VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center
223 Siebert Rd | Pittsburgh, PA 15237Call 412-695-3541
|Monday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Tuesday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Thursday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Friday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Saturday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
|Sunday||8:00am - 8:00pm|
- Animal Rehabilitation
- Emergency & Critical Care
- Bone & Joint (Orthopedic) Surgery
- Cancer Treatment (Chemotherapy)
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Microchipping
- Bird Vet
- Emergency Veterinary Clinic
- Exotic Animal Vet
- Holistic Veterinary Medicine
- Reptile Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
- New Pet Initial Visit
- Physical Exam
At VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center, an AAHA accredited veterinary facility, we look forward to welcoming you and your pets. Everyone here believes the better we get to know our patients and their families, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them. You'll see exactly why our veterinarians and staff are praised for their kindness and thoroughness. We'll carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to their long-term health.
We are conveniently located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, just off of McKnight Road. We see all small animal companion pets; dogs, cats, avian, exotics and pocket pets.
Our general practice doctors have convenient access to our specialists and diagnostics located in the same building, should your pet need this additional care. Please visit the specialty tab above for more information about what specialized services we offer.
Dr. Deanna Purvis was born in Vancouver, Washington. Despite her west coast beginnings, she spent many formative years in Pittsburgh, making it feel like home. She received her B.S. in Biology from Penn State University in 1983, and is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She continued at the University of Pennsylvania for her internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Following her internship she completed two years of residency training in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee. During her surgical residency, she realized her passion for care of the critically ill/ICU patients. She shifted her focus and was accepted into the residency training program in Emergency and Critical Care at the Animal Emergency Center (Milwaukee, WI). Dr. Purvis earned Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1994.
Since 1994, Dr. Purvis has directed emergency/critical care departments in Portland, Oregon; Springfield, Virginia; and was a consultant for the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She and two colleagues founded the California Animal Referral & Emergency Hospital in July 2003 - establishing Santa Barbara California's first veterinary specialty hospital.
She enjoys working with referring veterinarians and clients to aid in their understanding of critical disease and life threatening emergencies. Her clinical interests include treatment of the septic patient, patients in shock, and patients requiring immediate surgical intervention. She completed training and was certified to perform veterinary acupuncture in 2005. Since then, she has enjoyed combining eastern and western medical approaches to provide for optimal patient care and comfort.
Dr. Purvis is married and shares her home with three dogs, (Maya, a golden retriever; Zack, a Carolina Mountain Dog rescued from an Asheville, NC shelter; and Deuce, a Jack Russell mix rescued from California), and Karma a dwarf hamster. In addition to her love of animals, she's an avid student of Eastern philosophies, and enjoys gardening and hiking.
Born in Canada and raised in Texas, Dr. Lisa Assandri grew up to become a proud 'Aggie', receiving her DVM from Texas A & M University in 1991. Following completion in 1992 of an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, she returned to Texas for some sunshine and one year of general small animal practice. In 1996, Dr. Assandri finished a three-year residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois, becoming a specialist as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr Assandri is the author of several publications in veterinary internal medicine and has participated in research on congenital kidney disease in dogs.
Dr. Assandri's areas of special interest include diagnosis and treatment of liver, gastrointestinal, and kidney disease. She is proficient at and enjoys the use of endoscopy as a diagnostic tool in nasal, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal disease.
Following her residency, Dr. Assandri practiced for 10 years in southern California. She worked at several large specialty hospitals in the region. During the last 4 years of her time there, she established and partnered in her own specialty hospital, still functioning today as Pasadena Veterinary Specialists.
In 2006, Dr. Assandri and her family were looking for a more family friendly environment to put down roots and ended up here in Pittsburgh with VCA Northview Animal Hospital. She has grown to love the community and now considers it her home. She is married and has a son who keeps her busy with 'mom stuff'.
Dr. Assandri has a houseful of rescued pets of her own. Canine members include Joey, a lab mix from a West Virginia shelter, Molly, a sheltie adopted with a congenital heart defect (all fixed now!) and Hermione, born at the hospital to a stray dog. Henry the fat cat is the last adoptee from the streets of Los Angeles and his feline nemesis is Lucky from Pittsburgh. Just to keep things interesting, the family also includes James, a parrot, and Blaster the guinea pig. Dr. Assandri is too busy to have hobbies anymore, keeping busy with family life, but remembers enjoying skiing, traveling, swimming and motorcycling.
Dr. Tara Enwiller earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1998. She completed internships at Oklahoma State University and Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, then received surgical training and a master's degree from Kansas State University in 2003. She has years of experience in both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Enwiller lived in Arizona since 2003, and is happy to be returning to the north out of the desert heat to join VCA Northview. She enjoys spending time with her family and Heeler mix outdoors, and has collected a funny and lively pack of Pugs.
Karen is Northview's resident alien, having grown up in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. She started her education in Canada, obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences. A move south of the border was prompted by her husband, and she obtained her DVM degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (Go Boilers!). Karen has practiced in Pittsburgh since graduation and joined us in September, 2007. She thoroughly enjoys working with Northview's extraordinary veterinarians, and her special practice interests include dentistry and pain management. On the personal side, Karen and her husband enjoy living in Pittsburgh, and have become avid Penguins fans! They recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Andrew, into their family. They share their home with two amusing, but not overly smart, cats, Murray and Indy.
Dr. Jenny McKlveen was born and raised an hour east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County. After receiving her B.S. in Biology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, Dr. McKlveen earned her DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio in 2011. She is the most recent addition to VCA Northview Animal Hospital. Dr. McKlveen's special interests include soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine.
When not working, Dr. McKlveen loves to travel and spent six weeks in Europe prior to graduation from veterinary school. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, college football (especially the Ohio State University Buckeyes), and is learning how to ski. She currently lives in Washington, PA with her Beagle mix, Rosie, and her cat, Lucy, but is looking to buy a house in Pittsburgh very soon.
Dr. Kyla Morgan grew up in the Pittsburgh area, graduating from Mars Area High School. She received a bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University. She decided to stay in Columbus to complete her Veterinary degree from The Ohio State University as well. After Veterinary school she completed a one year small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Morgan enjoys oncology, looking at cytology, emergency, and cardiology in small animals. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, biking, hiking, and all Ohio State games. She currently has a pet rabbit named Waffles. She and her husband hope to add a second furry addition to their house soon.
Dr. Denise Pleban grew up in the Cleveland area. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University. Thereafter, she attended the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM degree in 1994.
Dr. Pleban joined Northview in 1996. She has a special interest in exotic medicine (small mammals, reptiles, and birds), but loves seeing dogs and cats, as well!
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Pleban enjoys her days with her greyhound, Jason, and her two birds, Sam, a Senegal parrot and Carla, a green-cheeked conure. She also enjoys playing the piano and is very active in her church choir. She spends time every chance she has with her husband, her family (still in Ohio!) and friends.
Dr. Vernasco grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in biology from Ball State University. She graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Vernasco is very happy with her relocation to Pennsylvania. She enjoys internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine in dogs, cats, and pocket pets. In her free time, Dr. Vernasco enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with her family which includes her dogs Jessica, Tucker, and Beanie, and two cats, Ted and Lilly.
Dr. Zetwo was born and raised just East of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County. She attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania for her Bachelor?s Degree in Biology. Dr. Zetwo was then accepted to Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California for her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Zetwo has a diverse background. She has worked with many species and loves all creatures, great and small. She has strong interests in soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology. Her philosophy is to treat each patient as if it was her own and considers it an honor to work in this profession.
Dr. Zetwo enjoys reading, cooking, rock climbing, crocheting, black tea and red wine. Most importantly, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband; their Australian Shepherd, Faith; and their blind kitty, Cali.