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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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
Pat S.
Pat S.
18:45 06 Jun 22
We had a very positive experience here.They explained everthing about our dog"s condition so that we knew what was going on with him.I am confident he will be taken care of and get his problem solved here.Thank you for being an amazing place to bring you pet to.
Joann P.
Joann P.
16:10 06 Jun 22
Jackie C.
Jackie C.
16:06 27 May 22
Unfortunately, our very special cat, Alice, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Our vet, VCA, couldn’t get us in for surgery for over a month. Somehow CVSS Annapolis got us in the very same week for surgery. Though, Dr Burgess was very knowledgeable, he seemed a bit insensitive towards our situation. Wasn’t the nicest guy. However, he removed the tumor, and entire left chain successfully. Alice is a tiny cat & recovery wasn’t pleasant. Upon recovery, Burgess got us into Oncology very quickly, as they were booking months in advance, at that point. From there, we worked with Dr Renaldo over at Oncology, and he was absolutely amazing, in every aspect. Very knowledgeable and understanding of how devastating this situation is to Alice & us. He actually seemed like he cared about our cat! He did all he could for her & was as honest as he could be, without being a d*ck. Anyway, when we went in to start chemo (or so we thought), Dr R let us know that he didn’t recommend chemo after all, as Alice now had a new tumor on her right chain. So unfortunately, we stopped treatment and will let her pass on her own time. As depressing as this situation is/was for us & Alice, Dr Renaldo & his team really did the best they could for Alice. I’m hoping we never have to go through this again, but if we do I will certainly come here.Yes, they are pricey, but they’re specialists!!
John D.
John D.
11:01 26 May 22
Joanne G.
Joanne G.
00:40 26 May 22
Everyone I've come in contact with from scheduling to billing to the vet techs and the vets has been sincere, helpful, very knowledgeable, and efficient. I can't find the words to express how impressed I am with the staff.
Melissa L.
Melissa L.
13:49 18 May 22
Joy F.
Joy F.
20:24 16 May 22
I give 5 stars to both the doctor who examined our cat, as well as the sweet gals at the front desk. From start to finish, we had a very efficient and warm experience. THANKS!!
Joo L.
Joo L.
02:44 16 May 22
My paralyzed dog Hadi had to have a partial foot amputation due to an infection. Dr. M was great with us every step of the way. She spoke in length with me and discussed pros and cons of the different procedures, keeping in mind that I want to preserve his ability to use his cart for hikes and travels. She was very thorough in explaining the possible risks of preserving his limb since he drags his hind legs and gave me realistic expectations of what to expect in the future. He is doing great since surgery. The hardest part now is keeping him from being overly active. I highly recommend this practice to anyone needing Surgical services!
Ron K.
Ron K.
13:22 03 May 22
Techs were pleasant and caring. Everyone followed up to address my concerns and answer my questions. The surgeon gave me both best and worst case scenarios with full explanations. After the surgery she called me not only with good news but she seemed happy that it was the best of the two scenarios. THANKS!!!!!!
Diana G.
Diana G.
15:27 29 Apr 22
Our dog has been seen by their internal medicine doctor area! They along with the entire staff both in internal medicine, front desk surgical team and all I have encountered are truly from the heart compassionate, kind and all around just wonderful people! Their patience and really understand and offer the right words when helping with our sick dog!I am so grateful we were referred here!Thank you for all the care and love you provide! Very grateful pet mom and family!
Nicole M.
Nicole M.
13:25 25 Apr 22
The Doctors, Staff and everyone involved is professional, kind, considerate and keeps the information flow, of the pet that is getting surgery up to date in what is going on. I couldn't have asked for a better team of Doctors than the ones I received, to perform a lobectomy on my dog. Dr. Peterson and Dr. Minihan were two of the best I have ever encountered. I 100% would travel from anywhere in the US in order for them to perform any type on surgery for my pets.
Doreen W.
Doreen W.
16:10 20 Apr 22
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