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Amberwood Veterinary Hospital

Monday            8:30 am – 6pm
Tuesday            8:30am – 6pm
Wednesday     8:30am – 6pm
Thursday          8:30am – 6pm
Friday                8:30am – 6pm
Saturday           Call Ahead
Sunday             Closed

Amberwood Veterinary Hospital Veterinarian and Animal Hospital in Culpeper, VA

Amberwood Veterinary Hospital is a Heart + Paw Partner Practice. While it may have a different look and feel, it is backed by the same incredible technology that our Heart + Paw centers use.

We are dedicated to providing high-quality veterinary services to pets in Culpeper. As your partner in pet parenthood, we are here to provide the veterinary care your dog or cat needs in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Our veterinarian and team are here to help your four-legged friend live a healthy, happy life and spend many years by your side. Give us a call to schedule your pet’s appointment today!

Low-Stress Veterinary Care in Culpeper, Virginia

Amberwood Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary center serving dogs and cats in the Culpeper, VA, area. We provide wellness services in a stress-free environment. By providing the care your pet needs in one convenient location, we are equipped to help your four-legged family member live a long, healthy life.

  • Wellness Exams

    Routine Wellness Exams for kittens, puppies, and adult dogs/ cats
    Allergy testing
    Nail trims
    Diabetic Care
    Tick Diagnostics (Tick Blood Diseases)

  • Surgery

    Spay, Neuter
    Limited Orthopedic Surgeries
    Soft Tissue Surgeries

  • Microchipping

    We use Home Again – Worldwide recognized microchipping system

  • Pet Vaccinations

    Core vaccinations (DHPP, Bordatella, Parvovirus)
    Rabies vaccinations (1 yr/ 3 yr)
    Optional vaccinations (Lyme, Leptospirosis)

  • Flea and Tick

    Flea/tick control and management
    Heartworm testing and preventive care

  • Animal Dental Care

    Preventive Care
    Dental Care, Cleaning + Hygiene
    Tooth Extractions + surgeries

  • Additional Pet Services

    In-house digital radiography
    EKG Animal Support
    In-house blood profiles including full chemistries and blood counts
    SDMA kidney evaluation test
    Detailed in-house urinalysis
    Ear cytology
    Statewide biopsy referrals
    Specialty referral services

  • Pet Euthanasia

    Cremation services are offered through Johnson and Johnson Funeral Home in Culpeper, VA. 

  • Vet’s First Choice-Guarantees medicine quality 

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Meet Your Amberwood Veterinary Hospital Doctors

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Dr. Harry Burchard DVM

Dr. Harry Burchard has worked in the pet services industry for over 50 years, starting at Academy Animal Hospital, located in Baltimore MD. He completed his B.A. in Ancient History at Towson State University, where he realized that he wanted to pursue a long-term career in animal care. He was accepted at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA completing his DVM. degree in 1975.

After graduation, he moved to Salem, VA employed by Duvall Veterinary Hospital.  In 1977  he began pet animal medicine under the auspices of the late Drs. V. M. Graves and Paul Magura.  In January 1981, Dr. Burchard opened Amberwood Veterinary Hospital near downtown Culpeper. For the last 41 years, Amberwood has served pets and their owners from local communities of Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange, and Fauquier, extending as far as Fredericksburg and Northern VA.  Amberwood’s longstanding presence within the Piedmont Virginia region speaks to the unmatched talent, care, and compassion that Dr. Burchard and his staff consistently seek to provide to all pets and their owners.

Sarah Shepard

Dr. Sarah Shepard DVM

Dr. Sarah Shepard grew up in Georgia and attended Sewanee in Tennessee for her undergraduate studies. After graduating from Sewanee, she spent 2 years in rural Bolivia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon completion of her Peace Corps service, Dr. Shepard continued to work in the international development field while attaining a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on women’s health. She worked in the field of human health epidemiology for several years before changing her career focus to animal health. Dr. Shepard worked in the equine industry for several years before going to vet school. She attained her DVM from Michigan State University.

Dr. Shepard prioritizes working with owners to both prevent and resolve their pets’ health concerns. She approaches all of her patients with a strong sense of compassion and true commitment to ensuring healthy outcomes. Dr. Shepard is Fear Free Levels I and II certified and is deeply passionate about providing a positive, relaxed, low-stress clinic environment for all of her patients.

Dr. Shepard has been a resident of Culpeper county since 2005. She and her partner, Bart, live on a small farm in Rixeyville. She enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and bluegrass music.

About Our Team

Amberwood is a full-service small animal hospital.  Dr. Burchard and his staff believe each animal and their families have specific individual needs that are as unique as each pet. It is their daily mission to ensure that those needs are met – for both the pet and family.  Our staff consists of the following:

  • Experienced Veterinarians who have met both national and state-wide standards to practice veterinary medicine through the accrediting bodies; AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and VVMA (Virginia Veterinary Medical Association). The veterinary team has experience in a variety of areas that allow for a multi-dimensional perspective across the continuum of patient care.

  • 2 Licensed Veterinary Technicians who have completed the educational, practical, and formal evaluation requirements set by the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine.  These trained individuals assist in surgery, anesthesia, radiology, IV fluid therapy and routine blood analysis.

  • In addition, Amberwood’s well trained support staff include staff members of 10+ years of experience who assist Veterinarians and licensed staff with routine pet care.

Reviews for Amberwood Veterinary Hospital

Johnna DeWitt-Kirk
Johnna DeWitt-Kirk
13:33 16 Feb 23
I love Amberwood. Dr. Buchard, Dr. Smith and the entire team are wonderful. I've been bringing all of my fur babies for... 18+ years-through those years they have taken care of our 2 rabbit, 3 dogs and our 19 year old cat. I am grateful for all they have done and educated me on any questions or concerns that have come up. Congratulations Dr. Burchard on your retirement, it is well deserved!read more
Rich S
Rich S
00:02 07 Jan 23
Wow, what a great experience. My cat loved it here . Everyone was very nice and the prices were very reasonable. Would... definitely recommend it. I will be coming back with all the pets .read more
Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth Miller
16:07 22 Dec 22
We love this office! It was recently sold, as the original Dr. Retired (yay!!! He very much deserves it!!) And we've... seen an absolutely seemless transition! Care level is still top notch, customer service is still above and beyond! All around this office is where we will continue to have our pets cared for. Fully recommend!read more
Isabelle Murphy
Isabelle Murphy
22:00 07 Nov 22
Very friendly & supportive staff. Really appreciate the care they showed when I had to go in to have my 16 year old dog... euthanized. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a local more
Gail Matthews
Gail Matthews
13:25 03 Nov 22
I have used this veterinary service for about 40 years and more than 10 cats. They have brought seriously ill cats back... to health; they have followed up and notified me for upcoming and yearly check appointments; they have been there to help when I was heartbroken over the need to euthanized one.The doctors and the staff listen. You are your pets' best advocate and you know what is normal for that specific animal. They take the time to answer questions and explain procedures/meds.There have been times when no appointment was available (frustrating but understandable), and they have given the names and number of other vets in the area, but I always come back to more
Steven Schumacher
Steven Schumacher
17:51 28 Oct 22
Our Vet was very friendly as well as our Tech. Our dog was pleased which makes us happy too. We will be using their... services from now on. We can't wait to see the whole remodeling workread more
15:59 23 Sep 22
If you absolutely don’t care about how you and your pet are treated and don’t care about customer service this is the... place for you! I should’ve read some of the reviews before hand. Don’t waste your time. This is one of the worst establishments I’ve been to or should I say tried to get into. Did I mention communication? If you’re going to make an appointment with this place please expect 0 communication and hopefully you have a bunch of time to waste and you didn’t take a day off of work like I did to take my sick puppy in to an appointment I made a week more
Laura Bretz
Laura Bretz
15:46 31 Aug 22
Very caring staff and doctors. Only downside is that they're so wonderful that it can be hard to get an appt! However... they are awesome and totally worth more
Ross Mowchan
Ross Mowchan
21:22 19 Aug 22
Super nice and accommodating staff
Angel Queen
Angel Queen
13:01 12 Aug 22
I have been taking my dog to Amberwood Veterinary hospital for 3 years now and the doctors and the staff are both nice... respectful and wonderful. I also like how they take there time with each dog,cat etc. and let you know know what is going on thank you so much for taking so much good care of Storm him and I really appreciate everything that you and your staff more
12:30 22 Jun 22
Extremely friendly hardworking staff! The Doctors are wonderful. This is one of the busiest Vets I've ever used, yet no... one is ever stressed. That's great for the more
David Yauch
David Yauch
20:28 19 Jun 22
Caring small animal vets, reasonably priced, they don't "over-treat", but give great, knowledgeable care.
23:02 12 Apr 22
Customer service is almost as important to me as the knowledge, skill, and experience of the veterinarian, and I can... say without doubt that I’ve never received worse. In fact, it was beyond “poor customer service”. The vet tech and receptionist were dishonest, offensive, and (I do not say this lightly) discriminatory. I left mortified, and cried driving home.In addition, the written paperwork from the vet doesn’t even reflect the visit, and later I discovered that Chewy sells the prescription for significantly less. Obviously, a markup is expected, but almost 500% is just gross.First and last time any animal in my care goes there. No I don’t more
Kathy Leake
Kathy Leake
23:31 22 Mar 22
This hospital has taken care of all my animals for probably 20 yrs! Always excellent care and trusted Dr Burchard with... my babies lives. They've also been vets for almost my entire family and I have referred them to dozens of more
22:13 25 Feb 22
Very thorough staff..fair prices
Mary Maupin
Mary Maupin
16:14 13 Feb 22
We saw a new vet today. He was wonderful. I always reccomend Amberwood veterinary.
David Cranfield
David Cranfield
22:18 27 Jan 22
Very good CS and friendly staff. Take care of things quickly and efficiently and really care about the animals.
D. Guadamuz
D. Guadamuz
19:57 31 Dec 21
We had to put my moms beloved dog, Lyla, to sleep the day before Christmas Eve. My mom also recently passed so this was... especially hard. The people at Amber wood were kind, sensitive & accommodating. However, my only complaint was that we had to wait with her in the back of our car outside for 45 minutes before a room was ready. But other than that, they were very more
Lynette Gebhardt
Lynette Gebhardt
18:18 17 Dec 21
Excellent staff, fair prices.My pup has extreme vet anxiety.Everyone we interacted with was helpful, professional,... and understanding. Made the stress of the visit worth it because they were able to help my more
Kevin Dix
Kevin Dix
16:45 07 Dec 21
After reading the latest reviews online I didn't feel comfortable bringing my dog there so I called to cancel my... appointment and was hung up on three times... Not put on hold, just hung up on... Make your own decisions, I made mine.. If I could give less than 1 Star I would but you have to give at least 1 to more
Thomas Brennan
Thomas Brennan
15:26 16 Nov 21
Beware! They have a new owner — prices have doubled. Even the staff talks about how they can’t afford to bring their... own animals here now. I will not be back. Such a shame because this place used to be more
Martha Entel
Martha Entel
14:04 05 Nov 21
I just returned home from Amberwood Veterinary Hospital. This is a small Veterinary Hospital. The staff is wonderful. ... I took my cat in because he was experiencing some pain in one of his back legs. Because my cat does not play nice with strangers (biting and scratching) the Tech took him to the back to weigh him and have the Dr. check him out. Dr. Russo informed me that he was unable to examine Butler (the cat) because my cat was stressing out and he, (Dr. Russo), said he didn't want to stress Butler anymore than he was. The Vet informed me that he is going to contact a pet pharmacy and order a mild sedative that I will give Butler before bringing him back to be examined next week.I would recommend Amberwood Veterinary Hospital to anyone who loves their more
Abbie Carruthers
Abbie Carruthers
15:03 25 Aug 21
AMAZING group. The vet spent lots of time speaking with me and addressing my concerns, I take all my animals here and... HIGHLY recommend. They truly care about the quality of life of your pet and will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that works for you and your more
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We want paying for your pet’s veterinary care to be as easy and stress-free as possible. Our hospital is happy to offer CareCredit payment plans to suit your pet’s needs and your specific budget. CareCredit provides you with a credit card you can use to pay for your pet’s wellness visits, dental appointments, and more. If unexpected costs come up, CareCredit can help you manage the bill.

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Partnering with Heart + Paw

Amberwood Veterinary Hospital partnered with Heart + Paw in July 2021.