Veterinary Surgical Centers (VSC) is the premier small animal veterinary surgical referral practice in the Washington, D.C. metro region. VSC is committed to providing world-class veterinary surgery and physical rehabilitation for all pets in a respectful atmosphere that brings comfort to owners and instills confidence in the referring veterinarian.
By partnering with Hope Advanced Veterinary Center, you and your pet can enjoy the benefit of around-the-clock care, seven days a week. We understand how difficult it is to leave your pet, but rest assured, we are dedicated to keeping you well informed and up-to-date on his or her status.
Our ultimate priority is the health and well-being of your pet. And that’s why compassion and progressive technical expertise are the hallmarks of our practice. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality of life possible.
As pet owners, we make decisions each day that affect the health and well-being of our furry family members—and when it comes to medical care, we think your pet deserves the absolute best. Here are just a few of the reasons why Veterinary Surgical Centers (VSC) is the right choice for your pet. At VSC, we offer:
Founder and Chief of Surgery, Dr. Anke Langenbach, has nurtured a culture that is forward thinking and dedicated to improving the surgical options available to companion animals. Thus, at any given time you will likely find VSC actively involved in research or clinical studies for the advancement of a particular procedure or condition. VSC staff are also active in publishing and presenting in the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Anke Langenbach, owner and Chief Surgeon, is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. She earned her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, College of Veterinary Medicine in Germany. Dr. Langenbach was awarded a scholarship allowing her a combined American and German education. She spent most of her third year of veterinary school at Kansas State University and part of her fourth year at Ohio State University, Cornell University, and Animal Medical Center of New York.
After receiving her veterinary degree, she continued her studies with a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. After completion of her residency, she stayed with the University, accepting a lecturing position. Dr. Langenbach achieved Diplomate status as a board certified surgeon in 1998.
Following her extensive academic career, Dr. Langenbach moved to Northern Virginia to work in private referral practice. Since her time at the University, Dr. Langenbach has published several articles, authored a book chapter, and has presented at many regional and local meetings, as well as national meetings held by the College of Veterinary Surgeons.
She is currently participating in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania involving neoplasia in feline patients and a clinical trial for Cisplatin Bead efficacy in both canine and feline patients. Dr. Langenbach was also featured in the book “In Their Shoes” by Debbie Reiber.
Dr. Langenbach lives with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and three cats in Vienna, VA.
A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Hawthorne received her Bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She continued her academic studies completing a 1-year rotating internship at Mississippi State Univeristy and a 1-year surgical internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Winter Park, Florida.
After finishing a 3-year surgical residency at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, she stayed with the University accepting a clinical instructorship position. Dr. Hawthorne achieved Diplomate status as a board-certified surgeon in 2001.
Following her time with the University, Dr. Hawthorne spent over seven years as an associate surgeon with a veterinary referral practice outside Richmond, Virginia.
A native of Northern Virginia, she returned to this area and joined VSC. Her areas of interest include soft tissue and emergency surgery.
Dr. Hawthorne lives with her husband, three children, and Bernese Mountain Dog in Falls Church, Virginia.
A native of Australia, Dr. Andrew Levien earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with first-class honors and receiving numerous academic awards. For the first three years of his professional career, he worked in a small animal practice in Australia while completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies from Murdoch University. In 2009, he began a one-year rotating internship at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and, in 2010, accepted a position at Louisiana State University, where he completed a surgery internship. In 2011, he commenced a three-year surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center, New York. He has been published in a number of veterinary journals, including breakthrough research on transjugular liver biopsy in dogs, which appeared in the Journal of Veterinary Medicine. After passing his surgical examination, he became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013.
His clinical interests include complex orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. In particular, he is interested in the orthopedic disciplines of total joint replacement, fracture repair, and cruciate ligament disease.
In his free time, Dr. Levien enjoys the outdoors, including hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Dr. Justin Ganjei received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech. He then went on to work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a short time before returning back to Blacksburg, VA where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Following veterinary school, Justin completed a 1-year small animal rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. He joined VSC in 2012 for a 1-year surgical internship and upon completion VSC was excited to have him stay on for his 3-year surgical residency.
Justin currently lives in Maryland with his two Great Danes, Dante and Sparta.
Dr. Sam Gilbert earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He stayed on at Penn, where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After veterinary school, Dr. Gilbert completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Hope Advanced Veterinary Center in Vienna, VA. His research interests include hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and medical devices.
Dr. Gilbert is currently continuing his specialty training with a three-year surgical residency.
Originally from Vienna, he now lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife and their cat Calvin.
A native of Alberta, Canada, Dr. Lindsay Parker graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from McGill University in Montreal, QC, Canada. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. In 2016, she completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Dr. Parker is a die-hard “Alberta farm girl,” where her family breeds purebred Suffolk sheep and used to raise purebred Hereford cattle.
She is currently continuing her specialty training with a one-year small animal surgical internship.
She lives in Virginia with her pets, two Sphynx and a Dalmatian.
Born and raised in tropical Puerto Rico, Dr. Eric Martínez attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez campus, where he took part in multiple research projects. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine. During his time at LSU, he participated in National Institutes of Health-funded research, and presented at The North Carolina State University Summer Scholars. He also developed a passion for Tiger football (Geaux Tigers!), crawfish, and other delicious Cajun food.
After earning his DVM, he successfully completed a small animal medicine/surgery rotating and small animal surgical internship in South Florida. His interests include orthopedic and minimally invasive surgery, including emergency medicine. His long-term goal is to obtain a residency and become a board-certified surgeon. He is currently continuing his specialty training with a one-year small animal surgical internship.
In his free time, Dr. Martínez enjoys spending time with his wife, their two beautiful daughters, two dogs, and a cat. He also enjoys diving, sailing, and enjoying outdoor activities.
“We are hugely impressed and heartened by the level of detail. To know that our pet was petted and loved while he was scared and injured is a great comfort to us.”
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