Frank Lavac, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Colorado State University
BS, MS, Colorado State University


Our Medical Director is Dr. Frank Lavac. He has over 30 years experience in Avian Medicine and Surgery and leads our team of veterinarians and staff. While Dr. Lavac has a special interest and training 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 is waiting re-certification for 2015. 

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.