Our continued goal is to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine to our patients.
Hickory Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1956 as a team of professionals committed to excellence in animal care.
We are sensitive to the care and concern that each client brings to our practice for his or her pet. We serve the needs of our clients and their pets with a competent staff, excellent equipment, 24-hour staffing, and continuous accessibility to our facility.
Communications among staff members and clients is important and vital to our ability to provide consistent care, and emphasizes our team approach to the practice of excellent veterinary medicine. Our staff meets regularly to discuss and implement new treatments, ideas, and procedures.
Our veterinarians and support personnel provide preventive health care and treatment of disease problems to our broad-based clientele.
Our specialists are ready to provide consultations and treatments for pets with more advanced and complex diseases. All services are available to our clientele as well as to all patients referred to us by our clients and veterinary associates.
With ever increasing changes in veterinary medicine, our goal is to assist our clients with all the advantages of a full service veterinary facility.
William J. Brown, VMD, a graduate of Wharton and a 1942 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, began his career in Mt. Airy, a northwestern part of the city of Philadelphia. His practice grew in stature in that area and was expanded to a second location in Plymouth Meeting, PA in 1956. He later sold the veterinary practice in Mt. Airy and relocated totally to the suburbs.
Hickory Veterinary Hospital has been AAHA Accredited Traditional Hospital since 1970 and in 2014 became an AAHA Accredited Referral Specialty Hospital. Only 7% of all Referral Hospitals nationwide are accredited and only 12% of all Traditional Veterinary Hospitals nationwide are accredited. We comply with over 900 standards to achieve and maintain this distinction. AAHA is considered to be the standard of veterinary excellence.
Nancy O. Brown VMD purchased the practice in 1983 from the founder, her father, William J. Brown VMD. That same year the specialty practice was established. The practice is known today as Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates at Hickory Veterinary Hospital. The hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for primary and specialty care appointments, and emergency and critical care services.
Our 20,000 square foot medical complex is situated on 10 acres in Plymouth Meeting, PA. We have a dedicated staff of 18 veterinarians consisting of a board certified surgeon, oncologist, criticalist, ophthalmologist, radiologist, neurologist, and dermatologist. Complementing our boarded specialists is a team of highly skilled veterinarians in cardiology, medicine, emergency/critical care, and rehabilitation. Our team is supported by 26 technicians, receptionists and a caring, compassionate administrative support staff.
Our full service diagnostic lab puts all the essential tests at our disposal including: Serum Chemistries, CBC’s, Blood Gas Analysis, Blood Typing and Cross Matching, Coagulation Profiles, Cytology, Fecal Analysis and Urinalysis. Together this makes it possible for us to develop the best understanding of your pet’s condition in the least amount of time, thus enabling us to help you make the best decision for your companion’s care.
PVSEA at Hickory Veterinary Hospital is an advanced-care veterinary facility established to support referring veterinarians in the delivery of the highest standards for diagnostic and remedial pet care. Working in partnership with referring veterinarians and pet owners, we are committed to providing innovative and caring solutions across a broad spectrum of medical challenges, the results of which are longer, healthier lives for our patients.
Our facility offers a broad range of medical services, including surgery, oncology, neurology, radiology, endoscopy, cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, rehabilitation, emergency and critical care.
Our Surgical department head is Nancy O. Brown, VMD, DACVS, DACVIM-Oncology, Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology.
Our surgical team consists of Heather Swann, VMD, DACVS, Stephanie Dobbins, DVM (board eligible), Melissa McGrath Gibson, DVM (surgical resident) and 4 highly skilled surgical technicians. The surgical department is dedicated to providing your pet with sophisticated surgical procedures such as arthroscopy, total hip replacement, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, advanced oncologic surgeries and soft tissue surgeries. The surgical team strives to provide a compassionate, team-oriented approach to caring for our patients. Our patients are intensely monitored and cared for during their surgical procedure and during their recovery in the hospital. Our advanced patient care and monitoring including: pulse oximetry, blood pressure measurement and electrocardiogram provide the very best for your pet. Oxygen therapy, blood product and transfusion therapy, IV fluid therapy, and pain management are just a sampling of the support your pet may receive.
The Oncology department head is Nancy O. Brown, VMD, DACVS, DACVIM-Oncology. Our oncology team consists of Dr. Brown, Dr. Amy Koterbay and 2 very experienced oncology technicians, Dr. Brown or Dr. Koterbay will discuss different treatment options, concerns of chemotherapy, and the expected prognosis for many different neoplasias. Our goal is not only to extend your pet’s life, but ensure that the quality of his life improves as well.
Our endoscopy services allow for visual examination of internal organs and body parts without invasive exploratory surgery. This technique allows for visualization of the lining of the digestive system and for taking samples of the lining of these organs.
William J. Kay, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP is our presiding neurologist. He is respected as one of the foremost specialists in neurology and consults worldwide with other practitioners. Dr. Kay utilizes advanced imaging such as CT or MRI scans to look at the structure of the nervous system. He works very closely with our surgical team when surgical treatments are recommended.
Radiology has seen significant advancements in veterinary medicine over the last decade. These advancements have helped provided the most accurate diagnostics available. Here at PVSEA we have state of the art radiographic technology department including, a CT scan, MRI, digital radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy imaging which is critical in accurate diagnosis. Our ultrasound radiology group is comprised of several skilled members; Jennifer Reetz DVM, DACVIM, DACVR, and Louis DelGiudice, DVM DACVECC. Our digital radiology system (DR System) allows our skilled doctors and technicians to obtain clear, superior images in a matter of moments.
The latest and most advanced radiology tool is our MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. MRI also may show problems that cannot be seen with other imaging methods. With an MRI our veterinarians and veterinary radiologist can see soft tissues such as the brain or spinal cord, joints, and cardiovascular structures in even better detail than with radiographs (x-rays) or CT-scan.
Ophthalmology services are performed by Seth A. Koch, VMD, DACVO. Dr. Koch is a pioneer veterinary ophthalmologist, specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of acute and chronic eye problems in companion and exotic animals of almost every variety.
Cardiology Services offered here at PVSEA include echocardiography, stat EKG analysis, rapid treatment adjustments, continuous cardiac monitoring and 24-hour intensive care monitoring if necessary. Cecelia Helenski, DVM has been doing cardiology consults here at PVSEA for over 15 years.
Rehabilitation is one of the fastest growing areas in veterinary medicine and includes the use of non-invasive techniques for treatment of injuries. Goals of rehabilitation include reducing pain and promoting healing, maintaining pre-injury muscle mass and promoting muscle development, maintaining joint flexibility and promoting joint stability, retraining balance, coordination and proprioception and rebuilding cardiovascular endurance. Virginia Chambers, DMV, CCRT and April Williams, CCRT encompass our team of certified animal rehabilitation specialists. Dr. Chambers evaluates your companion’s needs and recommend a regiment of treatment.
Our Weight Management Wellness Program using medical expertise, diet and exercise to treat patients with obesity-related health concerns and develop an individualized weight loss plan. Of special interest is the treatment of chronic pain conditions of the overweight pet as well as healthy weight loss and management with the advice, support and encouragement of our caring doctors and staff.
When seconds are critical, why wait until morning to have your companion seen for an emergency? Our criticalist Louis DelGiudice, DVM, DACVECC heads our department of 4 well trained experience emergency veterinarians. Our emergency team sees emergency and critical care patients 24/7. Emergencies are triaged quickly to expedite care for your companion’s needs.
In addition to our exceptional specialty services, Hickory Veterinary Hospital has a caring compassionate staff of medical practitioners to address routine care, vaccines, preventative medicine, diagnosis of disease, medical treatments and follow-up for your pet companion. Our medical practitioners are Allison Clemens DVM, Debra Eisenstein VMD, Virginia Chambers DVM, and Ann Mitchell VMD. Our practitioners take special care of your companion through all their stages of development.
Pennsylvania Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Associates at Hickory Veterinary Hospital has a long community history of serving the needs of patients, clients and referring veterinary practices. Our goal is to constantly exceed expectations of medical care and client communication.