Dr. Alycia Washington, DVM, MS

Alycia Washington, DVM

Dr. Alycia Washington, DVM, is a small animal emergency veterinarian who currently serves as a relief veterinarian for multiple emergency and specialty hospitals.  She also works as a freelance veterinary writer with a focus on educating pet owners. Dr. Washington is part of The Spruce Pets' veterinary review board. 


  • Member of The Spruce Pets Veterinary Medical Review Board
  • Nearly 10 years experience as a small animal emergency veterinarian 
  • Currently licensed to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida 
  • Member of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society 
  • Freelance veterinary medical writer 
  • Author of children’s picture book Dr. Jett, Monster Vet 


Dr. Alycia Washington is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and has worked as a small animal emergency veterinarian for nearly a decade. She currently works as a relief veterinarian and provides services to multiple emergency hospitals and 24-hour veterinary facilities. Dr. Washington is also a freelance veterinary writer and children’s book author.  

Dr. Washington started her veterinary career as an assistant at an emergency animal hospital prior to attending to veterinary school. Over the years, she has learned the importance of conveying information that is accurate and clear to help pet owners make informed decisions regarding their pet’s health. This skill guides her writing and medical review, allowing her to express medical concepts in concise and plain language.  

A Word From Alycia Washington, DVM: 

“I’ve been in multiple positions that involve teaching veterinary topics to various audiences, including newly graduated veterinarians, veterinary support staff, pet owners, and the general public. It’s so important for everyone to have access to information that is truthful and accurate. I’m excited to be working with The Spruce Pets to help pet owners have easy access to information that is practical and up to date.” 


Dr. Washington earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a minor in photography from Texas State University. She also earned a master's in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University, where she completed her thesis in turtle nest predation. Dr. Washington received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  

Expertise: Small animal emergency medicine, Small animal medicine and surgery
Education: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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