Susan M. Barnes, DVM

Medical Director, Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Barnes attended the University of Maryland, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1978. As our most well-seasoned veterinarian, in 1982, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, Alabama, where she graduated as a Dean’s List member with High Honors. In 1996, Dr. Barnes completed an alternative track residency program with credentials approved in Emergency Critical Care.

Dr. Barnes is a past President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and past President of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Barnes is a Veterinary Instructor and Consultant for Region Three of the United States Police Canine Association. She lives her life-long passion in emergency critical care medicine and surgery and enjoys teaching and facilitating this discipline to all interested.

Her special interests include sonography, advanced imaging and emergent surgical techniques. She insists upon comprehensive pain management and is an advocate for her patients and their families.

Dr. Barnes lives with her husband, also a veterinarian, and they have five furry children, all of whom are rescued pets: two American Staffordshire Terriers named “Aspen” and “Opie,” and three cats, “Dexter,” “Thor” and “Charlie.” As a previous marathon runner, Dr. Barnes is also PADI-certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and enjoys scuba and the outdoors whenever possible.