VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Shirley Russman, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, 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, she completed an internship at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where she worked with cranes in their conservation and breeding program.

Dr. Russman continued her education earning her MS degree (crane conservation and breeding) at the University of Illinois. She went on to work at the International Crane Foundation for 3 years as Curator of birds. It was there she discovered that working and gaining knowledge in Veterinary Medicine would be of paramount importance in caring for the cranes.

Dr. Russman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

Dr. Russman moved to New Mexico and has worked at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center for the past 23 years! Dr. Russman sees dogs, cats, birds and exotic animals in her practice and welcomes all new patients.

Dr. Russman lives in Tijeras with her husband, Rich, and cat Spot. In her spare time, Dr. Russman is an avid athlete and enjoys running, biking, and hiking.


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!