VCA Seaside Animal Hospital

Kristen Colleran, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, National University of Ireland


Dr. Kristen Colleran received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. She graduated with honors in Small Animal Medicine from the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin in 1999.

Following graduation, Dr. Colleran spent 2 years working in Ireland, treating pets as well as farm animals and horses. She then returned Stateside and turned her focus to small animals. Having been exposed to the healing effects of alternative medicine, personally and through the patients of a colleague practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine, she felt that she could best serve her patients with a more a holistic approach. In 2009, Dr. Colleran completed her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture. She is currently studying for certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine and has an interest in physical rehabilitation and pain management. She is an experienced diagnostician and surgeon, and with her training in holistic medicine, she can offer an integrated approach to treating many common medical conditions.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at the beach, reading, running, and hiking with her lovable Labrador, Duke.

" I wanted to be a vet since I was 6 years old. I was destined for it."


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 910-579-5550. If it is after hours, please contact:

VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital- 843-903-1900

4808 Hwy. 501, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Animal Emergency Clinic of Wilmington - 910-791-7387
5333 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403