VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital

Frank Lavac, DVM, DABVP/Avian, Medical Director

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DABVP/Avian
BS, MS, 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 of his patients are dogs and cats.

Dr. Lavac has been in practice since 1980. After receiving his B.S. with Distinction in Microbiology in 1974, and his M.S. in Microbiology in 1976, he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in West Los Angeles in 1980-81. In 1994 he became certified as a Diplomat, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners-Avian and re-certified in 2004.

When not at VCA Wilshire, Dr. Lavac enjoys teaching and education. He is an Associate Professor at Western University School of Veterinary Medicine and he is also a lecturer at UCLA Extension. In addition to sharing his knowledge with students, he works as a Consultant at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the American Teaching Zoo, Moorpark College and the Los Angeles Zoo, California Condor Project.

Dr. Lavac also sits on the board of Parrots International, Much Love Animal Rescue. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.

Dr. Lavac lives in Malibu with his wife and daughter and has two rescue cats and a rescue Chihuahua named Little Angel.


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