Melissa Andruzzi, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

ACCESS – Los Angeles

Dr. Melissa Andruzzi was born and raised in Chicago. She was recruited to swim on the Division I team at the University of San Diego, where she earned her bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois.

During her veterinary studies, her yellow Labrador named Haven was diagnosed with a brain tumor and suffered from seizures. Haven was enrolled in a clinical trial at the U of I hospital and was the first dog to receive a chemotherapy drug that is now being used in people with brain tumors. Inspired by Haven and driven to help families going through similar experiences, she found herself drawn to the field of Neurology.

Following graduation as a veterinarian, Dr. Andruzzi moved to Texas and completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating internship at Texas A&M University. She ultimately stayed at A&M for the next several years to complete her Neurology and Neurosurgery residency.

Dr. Andruzzi passed her board exams and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology) in July 2021. Excited to finally move back to Southern California and enjoy post-residency life, Dr. Andruzzi moved to LA and joined the ACCESS team in Culver City.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Andruzzi loves swimming (especially outdoors in the sunshine), hiking and visiting National Parks and Forests, and hanging out with her tri-pawed cat named Biscuit who she adopted in Texas.