VCA Animal Hospital of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Laura Ryle

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: University of California, Davis

    Dr. Laura Ryle grew up in beautiful Northern California. She received a B.S. in Zoology from UC Davis, and then continued her education at  UC Davis Veterinary School graduating 1987. She worked ...
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  • Sara Huckabone

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Cornell University

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  • Maureen Loughlin

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Dr. Loughlin received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and her BS in Biology from Augustana College.  Before joining the team ...
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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 at 831-427-3345

If it is after hours, please call Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital at 831-475-5400