Important Pender COVID-19 Update: 

We are restricting access to our lobby and adjusting our check-in and check-out procedures. If you have an appointment, please call ahead for specific details pertaining to your appointment, and fill out the drop off form at

We are only accepting Credit/Debt Cards, NO Cash or Checks Please!

Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, concerns, or feel your pet needs to be seen, call us at 703-591-3304.

When you call the hospital, we appreciate your patience in holding as we are currently experiencing longer than normal wait times, 5-15 minutes. A member of our team will be with you as soon as possible. Please do not hang up; all calls are answered in the order they are received.


“All spays and neuters are equal, right?”

Well, as far as what is done in the surgical procedure to prevent reproduction, yes … they are all very close. On the other hand, the cleanliness of the surgery room and its sole use for surgery procedures, the quality of the anesthetic agent, the monitoring of the pet’s vitals during surgery, keeping them warm and comfortable during wakeup, and providing excellent pain control during and after surgery … these factors vary widely with different veterinary facilities.

Pender’s standards, of course, are at the top for each factor listed above. What really separates Pender is that we have a doctor and medical team who monitors, adjusts pain medications as needed, and makes each pet comfortable over night after surgery….part of our 24/7 × 365 day care standard given for all in-hospital patients. Pender is the only general practice in the Fairfax area that gives this 24/7 doctor oversight care!

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