VCA North Coast Animal Hospital


  • Kennel Assistant

    Tonya M

    Tonya joined the VCA North Coast family in 2008 as a kennel assistant.

    Tonya grew up in northern California with a dog and a horse always by her side. She rode in Jr. rodeos, parades, gymkhanas, and was a member of 4-H and F.F.A. She was a working student at several stables learning Dressage and Eventing. Tonya has driven horse carriages at such events as The Black and White Ball in S.F., The Marriott Hotel, and once placed 1st (over Wells Fargo) in the horse drawn division of the Larkspur Parade.

    After moving to Southern California she was trained on the job as a Professional Pet Stylist and drove a mobile Grooming van for many years.

    Tonya graduated from Orange Coast College with two certificates, one in Digital Media Arts, and the other in Electronic Media/Multi Media. But, she soon missed working with animals.

     She has two Daughters, a miniature horse, two guinea pigs, a rabbit and a small white fluffy dog named Theo.

    Tonya is currently studying on line to become a Veterinary Assistant and expects her diploma this spring.


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.

VCA North Coast Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 760-632-1072. We are located at 414 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.