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Dr. Zimmerman visits Costa Rica…


During a recent trip to Costa Rica, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center and donate much needed medical supplies on behalf of ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital — South Bay.

The Jaguar Rescue Center (JRC) is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals in southern Costa Rica, just outside of Puerto Viejo. With a focus on birds, reptiles, amphibians and small primates, the JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the sea of the Caribbean.

The JRC has a full-service hospital where injured or ill animals receive medications, special diets, physical therapy, and even surgery! The primary goal of the JRC is rehabilitation and return to the wild. In this, the JRC has an amazing track record. The La Ceiba Primary Forest serves as a release point for animals which will be returned to the wild. Even animals who cannot be released due to injury can be taken on “day excursions” into the primary forest. An amazing example I witnessed was an anteater who had suffered brain damage after being struck by a vehicle. He would not survive alone in the wild. He does, however, get the opportunity daily to experience the wild of the primary forest with a chaperone.

The JRC finds space and rehabilitates any and all animals native to the area, even full grown crocodiles! One of the more recognizable animals in Costa Rica is the sloth. Many sloth babies are orphaned when the mother is electrocuted grabbing an electrical wire rather than a tree or vine. The rehabilitation of an orphan is an extensive process. If a sloth cannot be returned to the wild, they can live up to 40 years, a big commitment! The permanent residents are given proper food, exercise, and access to the beach or jungle to maintain the best quality of life.

If you would like to donate or visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, please find them at jaguarrescue.foundation/

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Tails from the road – Doctor Edition!

We love it when our specialists take the time to visit local primary veterinary hospitals. Whether it’s because our doctors are new to ACCESS, are bringing holiday cheer, or simply want to check-in and say hello, you never know where and when you might spot them on the road!

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Achilles Finds A Forever Home

Achilles came to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles when he was dropped off by a Good Samaritan, bloody and covered in mats. Our team shaved him down and found a gnarly injury on his hind leg. With no family and a desperate need for surgery, things were looking rough for this pup!

Luckily, Casey, an RVT in our emergency room, stepped in and adopted him. She named him Achilles, given the injury that brought them together, and after his leg was amputated, he was able to come home.

He loves his new family and gets around quite well on three legs!




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Paweseome Animal Ambassadors

Charlie and Dink belong to Krys, the assistant to Cardiologist, Dr. Sarah Zimmerman. In addition to snuggling and looking cute, they love to rep ACCESS Speciality Animal Hospitals with their snazzy bandanas!

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ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals at ACVIM 2017!

We had a blast at ACVIM, which is a veterinary conference for all of the specialties under the Internal Medicine College such as cardiology, neurology, and internal medicine.

We spent two full days in our booth in the exhibit hall to meet new doctors, specialists, and technicians. It was so nice to catch up with old friends Luke and Indy from Puppy Up, and of course our veterinary pals.

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ACCESS at The Heart of Helping Family Fair

We were recently at the Heart of Helping Family Fair in Torrance along with Linda Baley and Too Many Bunnies! We talked about bunnies and veterinary care – what a perfect Saturday!




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Dr. Sawyer visits the Korean Youth & Community Center

Dr. Sawyer gave her “So You Want to Be a Veterinarian” talk at the Korean Youth & Community Center in Koreatown recently!

There were over 20 children in attendance and they were some of the most behaved and well-mannered group of kids either of us had seen before!  They absorbed all the info, asked great questions, and even stumped Dr. Sawyer with a scientific species name for a panther.

We always love seeing little faces faces light up, and we can practically see the wheels turning in their heads when they realize what veterinarians do for animals, so they can maybe grow up to do that too.

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Three Emergency and Critical Care CE’s in Three Weeks!

ACCESS has had a busy few weeks when it comes to CEs at three of our hospitals. First off, Dr. Jodi McKenna, our critical care specialist in the South Bay, gave her CE lecture on Hepatic Encephalopathy and How to Treat It.

It was great to remind everyone that we are available 24/7 for emergencies and critical care.

Then, Dr. Jennifer Geiger, one of our emergency overnight veterinarians in the San Fernando Valley, gave a lecture entitled Shock! The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Everyone was shocked that it turned into a great day because of how much they learned.

Finally, Dr. Mike Becker, from our emergency and critical care department in Culver City, lectured on the Use of Antibiotics is Selected Emergency Situations. Of course, we are happy to help patients in not just selected ones, but all emergency situations!

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Toy Drive Success!

Leo is an ER team member at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles. Each year he collects toys for the patients at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and this year was no different! Here, he’s seen delivering toys donated by our team members with Dr. Patty Paravicini.


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Tails from the Road – Tech Life at Mt. SAC

ACCESS department leads Kristine Snow and Karina Gomez spoke at Mt. SAC about life as RVTs to a group of students in the tech program.

They spoke about their respective fields if interest and also about what they look for in employees who join us. They gave out tips and advice and the students eagerly soaked up what they could. Maybe they will come work with us one day! We will surely be back to talk to more students too in the future.

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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