Seven Locks Animal Hospital

7817 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854



Our Doctor


Dr. Horia Popa with Doberman named Paco

Dr. Horia Popa

Dr. Popa graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in Romania. Following starting a private practice in Romania, Dr. Popa moved to Washington, D.C. with his two dogs -- a Doberman named Paco (pictured left) and a Miniature Pinscher named Kiddy.

Dr. Popa underwent further rigorous training and 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.

Dr. Popa completed his Purdue program in 2003, and moved to practicing 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. When his internship was finished Dr. Popa returned to practicing at his former hospital in Northern Virginia while continuing to do emergency relief work 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 fishing addict and also enjoys running, kayaking, biking, camping, and especially playing tennis. He now shares his life with a sweet adopted mix-breed dog.