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Pennsylvania pet hospitals named U.S. “Practice of the Year”

VSEC veterinarians receiving the award in Orlando on Feb. 4. Pictured, left to right: Dr. Rebecca Syring, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, Dr. Shelby Reinstein and Dr. Caleb Frankel.

VSEC veterinarians receiving the award in Orlando on Feb. 4. Pictured, left to right: Dr. Rebecca Syring, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, Dr. Shelby Reinstein and Dr. Caleb Frankel.

Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown, Penn.

Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown, Penn.

PHILADELPHIAVeterinary Specialty & Emergency Center has been named “practice of the year” in a nationwide competition sponsored by Petplan pet insurance.

Petplan said the practice’s high-quality medical care, variety of services and state-of-the-art hospitals helped it win the honor, putting it at the forefront of U.S. veterinary hospitals.

“Our judges loved the quality and variety of their services as well as their commitment to community events and continuing education opportunities,” Petplan said in a news release.

Dr. Robert Orsher, a board-certified veterinary surgeon who is co-medical director and co-founder of VSEC, said, “The entire staff at VSEC/BluePearl PA is humbled and honored to be named the Petplan Practice of the Year. Frankly we were thrilled when we learned that we were nominated by our loyal and amazing clients. Personally, I am so proud of all of our associates who come to work every day with one overriding goal in mind, to make a better world for pets. We won this award because of their excellence, hard work and dedication. Thank you for allowing me to be part of such an amazing VSEC/BluePearl/Mars Petcare team.”

It’s not the only nationwide honor bestowed on Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC), which has hospitals in Levittown and Philadelphia and will open a third later this year in Conshohocken.

VSEC’s Levittown hospital also was recently named a National Trauma Center, putting it in an elite group of veterinary hospitals. And in 2014, Kristen Hoffman of VSEC received Petplan’s nationwide award for “practice manager of the year.” Orsher also has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.

VSEC hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with veterinarians always on staff for emergencies.

In addition, the hospitals also are known for providing exceptional specialty care, with veterinarians who have received advanced training and certification in such areas as surgery, cardiology, critical care, dentistry and oral surgery, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, holistic medicine and acupuncture, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology and ophthalmology.