Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park

60 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


The Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park is a full service veterinary facility offering experienced, personalized and high-quality care to cats, dogs, rabbits, and small mammals.

Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park receives A+ ratings



Consistently named as one of the top DC-area veterinary practices by Washingtonian and Checkbook magazines, the Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park has been serving the Upper Marlboro, Bowie, and the surrounding communities for 29 years, emphasizing client education and holistic pet care.

We also serve the communities of Mitchellville, Annapolis, Crofton and Davidsonville.




Doctor Kristen Hogue offers conventional medicine and surgery. She has a strong interest in fear-free handling and treatment of pets, and enjoys working with small and exotic mammals, as well as dogs and cats.  Dr. Hogue started her veterinary career here as a technician years ago before attending veterinary school and now owns the practice!

Dr. Shadawn Salmond-Jimenez is passionate about the use of imaging modalities to diagnose pets and is highly skilled in ultrasound. She started working with our practice as a relief veterinarian on Saturdays, and is now with us full-time!

Doctor Sara Fox Chapman offers holistic medicine including homeopathy, acupuncture, and Reiki. She offers nutritional consultations, including raw feeding, as well as individualized vaccination programs, and conventional medicine as appropriate.


We understand how important your pet is to you, and we are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's lifelong health care. At the Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park, we treat your pet as we would our own!

We love to hear kind words from our satisfied clients!

Our services include:

  • Wellness exams
  • General and soft tissue surgery
  • General dentistry and minor oral surgery
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchip for permanent identification
  • Holistic pet care
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • In-house pharmacy and laboratory
  • Electrocardiography and digital radiography
  • Dietary and behavioral counseling
  • Emergency care
  • Acupuncture

COVID-19 Update - After June 13th

After June 13th, we are excited to have our clients back in the building for pet exams! Please review the following to be prepared for your appointment with your pet.

- Please park in the parking lot on arrival, and call our office at 301-249-3030.

- The receptionist will check your pet in and let you know when it’s okay to bring your pet in.

- Only one client is allowed to come in with each pet.

- Please wear a mask at all times within the building and maintain appropriate social distancing.

- Upon entry, a technician will greet you in the lobby and escort you and your pet to an exam room.

- The doctor will then come into the room to examine your pet and discuss a treatment plan.

- We ask that you stay in the exam room during the visit to prevent crowding in the lobby.



Protect your Pets

Continue protecting your pets against heartworms, intestinal parasites, and tick-borne diseases with year-round use of Heartgard and Frontline or Bravecto.


Dental Care

Dental disease is the most common illness encountered today in veterinary medicine today, affecting 8 out of 10 pets. 


Pet Library 

The Client Education Library provides up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network. 


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Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park values you and wants to support you as you navigate the rapidly changing news about the COVID-19 virus.  In order to help you address pet owner questions, Mark Rishniw, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM (SA-IM), DACVIM (CA), a VIN consultant, has published an article of frequently asked questions and resources to help people understand the risk to them and their pets.  The article is available on Veterinary Partner, a trusted source of information powered by VIN.

The link to review the article is HERE


The emergence of the Brood X cicadas has caused anxiety for pet owners regarding the effects the cicadas will have on their pets. These cicadas have been tunneling under the ground for 17 years and now emerge out of the ground to mate.

Thankfully, these insects are not specifically toxic for dogs and cats. Pets that eat the cicadas could experience intestinal discomfort due to irritation from the cicadas’ hard exoskeletons. A dog or cat that eats one or two cicadas will likely not be affected by them, but owners should try to prevent their pets from eating multiple cicadas at a time.

If a dog or cat does eat a large number of cicadas, the pet owner should monitor the pet for vomiting or diarrhea. However, the cicadas will not cause lethal effects if eaten. This group of cicadas should die out by late June or early July.


We are now recommending all dogs be vaccinated for leptospirosis!

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that causes serious illness in dogs, other animals, and even people. Due to the rise of leptospirosis in the Mid-Atlantic area, we are now recommending that all exposed dogs be vaccinated for this disease. 
Exposed dogs are those both in the city and suburban areas where they could have contact with the urine of rodents or other wildlife.

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can cause kidney and liver failure in dogs. It is transmitted to dogs through the urine of infected animals or through contaminated water. This disease could be transmitted to humans from infected animals. Please call our office for more details and to schedule your dog for the vaccine.

Therapy Laser Now Available !!!

We are very excited and proud to announce that we now have a Companion Laser to provide therapeutic laser treatments to our patients!  There are so many uses for laser therapy in veterinary medicine, including post-operative wound healing, "hot spots", ear infections, osteoarthritis, and more!!  Here you see "Bonezy" sporting his very fashionable "Doggles"!!  

For more information on therapy laser or to schedule an appointment to see if this treatment is appropriate for your pet please call us at (301)-249-3030. 

Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund

In January 2017, after the passing of our beloved Saturday relief doctor Ellen Buck, our hospital established the Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund to assist pets in need of medical care whose owners might be experiencing financial hardship, or other extenuating circumstances. Dr. Buck was a wonderful veterinarian who loved all animals - especially cats and horses!!  If you would like to contribute to this fund for animals in need, please send a check to our office, or call with a credit card number.  We will soon have a FB page devoted to the fund!

Click here to learn more!




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