VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Dawn S. Nolan, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, 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.

I arrived in Albuquerque in February of 2007 for the position of Medical Director of the General Practice. I was a small animal Practitioner in Dallas, Texas for 8 year before I made the decision to move to New Mexico. I am originally from Connecticut and joined the US Navy out of high school. I graduated from Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. I see all dogs and cats as part of my practice and enjoy the diversity of the different species. I have been and am currently involved in carious rescue organizations within the City of Albuquerque. This keeps me quite busy as I not only practice full time as a small animal clinician, but also find time to complete my Medical Director activities.

My main focus for out General Practice has been to provide outstanding preventative medical care for out patients. Early detection of disease allows us the opportunity to improve the quality of life for your family member! We are well equipped to provide the very best of medical care from the juvenile to the geriatric years. We work hand and hand with our specialists to be sure that you receive the highest level of care that we have to offer. And, for those unexpected accidents, we have an emergency staff ready to help you 24/7.

An exciting passion of mine is caring for the feline species. The cat has not, historically, received the same level of care as their canine counterparts and I feel this is a true disservice to this regal and fascinating species. I am passionate about making our feline friends comfortable and happy throughout their lives. They deserve and require annual physical exams to keep their current health status at the fore front! Not only is this a physical evaluation, but also, an environmental one…are there any troubles with the litter box or housemates? Yep, we talk about that too…and provide you with valuable resources to help you deal with many potentially frustrating situations.

I am honored to be considered the “Cat Advocate” for our hospital. Our practice has recently obtained a “Gold Status” Feline Friendly Practice Certification based on our practice’s facilities and special accommodations for our feline friends. This is a new designation provided by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). For more information and lots of good client information, check out their website at!

I look forward to meeting you and your pets to see how we can better meet both of your needs! Don’t forget, we off a Free First Feline Exam so you can see how I make it a priority to have as stress-free a visit as possible (for both you and your cat!).

I currently live in the Northeast heights with my husband, Stephen, and our 4 frisky felines, Sabu, Jasmine, Toulouse, and Malia! We enjoy the wonderful Albuquerque and Santa Fe museums as well as our local zoo and biopark. It is a privilege to live in such a beautiful area of the country!


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!