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Welcome to Gilbert Veterinary Hospital

Gilbert Veterinary Hospital is proud of our longevity in the community caring for animals. We have been located just south of the corner of Ray and Gilbert Roads for over 30 years. Dr. Beverly Scott joined the hospital in 1978, which was owned by Dr. John Woods, and bought the practice in 1979. Gilbert Vet was the first and remains one of the few privately owned small animal hospitals in Gilbert. We are an AAHA accredited hospital, which means we have passed the stringent standards required by the American Animal Hospital Association. We have 6 doctors and 25 staff members who provide professional, compassionate care for your special dog and cat companions.

GVH News


01/30/2012 - 7:13pm


(PHOENIX) — As cases of the highly contagious, often fatal distemper disease surface throughout the Valley, the Arizona Humane Society is issuing a community wide health alert to pet owners within Arizona. While increased occurrences of distemper typically arise in the spring due to an increase in the number of litters of puppies, signs of the disease are appearing much earlier as cases have recently emerged as far away as Florida, Ohio and Georgia. There is also evidence to suggest that two new strains of distemper indigenous to Europe have made their way to the U.S. and while the typical incubation period for distemper is one to two weeks the new strains may have even longer incubation periods. In addition, distemper was once thought of as a disease that primarily affected puppies who have not had all of their "puppy" shots; however, there is evidence of older pets with unconfirmed vaccination histories becoming infected with the distemper virus. This extremely contagious whole body viral disease is shed in bodily secretions of infected animals and spread via inhalation. Once inhaled, the virus moves to the lymph nodes where it begins reproducing. The virus then spreads to the blood and the cell lining of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and central nervous system of infected animals. Symptoms vary from dog to dog, but often include: discharge from eyes/nose, coughing, lethargy, lack of appetite, callusing of nose/foot pads, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. While AHS vaccinates all animals upon intake into its shelter, it is imperative that the community is diligent and does the same by updating their pet's vaccinations as directed by their veterinarian. Distemper, just as the equally fatal parvovirus, is a community problem. Therefore, people must be very careful when taking their pets to communal areas such as dog parks or other public areas with unknown dogs. In addition, unvaccinated dogs are at high risk for contracting the disease. Currently, there is no specific treatment or cure for the distemper virus. For dogs suspected of having distemper, it is imperative that they be checked by a vet immediately and isolated from other dogs within the home. In the event your pet is diagnosed with the distemper virus a thorough cleaning of your home with disinfectant is necessary. AHS is taking every precautionary measure available to ensure the health of the animals in our care and in our community. In addition, AHS is working closely with our vaccination representatives as new information becomes available while also working in conjunction with Oklahoma State University regarding a research study so we can gain more information on the deadly virus.

We have been an AAHA Accredited Veterinary Hospital Since 1988, and Have Passed Again For 2013

08/20/2010 - 11:34am

We understand your pet holds a valued place in your life and your heart, so we have made it our goal to respect and honor that special bond by providing the best possible care for your pet. As part of that goal, we have chosen to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and have our hospital measured against the most rigorous published standards in the veterinary industry.

Our hospital has been successfully evaluated by an AAHA practice consultant on approximately 900 standards that directly correlate to the care we are providing your pet. The standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they remain consistent with changes in veterinary medicine and technology.

We are very proud of our doctors and staff for continuing to practice such high standards of care, and passing the AAHA accreditation with such high scores.

For more information about pet health care or AAHA accreditation, please visit

Does Your Dog Go To The Dog Park?

08/19/2010 - 3:47pm

Is your dog exposed to other dogs at the groomer, boarding facility, dog park, or any place dogs gather? If you answer yes to any of these, your dog may be at risk for canine influenza infection.

Canine influenza spreads the same way that human flu spreads - through direct contact (kissing, licking, nuzzling); through the air (coughing, sneezing);  and by contact with contaminated surfaces. 

There is a new vaccine to help protect your dog from this virus. Please go to our petcare links for more information on this disease and the vaccine which we now have available, or go directly to

Does Your Pet Take A Controlled Drug?

08/19/2010 - 3:46pm

Does your pet take Phenobarbital, Torbutrol or Bupernex? These are just some examples of controlled drugs.

As of October 1st, 2009, The Arizona Board of Pharmacy now requires us to obtain the following information from you, to report to them, before we can dispense these medications: your full name, address, phone number, gender, and date of birth. If you have a written prescription to take to the pharmacy they will require the same information. We have a form in our office we will have you fill out next time you pick up a refill of these special medications, or if the doctor dispenses any of these to you at an office visit. Please feel free to call us with any questions.

Additional Hours Available For Appointments

08/19/2010 - 3:44pm

We now have a doctor available over the lunch hours from 12 noon to 2pm. Please call or e-mail us to schedule an appointment.