When your pet needs specialty or emergency care, visit PVSEC.  Our state-of-the-art facility features board-certified veterinary specialists, 24/7 emergency veterinary care, CT scanning, and western Pennsylvania's only on-site High-field MRI and radiation therapy for pets. Call 412-366-3400 for more information. 

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be the leader in patient care innovation and community education, the preferred resource for clients and veterinarians, and the employer of choice for talented and passionate employees.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide exceptional care and make a difference one pet, family, employee and veterinarian at a time.

What is a Specialist?

A veterinary specialist is a doctor who has pursued advanced study in one specific area of veterinary practice. The American Veterinary Medical Association currently recognizes 20 board-certified veterinary specialties.

Each specialty college has its own rigorous training program and certification process, including a comprehensive board examination. These highly selective programs are similar to residency training programs in human medicine, and typically run three to four years beyond the veterinary degree. Only those veterinarians having earned Diplomate status in a specialty college have earned the right to call themselves specialists.

When should I seek a Specialist?

  • Your pet's disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
  • You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your pet's condition.
  • The outcomes of current treatments are not going well or as expected.
  • Your pet requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
  • Your pet can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital.

Early referral can save time and money and can often result in a better outcome.

It is vital to get a referral from your family veterinarian whenever possible. This ensures proper transfer of medical information and will help your companion receive the best care.

History of PVSEC

PVSEC was formed in June of 2008 as the union of two long-term leaders in veterinary care in western Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialists and the Veterinary Emergency Clinic.

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialists had its humble beginnings with the mobile surgical practice of Dr. Anthony Pardo, Pittsburgh Veterinary Surgery, in September of 1993. In 1994, a group of North Hills veterinarians opened an after-hours emergency service, the Veterinary Emergency Clinic (VEC), in Shaler Township. Shortly thereafter, Pittsburgh Veterinary Surgery opened a stationary practice at the Shaler location. A second surgeon was added in 1996, soon to be joined by an Internal Medicine practice and an Ophthalmologist in 1997. In 2003, a Dermatologist was added to create the referral specialty group formerly known as Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialists. The Veterinary Emergency Clinic provided after-hours, 24-hour weekend and holiday emergency care as well as after-hours care for patients of the specialty practices. Close cooperation between the groups and the expanding need for comprehensive specialty and emergency care in the region provided an impetus for partnership between these groups.

In June 2008, the opening of a new, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital marked the official joining of the specialty and emergency groups and the creation of PVSEC. The move also enabled the expansion of the existing practices to include new specialties and the extension of the emergency department into a 24-hour service.

Six years later, in June 2014, PVSEC completed renovations to the now 35,000 square-foot Camp Horne Road hospital to allow the further development of existing practices, such as Neurology, Cardiology, Radiology and advanced imaging provided by PetsDx.  This expansion also enabled growth among PVSEC's founding practices--including the addition of board-certified specialists in the fields of Surgery and Internal Medicine--as well as additional boarded oncologists and criticalists.  Additional space also facilitated the growth and development of PVSEC's post-doctoral training programs (internship and residency).

With fifteen clinical areas of expertise, PVSEC is the most comprehensive, multi-specialty veterinary center in western Pennsylvania.


The Animal Care & Assistance Fund (ACAF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that assists qualifying family-owned pets in the greater Pittsburgh region who need emergency or specialty care at
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC).  To make a donation or for more information, please visit www.AnimalCareFund.org