Medical Care

Care for Shelter Animals

The Medical Center’s team of veterinarians, volunteer veterinary specialists, and technicians provide all medical care for the dogs and cats housed at the League at any given time.  Besides routine physical examinations, spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and dental work, the Center may handle diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, and heartworm that are not regularly seen in private clinics. The League’s partner shelters often transfer their sick and injured animals to the League for treatment.

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Care for Companion Animals of Income Qualified DC Residents

The Medical Center is the only local veterinary facility that offers discounted, full-service care to income-qualified residents of the District of Columbia; Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren counties in Virginia; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia; and Jefferson County, West Virginia. To qualifiy, clients must have an income of $55,000 per year or less and be able to show a photo identification.

Without its help, the clinic’s clients might be unable to care for their animal companions when they became sick or injured. Each year, the Center treats about 5,000 income-qualified patients.

Spaying and Neutering Services

In response to the area’s severe and ongoing pet overpopulation problem, the Medical Center offers discounted spaying and neutering of dogs and cats to the public. We also offer affordable feral cat spay and neuter services.

Weekly Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinics

The Medical Center holds a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic every Wednesday evening, from 4 to 7 p.m. At these clinics, canine Rabies, Distemper/Parvovirus, and Bordatella immunizations are $10 each; Leptospirosis vaccines are $15; and Lyme vaccines are $30. Feline Rabies and Distemper immunizations are $15 each and feline Leukemia vaccines are $20. All microchips are $30. No appointment is necessary and there is no limit to the number of animals that an individual may bring.

Male Cat Neutering Clinics

Male cats can be neutered at the League’s Medical Center on Wednesday and Friday each week. No appointments are necessary, and anyone is eligible. Please click here for more info. Vaccinations and parasite treatments are available at our low-cost rates for cats being neutered.

Training for Veterinary Students

The Medical Center attracts dozens of senior veterinary students each year to train in shelter medicine under its veterinarians. Students come from as far away as California and overseas for the two- to three-week externships.

The Medical Center welcomes volunteers and veterinary students. For more information, read the program description or call 202-726-2556.

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