways to ease that pain and for that I'm thankful. I'm now 3 hours away and have every intention to maintain them as my cats medical care provider. I would highly recommend them!!!
Ted H.
Ted H.
15:07 13 Jul 22
We were referred here by my vet who had identified a possible lung torsion in my poodles lung. We had CT scans done the same day as our consultation, he had surgery the next morning and is recovering well. Dr Moss and her team were amazing!
Nancy L.
Nancy L.
15:09 11 Jul 22
Karen K.
Karen K.
00:17 02 Jul 22
CVSS staff and surgeon took such good care of our 14 year old dog.
Craig O.
Craig O.
22:30 28 Jun 22
Dr. Keats and the team did an absolutely amazing job taking care of our girl! They removed her soft tissue sarcoma with clear margins after the lab results came in. The communication during the entire process as well as follow up care was absolutely phenomenal! We wish Dr. Keats all the best in his new adventures!
Joan C.
Joan C.
18:08 27 Jun 22
This was our fourth TPLO surgery and as with the previous three, things couldn’t have gone more smoothly. We would never take our dogs anywhere else for this particular orthopedic procedure. Thank you Dr Evans, and the entire staff at CVSS. You made a very stressful experience bearable.
Donna R.
Donna R.
17:05 27 Jun 22
They’re taking great care of Charlie. Doctor Keats is very good about calling us for details. “Auntie” Helen is obviously an animal lover and such a comforting, early morning welcoming Committee. Thank you very much!
BLUE B.
BLUE B.
16:24 27 Jun 22
wonderful,caring staff.very professional and friendly.they took excellent care of my dog and kept me very well informed.i recommend this place 100% extremely happy with everything they did for us
Deborah L.
Deborah L.
15:06 20 Jun 22
The care provided by Dr. Frank and the entire staff is second to none.
Christina G.
Christina G.
14:56 20 Jun 22
The entire team has been pleasant before during and after surgery for our pup Omari. You are never really prepared for a crisis until you are met with one and even through all our questions and concerns the doctors and staff were patient with us every step of the way. Omari is 5 days post op and healing strong. I’m grateful for this corporation. If I can add any words of advice it would be save your money in case you have an unexpected emergency surgery. Thank you all at CVSS for what you do!
Benjamin L.
Benjamin L.
13:59 20 Jun 22
Saved my cat's leg!Very professional, kind to my animal, and easy to work with. I would absolutely trust them with my pet's health and safety again!
bridget B.
bridget B.
23:52 10 Jun 22
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