Veterinary Surgical Centers

Who We Are

Veterinary Surgical Centers (VSC) is a progressive veterinary specialty practice working in multiple locations serving all of Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. VSC provides a wide variety of surgical and related services, including: orthopedic, soft tissue, minimally invasive surgery and physical rehabilitation. VSC consists of board-certified specialists, residents and interns, and certified rehabilitation practitioners along with a highly trained and compassionate staff.

How We Work

To ensure your pet receives the correct treatment necessary for his or her wellbeing, VSC works closely with your veterinarian by providing continual updates and access to records while your pet is in our care.

By partnering with The Life Centre, you and your pet can enjoy the benefit of around the clock care, seven days a week. This guarantees peace of mind for you knowing that you can call any time and request an update. 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. With VSC, both you and your primary veterinarian are considered part of the team.

The ultimate priority of VSC is the health and well-being of your pet. As both veterinary professionals and dedicated pet owners, 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.

Services We Provide

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Ruptured Cruciate Ligaments
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Medial Patellar Luxation
  • Fracture Repair

Soft Tissue Procedures

  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Upper Airway Surgeries
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Foreign Bodies
  • Hernia Repair
  • Severe Burn Management
  • Mass/Tumor Removal

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Arthroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Tracheal, Urethral and Ureteral Stent Placement
  • Fracture Repair

Physical Rehabilitation and Pain Management Services

  • Underwater and Land-Based Treadmill Exercise
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Electro-Stimulation
  • Laser Therapy
  • Therapeutic Massage, Stretching and Range of Motion
  • Proprioception and Balance Exercise
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Cold and Heat Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Orthotics, Prosthetics and Assistance Devices

Why Choose VSC

  • Our surgeons have a broad range of skills and VSC has the most full time, board-certified surgeons on staff of any referral practice in Northern Virginia.
  • Patients receive 24-hour care from a veterinarian, 7 days a week.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment are available to perform surgeries.
  • We utilize the most advanced diagnostic imaging available including MRI, CT scan and fluoroscopy.
  • Physical rehabilitation is part of our standard of care.

Expanding Capabilities Through Research

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.

Meet our Specialists


Anke Langenbach, Dr Med Vet, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, ACVSMR

Jim Taylor, DVM, DACVS-SA

Brian Sutherland, DVM, DACVS-SA

Surgery Interns

Lindsay Parker, DVM

Eric Martínez, DVM