College Park Animal Hospital

★★★★★
  • 9717 Baltimore Ave

    College Park, MD 20740

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  • 301-441-2547

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Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm, Sat 8am-2pm

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I have use College Park Animal Hospital for many years. They have treated my foster dogs and also my own dogs. I higly recommend Dr McMichael. He is a very experienced Veterinarian. I have never been disapointed with their services.

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I have use College Park Animal Hospital for many years. They have treated my foster dogs and also my own dogs. I higly recommend Dr McMichael. He is a very experienced Veterinarian. I have never been disapointed with their services.

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One of their vets received a letter of censure from the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for his "failure to identify" my cat Smokey's heart condition. This vet took courses at the regional levels to improve his ability "to read

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One of their vets received a letter of censure from the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for his "failure to identify" my cat Smokey's heart condition. This vet took courses at the regional levels to improve his ability "to read

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I have been going to the College Park Animal Hospital for over 30 years and I just love them. My animals have been seeing Dr. McMichael from the day he started working at this office and he is an angel on earth. Our dogs and cats love him and the rest of the staff. If he ever retires then I will have to bring my animals to his house, because there is no one better then him.

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I have been going to the College Park Animal Hospital for over 30 years and I just love them. My animals have been seeing Dr. McMichael from the day he started working at this office and he is an angel on earth. Our dogs and cats love him and the rest of the staff. If he ever retires then I will have to bring my animals to his house, because there is no one better then him.

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Our experience with this place has not been very good. At first things were going OK, they treated our dogs and cats, with no problems. We also had a lot of contact with them because we volunteered with PAW, which is the rescue that has its sick dogs boarded and treated there. My parents, myself and my girlfriend all walked these dogs during the day, and we were doing a lot of work with them because my parents work from home, and we were both students at the time. Sometimes, we would bring dogs from the shelter to the hospital or from the hospital to the boarding kennel. When a staff vet at the hospital missed our cat's heart disease on an X-ray, the owner, Dr. McMichael was confronted for an explanation. The failure to see the heart problem was obvious because more than one other vet saw it on this X-ray after Smokey had died. Dr. McMichael, however, chose to provide a strange explanation that an X-ray can not detect the type of heart disease Smokey had. When a more plausible explanation was sought, Dr. McMichael cut off access to the hospital premisses for walking the sick PAW dogs to all of four of us. The walking we did with them was the only exercise provided to them at the time. The hospital has cages only, no outside space for them. I didn't even know about this and showed up with a leash and collar to walk a dog, only to be thrown out by Dr. McMichael, who was saying my "mother wants to sue" him. My parents never sued him and so far as I know had no plans to sue him. They filed a complaint with the Vet Board because Dr. McMichael refused to be truthful about the missed heart disease of our pet, who ended up suffering because of this. He also refused to take responsibility for the mistake of his staff vet. If he acted honestly and took responsiblity, my parents might not have filed the complaint. Now, the failure to see Smokey's heart failure on an X-ray resulted in a Vet Board's formal letter of censure to the vet who missed the heart failure, which is on public record. It could have been different. This was a very bad experience: the way Smokey's care was handled and we were treated, as well as those homeless dogs that depended on our walks. A very unfortunate experience.

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Our experience with this place has not been very good. At first things were going OK, they treated our dogs and cats, with no problems. We also had a lot of contact with them because we volunteered with PAW, which is the rescue that has its sick dogs boarded and treated there. My parents, myself and my girlfriend all walked these dogs during the day, and we were doing a lot of work with them because my parents work from home, and we were both students at the time. Sometimes, we would bring dogs from the shelter to the hospital or from the hospital to the boarding kennel. When a staff vet at the hospital missed our cat's heart disease on an X-ray, the owner, Dr. McMichael was confronted for an explanation. The failure to see the heart problem was obvious because more than one other vet saw it on this X-ray after Smokey had died. Dr. McMichael, however, chose to provide a strange explanation that an X-ray can not detect the type of heart disease Smokey had. When a more plausible explanation was sought, Dr. McMichael cut off access to the hospital premisses for walking the sick PAW dogs to all of four of us. The walking we did with them was the only exercise provided to them at the time. The hospital has cages only, no outside space for them. I didn't even know about this and showed up with a leash and collar to walk a dog, only to be thrown out by Dr. McMichael, who was saying my "mother wants to sue" him. My parents never sued him and so far as I know had no plans to sue him. They filed a complaint with the Vet Board because Dr. McMichael refused to be truthful about the missed heart disease of our pet, who ended up suffering because of this. He also refused to take responsibility for the mistake of his staff vet. If he acted honestly and took responsiblity, my parents might not have filed the complaint. Now, the failure to see Smokey's heart failure on an X-ray resulted in a Vet Board's formal letter of censure to the vet who missed the heart failure, which is on public record. It could have been different. This was a very bad experience: the way Smokey's care was handled and we were treated, as well as those homeless dogs that depended on our walks. A very unfortunate experience.

Cons: missed diagnosis, failure to take responsibility

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Update: The veterinarian who treated our cat, Smokey, at College Park Animal Hospital received a formal letter of censure concerning his "failure to recognize cardiomegaly and increased pulmonary interstitial pattern on the thoracic radiographs taken of Smokey on January 8, 2008." This excerpt is from an October 29, 2009 letter from the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, addressed to my wife. The letter goes on to state that prior to accepting censure, this veterinarian "participated in classes offered at a regional conference as a means of improving his ability to read readiographs and ultrasounds." The letter from the State Board also stated that a letter of censure is a matter of public record.

Clients of this hospital are still urged to to BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS, especially with elderly pets, who may be exhibiting signs of a heart disease. Even though one of the veterinarians at College Park Animal Hospital received this additional training, there is no evidence of any such training completed by the others, particularly the owner and the head vet of the hospital, Thomas McMichael, DVM, who apparently believes that congestive heart failure cannot be seen on an X-ray, as per his statement to my wife when she questioned Smokey's treatment. The fact that the primary diagnostic tool for Congestive Heart Failure is an X-ray is a very basic medical fact, and any veterinarian who does not know this basic fact cannot adequately ensure the safety of a pet at risk for heart disease.

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Update: The veterinarian who treated our cat, Smokey, at College Park Animal Hospital received a formal letter of censure concerning his "failure to recognize cardiomegaly and increased pulmonary interstitial pattern on the thoracic radiographs taken of Smokey on January 8, 2008." This excerpt is from an October 29, 2009 letter from the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, addressed to my wife. The letter goes on to state that prior to accepting censure, this veterinarian "participated in classes offered at a regional conference as a means of improving his ability to read readiographs and ultrasounds." The letter from the State Board also stated that a letter of censure is a matter of public record.

Clients of this hospital are still urged to to BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS, especially with elderly pets, who may be exhibiting signs of a heart disease. Even though one of the veterinarians at College Park Animal Hospital received this additional training, there is no evidence of any such training completed by the others, particularly the owner and the head vet of the hospital, Thomas McMichael, DVM, who apparently believes that congestive heart failure cannot be seen on an X-ray, as per his statement to my wife when she questioned Smokey's treatment. The fact that the primary diagnostic tool for Congestive Heart Failure is an X-ray is a very basic medical fact, and any veterinarian who does not know this basic fact cannot adequately ensure the safety of a pet at risk for heart disease.

Pros: can't think of any

Cons: problelms with honesty, integrity and competence

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CPAH is a great hospital! I have taken all of my small animals there for the past 5 years, and they've been treated with nothing but excellent care. Dr.Wehrli and Dr.McMichael are fantastic vets who give it to you straight and tell you your clincial options, even if those options are out of your financial reach (they keep you informed and give you all your possible avenues of care). And they've never shied away from referring me to a specialist if they thought my pets needed care they could not provide or were not experts in.

I've noticed several reviews here where people are complaining about the cost of visits, release of records, etc. A very small percentage of veterinary care is reimbursed by insurance. Less than 1 percent of America's 112 million dogs and cats have health insurance. This is why vet care costs what it does. Like many other medical practices, a vet hospital is a small business. They need to make a living too!

Also, if you go on the website for the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (the licensing body for veterinarians in this state) you learn that records are the property of the veterinary practice for whom the records were made. Sharing medical information between veterinarians or facilities is allowed for treatment or diagnosis. If the veterinarian has original, non-written records, such as radiographs, photographs, or electrocardiograms, upon the client's request (that would be the pet owner), the veterinarian shall release these to a subsequent treating veterinarian (NOT to the client themselves). These non-written records shall be returned to the original veterinarian within 30 days of their receipt, or until such time as agreed to by the parties. The veterinarian may require you to pay the reasonable cost of providing the records.
There ain't no HIPPA for pets, people, and no, they don't have to give you the original X-rays!

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★★★★★

CPAH is a great hospital! I have taken all of my small animals there for the past 5 years, and they've been treated with nothing but excellent care. Dr.Wehrli and Dr.McMichael are fantastic vets who give it to you straight and tell you your clincial options, even if those options are out of your financial reach (they keep you informed and give you all your possible avenues of care). And they've never shied away from referring me to a specialist if they thought my pets needed care they could not provide or were not experts in.

I've noticed several reviews here where people are complaining about the cost of visits, release of records, etc. A very small percentage of veterinary care is reimbursed by insurance. Less than 1 percent of America's 112 million dogs and cats have health insurance. This is why vet care costs what it does. Like many other medical practices, a vet hospital is a small business. They need to make a living too!

Also, if you go on the website for the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (the licensing body for veterinarians in this state) you learn that records are the property of the veterinary practice for whom the records were made. Sharing medical information between veterinarians or facilities is allowed for treatment or diagnosis. If the veterinarian has original, non-written records, such as radiographs, photographs, or electrocardiograms, upon the client's request (that would be the pet owner), the veterinarian shall release these to a subsequent treating veterinarian (NOT to the client themselves). These non-written records shall be returned to the original veterinarian within 30 days of their receipt, or until such time as agreed to by the parties. The veterinarian may require you to pay the reasonable cost of providing the records.
There ain't no HIPPA for pets, people, and no, they don't have to give you the original X-rays!

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Dr. McMichael and staff have provided excellent medical services for my pets, dogs and cats, over the last 30+ years and I cannot give higher praise for their professional work and kind practice. The service has always been exceptional. This practice is about good care, service and leading edge medical/veterinary knowledge. Your pet will always be in excellent hands. Truly great people.

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Dr. McMichael and staff have provided excellent medical services for my pets, dogs and cats, over the last 30+ years and I cannot give higher praise for their professional work and kind practice. The service has always been exceptional. This practice is about good care, service and leading edge medical/veterinary knowledge. Your pet will always be in excellent hands. Truly great people.

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My boyfriend bought me a pekingese-pomeranian for my birthday and had recommended me to the CPAH, where he had brought his mothers deaf Jack Russel Boris.

Tux was a mere 0.8 pounds when we brought him in for his first check up, which might have made the staff a little impartial.Nonetheless, they handled him with care. We were told how much he weighed and given several puppy packets on how to introduce him into our home. Dr. McMichael was good at relieving Tux's stress and even managed to sneak in a few shots without him even noticing ! We continued to go to CAPH as he got his routine shots and vaccinations. The staff helped us with medicine, microchipping information, neutering options, and any of our other questions (including a demonstration of cutting his nails ).

They are a very dedicated staff and very friendly ! Two thumbs up !

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My boyfriend bought me a pekingese-pomeranian for my birthday and had recommended me to the CPAH, where he had brought his mothers deaf Jack Russel Boris.

Tux was a mere 0.8 pounds when we brought him in for his first check up, which might have made the staff a little impartial.Nonetheless, they handled him with care. We were told how much he weighed and given several puppy packets on how to introduce him into our home. Dr. McMichael was good at relieving Tux's stress and even managed to sneak in a few shots without him even noticing ! We continued to go to CAPH as he got his routine shots and vaccinations. The staff helped us with medicine, microchipping information, neutering options, and any of our other questions (including a demonstration of cutting his nails ).

They are a very dedicated staff and very friendly ! Two thumbs up !

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The college Park Animal hospital is one of the best vets in the area. My family has always gone to this vet. When I was younger I remember us always going to Dr. Mic Michael. Now for the last 3 years I have always seen Dr. Beck. She is one of the best doctors in the world. When we brought my cat tiger in for his shots and a check up we knew something was not right with him. She took excellent care of him and we did many test to find out what was wrong with him. When we did find out he had cancer Dr. Beck was so helpful and kind. She continued taking care of him every visit we went to.

She is by far one of the best doctors. The rest of the staff is wonderful also. As long as I live in this area and even maybe when I move away I will continue to come to the College Park Animal hospital.

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The college Park Animal hospital is one of the best vets in the area. My family has always gone to this vet. When I was younger I remember us always going to Dr. Mic Michael. Now for the last 3 years I have always seen Dr. Beck. She is one of the best doctors in the world. When we brought my cat tiger in for his shots and a check up we knew something was not right with him. She took excellent care of him and we did many test to find out what was wrong with him. When we did find out he had cancer Dr. Beck was so helpful and kind. She continued taking care of him every visit we went to.

She is by far one of the best doctors. The rest of the staff is wonderful also. As long as I live in this area and even maybe when I move away I will continue to come to the College Park Animal hospital.

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Before I adopted them, my dogs received medical attention from the College Park Animal Hospital. Based on high recommendations from the rescue group, I continued using CPAH for their ongoing care. I have interacted with Drs. Mc Michael and Beck, and have found them, along with all of the technical staff, to be warm, helpful, and fully engaged in their dealings with animals and their people. On his first meeting with my beautiful girl Leah, Dr. Mc Michael got down on his knees to examine her and noticed an old leg injury that her previous vet had missed. He is also the first veterinarian that has ever talked seriously with me about dog behavior issues and possible links to food and calorie intake. Dr. Mc Michael and the rest of the staff are focused on the health and wellness of the whole dog. I have been more than satisfied with College Park Animal Hospital, and recommend it without reservation.

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Before I adopted them, my dogs received medical attention from the College Park Animal Hospital. Based on high recommendations from the rescue group, I continued using CPAH for their ongoing care. I have interacted with Drs. Mc Michael and Beck, and have found them, along with all of the technical staff, to be warm, helpful, and fully engaged in their dealings with animals and their people. On his first meeting with my beautiful girl Leah, Dr. Mc Michael got down on his knees to examine her and noticed an old leg injury that her previous vet had missed. He is also the first veterinarian that has ever talked seriously with me about dog behavior issues and possible links to food and calorie intake. Dr. Mc Michael and the rest of the staff are focused on the health and wellness of the whole dog. I have been more than satisfied with College Park Animal Hospital, and recommend it without reservation.

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Two of my cats have been treated at CPAH. Both experiences have been EXCELLENT! My first experience at CPAH was after one of my cats was treated at a local emergency vet. They diagnosed him with FIP--a killer cat disease. The vets at CPAH, particularly Dr. Beck, immediately put my mind at ease. They did a multitude of tests, each one indicating that the FIP diagnosis was incorrect. Though no specific diagnosis was determined, Dr. Beck continued to monitor WB until all of his levels were "normal". She continues to monitor him and ensure his good health. Dr. Beck is a caring, loving and an excellent vet!
My other experience was when another of my cats had an emergency. I called CPAH and they told me to come immediately. I did not have to wait for an appointment. A test was immediately run and results were very PROMPT.
Follow-up is excellent. The vets are VERY accessible and easy to speak with. I would highly recommend this veterinary hospital!

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Two of my cats have been treated at CPAH. Both experiences have been EXCELLENT! My first experience at CPAH was after one of my cats was treated at a local emergency vet. They diagnosed him with FIP--a killer cat disease. The vets at CPAH, particularly Dr. Beck, immediately put my mind at ease. They did a multitude of tests, each one indicating that the FIP diagnosis was incorrect. Though no specific diagnosis was determined, Dr. Beck continued to monitor WB until all of his levels were "normal". She continues to monitor him and ensure his good health. Dr. Beck is a caring, loving and an excellent vet!
My other experience was when another of my cats had an emergency. I called CPAH and they told me to come immediately. I did not have to wait for an appointment. A test was immediately run and results were very PROMPT.
Follow-up is excellent. The vets are VERY accessible and easy to speak with. I would highly recommend this veterinary hospital!

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I've been a client of College Park Animal Hospital for 20 years.
I originally lived in the area, but 11 years ago I moved an hour away.
I still bring my cats and dogs (both personal and rescue) to CPAH because I have always received the best veterinary care possible. All of the doctors and technical staff have provided great care and have been very accommodating. I have had emergencies late in the day and both Dr. McMichael and Dr. Beck have waited for me to get there at the end of the day to see my dog or cat. They are outstanding in diagnostics, surgery, and I am certain they have saved the lives of several of my animals. They have assisted me in providing the best end of life care possible for my seniors which is most important. They are compassionate and caring. I could never imagine going anywhere else and recommend them highly.

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I've been a client of College Park Animal Hospital for 20 years.
I originally lived in the area, but 11 years ago I moved an hour away.
I still bring my cats and dogs (both personal and rescue) to CPAH because I have always received the best veterinary care possible. All of the doctors and technical staff have provided great care and have been very accommodating. I have had emergencies late in the day and both Dr. McMichael and Dr. Beck have waited for me to get there at the end of the day to see my dog or cat. They are outstanding in diagnostics, surgery, and I am certain they have saved the lives of several of my animals. They have assisted me in providing the best end of life care possible for my seniors which is most important. They are compassionate and caring. I could never imagine going anywhere else and recommend them highly.

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I just transferred my dogs to College Park Animal Hospital for several reasons. In no particular order, I am impressed that CPAH is the only animal hospital I know of that openly discusses AAHA recommended vaccine schedules and options rather than "pushing" yearly vaccines. I also like that CPAH offers one-stop-shopping in that it offers laser surgery, ultrasound, orthopedic surgery, etc. not found at many non-specialty veterinarian offices. The veterinarians are thorough, conservative and offer a range of options to consider. How outstanding to be considered a thinking person and not told what to do. Drs. McMichael and Beck are superior in their diagnostics and technical expertise. It's not often one can say "thank you" in a public way, and this is a great forum to do so.

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I just transferred my dogs to College Park Animal Hospital for several reasons. In no particular order, I am impressed that CPAH is the only animal hospital I know of that openly discusses AAHA recommended vaccine schedules and options rather than "pushing" yearly vaccines. I also like that CPAH offers one-stop-shopping in that it offers laser surgery, ultrasound, orthopedic surgery, etc. not found at many non-specialty veterinarian offices. The veterinarians are thorough, conservative and offer a range of options to consider. How outstanding to be considered a thinking person and not told what to do. Drs. McMichael and Beck are superior in their diagnostics and technical expertise. It's not often one can say "thank you" in a public way, and this is a great forum to do so.

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