Medical Care

Convenient Veterinary Care for All Area Companion Animals

The Washington Animal League Medical Center provides veterinary care to all families with companion animals in the national capital area.  Regardless of income level, the Washington Animal Rescue League’s Medical Center is opening its doors to everyone in the metropolitan region. Considered one of the top veterinary clinics in the area, WARL’s medical team is experienced in a broad range of medical care, treating more than 5,000 pets each year as well as our “temporary” residents, our shelter animals.
An added benefit to being a Washington Animal Rescue League Medical Center client: using our veterinary services directly supports the rescue and care of homeless animals that we shelter and find homes for.

Click here to meet our medical team!

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.

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.

Wednesday Walk-in Wellness Clinics

The Medical Center holds a walk-in wellness clinic every Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. These clinics feature a brief $20 wellness examination that allows our medical staff to assess animals’ overall health and identify potential problems before they become more difficult and expensive to treat. A variety of other services also are available, including canine Rabies, Distemper/Parvovirus, and Bordatella immunizations for $10 each; Leptospirosis vaccines for $15; and Lyme vaccines for $30. Feline Rabies and Distemper immunizations are available for $15 each and feline Leukemia vaccines for $20. All microchips are $30. No appointment is necessary but clients MUST check in by 6 p.m.

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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