Gobble ’till you wobble!

Our San Fernando Valley veterinary team kicked off their Thanksgiving celebrations one day early with a potluck where many employees contributed delicious cookies, cakes, sides, and even a tofurkey!

Here’s our team of dedicated supporters helping to prepare the feast.

From left to right: Leah Basinais – Director of Operations, Trisha DuBois – Hospital Manager, Shannon Brown – Marketing Coordinator, Kim Yacharn – Client Care Manager.

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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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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!

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ACCESS visits IVECCS in Washington, D.C.

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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!

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Sarah’s Survivor Party

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“If she makes it two years, I’ll throw her a party!” said Dr. Jana Norris.

Two years ago, Dr. Norris, the head board-certified surgeon at ACCESS, San Fernando Valley, performed a triple ventral slot procedure on Sarah, a procedure which would prevent this adult dog from becoming fully paralyzed. During the procedure, Dr. Norris found that she also had a thyroid anaplastic acinar carcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer.

This was tough news for the then ten-year-old dog and her family, but her owners were determined. They faced each challenge head on, not willing to give up on their furry family member. Sarah was able to be treated for her cancer by the Veterinary Cancer Group, and was eventually pushed through to remission by the wonderful specialists there.

Then, in August of 2015, we threw a party for Sarah the dog.

Sarah’s battle and recovery are truly amazing and it’s a case like this that reminds each of us why we are here and keep us grateful for the advances in veterinary medicine that make it possible for us to treat beloved animals. “Her prognosis with aggressive high grade and high stage cancer was poor all along, so it is amazing that she made it to two years post-op. That is a very good response to therapy and survival time after this diagnosis.” says Dr. Jana Norris.

We were happy to see Sarah back at our hospital, but this time, in our conference room! Dr. Norris provided a super-dog costume for super Sarah, who dined on gourmet dog treats; while the humans snacked on pizza. Sarah and her family brought a beautiful cake for the staff, and we all spent time talking about Sarah’s initial visit, her diagnosis, subsequent surgeries, and treatments.

We celebrate our patients each and every day, but it was nice to set aside special time for Sarah and her family.

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