VCA Cottage Animal Hospital

Walnut Creek Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Dr. Paul Bettelheim

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: University of California, Davis

    Dr. Paul Bettelheim was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and he graduated from UC Davis in 1972.
    He served two years active duty in the US Army as a Captain of the Veterinary Corp. ...
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  • Maria Dunbar

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Graduate School: UCSB- Bachelor of Science Zoology

    Dr. Dunbar attended UCSB, graduated with a bachelor of science zoology. She also went to Ross University and graduated with her doctor of veterinary medicine.
    Maria joined VCA Cottage Animal ...
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  • Leslie Garrow

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of California, Davis

    Dr. Garrow joined VCA Cottage in 2000 she earned her BA at the University of California, Berkeley and her DVM at the University of California, Davis. She completed a Small Animal Medicine and ...
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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

During business hours M-F 7:30am - 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm, please call our office 925-935-9080 or come in immediately:  If we are closed, please go to:

Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency Center

1410 Monument Boulevard

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 270-1824


VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

14790 Washington Ave, San Leandro, CA

(510) 483-7389