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Neurological Care For Our Companion Animals

When pets are afflicted with diseases or injuries affecting the brain, spinal cord, muscles, and nerves, we are here to help. VSC is committed to being the most trusted provider of world class surgery, neurologic care, and physical rehabilitation.

Who We Are

Veterinary Surgical Centers (VSC) is a progressive veterinary specialty practice working in multiple locations serving all of Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. VSC provides a wide variety of surgical and related services, including: orthopedic, soft tissue, minimally invasive and physical rehabilitation. VSC consists of board-certified specialists, residents and interns, and certified rehabilitation practitioners along with a highly trained and compassionate staff.

How We Work

Veterinary Surgical Centers’ neurologists work closely with your primary care veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment for your pet. VSC makes use of advanced diagnostic tools, including on-site digital radiography, CT scan, and local MRI. Consultations and care are available on-site 24/7, 365 days per year.

By partnering with Hope Advanced Veterinary Center, you and your pet can enjoy the benefit of around the clock care, seven days a week. This guarantees peace of mind for you knowing that you can call any time and request an update. We understand how difficult it is to leave your pet but rest assured we are dedicated to keeping you well informed and up-to-date on his or her status. With VSC, both you and your primary veterinarian are considered part of the team.

The ultimate priority of VSC is the health and well-being of your pet. As both veterinary professionals and dedicated pet owners, compassion and progressive technical expertise are the hallmarks of our practice. Our goal is to provide very patient with the highest quality of life possible.

Department Contact Information

Phone: 703-242-6000
Fax: 703-242-4770
Email: VSC.Neurology@gmail.com

Services We Provide

The neurology team at VSC provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for small animals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Neurosurgical procedures performed at VSC include craniotomies for tumors, infections, malformations and traumatic brain injury, as well as spinal surgery for treatment of intervertebral disc disease, cervical spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler’s syndrome), lumbosacral disease, spinal cord/vertebral tumors, spinal fracture stabilization, and atlanto-axial malformation. VSC also medically manages non-surgical forms of brain, spinal cord, and neuromuscular diseases as indicated.

  • Neurosurgery
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Craniotomy
    • Spinal and Skull fractures
    • Cauda Equina Syndrome
    • Brain and Spinal Cord Trauma
    • Wobbler’s Syndrome
    • Ventriculo-Peritoneal Shunting
    • Atlanto-Axial Stabilization
    • Chiari Malformation Surgery
  • Medical Neurology
    • Seizure Management
    • Vestibular Disease
    • Neuromuscular Disease
    • CNS (Central Nervous System) Inflammatory Disease
    • Spinal Cord Lesions as Indicated
    • Pain Management

Why Choose VSC

  • We have two neurologists and more board-certified surgeons on staff than any surgical specialty practice in Northern Virginia.
  • Our neurologists are available for consults and surgery, as needed, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Patients receive 24-hour care from a veterinarian, 7 days a week.
  • We utilize the most advanced diagnostic imaging available, including MRI, CT Scan, and fluoroscopy.
  • We have a state-of-the-art ultrasonic aspirator, shown to improve outcome in patients requiring surgical excision of brain tumors, which is available for use during craniotomy procedures.
  • Physical rehabilitation is part of our standard of care.

Expanding Capabilities Through Research

Founder and Chief of Surgery, Dr. Anke Langenbach, has nurtured a culture that is forward thinking and dedicated to improving the surgical options available to companion animals. Thus, at any given time you will likely find VSC actively involved in research or clinical studies for the advancement of a particular procedure or condition. VSC staff are also active in publishing and presenting in the U.S. and abroad.

Neurology Veterinarians

  • James Campbell, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)


    Dr. James Campbell earned his PhD in Neurosciences at Binghamton University in New York in 2002. He then studied Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.

    After a 1-year internship at Cornell University he completed a residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. During his residency he developed a keen interest in neurosurgery, getting extensive training in spinal stabilization techniques and craniotomies (brain surgery), as well as in the more common neurosurgical procedures (various surgeries for disk disease).

    His research interests include spinal electrophysiology and medical management of inflammatory brain disease.
    In his free time Dr. Campbell enjoys playing ice hockey. He also pursues many outdoor activities, including kiteboarding and mountain biking. When enjoying the outdoors he is usually accompanied by his large mutt, Angus.

  • Katherine Crook, DVM, Practice Limited to Neurology


    Dr. Katherine Crook graduated magna cum laude from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She completed a 1-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery, followed by a 1-year neurology internship at a private practice in Connecticut.

    Dr. Crook then went on to pursue a 3-year residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. During her residency she was involved in and published research aimed at improving the current therapy for inflammatory brain and spinal cord disease. She developed an interest in neurosurgical procedures, gaining training in spinal decompression procedures and craniotomies.

    Dr. Crook was a member of her undergraduate tennis team, and is still very active playing tennis, running and hiking in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her three-legged cats, Punky and Newman.

Residents In Surgery

  • Heather Mossman, DVM, Surgical Resident


    Dr. Mossman graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics. She completed her veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand in 2008.

    Dr. Mossman worked in private practice, first in Traverse City, Michigan, then in Lowestoft, England, before completing her 1-year small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2012.

    Dr. Mossman is thrilled to be continuing her academic training at VSC with a 3-year surgical residency.

    She currently lives in Fairfax, VA with her cat, Maggie G, and is looking forward to her husband joining her from England.

  • Justin Ganjei, DVM, Surgical Resident


    Dr. Justin Ganjei received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech. He then went on to work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a short time before returning back to Blacksburg, VA where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Following veterinary school, Justin completed a 1-year small animal rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. He joined VSC in 2012 for a 1-year surgical internship and upon completion VSC was excited to have him stay on for his 3-year surgical residency.

    Justin currently lives in Maryland with his two Great Danes, Dante and Sparta.

  • John Keifer, DVM, Surgical Resident

    Dr. John Kiefer grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology prior to obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 2010. While at
    OSU, he developed an interest in the special needs of sight hounds, and became a member of the OSU Greyhound Health and Wellness Association.
    After veterinary school, John obtained additional training through a small animal rotating internship at Memphis Veterinary Specialists, and surgical internships at both Veterinary Surgical Centers and Long Island Veterinary Specialists. John is very excited to be at VSC for his 3-year surgical residency.
    He currently lives in Herndon, VA, and in his spare time enjoys playing with his Russian Wolfhound, Mstislav.

Hospital Location: 140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
Contact Numbers: Tel (703) 281-5121
Fax (703) 281-0149

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