VCA Phoenix West Animal Hospital

Marian Ansems, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Prince Edward Island


Dr. Marian Ansems joined the VCA Phoenix West Animal Hospital team as an associate doctor in 2000. She became the Medical Director in 2002 and continues to treat patients full-time. Born and raised on a farm in Nova Scotia, Canada, Dr. Ansems obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She then continued her studies in veterinary medicine at one of only four veterinary schools in Canada, at the University of Prince Edward Island. Tired of the cold winters and looking for adventure, Dr. Ansems headed south to sunny Phoenix Arizona where she found a great job with great people at Phoenix West!

Dr. Ansems is passionate about educating people on the best health care for their pets. She knows that by great service and education we have the best chance possible to allow our beloved pets to live longer healthier, and happier lives. She enjoys taking the time to get to know each client and pet. Dr. Ansems' veterinary interests include dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, and senior care of dogs and cats. She also enjoys working with birds, reptiles, and small mammals (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc). Dr. Ansems did some additional training in exotic pet medicine and surgery in Boston at the well-known Angel Memorial Hospital and also at the Veterinary School of Louisiana State University.


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, you can call

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center (Mesa) - 480-898-0001

The Emergency Animal Clinic (23rd Ave and I-17) - 602-995-3757

The Emergency Animal Clinic (Dysart and McDowell) - 623-385-4555