VCA University Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Tara Guthrie

    Tara joins our family from one of our sister hospitals. She is a registered veterinary technician, and graduated from Cedar Valley in 2001.  She lives with her 3 dogs and 2 cats.  Tara has interest in wildlife rehabilitation and is working on her certificate for this.  She has a soft spot for chihuahuas.

  • Technician

    Mike Fitzgerald

    Mike has been with the hospital since 2008 and loves his job. He started in kennel and then worked his way up becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant II  in 2009. He loves all animals but has a soft spot for little dogs, especially Chihuahuas. He has 3 dogs, all rescued from our hospital, and 3 children.

  • Technician

    Sam Jehlicka
    Veterinary Tech School: Cedar Valley

    Samantha joined us in 2013.  She is attending Cedar Valley College, working on her degree in Veterinary Technology.  Sam lives with her boyfriend, their 2 dogs, and 2 cats.  She enjoys reading, cooking and playing video games.  She has a special spot for pitbulls. 


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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:


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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, here are some of the local emergency clinic information.

VCA Metroplex Animal Hospital:
770 West Airport Freeway
Irving, Texas

E Clinic – Uptown                                                                                                                      3337  N. Fitzhugh                    
Dallas, Texas