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Written Comments we've received
"Harry" and "Emma Prancer" - Comments from "Mom" and "Dad"
"We started going to Burke Animal Clinic when our vet of 30+ years thought it was funny that our 6 year old rescue German Shepherd had torn his AC, and we'd have to spend $2300 for surgery. Not to mention the many weeks of post surgery pain, crating and rehab for our poor limping dog. When I asked if there were any alternatives to surgery I was promptly told "no".
I started researching this issue myself and found out there are alternatives to surgery and, in fact, I was lucky enough to come across Dr. Herrity at the Burke Animal Clinic. Dr. Herrity uses various new technolgoies to assist in the healing process of certain injuries. Dr. Herrity has gone the extra thousand miles in companion pet care. He is constantly educating himself on healthier and more efficient ways to help heal our pets and keep them healthy.
But the great news doesn't stop there! All the doctors, vet techs and staff at Burke Animal Clinic are exceptional. The atmosphere in the lobby is calm and friendly. Our dogs actually enjoy going to the vet!
Needless to say, Harry, our German Shepherd, avoided surgery as he received treatments on a regular basis from Dr. Herrity. We followed his instructions for home care carefully and at the one year mark Harry was running and playing around like a puppy. During the process of treatments, Harry learned to trust his doctor not fear him.
We stopped going to our long-term vet now and are now clients at Burke Animal Clinic where our 2 German Shepherds are happy to visit their favorite doctor!"
"I defy the most discerning critic to say a negative word about Dr. Colvin. I rarely complicate a fiercely bold statement with maudlin sincerity, but in this case it is comme il faut: I honestly believe Dr. Colvin is the most empathetic and talented person I have a professional relationship with. Switching to bullets so I can exact my point without further emoting:
- Dr. Colvin, the Vet Tech's and office staff at The Burke Animal Clinic are both concerned with animal healthcare and pet owner's emotional welfare.
- Upon arrival, I am greeted warmly and my pet is called by name. That means a lot to me; they care enough to record my cat's name, not just the person paying.
- I've had to reschedule every other appointment I've ever made due to the fact that when my Wonder-Cat hears the cage being prepared she goes on the lamb. The office staff understands that is the cat's nature and happily accommodates me.
- When my Wonder-Cat is due for a shot or check-up I receive a reminder email.
- They emotionally bond with their (human and animal) clients; their humanity is priceless yet their prices are reasonable.
- Dr. Colvin treats me as kindly as my friends do. He is happy to see me and my Wonder-Cat; he is engaging, honest, never rushes me off the phone or out of his exam room.
- His every comment, gesture and even the inflection of his voice is gentle-natured.
- Dr. Colvin is clearly an animal lover because he talks as sweetly to my Wonder-Cat as I do.
- His veterinary expertise has improved my cat's overall health. The Wonder-Cat has had some health challenges and Dr. Colvin explained every avenue to remedy her condition. He provides information that I wouldn't know to ask. He takes the time to tell me about the 10% chance of a negative side effect a medication may have long term and does so without worrying me.
- I volley dozens of (sometimes inane) questions at him and he answers each one without a modicum of frustration; he allows me to believe I am the first to ask him a silly question.
- When there is bad news he delivers it with respect and decorum and then invites discussion.
- He won't allow animals to suffer; he kept my Mom's elderly cats as comfortable as he could and then spoke up when he felt they no longer had quality of life. He euthanized my Mother's cats with reverence for both the animals and my Mother. He kindly told us what to expect and asked us how we were comfortable proceeding. He left my Mom alone with her cat for as long as she needed before and after.
- He ALWAYS calls with tests results when he says he will. And he returns every call you place to him. (I wish he could be my primary physician.)"
"Gloucester's" Mom and Dad
"Burke Animal Clinic is our veterinary clinic, and has been for the last 30 years, attending to every health need of successive pets - three dogs and one cat. Throughout these years, we have received excellent care for all 4 "clients". But the Clinic has outdone expectations for our current pet - an almost 13 year old Welch Pembroke Corgi - diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy - an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spine which eventually shuts down the lungs and ends in death.
Our Corgi receives physical manipulation treatment twice a week with Eva and/or Cassi. Also recommended was a "Doggie Cart" which we now have and helps to make him much more ambulatory. While we waited for the Cart to be constructed to his measurements, this truly innovative staff devised and made a sling to hold up his rear end when we took him out to do his "duties". Much to our delight, he has responded so well to his new "legs" that he enjoys going out, sniffing, barking @ other dogs, etc. His voracious appetite and active, stubborn mind have been "saved". He is a very happy dog, sometimes able to use his hind legs to actually "gallop" up to the front door, after a pre-breakfast or pre-dinner walk.
How fortunate is he and his family to have such attentive, caring staff. When we pick him up after a session, Eva or Cassi always let us know how he did and what daily exercises we can do at home. Eva and Cassi have worked tirelessly and have been wonderful. We very much appreciate their efforts and we appreciate the friendly and helpful front desk (and other behind the scenes staff). We hope that our Corgi realizes he is one very fortunate canine."
"Kaiser" -- Comments from "Mom"
"We have three dogs and have lived all over the country; needless to say, we've experienced A LOT of different vet clinics. Hands down Burke Animal Clinic is at the top. The doctors and staff are professional yet very compassionate. They understand your love for your pet and treat your pet as a valuable family member. I would drive 100 miles to have my dogs see Dr. Herrity. We value his expertise and appreciate his honesty. From the moment you walk into the clinic 'til the time you leave, you will be taken care of and feel like a valuable client."
OMG CAN I GIVE 10 STARS and can they be MY doctors?!? Go here. Just do yourself a favor and go here. The docs and staff are AMAZING! They are so knowledgeable, constantly learning and innovative, friendly, caring, fun, and work amazing together! I have seen them all...my previous vet (well known place) couldn't diagnose runs for 6 months. Finally found these amazing ppl while researching stem cell for my (then) 10YO 100lb Dane mix who had arthritis. Brought Dane in for consult and fell in love. Switched docs immediately even tho I now had at least a 45 min drive. My White Shepherd ended up with cancer and Dr Colvin called and checked in on us through his last 3 months. Got the stem for my Dane and he is now 12.5 and still boping along. Adopted a new white shep who tore his ACL at 1YO. Got Active Release Therapy w/ dr Golsine & Herrity and then stem cell. He's doing GREAT! Dr Johnson is AWESOME and is great at making sure you understand everything. Whenever we have an issue someone always calls to check and I NEVER have to call for test results because they are on top of it. The techs, assistants, receptionists are amazing and I could just hang out all day! I kinda want to keep them my little secret but I love animals too much!
"Burke Animal Clinic is really as good as it gets. My cat Rory was brought to them in dire condition that came on overnight from complications with his diabetic condition. Over the course of the day Dr. Colvin performed a miracle and managed to get him alert and responding to the treatment. Unfortunately, as they do not have the facilities to monitor critical cases overnight, he had to be moved to an Emergency clinic for a period of 12 hours - VCA South Paws - and this clinic undid all progress and he later died. He did not die at VCA South Paws - I have such complete faith in Burke that I counted down the minutes until I could pick him up and bring him back to Burke. And he did fairly well at first and in 5 hours progress was made. His little body was too tiered though and he did not make it. In my opinion Burke saved his life, even with the ultimately sad outcome - they cared, they responded immediately, they were honest with the treatment and the charges. The only time I managed to sleep in the 48 hour nightmare I went through is because I could take a cat nap knowing he was in the best hands he could ever be in."
Anonymus Reviewer on Consumer's Checkbook ®
"I have needed both routine and emergency care, and have received uniformly excellent care and follow up. The vets always provide thorough information about causes and cures, offering thorough advice regarding costs, risks, and likely outcomes. With 20-years of experience with this practice, I have total confidence in the quality of care and value it offers."
"How do you write a review for a vet who has seen you through 10 years and 2 generations of dogs? Dr. Colvin is amazing. He is knowledgeable and extremely caring. He is happy to discuss things I've read or heard about my dog's condition. Dr. Colvin was able to diagnose my son's dog's rare illness when the specialist couldn't. He rescued him from death's door and gave us another 5 good years. He is also great about helping you weigh the options and possible outcomes vs. cost.
Dr. Herrity was great with finding options to keep our very geriatric dogs much more comfortable in their last years. He is a warmhearted person who really cares about his patients and their owners.
The staff was always warm and friendly and ready to help in any way we needed.
We recently moved to another state and I'm really missing everyone at Burke Animal Clinic!"
"We have been clients of Burke Animal Clinic for nearly 4 years. Our oldest lab had torn his ACL and Dr. Herrity provided two basic alternatives: 1) surgery and 2) laser therapy. We decided to go with the laser therapy for several reasons: 1) it does not require sedation, 2) results thus far on other dogs has proven successful for a full recovery, 3) it addresses the problem (tightness in the vertebrae that leads to tightness in the quad and ultimately leads to tearing the ACL), and 4) slightly cheaper than surgery.
Our lab has been doing wonderful on this treatment and we are thankful having another alternative to surgery. Burke Animal Clinic will perform surgeries as well if the animal needs it."
"Unfortunately, our first experience with them (Burke Animal Clinic) was to help our 16-year old pointer move on to a better place. We were obviously distraught and did not have a local vet. Our situation became immediate very quickly They were able to get us in right away. It was a terrible day in our lives but the staff there was wonderful. I could not have asked for a better experience given the situation.
Thank you to your staff for all your kindness and compassion. I can absolutely ensure you we will always take our animals here."
"I've been taking my two cats here since 2003. I like the small, hometown atmosphere and the friendliness and professionalism of the vets. I come here instead of a vet in Chantilly, because the prices here are much more reasonable. I feel like a true client here, instead of just a random customer."
"I went to another animal clinic for a couple of years but we are back now! We brought our 8 1/2 year old golden retriever in for his check up and shots. We didn't have to wait long to be seen which was wonderful because Truman gets a bit excited and can't relax. From the font desk, to the tech and doc everyone was so helpful and pleasant. Many thanks!!"
"I cannot say enough good things about Burke Animal Clinic. My dog is a rescue who is very fearful and needs special handling. I love that the receptionists greet me and my dog when I come in and check me out quickly when I leave. All of the vets and the vet assistants are highly skilled and treat my dog and me vey well, making me feel like family when I'm there.
Everyone there is also very compassionate and professional (including the Practice Manager Liz). They always have made time for my dog in an emergency (e.g., when my dog had a seizure) and have always answered my questions very quickly (e.g., when my dog ate a peach pit). I highly recommend Burke Animal Clinic!"
"I live in Vienna, VA and have been going to Burke Animal Clinic for the last 5 years. It's a little out of the way for me but I love the doctors and staff. My pets have always gotten wonderful care there. I am always able to get in to see the vet if I my pet is sick and the vets are always available to answer questions. The first time I went there was with my dog Casey after my previous vet was unable to diagnose what was wrong with him. Dr. Herrity saw him on the day before Thanksgiving, just before closing time, on short notice. He did an ultrasound and was able to diagnose that he had a tumor. It was a sad day for us, but I'm grateful for his compassion and care. I have been a client ever since. The vet assistants and front desk staff are friendly and caring and know me and my pet. They are always helpful in working with me and my crazy schedule to get in to see the vet when needed. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
"Burke Animal Clinic is more than worth the drive for me. I highly recommend you consider them if you are looking for great care for your pets. They are an extremely knowledgeable group of vets that go the extra mile. They have called me personally after I have taken in a sick cat, to see how the cat is doing and answer any questions. If they get my answering machine, many times they will attempt a to reach me again in person. I am talking about the vet calling me not a tech or office staff! Amazing follow-up!!!
Many of my cats have been older cats or cats with special needs such as diabetes and kidney issues. I have noticed that the vets there seem to know the latest and greatest treatment options for my cats. What more can one ask for when dealing with one's beloved pets."
"Burke Animal Clinic is an awesome practice--both the vets and the staff. When my cats are sick...we get right in. Dr. Herrity gave us more time with our beloved Maxwell because of his thorough exam and treatment. Dr. Colvin is truly gifted and takes the time to clearly explain all options in terms that are easily understood by concerned pet owners. I am convined that Dr. Ranivand saved our Nora's life. Everyone, Doctors and staff, that I have met and worked with goes the extra mile to ensure we are doing the best possible things for our cats. I love this practice!"
"We've been using the doctors at Burke Animal Clinic for years. I can't count how many pets we've taken there. We have no preference for doctors as we like them all. When we had emergency situations, they saw to our pets immediately. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
"I've been brining my dogs to Burke Animal Clinic for the last 15 years and have had consistently good experiences. The vets and vet techs are great with my dogs and make them feel at ease even for procedures that I know they don't like. The supporting staff are friendly and are quick to assist with appointments, answering questions, etc. They have great hours and are even open on Sundays which can be really helpful when things happen over the weekend (which happens a lot). They keep up with the latest procedures and treatments and offer a wide range of services that helps avoid having to go to another practice for some specialty things. I will continue to bring my dogs to this clinic as I feel confident in the high level of service that they provide in an atmosphere that is relaxed and comfortable."
"I love Burke Animal Clinic and actually wrote a review a few months ago; hoping yelp will actually post this one! We lived in VA for 2 years and I took my Cavalier Spaniel there. I ended up having an emergency with him one day and called them; took him immediately and had to leave him there for the day as I had a medical procedure to attend. They took good care of him; explained what was going on and followed up several times after to make sure he was ok. Love the staff, especially Sarah; they are always pleasant and helpful. Also, one time there was a misunderstanding about price and I talked to the office director and she was very accommodating and we worked out a deal. I found them all to be very professional but also personable and will miss taking Nemo to them!"