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VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital

Phone: 310-828-4587
Fax: 310-453-1562
2421 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Dr. Frank Lavac
Medical Director
DVM, DABVP/Avian

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Caring for pets... and their people, too.

VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital has been a Santa Monica landmark serving a wide community of animal lovers who have trusted the care of their pets to us since 1932. Generations of veterinarians and staff have welcomed all species of animals, from dogs and cats to all breeds of birds, lizards, tortoises, guinea pigs and other exotics.

We have a board-certified avian specialist and a board-certified feline specialist on staff and at your service.

We are open seven days a week for your convenience. Emergencies and walk-ins are welcome, but if you know your schedule, call ahead.

When you walk into our lobby, you will be pleased to find a friendly intimate environment where you and your pet will feel like family. In our hospital it is very common to see one of our nurses or doctors holding and rocking a pet wrapped in a warm blanket or sitting in one of our kennels, comforting a pet waking up from surgery. It's that kind of extra care that makes your pet's experience ...See More

New to VCA?

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Our services don't end at our hospital doors.  As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 VCA veterinarians.

And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  These twenty-eight clinics provide state-of-the-art care in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, advanced oncology, and even such cutting-edge treatments as stem cell therapy.

Dedication, experience, compassion and love are the words that describe the community of caring professionals that make up the staff at the VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital. We treat all animals, from the smallest finch or your child's first goldfish, with the same compassion and medical expertise as the largest pot-bellied pig or the giant Saint Bernard. Hamsters, mice, bearded dragons, and tortoises are a few of the many species of animals our staff welcomes to the practice.

No matter how small or how large, we know your pet is precious to you, and we treat them like our own.

Dr. Michelle Jack
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Ohio State University

Dr. Michelle Jack grew up surrounded by pets, from cats and birds to lizards and mice. As a result, she knew from a young age she wanted to be a

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Dr. Pernilla Edstrom
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences

Dr. Pernilla Edstrom was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved to Los Angeles when she was 15 years old.

While she always knew she

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Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub, call us at
310-828-4587 or request an appointment.