VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Certified Cat Friendly by the American Association of Feline Practitioners

By VCA VCRC
Published: September 05, 2013

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VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center has received the gold standard accreditation by the American Association of Feline Practioners (AAFP).

The AAFP seeks to encourage and facilitate good quality veterinary care for cats. However, we recognize that there are sometimes unique challenges and difficulties in bringing a cat to a veterinary practice.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Dawn Nolan, is our ‘Cat Advocate’ for VCA VCRC. She is a knowledgeable professional that ensures your cat’s care is guided by feline-focused standards.  Cat Advocates are chosen for their experience, understanding, empathetic manner and willingness to help answer any of your questions.

Below are some specific ways we have adjusted our hospital environment to benefit your feline friends:

  • We make an effort to have a calming environment.
  • We have incorporated a waiting room/area that reduces stress associated with noise, other pets or unfamiliar smells (methods can include feline-only area, cat-only appointment times, going directly into the exam room, etc.).
  • Staff are trained to understand the individualized needs of cats including feline specific behavior and facial features.
  • We implement the Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines to facilitate a more positive experience.
  • We use a slow approach to achieve positive results.
  • We develop an individual plan based on your cat's specific needs, preferences and behaviors.
  • We implement ways to make you and your cat be as comfortable as possible.
  • Staff continually obtain education on the most current feline research and guidelines.
  • We will help ensure that you are a valuable member of your cat's healthcare team and help you understand your cat's needs and what you can do at home to ensure they get the care they need.
  • We may use synthetic feline facial pheromones for a calming effect.
  • We have a feline-only examination room that provides a safe, non-threatening area where cats can be examined calmly and effectively.
  • We have experience to recognize subtle, early signs of fear or anxiety and adapt appropriately.
  • Our cat ward, hospitalization area and operating room have been assessed to include appropriate feline equipment, tools and procedures.

 

Come visit us and you'll see why we received this unique accreditation!

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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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

Emergency Care  24/7


VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center
9901 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505 296-2982


In Case of Emergency......


1.  Remain Calm.
2.  Call Your Family Veterinarian First. If they are unavailable, call us at 505 296-2982.
3.  Tell us the nature of the problem. We will give you instructions on how to handle  your pet while enroute and give you directions to our hospital.


What is an Emergency?


Difficulty breathing
Unstoppable bleeding
Major trauma or injury
Shock
Inability to urinate or defecate
Heatstroke
Bloated or distended abdomen
Allergic reactions
Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure
Eye injuries
Inability to deliver puppies or kittens
Poisoning
 

Our ER Service is open 24/7 so we're here when you need us!

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