About Us

Veterinary Specialty Services provides advanced specialized care for animals, collaborating with veterinarians throughout the St. Louis area, and beyond. VSS was founded in 1994 by Mary Jean Gorse DVM, MS, DACVS. In 1996 Mark Anderson DVM, MS, DACVS joined as a partner to help grow the surgical referral practice.

VSS has now grown to include multiple specialties in 7 disciplines including cardiology, critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology and surgery and continues to be a highly-regarded as an essential resource for pets in our community.

In 2008, VSS opened an after-hours emergency practice providing pet owners and distressed animals after hour urgent and critical care. The same collaborative principles apply to our emergency care, ensuring primary veterinarians and owners are involved in the choice of care for pets in an emergency situation.

  • OUR VETERINARY SPECIALISTS

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    Each of our board-certified specialists are veterinarians who have advanced training in the discipline they have chosen. In addition to meeting the requirements and certifications to become a doctor of veterinary medicine, they often complete a year-long rotating internship and then a three-year residency. A specialist veterinarian must also must pass a rigorous examination in order to become a diplomate of one of the 22 specialty colleges recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

    About Us

  • A REFERRAL-ONLY PRACTICE

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    Our mission at VSS is to provide the most current and advanced veterinary medical care available for the animals in our care. Our practice is referral-only, supplementing and assisting primary care veterinarians when diagnosing and treating a pet’s health problem. When you are referred to VSS, we take great care to respect the bond you have with your pet’s veterinarian and we work collaboratively with the referring veterinarian to ensure your pet has the best-available treatment options. Our specialty departments are available for consults by appointment only during our regular business hours.

    Our Receptionist Team

  • VSS ANIMAL CARE TEAM

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    In addition to specialists, our animal health care team includes compassionate, well-trained veterinary technicians (nurses), assistants, and office staff at VSS are committed to the well-being and care of every animal in treatment.

    Animal Care

  • VSS EMERGENCY CARE

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    Accidents and emergencies happen, even with pets. The VSS Emergency Center provides after-hours and weekend/holiday admissions as well as 24-hour inpatient care.

    Emergency Care

  • WHAT MAKES VSS SPECIAL

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    VSS is Special

    VSS speciality doctors wants to ensure that your pet receives state of the art quality care. Technologies available in our hospital include but are not limited too: MRI, CT Scanner, Digital Radiography, Utrasonagraphy, Complete Endoscopy Services, Cardiac Cauterization laboratory, on Site Diagnostic Laboratory Services and full service surgical suites.

    We are proud to receive hundreds of referrals from veterinarians every month, proof that local veterinarians have great confidence in our practice. Beyond the professional, we are delighted to read the hundreds of letters and photos we receive from pet owners we have helped each year.

    VSS is Special

    We know the trust involved in a referral case. We know the faith you place on us to care for your pet. We don’t take that lightly and are proud of the long term relationships we have built with referring veterinarians, clients, and their pets.