VCA Desert Animal Hospital

Brittany Yates, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Western University of Health Sciences
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 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 -born in Northridge, and raised here in Palm Springs. Her love for animals started at a very young age. At 5 years old, for Parent Day in kindergarten, she declared she wanted to be a veterinarian and never strayed from that goal.

Dr. Yates has worked for Desert Animal Hospital since she was 15 years old. Dr. Roland Burbank and Mindy Byers were her childhood veterinarians, and she wanted to follow in their footsteps. She volunteered for 1 month, and then was hired on her 16th birthday. She worked here for 6 years as a doctor’s assistant and Dr. Marilyn Twitchell’s ophthalmology assistant.

After graduating Palm Springs High School in 2004, she began her pre-veterinary studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor in English Literature. Her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine was earned at Western University of Health Sciences where she graduated in May of 2013.

Dr. Yates soon started back at Desert Animal Hospital in June 2013 where she is extremely happy to have come full circle and completed her veterinary education. Her interests include behavioral medicine, ophthalmology, exotic animal medicine specifically pocket pets and avians, and reno-urinary diseases.

When she’s not working, she is enjoying the company of her menagerie which includes dogs, cats, her Sun Conure Phoenix, guinea pig Mr. Winston Weepers, rats and fish. She is also an avid fiction reader, loves trying new foods and restaurants, and cooking at home. Because of her English literature background, Dr. Yates also loves writing short stories, and hopes to create her own children’s picture book series in the future. 


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