VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital

Emily Mao, DVM, Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Emily Mao was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, majoring in Microbiology. During her college years, she performed genetic research and published an article in the Journal of Bacteriology on defects in DNA repair . Following graduation, she traveled to Taiwan and attended Shr Da University to study Chinese Language and Arts. Dr. Mao then moved to East Lansing to attend veterinary school at Michigan State University. After completing a 1-year internship in Medicine and Surgery at VCA West Los Angeles, she practiced in Studio City for several years where she furthered her interests in exotic medicine. She had the privilege to treat animals from the Playboy Mansion Zoo and also appeared on several episodes of Tamed and Uncut, a popular series on Animal Planet. Dr. Mao moved to Huntington Beach in 2009, where she joined VCA Animal Hospitals. She became an associate at VCA Los Altos in April of 2014. Aside from dogs and cats, she treats rabbits, pockets pets, and small reptiles. Her other strong interests include emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery, with an emphasis on preventative care. In her free time, Dr. Mao enjoys power yoga, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors, Yosemite being her favorite hiking destination. She resides with her husband, a 15 year old Husky Mix named Jordy, and 2 young daughters- who have also become aspiring veterinarians.


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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:


See all VCA Animal Hospitals >


Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.