Dental Care

An often overlooked yet important aspect of an animal’s health is their dental health. Neglected teeth, tongues and gums all lead to a buildup of harmful bacteria, abscess formation and in some severe cases, septic infections. As part of a routine visit, your veterinarian at Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville will examine your pet’s teeth and gums for any obvious issues and from there may instruct you on improving your pet’s dental hygiene. This may include daily brushings with a special toothpaste, tasty treats to help clean the teeth and gum lines and in some cases medication to help heal troubled areas.

If you notice that your pet is having issues with decreased appetite, pain when chewing and even aggressiveness, they may be suffering from tooth pain. Our staff is well equipped to clean teeth, extract teeth and perform biopsies of any growths within the mouth or throat.

Digital Radiography

Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville strives to provide exceptional service through their personal interactions with clients as well as providing state-of-the-art equipment in treating animals. Diagnostics is very important for our veterinarians when treating animals because unlike people, animals cannot tell us where it hurts or how much it hurts. Using x-ray technology, our staff can see a variety of issues such as broken bones, foreign objects, organ size and even cancer tumors. X-rays are often thought of as being oversized black films placed in front of a bright light and appearing fuzzy to the untrained eye. These days more and more practices are moving towards digital x-ray technology. This means the veterinarian is able to pull the images up on a computer and zoom in on small areas or compare other films easily. In some cases where a consult is needed from a specialist, we are able to email the x-ray images to them for instant opinions.

In-Clinic Diagnostics

One of the most important tools for veterinarians is blood work and diagnostic testing. Each day at Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville, we see pets that are not their usual playful selves, that cannot express what pain or problems they may be experiencing. Blood chemistries, complete blood counts (CBC), electrolytes, thyroid testing, fecal analysis and urinalysis can often tell us if your furry family member may have an issue that cannot be seen from the outside.

Blood chemistries indicate how well your pet’s liver, kidney and pancreas function in your pet. A CBC can indicate your pet’s overall health, as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all determined, which can indicate certain infections, cancers and the blood’s ability to clot. Electrolytes indicate whether an animal is dehydrated. Finally, thyroid testing can indicate a number is diseases including Cushing’s and Addison’s disease. Fecal testing can indicate intestinal parasites that cannot be seen from the outside, and can often be spread to humans. Urinalysis can let our doctor’s know if your pet has certain infections, as well as diabetes.

At Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville, we understand that you have a choice as to who provides healthcare to your pet. Our diagnostic capabilities, as well as experience and compassion, make our hospital an excellent choice for the life of your pet. Call one of our caring staff members and schedule an appointment for your furry family member today!

Laser Therapy

When treating your pet, Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville strives to provide the best and latest treatments on the market. One of the most useful and non-invasive treatment options in animal medicine for a variety of issues is Laser Therapy. Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville uses a brand of laser known as K-laser to treat your pets.

Laser therapy can be used to treat the following medical issues:

• Inflammation of joints
• Promote healing of scar tissue from surgery
• Wound healing
• Edema
• Fracture healing

Laser therapy works by emitting a “pocket” of pulses to the affected area which then stimulate cell re-growth at a higher rate than normal. The procedure is not very long and is very calming to your pet as they will be almost pain free by the time they leave the office! Your veterinarian may recommend several sessions over time to fully heal your pet. If you are interested in having your beloved pet undergo an alternative treatment for pain, please call the Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville for laser options.


Veterinary surgery in animal practices is very common, however specialty veterinary surgery is not usually seen in most animal hospitals. Dr. Bray and his team at the Animal Medical Center of Charlottesville are very committed and have taken a special interest in animal orthopedic surgery. Amongst the usual surgeries performed such as : spay and neuter, foreign object removal, tumor removal and general laparoscopic surgery; Dr. Bray and his staff perform orthopedic surgeries to stabilize fractures, treat soft tissue injuries and employ arthroscopic procedures to improve function of the knees, shoulders and elbows.

Ultrasound (Abdominal & Cardiac)

Ultrasound in animal medicine is becoming a very popular diagnostic tool and Animal Center of Charlottesville uses ultrasound in several ways. Ultrasound is a high-pitched sound wave that is emitted from a probe and sent into the soft tissue. The resulting “echo” is sent back and based on the return time, an image is formed on screen for our doctors to evaluate the soft tissue structures and organs.

Abdominal Ultrasound is useful in tumor detection, cardiovascular evaluation throughout the organs, internal bleeding identification and even pregnancy surveillance. Cardiac Ultrasound is used by our staff to identify heart function, infection within the heart, insufficiency problems and tumor identification. If your veterinarian chooses to do an ultrasound evaluation on your pet it is usually in conjunction with blood work and x-ray.


Not all problems that our pets face happen during normal business hours. If your pet suffers from a trauma or acute illness, please feel free to contact the following clinic:
Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital
370 Greenbrier Drive
Suite A2
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Our staff will be notified if your pet is treated and we will follow up for post-treatment care.

Contact Us

(434) 295-8757


388 Pantops Center
Charlottesville, VA 22911


Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Closed