Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park

60 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


The Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park is a full service veterinary facility offering experienced, personalized and high-quality care to cats, dogs, rabbits, and small mammals.

Consistently named as a top DC-area veterinary practice by Washingtonian and Checkbook magazines, the Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park has been serving the Upper Marlboro and surrounding areas for 25 years, emphasizing client education and holistic pet care.

Doctors Susan Maturo and Sara Fox Chapman are distinguished for their expertise in preventative medicine, nutrition, geriatric and “whole patient” medicine. Dr Maturo is a member of the
American Veterinary Medical Association, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Dental Society. Dr Chapman holds membership in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

We understand how important your pet is to you, and we are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's lifelong health care. At the Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park, we treat your pet as we would our own!



Our services include:

Holistic pet care for all stages of your pet's life
Emergency care

Traditional and alternative spay/neuter surgery
Dentistry, including digital dental radiography
In-house pharmacy and laboratory services
Electrocardiography and digital radiography
Soft tissue surgery

Dietary and behavioral counseling

Call us at 301-249-3030 for information on services, pricing, and making an appointment

Canine Influenza Outbreak

Two canine influenza viruses  continue to threaten dogs across the U.S. Affecting the upper respiratory system, symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal and/or ocular discharge, fever, lethargy, and anorexia. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia.

Canine influenza is 100% contagious among dogs. About 80% of those exposed develop symptoms, while the 20% that don't become ill still carry the virus and pass it on. Pets don't even have to come into contact with other to contract the virus - it survives on food and water bowls, toys, clothing, and other surfaces.

Dogs most at risk are those that are boarded, participate in shows or trials, go to day care or dog parks, or even just meet other dogs on daily walks. It's essential to protect your pet from this potentially serious disease.

We are now vaccinating dogs against the two strains of canine flu, using the bivalent influenza vaccine. Two doses are needed, 2 weeks apart.  Call us for an appointment. For more information, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's page on canine influenza.


In May, a Prince George's County animal control officer brought a young cat to us who had suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a car. He needed extensive surgery to survive. Unable to afford the cost of the treatment, the county allowed us to take ownership of this sweet boy. He came through the surgery with flying colors and has fully recovered from his ordeal.

This sweet boy obviously had a family at one time, as he craves affection and loves nothing more than to lie in someone's lap, purring and enjoying tummy rubs. We could think of no better name for him than Lovebug!

No one has come forward to claim him, however, so now it's time for him to find his forever home.

If you would like to give this gem a place in your heart and home, please call us at 301-249-3030. We'd love to introduce you.

Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund

In January 2017, after the passing of our beloved Saturday relief doctor Ellen Buck, our hospital established the Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund to assist pets in need of medical care whose owners might be experiencing financial hardship, or other extenuating circumstances.  Dr. Buck was a wonderful veterinarian who loved all animals - especially cats and horses!!

This homeless pup is the most recent to benefit from the Fund. Her badly broken leg required the services of a veterinary orthopedic surgeon.

If you would like to contribute to our Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund, please make checks payable to "Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund." If you would prefer to donate by credit card, you may do so in person or by phone. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.


The Heat is On!


Summer brings out the fun in your pets, but overdoing it in hot weather can lead to serious health problems. Keep them cool with these warm weather care tips.


Summer also brings out those pesky fleas, ticks, mosquitoes. Remember to protect your dog against heartworms, intestinal parasites, and tick-borne diseases with year-round use of Heartgard and Frontline or Bravecto
. And don't forget your cats need protection, too!


Learn about our special savings on these products. »

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