VCA Desert Animal Hospital

Palm Springs 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.

  • W. Douglas Kunz

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: Colorado State University
    Graduate School: Brigham Young University

    Dr. Douglas Kunz was born in rural Southeastern Idaho. His summers were spent on the family ranch near Victor, Idaho. It was during those summers that he developed a love of animals and a desire to heal ...
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  • Mindy Byers

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of California, Davis

    Veterinary medicine is a family affair for Dr. Mindy Byers. Dr Byers' identical twin sister is a veterinarian, as is her husband, Dr. Roland Burbank. In addition, her brother-in-law, Rich Rauh, is ...
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  • Gail Cutler

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Michigan State University
    Graduate School: Michigan State University

    Gail Cutler is a Los Angeles native who spent 20 years enjoying the Michigan seasons. She graduated from Michigan State University with both a Masters in Agricultural Economics and a doctorate in

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  • Therese Dieringer

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Minnesota
    Graduate School: Texas A&M Univ. - Residency Trained

    Dr. Dieringer is a 1986 graduate of the University of Minnesota Veterinary School. Following graduation she completed a 3-year small animal internal medicine residency at Texas A & M University.
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  • Alison Koodrich

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    Dr. Koodrich grew up in Southern California and pursued her undergraduate training at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her veterinary degree from the Ohio State University, ...
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  • Pat Long

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Purdue University

    Dr. Long is a native of the Coachella Valley. She grew up and has resided in the High Desert area since 1962. Dr. Long graduated from Yucca Valley High School.
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  • Randy H. Turek

    Associate Veterinarian
    Board Certification: DACVPM
    Veterinary School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Graduate School: American Military University, Manassas VA

    Dr. Turek has been with the Animal Medical Hospital since 2004. A retired U.S. Army Officer with over 26 years service, Dr. Turek commanded Veterinary Units in Japan, Belgium, Netherlands, and Turkey. ...
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  • Brittany Yates

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences
    Graduate School: Western University of Health Sciences

    Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences
    Graduate School: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Dr. Brittany Yates is a southern California native

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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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours,

please contact either:

VCA Valley Animal Medical Hospital and Emergency Hospital

46920 Jefferson Street

Indio,  CA  92201               Phone: 760-342-4711

Website: VCA Valley Animal Medical Hospital and Emergency Hospital


VCA Central Animal Hospital

281 North Central Avenue

Upland,  CA  91786           Phone: 909-981-2855