Our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest…

We had some ghoulishly great entries for our annual pumpkin carving contest, but only one department in each hospital could be the winner!

And the prize goes to…

The Neurology Department at ACCESS – San Fernando Valley, and the Avian and Exotics Department at ACCESS – Los Angeles!

These winning departments get to choose their prize – will it be a pizza party or pumpkin pie bar? We shall see!

We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!


Click on each block for a better look…


Tails from the road… Bark in the Park!

ACCESS is proud to have been at the Bark in the Park in Thousand Oaks recently where many members of the community stopped by our booth to learn about our veterinary emergency and specialty services! They also walked away with some fun giveaways – rule of thumb is you can never have too many poop bags!

If you were there, we hope you had a blast, because we sure did!

Director of Community Relations | ACCESS

PS: During the event it turned out that Carleigh (from the ACE Crew; Aubrey the cat, Carleigh the dog, and Eric the bird) met her older cousin, Jackson. 🙂



Welcome to our new team members…


(From left to right…)

Austin Hernandez | Charge Coordinator
Favorite Food: BBQ
Favorite Color: Blue/Red
Fun Fact: Austin has visited fifteen different countries for vacation/work. His favorite is the Philippines.

Kimberly Munoz | Client Care Representative
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Color: Black
Fun Fact: Kim has driven across the country four times. Her home state of New York is her favorite.

Lleraldina Lopez | Client Care Representative
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Color: Yellow
Fun Fact: Lleraldina does yoga on a daily basis.

Lidia Rojas | Doctors Assistant
Favorite Food: All kinds of Pasta
Favorite Color: Blue
Fun Fact: Lidia loves going to the beach, Malibu is at the top of her list


Joshua | From PA to CA to ACCESS!

Joshua joined our team in May of 2014, through a friend’s referral. He quickly excelled and found his home in our Administration team, doing what he loves best—helping people! We wanted to learn more about what brought him to California, so we sat down with him to find out!

Why Veterinary Medicine?
“I kind of stumbled upon it” says Josh. Although he grew up with pets, he didn’t know just how advanced veterinary medicine was until he came to ACCESS, his first veterinary job.

What Brought Him To California?
Josh had always dreamed of living in California, so, in the winter of 2014, he and his significant other packed up everything they owned and headed west! Joshua enjoys the laid back feeling and sunny weather that SoCal has to offer.

Where Is His Favorite Place To Visit?
If we’re talking West Coast, it has to be Disneyland! Joshua is a huge Disney fanatic and loves being so close to the happiest place on earth! Back on the East Coast, Josh calls Broadway home. He greatly enjoys musical theater and the hustle and bustle of the city.

What Is His Favorite Animal?
“Canines, specifically, Pugs! Those things are just so adorable, even if they’re ‘pugly’ and they always have a positive attitude—not a care in the world!”

What Would Joshua Be Doing If He Weren’t At ACCESS?
Joshua has a passion for photography and movies and says that if he weren’t at ACCESS, he would most likely be pursing photography or production.

What Is His Favorite Meal?
“Penne with Marinara.”

What Is The Best Think Joshua Cooks?
“I make a mean banana bread!”

Does He Collect Anything?
Playbills! Joshua has collected over 50 Playbills from shows he’s seen. He also hopes to add to his growing collection of Disney Designer Collection dolls.

What Is His Greatest Achievement?
“Having the courage to pick up and move to California, and being able to make it all work.”

In addition to loving animals, Joshua also loves the medical side of the veterinary field. Being able to observe a PDA procedure—where a cardiologist repairs a hole in the heart—is one of his favorite things to see! Joshua also has simple advice for pet owners “keep your dog on a leash, even if it is trained well.”

We are happy to have Joshua on our team and pleased to see him succeed in a position where he can put his Communications degree to work!


From left to right: Molly, Shannon, Josh, and Kim



ACCESS visits IVECCS in Washington, D.C.


In September of 2015, many of our team members made the trek to Washington, D.C. to attend IVECCS, the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium. There, we were able to attend lectures, host a booth at the job fair, and see old friends as well as make new ones! The ACE crew — Aubrey the cat, Carleigh the dog, and Eric the bird — enjoyed seeing everything D.C. had to offer!

The Gaylord National Convention Center was the perfect setting for such an impressive gathering of the best of the best in veterinary emergency and critical care! The Gaylord was centrally located and a truly remarkable venue for such an event. We were able to go sightseeing and were so thankful for the chance to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the White House.

Later, at the job fair, we had the opportunity to meet dozens of technicians, doctors, residents, and specialists, all of whom were happy to learn more about what ACCESS and Southern California had to offer.

Our trip was wonderful and we were truly grateful for the experience. We can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us!



Lucy Is Safe!

When veterinarian, Dr. Hinz, the Medical Director of the Westside Pet Clinic lost her service dog ‘Lucy’ at the beginning of September, they went all out with their efforts to find her, most notably making it on the news and having celebrities helping them with their search.

The good news is that on the last day of September, she was found.

Being a little worse for wear and in need of a check-up, out of all the places Dr. Hinz could have taken Lucy for an exam, she chose ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.

We are extremely proud that the Medical Director for another practice trusted our doctors and staff with her beloved dog, and would like to share the full story with you below.


(The above link includes a video with a cameo of one of our Client Care team members who helped this pet, and her family.)