Specialty & Emergency Veterinarian in Chesapeake, VA

The COVE provides specialty and emergency care to the pets of the Suffolk area, includes those in nearby Chesapeake, VA. Located in Suffolk, we’re only a short 20-minute, or less, drive from Chesapeake, VA. Our specialty services are performed on an appointment basis. Our veterinarians and other licensed and experienced veterinary support team members also provide 24/7 emergency and critical care services (no appointment required). If you visit the COVE for any reason, we make it a point to keep your primary care veterinarian up to date so a proper follow-up care plan can be developed.

If you’re concerned about your pet’s health, call our team at (757) 935-9111 and bring your pet in to see us right away.

Emergency & Specialty Veterinary Care

Our animal hospital offers unique care to our area’s pets with emergency veterinarians as well as board-certified specialists who provide expert care in a number of fields.

24/7 Emergency & Critical Care

We are one of the only 24/7 facilities with a specialist at the helm, so you can put your trust in our emergency veterinarians for any emergency situation, any time of day or night. Emergency and critical care includes:

  • Emergency care
  • ICU care with round-the clock monitoring and nursing care
  • 24/7 outpatient care
  • Lab testing (in and out of house), radiology, ECG (electrocardiography), ultrasound
  • Emergency surgery
  • Blood transfusions
  • Respiratory treatments
  • Nutritional support
  • Personalized pain management
  • Endoscopic procedures including bronchoscopy* (typically performed on a scheduled basis once patient is stabilized)
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Specialty & Referral Services

To make an appointment with one of our specialists, please ask for a referral from your primary veterinarian. We’ll be happy to work with you both in your pet’s continued care.


Our surgical procedures are overseen by Dr. Jeff Stallings, one of the most respected veterinary surgical specialists in the area and a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Stallings performs some of the most advanced and complex veterinary surgeries available, including:

  • Orthopedic procedures
  • Advanced soft-tissue surgeries
  • Oncologic (cancer) surgeries
  • Minimally invasive surgeries (including but not limited to arthroscopy, thoracoscopy and laparoscopy)


Our cardiology services are performed by our American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board-certified veterinary cardiologist, Dr. Merrilee Small. Her extensive experience involves the treatment of heart conditions, lung problems, other respiratory issues, and more. Her advanced diagnostic equipment helps her get the full picture of your pet’s problem so we can offer targeted treatment. Her equipment includes:

  • Echocardiography
  • Holter and event monitoring
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Digital thoracic radiography
  • Pacemaker interrogation and monitoring
  • Acute and chronic medical management
  • Outpatient and inpatient cardiology care


Dental care for pets can go well beyond routine cleanings. At the COVE, Dr. Colleen Fox has advanced expertise in veterinary dentistry. Her services help your pet maintain their oral health for years to come:

  • Endodontics
  • Oral disease treatment
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontal care
  • Dental radiographs
  • Restorative dental care