Seven Locks Animal Hospital

7817 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854


Seven Locks Animal Hospital - Dr. Horia Popa

Dr. Popa is licensed and accredited to practice veterinary medicine in Maryland and Virginia. He also has had advanced instruction in multiple veterinary specialties.

His initial training was at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Romania (Cluj-Napoca). After finishing veterinary school and establishing a private practice, he moved to Washington, D.C. with his two dogs -- a Doberman named Paco and a miniature pinscher called Kiddy.

He underwent more training and rigorous examination in order to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the U.S. He passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination and was accepted into a one-year clinical evaluation at Purdue University, one of the top veterinary schools in the country.

After finishing the Purdue program in 2003, he practiced general veterinary medicine in Northern Virginia. To gain expertise in critical emergency care, he enrolled in a one-year internship in an emergency clinic in Annapolis. He then returned to his former hospital in Northern Virginia while continuing to do relief work at the emergency clinic in Annapolis.

Dr. Popa has been the owner and the primary veterinarian of Seven Locks Animal Hospital since October 2009.

Dr. Popa has a special interest in surgery, internal medicine, imaging diagnostics, and emergency and critical care. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society. He is proud to volunteer his time and hospital resources to support programs that train guide dogs for the blind.

Dr. Popa is a tennis addict and also enjoys running, kayaking, biking, tennis, and camping. He now shares his life with a sweet mix-breed adopted dog.