Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield

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8100B Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042

Driving Directions

(703) 942-8800


  • Hours:
  • Mon: 7:30am - 9:00pm
  • Tue-Fri: 7:30am - 8:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am - 2:00pm

What sets us apart? We value the importance of the human-animal bond and realize the depth of the emotions that are a part of this bond. At Caring Hands Animal Hospital you may stay with your pet during all aspects of the office visit and medical treatments. If your pet is hospitalized you are always welcome to visit during hospital hours. If your pet needs to be taken to the treatment room during an appointment, you may come right along with them!

We pride ourselves on providing quality veterinary medicine to our patients through excellence in preventive medicine and surgery, and caring for our patients as if they were our own pets. We strive to accommodate our clients through warm courteous client service, availability of service, and a comfortable and nurturing environment. Our highly trained staff will assist you and your pets with attention to your individual needs and concerns.

Please stop by anytime to tour our hospital, we would love to meet you!

Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield Services

  • Anesthesia
  • Dental Care
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • House Calls
  • Laboratory
  • Microchipping
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield Staff Profiles

Carole Richards, DVM

Owner / Managing Member
Dr. Richards, Co-Owner, is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York.  Originally from Illinois, she has a degree in Biology from Eureka College, the Alma Mater of President Ronald Reagan.  Dr. Richards has been practicing in the Northern Virginia area since graduation from veterinary school and has interests in ultrasound and soft tissue surgery.  In her free time Dr. Richards and her husband enjoy running.  They share their home with 2 dogs (Roofus and George) and 3 cats (Melvin, Bump and Wishbone).
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Years in Practice: 9

Cornell University

Ultrasound and Soft Tissue Surgery

Karen Murphy, DVM

Owner / Managing Member
Dr. Murphy, Co-Owner, is a graduate of Auburn University.  She did a post graduate internship at Angel Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA.  She practiced in North Carolina's Piedmont region for 5 years before joining Caring Hands Animal Hospital.  She has been a part of the Caring Hands family for over 10 years beginning at our Centreville office for 5 years and then opening the Bristow location in 2005.  Her interests in include preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery and ultrasound. 
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Auburn University

Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Ultrasound

Jeffery Newman, DVM

Owner / Managing Member
Dr. Newman, Co-Owner, is a graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University.  He has practiced veterinary medicine in Georgia, Nevada, and in Virginia.  He has also worked at the Virginia-Maryland Veterinary Emergency Service.  His interests include ultrasound, emergency medicine, surgery, and preventive care.  He and his wife, Michelle, have three children:  a daughter, Virginia, and twins, Elisabeth and Jack.  His extended family consists of two dogs:  Honeysuckle and Daisy May; cat: Simon; and bird Spencer. 
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Auburn University

Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Preventive Care