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Pender Veterinary Centre

Trusted Veterinary Services Since 1961

At Pender Little River, caring for animals is more than a business. It’s a way of life for us. We have been serving the community since 1961 and our managing veterinarian, Dr. Judy Downs, has been in practice for more than 25 years. We are located in the heart of Fairfax City.

Our team is committed to educating our clients on how to keep your pets healthy year-round, with good nutrition and exercise. Pender Little River stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.

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Client Reviews & Testimonials

Our staff at Pender Veterinary Centre values feedback from our clients. Here is just a small sample of the hundreds of happy and healthy pets that we have cared for!

My family has been thrilled to be part of the Little River Vet family for 23 years. Dr. Downs has been our main vet, but we have seen all of the other vets as well, and they are all excellent. Everything is always explained in detail, and you may talk with or e-mail them with questions. Estimates for surgeries or procedures are given in writing and explained in person. We have had both dogs and cats and have boarded them as well. Our first dog had two surgeries and did beautifully. The office staff is always friendly and helpful, as are the technicians. Everyone is very accomodating. The clinic is very clean and bright. I highly recommend Little River Veterinary Clinic for your pet dogs or cats.


I haven't had a vet for my dog because I haven't found a vet that I felt actually cared about the animals as much as the money they would make, but this practice renewed my faith in people loving their jobs more than their money. My dog ripped his nail down the middle and needed emergency care to prevent further problems. They answered immediately and even got him in with a full schedule. They fixed him up and sent him home with everything needed to recover successfully. I never got the impression that payment was the most important part of their process and they made me and my pup feel so much better. Thank you, Dr. Downs and staff! We found our new vet!!

Michelle A.

We have had two dogs cared for by Dr. Downs and our experiences have been mostly positive. Our first dog who was a rescue was seen by another vet for 14 years. He retired and we did research and found Dr. Downs. She was so kind and treated our old girl well. She was available for phone calls at any time and took care of all the old pup's varied illnesses. Lady lived for three more years. Three years later when we got our second rescue, we continued with Dr. Downs because our experience with our first dog had been so positive. All the staff including the front desk and the assistants are professional and courteous.

Shelley J.