VCA Madera Pet Hospital

Larisa Tempero, VMD, DABVP, Associate Veterinarian

VMD, University of Pennsylvania
Certifications: DABVP


Larisa Tempero, VMD
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Larisa Tempero, born in England, was inspired by James Herriot’s wonderful tales set in the Yorkshire Dales. Becoming a veterinarian was the only career she ever considered. As a teenager, her family relocated to the East Coast and she lived on a sheep farm with her dog, five cats and two horses. It was her love of horses that drew her first to Cornell University, then onto New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with top honors in 1995, she pursued her equestrian interest in a mixed animal practice for a couple of years, but soon realized that she wanted to specialize in small animal medicine after all. Dr. Tempero really enjoys the relationships she develops with clients and their pets in a companion animal practice, and she especially enjoys the intellectual challenge of internal medicine, endocrinology and cardiology. In 2008, Dr. Tempero successfully sat for her ABVP boards, and she is now a board certified general practioner. Although horses remain a big part of her personal life, Dr. Tempero has spent the past fourteen years in general practice working primarily with cats and dogs. She relocated from Boston to San Francisco nine years ago with her husband and cat. Six years ago, she joined Madera Pet Hospital. Her free time is spent with her husband and three young children, and when possible riding horses and running.

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 one of the nearby emergency care clinics:

Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin, (415) 456-7372, 901 E Francisco Blvd. San Rafael CA 94901

VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County, (707) 584-4343, 6470 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928