Max the Terrific Tripawd…

Max is a lovable Pit Bull mix who came into our Los Angeles emergency room after being hit by a car in early 2016.

Luckily, Max was okay except for his front leg that was very badly injured. After the careful evaluations by our specialists and learning about all of their options, Max’s parents decided that the best course of action would be to amputate the leg. Even though Max’s injury was serious, he never lost his sweet and upbeat demeanor! Max wagged his tail during his examinations and gave kisses whenever he could. Before surgery, Max was snuggled by doctors and staff members and given medication to keep him comfortable.

The surgery was performed by one of our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Kim Carey and was very successful. After his procedure, Max was kept in our emergency room for 24×7 monitoring where he was given medication, love, and when he was ready, food. Our staff and Max’s family worked together to make sure Max healed up appropriately and learned how to walk on three legs safely.

In no time Max was up and running and we were thrilled to see him doing so well when he came back to us for a recheck!





Tails from the road… a Bison!

What do you get when you cross an animal and some rocks? Animals Rock, of course! 🙂

The ACCESS crew was recently visiting vets in the rural areas of Agua Dulce and Acton, and came across some cows, bulls, and a bison, who was not camera shy at all. Buffalo Bill, (that’s what I imagine his name to be) also seems to enjoy playing soccer in between his “being a bison” activities.

We then moseyed down the road, and stopped by the beautiful and natural Vasquez Rocks!  A must see in LA county if you’ve never been. Plus, you could almost see Rafiki in the distance holding up Simba.

It was very Zen, being that the ACE crew is normally around city slickers all day.

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals





Puppies, puppies, and BAERs, oh my!

We recently saw a litter of six snuggly Dogo Argentino puppies for BAER testing with Dr. Jeremy O’Neill.

BAER stands for Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response and is a hearing test that works by using acupuncture size needles and veterinary ear buds to detect the electrical activity in the cochlea and auditory pathways in the brain.

The testing only took a few minutes for each pup, who were held and comforted by our gentle staff members the entire time. Just before their test, the puppies all needed a quick bath as they had gotten messy before they arrived, making for one very eventful day in the neurology department!

If you have any questions about your pet’s hearing or overall health, be sure to contact your primary veterinarian.



Dr. Buks is Boarded!

After having completed veterinary school, an internship, and a residency in surgery, Dr. Yonathan Buks has worked diligently to further his education…  

Now, after years of hard work and long, late hours, he has successfully completed an intensive written examination, along with a required publication accepted by peer-reviewed journals, and  is a board-certified surgeon – in other words, a surgical specialist.

We are delighted to be able to celebrate his accomplishments – which also allows ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals to provide six day board-certified surgical coverage in the San Fernando Valley.

Outside the operating room, Dr. Buks, who is fluent in English and Hebrew, enjoys downhill skiing, cycling, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two kids, as well as the household cat named Betty.




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!



It’s what’s up front that counts…

ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital’s Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Client Care Management teams attended an all-day seminar this past weekend and learned all about team management as well as how to better serve our incredible pet parents and veterinary community!

The seminar was held in Long Beach and presented by Veterinary Management Consultation. We’re excited to see our teams put their newfound knowledge to use!