VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Albuquerque 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.

  • Dawn S. Nolan

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: Texas A&M University

    Hello! Thank you for looking at my information! I am excited that you are interested in learning more about my practice as an associate at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center.


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  • Janet Blair-Wells

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Tennessee

    Dr. Blair-Wells grew up near Memphis, Tennessee, in Germantown. She is married with 5 dogs - all Norwegian Elkhounds from She moved to Albuquerque from Knoxville, TN. Dr. Blair-Wells

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  • Franczesca Kondek

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Cornell University

    Dr. Kondek was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in New York City.

    She completed her undergraduate and veterinary training in 1989 at Cornell University. She then returned

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  • Shirley Russman

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Graduate School: University of Illinois

    Dr. Russman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended undergraduate school at Lake Forest College in Illinois where she received a BA in Biology and French Literature. In her senior year of college,

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  • David Schoonover

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Schoonover grew up on the East Coast and received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Miami, Florida, majoring in Marine Biology.

    After finishing college, Dr.

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  • Jeremy Welcome

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Tufts University

    Dr. Welcome hails from upstate New York. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University in 2003.

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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

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
Inability to urinate or defecate
Bloated or distended abdomen
Allergic reactions
Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure
Eye injuries
Inability to deliver puppies or kittens

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