VCA Animal Hospital of Santa Cruz

Maureen Loughlin, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, 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 and VCA she worked as a DVM in Monterey and Santa Cruz for 15 years.

Maureen enjoys general feline and canine medicine, soft tissue surgery and dentistry.  She believes in the power of the human animal bond and specializes in geriatric medicine for cats and dogs.  She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including acupuncture, tuina massage, nutrition and herbal medicine using ancient Chinese recipes passed down for thousands of years.  She studied acupuncture and herbal medicine through the Chi Institute and studied with Dr. Xie in China.

Dr. Loughlin is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association and the Monterey Bay VMA.  She was raised by her cat named Whiskers for the first 17 years and spent most of her childhood at the local pet shop coming home with rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, frogs, turtles and fish.

Maureen lives with her family in Aptos including a border collie, Teddy Bear and her cat, Molly Mittens (born in a tree at New Leaf Market in Santa Cruz!).  When not at work, Maureen takes advantage of the great outdoors:  hiking, biking, kayaking, long walks with her dog, and tinkering in the garden.  She is a docent naturalist at Ano Nuevo State Beach, has worked as a trail veterinarian for the Iditarod in Alaska, and recently rode her bike around Lake Tahoe in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise awareness for cancer research for people and animals.  She looks forward to meeting you and your family!


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