"I can’t recommend this place enough! I don’t think words could truly explain how much my husband and I appreciate the staff at Independence Veterinary Hospital!"

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Independence Veterinary Hospital:

Local Family Owned Veterinarian & Animal Hospital Serving Virginia Beach for Over 30 Years.

At Independence Veterinary Hospital, you’ll find veterinarians and staff who truly listen to you and seek to understand the needs of your animal family members. Pet owners throughout Virginia Beach, VA and surrounding communities love us for our unwavering empathy, kindness, and dedication to doing what is absolutely best for every pet. We want you and your companion to feel safe, comfortable, and valued at every visit to our animal hospital.

Some of our team members are Fear Free Certified and Certified Cat Friendly, demonstrating our commitment to offering the highest standard of veterinary care and a welcoming, low-stress environment. Get to know our team and discover all the services we offer!

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Meet Your Pet’s Care Team in Virginia Beach, VA

Dr. Derrick Kier and Dr. Karen Smithwick are husband and wife and proud owners of Independence Veterinary Hospital. Together with their capable team, they nurture relationships with pets and people to last a lifetime. They take time to understand your situation, listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and use all available resources (including trusted outside specialists) to ensure the absolute best care for your pet.

As a locally owned animal hospital in Virginia Beach, we know the importance of community and working together to make life better for the animals and humans who share it with us.

Explore the Veterinary Services We Offer

We want to meet all your pet’s lifelong health needs to the best of our ability. As such, we offer a wide range of services to support good health, longevity, and an elevated quality of life for your companion.

Our primary services for dogs and cats include the following...

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We want your pet to be well and stay well at every stage of life. That’s why we recommend a full wellness exam every 6-12 months to evaluate your pet’s condition and treat any issues that arise.

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Our vaccines are tailored to suit your pet’s health and unique lifestyle and give them maximum protection against the most important disease risks, such as rabies and distemper. LEARN MORE

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Dental Care

Our animal hospital provides professional teeth cleaning services for dogs and cats, along with dental prescription diets and other quality products to maintain a clean, healthy mouth.

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We perform various soft tissue surgeries under strict safety protocols, including spay and neuter, mass removal, foreign body removal, and wound repair.

Become a Part of Our Family Today

Once you walk through our door, you and your pet will be welcomed as family. If you’ve chosen Independence Veterinary Hospital as your new vet, click below to officially become a new client. We can’t wait to meet you!