Professional Veterinary Services
in the Comfort of Your Home.
Service Areas: Kingstowne/Franconia/Hayfield/
Annandale/Falls Church and other local surrounding areas near Alexandria, VA
Wellness, Sick and Dental
We are committed to practicing preventative care. Even if your pet seems healthy, annual wellness exams are crucial for catching any abnormalities early on, and to stay on top of dental/oral health, and nutritional and weight managment.
Most dogs and cats tend to hide their symptoms when they are not feeling well. With a pet wellness exam, we assess oral health, listen to the heart and lungs, and palpate all over the body to make sure everything feels normal.
When abnormalities and illness are detected early, we can sometimes manage and treat conditions in aim to avoid extensive and long-term costs.
Core vaccinations for Dogs (Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, and Bordetella) and Cats (Rabies, Distemper) are recommended annually to prevent the development of common diseases.
Recommendations for lifestyle/non-core vaccination protocols for both dogs and cats (Canine Influenza/Flu, Leptospirosis, Lyme, Feline Leukemia) can be determined based on the age, activity/exposure and risk of each pet.
ANNUAL WELLNESS SCREENING
We recommend annual parasite and wellness screenings such as fecal, heartworm/tick and FeLV/FIV testing.
We also recommend annual blood and/or urine testing (depending on the age of your pet) to further assess the liver, kidneys, white blood cells, red blood cells, electrolytes, thyroid and glucose levels, and whether or not there is any concern for underlying heart disease.
This involves quick implantation of an ISO microchip (also approved for International Travel) under your pet's skin.
The microchip will last a lifetime, and provides your pet with permanent identification that can be scanned by most rescues, shelters and animal hospitals in the event your pet is ever lost. With your personal contact information connected to the microchip, our goal is to help with the safe return of your pet if they ever get lost.
Medication and Food
We can only honor prescription refills after a physical exam has been performed on your pet.
If you have records from another veterinarian showing proof of previous prescriptions, we will gladly honor your request.
We offer deworming medication for the prevention and treatment of intestinal parasites. We also offer monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. Please keep in mind dogs need to have a negative heartworm test every year for continued dispensing of a heartworm preventative.
MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC ILLNESSES
Lab Testing, Medical and Nutritional Care
We can further evaluate (with blood and urine testing), medically manage and provide nutritional recommendations for underlying systemic illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, endocrine and immune-mediated conditions.
We can also provide referral recommendations for further consultation, diagnostics and care by a veterinary specialist.
END OF LIFE SERVICES
Euthanasia and Cremation
It's never an easy process to decide when, or if, it is the right time. If you are unsure of your pet's physical health status and quality of life, we can assess your pet and provide guidance and recommendations. If you elect humane euthanasia of your pet, this service can be provided conveniently in the comfort and security of your home, to avoid any further stress and anxiety. Afterwards, we also provide transport of your pet to a local crematorium for individual or group cremation services.
EYE, SKIN AND EAR CONDITIONS
Management and Treatment
We can diagnose and treat minor/non-surgical eye, skin and ear conditions/infections. We can also manage and provide recommendations for potential underlying environment and food-related allergies that may be causing recurrent issues with your pet's ears, skin and eyes.
We can examine your pet and approve domestic and/or international travel. These appointments need to be scheduled far in advance to make sure all state/country and airline travel requirements are met.
Prior to scheduling a health certificate, please visit the following website for specific travel information:
Online appointment scheduling is available 24/7. Please allow up to 24 hours for reply.
Please include your requested day and time of appointment and specify the reason for your request as this will help us in scheduling the appropriate time for appointment.
*Due to traffic in the Northern VA area, appointments will be scheduled with a 30 minute window.
Please know that an appointment is not made at the time of completing the Appointment Request Form. A member of our staff will call, email, or text to confirm the appointment.
Appointment request submitted for the same day will be accommodated on a case by case basis depending on volume.
Appointments can also be scheduled by calling, texting, or emailing.
Doorstep Veterinary Care
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
HOURS OF OPERATION
APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORM
Doorstep Veterinary Care is owned and operated by Dr. Brittani Nickens-Johnson, who goes by "Dr. Nickens" professionally. As a veterinarian, Dr. Nickens strives to provide the highest quality of care to her patients, while still upholding the ethical and moral practices of veterinary medicine.
Moreover, as a mobile/housecall veterinarian, it is important to Dr. Nickens that she is able to interact with and care for her patients in familiar settings, which helps to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety associated with traditional veterinary clinic visits. In doing this, her goal is to establish an open and honest relationship with her clients and their pets, while providing wellness and non-emergency care.
As part of our services, Dr. Nickens provides preventative care and client education, in an effort to give her clients the knowledge they need to keep their pets happy and healthy. Dr. Nickens also has experience with treating chronic and terminal illnesses, and our service helps to provide compassionate long-term management and care. To that end, Dr. Nickens will ensure that your pet does not endure long-term pain and suffering, and per your request, she offers quality-of-life consultations and end-of-life options.
I hope you will entrust Dr. Nickens with the care of your loved one.
Brittani Nickens-Johnson, D.V.M.
APPOINTMENT REQUEST CHECKLIST
1. Name(s) of each Pet
2. Full Address including Zip Code
3. Services Requested
4. Requested Appointment Day and Time
5. Preferred Response Method
(Call, Email, or Text)
In the event of an emergency, please call and/or immediately take your pet to any local 24/7 ER/Specialty Hospital.
If you are in need of Emergency Care CLICK HERE for suggested ER/Speciality Hospitals.