VCA Angel Animal Hospital

Cristian Palma, VMD, Associate Veterinarian

VMD, University of Pennsylvania
MS, McGill University


Cristián Palma, MSC, VMD is originally from Lima, Peru. Born into a diplomatic family, he has lived in many countries while growing up, including, France, Peru, England, Yugoslavia, and Brazil. Dr. Palma received his International Baccalaureate degree while on scholarship at Lester Pearson United World College in Victoria, British Columbia. He went on to do his Bachelor's degree in Biology, and Master's in Ecology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. To further his studies, he received his Doctorate in Veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. His first year practicing was spent in New Jersey at a small animal hospital with 5 other veterinarians.

In 1996, he and his wife moved to the Flower Mound area and he joined a small animal practice in Dallas, where he spent the next seven years. Dr. Palma worked part time at Angel Veterinary Center for two years, and joined our team full time in April 2007. Dr. Palma loves to spend time with his wife and 3 children, is a purple belt in karate and enjoys reading, languages and traveling. He has 2 cats, Maya and Sara and hopes to eventually add a dog to the mix.

Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.