VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital

Santa Monica 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.

  • Frank Lavac

    Medical Director
    Board Certification: DABVP/Avian
    Veterinary School: Colorado State University
    Graduate School: Colorado State University

    Our Medical Director is Dr. Frank Lavac. He is board certified in Avian Medicine and Surgery and leads our team of veterinarians and staff. While Dr. Lavac has expertise in birds and exotics, most ...
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  • 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 veterinarian. She completed her undergraduate training ...
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  • 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 had a passion for animals, growing up ...
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  • Sumeet Gupta

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    Dr. Sumeet Gupta is originally from San Diego, and went to UC San Diego for his undergraduate before going to Ohio State for veterinary school. Dr. Gupta’s passion is wildlife medicine, and he’s ...
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  • James Schulke

    Associate Veterinarian
    Board Certification: DABVP/Feline
    Veterinary School: Oregon State University

    Dr. Jim Schulke is board certified in Feline Medicine. He also sees lots of dogs, as well as other species.

    A native of Oregon, he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree ...
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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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. 

If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

– For Dogs & Cats: VCA West Los Angeles, 310-479-2951

– For avian & exotics: Animal Specialty & Emergency Center (ASEC), 310-473-1561