VCA Rossmoor-El Dorado Animal Hospital

Our History

VCA Rossmoor-El Dorado Animal Hospital is situated in Old Town, Los Alamitos, on Los Alamitos Blvd. Once a farm town, Los Alamitos is now a center for shopping for the many residential communities around it. In 1966, a recent graduate of U.C. Davis, Dr. Crawford, bought the cement block building that once was the town barber shop and pool hall. He converted it into a one-doctor animal hospital. In 1968, the hospital was purchased by Dr. Arlie Toulouse. Then in 1969, Dr. Jerry Gardner was added as a second veterinarian. Dr. Gardner also did horse practice for the many stables then around the area. With business increasing, Dr. Charles Jenner was added to the staff in 1970 after leaving Lakewood Animal Hospital. In 1971, the hospital was expanded to include a new lobby, office and exam rooms. Eventually, the small animal practice grew to include up to seven doctors, including Dr. John Greenlee. In 1973 a new surgical wing was built including an addition of a private parking lot. During that time, the hospital saw not only dogs and cats, but many exotic animals such as ocelots, a pet Puma, snakes, monkeys and even a pet African Lion.
In 1976, Doctors Toulouse, Jenner and Greenlee joined in a partnership until Dr. Toulouse sold his share to his partners in 1988. The Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) became interested in the busy hospital and purchased the small animal practice in 1993. In 1999, Dr John Heit's Rossmoor Center Animal Clinic was merged with VCA Rossmoor-El Dorado Animal Hospital. In 2001, the hospital was recognized by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for 25 years of accreditation. Only about 800 general practices nationwide carry this distinction of practice excellence for 25 or more years. VCA Rossmoor now has 5 veterinarians, one of which practices acupuncture and also a pet chiropractor


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 during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.