Pets can be an amazing addition to any family, providing companionship, comfort and laughter.

In return, we buy them gifts, take them on vacations, and in some cases, feed them food fancier than our own. To make their lives as long and pain-free as possible, pet parents seek out the best health care that they can find. In fact, the American Pet Products Association reports that U.S. pet owners spent over $17 billion on veterinary care in 2018, representing a seven percent jump from 2017 and the second-highest source of spending (trailing only food) in the $70 billion pet industry.

In response to this demand, the U.S. vet care industry has expanded to offer pets many of the same diagnostic and therapeutic services that their humans enjoy. Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), a Mid-Atlantic veterinary emergency and specialty care hospital, has been specializing in these services for over 25 years. CVRC opened the doors of its new, innovative facility in Annapolis in December 2018.

The 28,000 square-foot building offers referring primary care veterinarians throughout Maryland a centrally located medical center where they can send pets requiring specialized diagnoses and treatment. CVRC provides cardiology, oncology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, surgery, neurology, and rehabilitation services.

“We are thrilled to offer our referring providers and, by extension, our very large community of pet owners, a full slate of specialty options under one roof,” says Kris Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, and CVRC administrator and surgical director of CVSS. “The interdepartmental collaboration that this space fosters enables us to form a complete picture of a pet’s health.”

CVRC has added 10 specialists to further boost its ability to meet these needs, along with a brand-new underwater treadmill and hyperbaric oxygen chamber. This cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment is not only eye-catching but greatly appreciated. “From the new state-of-the-art equipment down to the non-slip floors, the new facility is beyond impressive,” says Beth Miller, a longtime CVRC customer whose dachshunds, Willow and Mickey, have undergone a combined eight surgeries—and accompanying physical therapy—at CVRC. “CVRC’s new facility, with its advanced equipment and phenomenal veterinarians, will truly be one-of-a-kind.”

To learn more about CVRC and its new Annapolis facility, visit
—Steve Adams with CVRC Staff Input

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