VCA Northern Animal Hospital Staff

VCA Northern Animal Hospital

Phone: 602-995-0460
Phone: 602-995-0261
Fax: 602-864-0261
2611 W. Northern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Business Hours

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

At VCA Northern Animal Hospital, your pet's health is our top priority, and excellent service is our goal. We would like to welcome you and your pet into our family, and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Dr. Sheila Martin enjoys practicing endocrinology, internal and preventative medicine. She is also involved in showing and agility training her dogs. Dr. Martin has occupied the position of commissioner of Animal Welfare and Control in California.

Dr. Gabor Vajda at VCA Northern has 30-plus years of experience in canine reproduction, including breeding, male and female infertility and canine semen freezing. He has also owned the "International Canine Semen Bank" since 1987. Dr. Vajda has a high success rate of freezing and conception.

Dr. Vajda also has 30-plus years' experience doing show-quality ear-cropping and tail-docking on all breeds.

Come in and meet our wonderful, caring team at VCA Northern, who pledge to provide the finest personal services and facilities for our clients and their pets.

Medical Director: Sheila Martin, DVM

Associate Veterinarians:Judy Hammerich, DVM

Hospital Manager: Tammy Grund

Lead Veterinary Assistant: Jonathan Estrada

Veterinary Assistants: Kyle Sanders, Ashley Morgan, Lauren Monte, Desiree Rizo

Receptionists: Sophia Mistretta, Raymie Foulks, Celeste Arvizu

Dr. Gabor Vajda
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Iowa State University

Dr. Vajda, the forefather of Northern Animal Hospital, is known world-wide for his expertise in canine reproduction and show quality ear croppings.

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Dr. Judy Hammerich
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Colorado State University

Dr. Hammerich is originally from Aspen, Colorado and moved to Arizona in 2002. She obtained a degree in Microbiology and her professional veterinary medicine ...Read Full Biography

Rufus can still hear
Scarlett Jane from Phoenix

I found Rufus about a year ago in Phoenix, abused and in terrible condition. Never having owned a dog, I didn't know where to start in order to get him healthy. I first took him to Alta Vista Vet where I was told for eight months that he just had a really bad ear infection. At the end of that time, I adopted another dog, Mu, from the Arizona Humane Society. With Mu came free vet visits at VCA Northern and thank goodness for those! I came to my senses and let them examine Rufus as well. I didn't feel my concerns were taken seriously at my first vet, but VCA staff listened to me and considered different approaches instead of continuing the treatment that wasn't working. They suggested a sensible alternative and after a thorough examination, they found SIX foxtails in his ears. Because the foxtails had been in there so long, there was a good chance Rufus was going to be deaf due to the treatment needed to extract them. I was so upset that my dog had been in so much pain for so long and as a result might lose his hearing. But thankfully the doctors at VCA Northern knew the right things to do to prevent that from happening and gave me perfect instructions for how to take care of him. It took him awhile to heal, but I finally felt confident that he really was healing. Rufus can still hear and he and his sister are finally both healthy and happy!

Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub®, call us at
602-995-0460 or request an appointment.