VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital

Christine Priest, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Purdue University


Dr. Priest was born in Orange County and graduated from El Toro High School in 1988. She then went to Cal Poly Pomona for her undergraduate degree in Animal Science. She was accepted to Purdue University Veterinary Medical School and graduated in 1995. She was then asked to join Michigan Veterinary Specialists for an Intensive training in small animal medicine and surgery for 12 months.
After completing her internship, she moved back to Indiana and worked at Northwood Animal Hospital for 4 years, further developing her interests in dermatology, oncology and surgery. She relocated to Sacramento in 2000 to work for Novartis Animal Health as a Professional Service Veterinarian. This was a great experience for her, where she learned the research and development behind animal drugs we use today to prevent disease and save lives! This position allowed her to travel the country training other veterinarians on many of the drugs we use everyday.
Three kids later, she lives in Mission Viejo with her husband of 14 years, to be close to family and friends. She joined VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital in 2005 and is now the Medical Director.


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 following nearby emergency care clinics.

- Animal Urgent Care 949.364.6228 * 28085 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

- VCA AllCare * 714.963.0909 * 18440 Amistad Street, Ste E, Fountain Valley, CA 92708