VCA Noah's Ark Animal Hospital
By Laura O'Steen, Client Care Representative, VCA Noah's Ark
Published: February 01, 2009

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Veterinarian on the rise…..Maribel Munoz!!
Maribel Munoz has been working at VCA Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital since June of 2007 and was recently accepted to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Animals have always held a special place in Maribel’s heart. She rescued her first cat, Princess, from the streets on her way home from junior high school one day. She decided to pursue animal medicine after working at Oxnard Veterinary Hospital in high school. Maribel has continued to work with animals since. She spent last summer at La Marina Rescue Center, in Costa Rica, rehabilitating wild and endangered animals. There she did field research on the Howler Monkey, studying their parasites and methods of self-medication. Maribel has also spent time volunteering at the Wildlife Care Network in Santa Barbara assisting in the release of wild birds and small mammals. Maribel can often be seen with her two-year-old rescued Siberian Husky, Shakira. She has also been mom to her Beta fish, Blue, since her first month of college.
Maribel will be graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences at UCSB this year. At UC Davis, she will be pursuing Wildlife Conservation Medicine. She plans to pursue a residency program in Zoological/Wildlife Medicine or work in the field improving the life of wild animals. Congratulations Maribel! We are so proud of you!
Written by Laura O’Steen, Client Care Representative VCA Noah’s Ark


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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