VCA Cedar Animal Hospital

Courtney Blake, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Minnesota


Dr. Blake is pictured with her two "kids," Ginger and Lucy. She loves taking them for long walks and playing fetch for hours! She enjoys camping and going for hikes in the woods. Dr. Blake also loves to travel and has hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, saw wild macaws and peccaries in the Amazon, penguins and whales in Argentina, toucans in Brazil, and worked with elephants and other species in Africa. She has also worked on lions, tigers and other big cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary here in Minnesota where she is on the Board of Directors. Dr. Blake grew up in the Chicago area and attended Augustana College before coming to Minnesota for vet school. She has been at VCA Cedar Animal Hospital since 2004 and loves the challenge of working with all the different species. She became certified in acupuncture to have another "tool" in her arsenal to help pets with pain and other conditions. She loves to learn and is constantly expanding her knowledge of new procedures that could be of help to our furry, feathered, and scaly friends!


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, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

Animal Emergency & Referral Center- 651-293-1800- 1542 W. 7th St., St Paul MN 55102

Affiliated Emergency Hospital- 763-529-6560- 4708 Highway 55, Golden Valley MN 55416