About Vet Home Care

Dr. Aukward sees dogs, cats, birds (including the occasional backyard chicken!), ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, and reptiles. Veterinary Home Care offers a full range of wellness and diagnostic care, from vaccinations for your new puppy or kitten through compassionate end of life care. We strive to provide high quality pet care streamlined to meet your pets' needs and offer flexible scheduling to fit your lifestyle.

Services Offered

In-home Services:

  • Physical Exams - birth through geriatric
    • Well Exams
    • Diagnostic Exams for Health Concerns
    • Pregnant Mother/New Litter Exams
      • Complimentary Puppy/Kitten Care Kits
    • Euthansia
    • Pet Cremation Services
      • VHC partners with Johnson Pet Cremation to meet your needs.
      • Transportation and return of your pet's remains provided
    • Off-site burial of your pet's remains available
    • Worldwide USDA Travel Certificates
    • Preventive Medicine
      • Vaccinations
        • Protocols to meet your pet's specific lifestyle needs
        • 3-year core vaccines for dogs and cats
      • Prescription Diets
      • Behavioral/Nutrition Counseling
    • Labwork
      • Urinalyses
      • Fecal Exams for Parasites
      • Heartworm Testing
      • Pre-anethesia/Surgery Bloodwork
      • Diagnostic Bloodwork for Ill Pets
      • Senior Evaluations
    • Diabetes Regulation and Maintenance
    • Hospice Care
      • Assessment/Evaluation/Treatment Plans
      • Nutritional and Fluid Support
      • Pain Management

Hospital Services:

  • X-rays are coordinated at one of two facilities, allowing you to choose the most convenient location
  • Dr. Aukward maintains local in-hospital surgery privileges


Specialist Referrals


When needed, Dr. Aukward works hand-in-hand with regional specialists to ensure the best quality care available for your pet.


Dr. Aukward's Memberships:


Dr. Aukward is a member of the following organizations:

  • Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, Chi Chapter
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

About Dr. Aukward, Veterinarian

Dr. Aukward earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Virginia Tech, graduating with honors. She initially worked as an associate veterinarian in a busy hospital in her home town of Washington, DC until she relocated to King George County and opened her housecall practice in 1991. She has been included in publications such as the 1991/1992 edition of "Who's Who in Science and Medicine" and the CRCA's 2007 "Guide to America's Top Veterinarians." Her approach to veterinary medicine is holistic and informative.

In addition to her housecall practice, Dr. Aukward provides Veterinary Services to the small mammal population at the KG Petco. She volunteers her time at King George Animal Shelter and is an active supporter of Relay for Life and the Safe Nights program to feed and shelter the homeless in Southern Maryland. In her spare time, Dr. Aukward enjoys swimming, hiking, and traveling with her family. Their favorite downtime location is the beach at Hatteras Island, where dogs are always welcomed!

Mary Braden, Veterinary Assistant

Mary grew up in King George caring for horses, dogs, cats, and chickens. After graduating from King George High School, she began a career in the medical industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant. When not working or volunteering at the rescue squad, Mary enjoys hanging out with her friends and four wheeling.

Mary offers her capable assistance both on and off the road, attending house calls when needed and all surgeries, as well as performing office and laboratory duties.






Tim Hartnett, IT/Finance/General Assistant

Tim's behind the scenes operations keep this busy housecall practice on the road. He manages IT and financial functions, assists on houscealls in a pinch, and overesees vehicle maintenace.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys tennis, traveling, beach vacations, playing with his dog, and spending time with his family.

If you have an emergency during housecall hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday), please leave a phone or text message. If my housecall schedule does not allow me to get back to you in a timely manner, please contact your nearest full service animal hospital. Evenings and weekends, I recommend that you contact this emergency clinic (click on link below for contact information):

The trip fee is waived for residents of Bayberry.

Unfortunately, the trip fee calculator is down for maintenance. Trip fees range from $20 to $65. For the fee to your home, please text or email your home address.