VCA Animal Hospital (Burbank)

Helen Sindell, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Western University of Health Sciences


Dr. Sindell received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999 in international affairs and political science. She discovered her passion for veterinary medicine soon after graduation and she continued her education at Western University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Sindell was active with the Student Veterinary Business Management Association and the Student Veterinary Medical Association.

Following graduation, Dr. Sindell completed an additional year of postdoctoral specialty training, as a rotating intern at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in West Los Angeles. During this internship year, she worked along side board certified criticalists, surgeons, internists, cardiologist, radiologist and oncologist. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Sindell enjoyed general practice in small animal medicine.

Dr. Sindell further pursued acupuncture training from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and has since enjoyed integrating acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in to her daily practice. Dr. Sindell finds profound satisfaction in seeing patient’s quality of life improve through a holistic approach integrating Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for the best possible outcome.

In her spare time, Dr. Sindell enjoys hiking in the beautiful outdoors, scuba diving, exploring LA dining, and traveling. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their 3 incredible dogs.


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, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinic:

Animal Emergency Centre
(818) 760-3882
11730 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604


Animal Specialty Group
(818) 244-7977
4641 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039