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 30 years, emphasizing client education and individualized 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!


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 - Updated Dec 26th, 2021

As of Dec 26th, 2021, due to the recent rise of COVID-19 infections in PG County, we will be temporarily converting to exams through curbside service rather than in-person in order to decrease infections among our staff and clients. We greatly appreciate your understanding as we try to keep our community safe. 

- Please park in the parking lot on arrival, and call our office at 301-249-3030 whether you are bringing a pet or picking up medications or food.

- The receptionist will provide you with instructions to drop-off your pet. 

- Please complete the paperwork sent to you prior to your visit to help decrease the time of the intake process. 

- A technician will come to your car to collect your pet

- The doctor will then examine your pet and call you to discuss a treatment plan.



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

Ultrasound as a Diagnostic Tool

Importance of Ultrasound 

Ultrasound is a key diagnostic tool that can be used to determine diseases in dogs and cats. This tool uses high frequency sound waves to create live images that show the structure and function of an organ. The heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas lymph nodes, intestines, and bladder are common organs that can be evaluated by ultrasound. Abnormalities we may be able to find by ultrasound in dogs and cats include heart disease, free fluid in the chest or abdomen, urinary and gallbladder stones, chronic kidney diseases, organ tumors, abscesses, cysts, retained testicles, and a myriad of other findings. A veterinarian will need to determine if your pet could benefit from an ultrasound. An ultrasound causes no harm to the pet, and most pets can remain awake during their ultrasound. Your pet may be given a mild sedative if they become stressed or if the veterinarian believes your pet may be painful during the ultrasound. 


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. 

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