Welcome to the most advanced specialty and emergency
 small animal hospital in the Southeast.

Welcome to Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. We are the most advanced and comprehensive specialty
 and emergency referral practice in the Southeastern U.S., having attained Level I Certification from the
prestigious Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and making it one of just
seven Level I Certified Veterinary Hospitals in the nation.

Our patients are primarily injured and ill dogs and cats. We appreciate appointments to our specialists 
by referral from your veterinarian and are open and staffed for emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Doctors and veterinary nurses are always present. Pets are never left alone. While your pets are in our care, we
treat them as beloved members of your family. Our goal is to provide you with a veterinary hospital that
delivers extraordinary specialty and urgent care, along with exceptional client service.

Please take time to explore this website and learn about our highly-trained specialists,
emergency clinicians and nursing staff. We are eager for you to experience our services and
state-of-science facility firsthand, when and if your pets ever need us.

What clients have to say about Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

Animal "Tails"

Dear CVRC:

We are very pleased with the exceptional level of care that Wally received while at your facility. My husband and I could not be more elated with the love and attention that was given to him throughout his multiple stays. You have some of the kindest and most compassionate veterinarians that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We could not be more appreciative of all the doctors and technicians that tended to... Read more

Renee & Matthew

Dr. Welch and staff -

We  took Toby our 4 year old Bulldog mix to our vet in December of 2013 for his annual checkup/vaccinations with that we also had full blood work drawn up on Toby. He had always had great checkups in the past so we were not worried about this particular exam. Two days later the doctor called and said his kidney levels were a little high and they wanted to run more blood work to make sure there was nothi... Read more

Connie & Bob

Dr. Welch and staff - 

After running several tests, Daisy was diagnosed with IMHA, Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.  Dr. Welch, Chelsea and the CVRC staff delivered superior care to Daisy while providing thorough education to me and my family during this difficult and emotional time.  We can not express how thankful and grateful we are to have Dr. Welch and her staff available to us in Charleston. They are truly a blessing!... Read more


We are so grateful for the care we received at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. Our dog Henry was very sick for over a month with too many complications to name, so we met most of the staff. We were always treated very kindly and were always impressed with the staff. Though we are grateful for all of Henry's doctors and techs, we had a special connection with Dr. Graham and Dr. Au. Dr. Graham really "got" Henry and I know she... Read more


Dr. Rissetto and staff,

What can I say but so many, many thank yous to you and your staff. You are one of the kindest most compassionate people I have ever met. I have never seen you without a smile on your face even though I know you deal with happy results as with Brandy but not so happy in others.

When Brandy was diagnosed we were to go to another place. My daughter told Melissa and she immediately said go to Dr Ri... Read more

Much love, Susan and Brandy

Thank you Dr. Heather Graham and the wonderful staff at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. Our two year old Welsh Terrier started with gastrointestinal problem at age two. He continued to decline and after seeing six veterinarians from Pennsylvania to South Carolina with no solution, we were referred to Dr. Heather Graham. We have never met a more caring and special veterinarian. She immediately ordered the test she felt necess... Read more

Love and Licks, Karen, Skip, and “BUDDIE”