VCA Ocean Beach Animal Hospital

Aaron Gilbertsen, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Washington State University


Dr. Aaron Gilbertsen was born and raised in the Longview/Kelso area.  After graduating from Kelso High School, he attended Perry Technical Institute, where he studied industrial computing and process control.  He then worked in the pulp and paper industry for Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser for three years before deciding to return to school to pursue and education in veterinary medicine.  He received a BS in biology from Central Washington University in 2009 and completed his DVM from Washington State University in 2013.  Dr Gilbertsen is excited to return to his home town to practice veterinary medicine after spending the last 7 years in central and eastern Washington, and looks forward to spending time with friends and family.  His professional interests include canine, feline and reptilian medicine and surgery.  Outside of work, Dr. Gilbertsen enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and mountain biking as well as spending time with his wife, infant son and their personal zoo, which consists of 3 dogs, 4 cats, a ball python, a red-tailed boa constrictor and a bearded dragon.


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 you have an emergency after hours please call our answering service at 703-0172 or the Columbia River Veterinary Specialists at 360-694-3007.