VCA Westside Animal Hospital

Rachel Castellanos, DVM, Staff Veterinarian


Dr. Rachel Castellanos grew up in Central Florida and Southern California. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1995. She then graduated as a veterinarian from U.C. Davis in 2000. Before and during veterinary school, she worked as an emergency and intensive care technician at both VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at U.C. Davis. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Castellanos returned to VCA Animal Care Center as an emergency and intensive care clinician, where she worked for 13 years. She recently transitioned to general day practice and joined VCA Westside Animal Hospital.

Dr. Castellanos appreciates the compassionate, dedicated staff and the tremendous level of teamwork at VCA Westside.


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

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.