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Labradoodles Have an Interesting History

Did you know that Labradoodles came about when an Australian breeder successfully crossed the Labrador retriever and standard poodle? They wanted to create a guide dog for the blind that would be compatible for those allergic to fur and dander!

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Dr. Allyza, Our First Future Vet…

 


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We first met Allyza in 2015 when Dr. Olivia Petritz spoke at her elementary school in South Central. In addition to bringing along several species of exotic animals, Dr. Petritz talked to the kids about conservation, how to treat animals, and what it’s like to be a vet.

After the presentation, Allyza introduced herself to Dr. Petritz and her love for animals was made immediately clear. Allyza was star struck and even asked Dr. Petritz to autograph her veterinary Lego set guidebook and her veterinarian Barbie doll!

In March 2016, we invited Allyza to join our Los Angeles hospital as a “doctor” for the day to encourage her love of animals and furthering her education. Upon arrival, Allyza was greeted by Hospital Manager Jason Bitting, who gave Allyza her very own white lab coat complete with her name embroidered on the front.

She and her mother were then taken on a tour of the hospital, finally landing in our Exotics department, where she was reunited with Dr. Petritz, her assistant Rosa, and Dr. Karen Schachterle. There, Dr. Allyza listened to the heartbeats of a tortoise and bird and had many of her questions about our patients, school, and veterinary medicine answered. We also traveled to some of our other departments and learned about endoscopy in Internal Medicine, MRI in Neurology, and made our way back to Exotics to check the expiration dates on food for our patients and look at some of the tools used in surgeries. She then had pizza for lunch and was presented with a year-long membership for her family to the LA Zoo and ended her day by saying goodbye to all of the patients.

We are so lucky to have been able to spend quality time with Allyza and help foster her love for veterinary medicine. We hope she continues to pursue her passion and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!

Shannon Brown

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Viva Las Vegas!

We were lucky enough to attend the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month and had a great time meeting new people and seeing old friends.

Our technicians and doctors attended several lectures to further their knowledge while our Marketing Coordinator, Shannon, and Technician Managers, Greg and Raul, attended the Technician Fair to meet new technicians and talk about what ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals have to offer.

We love having the chance to interact with so many incredible veterinary professionals and look forward to the next conference!

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Cookin’ for the Whole Crew!

This week we celebrated the tremendous efforts of our staff members by having our admin teams cook breakfast for everyone and it was a hit! Between the eggs, bacon, pancakes, and vegan options for absolutely everything, everyone began their shifts with a full belly and a huge smile.

Our chefs began cooking at 6:00am to serve our overnight employees and kept going for those coming in throughout the morning, with Dr. Mills even bringing in eggs from his chickens at home. Our swing shift also participated in the fun when a third round of cooking was kicked off in each hospital!

We would like to thank the Veterinary Cancer Group, Eye Care for Animals, and Southern California Veterinary Imaging for joining in the festivities with us!

 
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Happy New Year!

 

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We’re open on Christmas day…

While we hope you won’t need us, ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles will be open 24×7 for emergencies on Christmas day! ‪

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Helping our human friends…

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From now until December 19th, you can drop off a new toy that is not wrapped at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, or ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in San Fernando Valley.

All donations will be taken to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital this weekend so that the young patients may have gifts in time for Christmas.

 

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips…

It’s Holiday time again.

Check out these tips to keep your pet feeling jolly all year long!

Click on the images below to download our Holiday Pet Safety tips.

These ‘free printables’ can be printed with ease! Stick one on your fridge as a reminder, then share them with your friends, at school, or at your place of work.

Be safe and have fun…

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ACCESSustainability – a verb…

At ACCESS Specialty Animals Hospitals we have always been conscientious about the world we share with our patients – so much so that we now have a leading veterinary industry recycling program. We are here for everyone!

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We love Good Samaritans!

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Without the Good Samaritans who see an injured or ill animal and ask for help, so many pets wouldn’t get the care and treatment they need. Unfortunately, ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals are simply not equipped with the space or staff to care for the volume of homeless animals in the area.

Additionally, we have an obligation that requires the person presenting the pet to take responsibility for it. This means that the person has to pay for services, but more importantly, they must make medical decisions for the pet. Obviously, this is an emotional challenge for many individuals, so we ask that you help us by routing those in need to the proper direction.

We encourage all Good Samaritans to take any found animals to the appropriate facility for their species so that they receive medical attention and have the chance to be put in front of thousands of families who are looking to adopt a new pet!

If you have found an animal in need of medical care, please consult the following locations who are able to accept animals.

For Wildlife
California Wildlife Center—cawildlife.org
“If you have found a wild animal that appears to be sick, injured, abandoned or in danger, please call our emergency hotline number. 310.458.WILD [9453]”

For Dogs and Cats
City of Los Angeles—lacity.org
“Individuals may bring an animal to the nearest shelter, or contact the shelter and field personnel will respond. Veterinary medical staff will examine the animal, provide treatment if appropriate and make the animal available for adoption if it is not claimed by its owner. If an animal is critically ill or injured, does not respond to treatment, it will be humanely euthanized.

Shelters are open Sundays 11:00AM to 5:00PM and closed Mondays and Holidays but are open for receiving animals 24 hours daily. (888) 452-7381”

Didn’t find an animal but still want to help? In addition to financial contributions, you can donate food, blankets, bedding, toys, treats, and more to your local rescue or shelter. Many shelters and rescues will accept those items for a variety species!

To Find A Lost Pet
Check out FindingRover.com and FindingKitty.com as well as Los Angeles Animal Services.

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Locations

South Bay

2325 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501

Tel: (310) 320-8300 - Fax: (424) 293-7254

Los Angeles

9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Tel: (310) 558-6100 - Fax: (310) 558-6199

San Fernando Valley

20051 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Tel: (818) 887-2262 - Fax: (818) 704-0323

Central Valley

4300 Easton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Tel: (661) 281-1320 - Fax: (661) 302-4193

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