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Burke Animal Clinic

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6307 Lee Chapel Road
Burke, VA 22015
Phone: 703-569-9600
Fax: 703-569-6858

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A lot of pet owners think that they must return used syringes and unused medications to a medical facility to be disposed of. Actually, medical waste generated in the home by individuals may be disposed of in your trash.  However, medical waste generated by Home Health care Workers must be handled by a hazard waste company.

Needles, or "sharps", and Syringes

Here is what Fairfax County  recommends for management of household sharps:

Steps for Disposal

  • Rigid Container:  Use a container with a screw-on cap such as an empty laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, or 2-liter soda bottle. The bottles must be able to be marked with a warning label using a felt-tipped marking pen. Note that the heavier duty laundry detergent and bleach bottles are preferred to the soda bottle.

  • Label/Warning:  Place a large label with a warning on the container. CAUTION! SYRINGES - NEEDLES. DO NOT RECYCLE!

  • Clip the needle, or recap discarded sharps:  Clip the needle if you wish. You can purchase an inexpensive hand-held needle clipper at a pharmacy. After clipping the needle, carefully place each of the used needles and syringes into the plastic bottle with the screw-on lid. An alternative is to also recap or re-sheathe the needle.

  • Seal:  After the container is full, seal the bottle with the original cap and wrap tape over the cap.

  • Disposal:  Dispose of the sealed, full container with your household trash. DO NOT place the container in the recycling bin.

Unused Medications

Unused medications should never be flushed.  According to Fairfax County's instructions on safe disposal of medicine:

  • Remove medication from original container and place in a plastic, sealable bag.
  • Mix with something undesirable like kitty litter or coffee grounds and add a little water.
  • Throw in regular trash.

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Office Hours

SundayBy Appointment
*Our phones are answered until 15 minutes prior to closing*

We are open on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for appointments.  If you do not have an appointment, but find on Sunday you have a sick pet in need of care, please give us a call.

Vet Assistants are available to receive or send home your pet during the above hours.

Doctors do not arrive until 8:00 A.M. on Monday - Friday; and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  We answer our phones until 15 minutes prior to closing.

We close our office on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (2017 only), Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (2017 only).

Inclement weather sometimes causes a delayed opening or early closing. We rarely close for the day, but sometimes employees need extra time coming in or may need to leave early to get home safely.  We communicate schedule changes due to weather on Facebook and via email. We attempt to contact clients directly when they have appointments scheduled that may be affected.  If you have an early appointment during a significant snow event, call us first to make sure we are open.


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