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:

Stephanie K.Stephanie K. ★★★★★ The staff and Dr. were so kind and helpful! They all took amazing care of my golden!Response from the ownerYour positive experience is our top priority. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your pup. We look forward to seeing you both again in the future. Sonia C.Sonia C. ★★★★★ Dr. Wolf was great. She explained in detailed what will happen with our dog and was really professional, knowledgeable, and kind. We will schedule the surgery for our dog knowing that he is in good hands.Response from the ownerWe are delighted to hear that Dr. Wolfe provided such excellent care for your dog. Thank you immensely for sharing your experience with us. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns. Diane C.Diane C. ★★★★★ CVSS took great care of my black lab. The doctors were very responsive, made frequent calls to keep up well informed during my dogs surgery. I would definitely recommend this place.Response from the ownerYour review is appreciated! We are glad to hear that we were able to provide great care for your black lab during their surgery. Thank you for recommending us! Timothy W.Timothy W. ★★★★★ The staff are kind and caring as well as professional. We had a wonderful experience.Response from the ownerThank you for sharing your positive experience with us. We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Annapolis. K C.K C. ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for your generous review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! 0021keke0021keke ★★★★★ My experience was very pleasant. Everyone was super nice and professional. They loved my dog Rosco and they cared for him very well. He wasn’t uncomfortable at all.Response from the ownerWe're elated to hear that your experience with us was pleasant and that Rosco was well cared for. Thank you for trusting us with his care. Dom LDom L ★★★★★ What a breath of fresh air. After being let down by another animal hospital last week, this place was the blessing I needed. Their original only opening was for May 2nd but my dog had a urethral prolapse that we were trying to have it addressed sooner.Keyana did us a massive favor and was able to move things around so my dog could be seen the same week. If not for this favor, my dog would not have been able to get surgery the same week. During the consult and throughout the process, all of the staff was amazing. They actually cared about my dog’s special needs and I really did feel that he was going to get quality care here. Kaitlyn was an angel; she kept me informed throughout the consultation, surgery and post op care process. She was so pleasant and always prioritized my dog’s needs.Hopefully your pet(s) never need emergency care but this is definitely the place. They’ll take care of your pet and you won’t have to anxiously worry about that aspect of it.Response from the ownerWe're elated to hear about your positive experience at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Hunt Valley. Thank you for sharing your feedback and we're glad we could provide quality care for your dog. If you ever need us again, don't hesitate to reach out at (410) 828-0911. Lani G.Lani G. ★★★★★ Professional, friendly. They take the time to let you ask questions and fully explain everything! Follow up care is also exceptional. If your pet is in need of surgery, I highly recommend them!Response from the ownerThank you for your generous review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! Dana Marie M.Dana Marie M. ★★★★★ Thank you for taking care of my baby Wyatt!! The entire experience was amazing and professional. I was terrified to go through this and CVSS made it so effortless. Beyond 5 stars ⭐️Response from the ownerWe are so glad to hear that you had a positive experience with us and that Wyatt is doing well. Thank you for trusting us with his care. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (410) 828-0911. Nicole L.Nicole L. ★★★★★ This was the only place willing to do my dogs surgery due to her small size. Dr. Burgess explained every possible outcome to me. Post op the staff kept me informed of her progress and kept her very comfortable. I can't recommend them enough!Response from the ownerWe are so glad we could help your dog and provide a positive experience for both of you. Thank you for trusting us with her care. If you ever need anything in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out at (410) 224-0121. Debbie B.Debbie B. ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for the great feedback! We’re happy to hear you had a positive experience at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Annapolis and appreciate you allowing us to care for your pet. Shirley B.Shirley B. ★★★★★ The vet was wonderful. He took a lot of time explaining the surgical options and the results of doing nothing for my cat. He did not push any tests or surgeries and supported my decision. His explanations were very clear and he was willing to repeat them until I understood. I was very happy with the experience and would use them again. 10 stars!Response from the ownerWe are thrilled to hear about your positive experience with our team at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Hunt Valley. Thank you for sharing your feedback, Shirley. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (410) 828-0911. Margo H.Margo H. ★★★★★ Absolutely great!!!!!!Response from the ownerThank you for your amazing review, Margo! We love what we do and are glad to be here for you and your pet! Kathleen F.Kathleen F. ★★★★★ 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. Amanda H.Amanda H. ★★★★★ Wonderful consultation. Beautiful facility.Response from the ownerWe appreciate your positive feedback, Amanda! Thank you for choosing Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Hunt Valley. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (410) 828-0911. Suzanne R.Suzanne R. ★★★★★ CVSS was absolutely amazing. I am a veterinarian who loves internal medicine but when my dog needs orthopedic surgery he goes to the best. Dr. Gauthier was thorough, showed compassion and gave the best care to my dog. He is a top notch surgeon. My dog was a challenging case and he took the time to look at every joint and muscle not just the injured leg. I have never felt so comfortable with my dog in another’s hands. Thank you Dr. Gauthier and team. CVSS is my number one referral surgical specialist team.Dr. Suzanne RittlerResponse from the ownerThank you Dr. Rittler!We are thrilled to hear about your positive experience with Dr. Gauthier and our team at CVSS. Thank you for trusting us with your dog's care and for your kind words. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to continuing to provide top-notch care for your pup. Angela L.Angela L. ★★★★★ Love the team we saw there. The exam was thorough and they didn’t push procedures on us. They gave us great recommendations on my pups issue. Thanks you again Dr Moss!Response from the ownerThank you for the kind review and for choosing us as your surgical specialists! We are excited to be a part of your pet’s journey and look forward to seeing you again. Kiersten S.Kiersten S. ★★★★★ My chocolate Scahtzi had TPLO surgery in Oct. She is high energy and has made the process a bit challenging because she is so ready to go! The surgery went well- but she had a illiosis strain and Quad strain post-op that set us back. Dr Burgess and Dr Wyant and the rehab techs have gone above and beyond to help us get my girl back to doing what she loves best! ! We are not there yet but working diligently in rehab to get her strong enough to get back out there! I can’t thank them enough for their skills & patience dealing with my crazy girl! She absolutely loves them!Response from the ownerThank you for your generous review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! Christina D.Christina D. ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for your generous review! We appreciate your feedback. Denise LDenise L ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you for the great feedback! We’re happy to hear you had a positive experience at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists - Annapolis and appreciate you allowing us to care for your pet. js_loader