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Amber Hopkins

Hospital Medical Director
Availability: Tuesday - Friday

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Anesthesia and Analgesia

Specialties Include:

Pain management
Critical care anesthesia
Complementary medicine

My Pets:

Dante Purrfusion
Mia (The Golden Child)
Hampton Hamilton
Dr. Amber Hopkins is the Hospital Medical Director for VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Anesthesia and Analgesia (DACVAA) and is on the Board of Directors for the ACVAA. Dr. Hopkins is a graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, CA, followed by a three-year residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia at University of Pennsylvania. During her residency she specialized in all areas of anesthesia and pain management in large animal, small animal, small exotic and zoo animals. Dr. Hopkins's areas of particular interest are patient safety, critical care anesthesia, exotics anesthesia and all aspects of pain management, including acute and chronic pain and client education. Dr. Hopkins is also certified in extracorporeal therapies, as well as, veterinary acupuncture and canine/feline rehabilitation.

In her spare time, Dr. Hopkins enjoys spending time with her furry family, paddle-boarding, hiking, skiing, and traveling.
Papers Authored
Changes in Colloid Osmotic Pressure as a Function of Anesthesia and Surgery in the Presence and Absence of Isotonic Fluid Administration in Dogs

Abstract: To determine how a combination of anesthetic drugs; including pre-medication, induction agents and inhalational agents; affect colloid osmotic pressure (COP) in the presence and absence of isotonic fluid administration. Secondarily, to determine if changes in total plasma protein (TPP) correlate with COP in anesthetized patients.
Authored: Wright BD, Hopkins A
Published: Vet Anaesth Analg 2008 July; 35(4):282-8

Midazolam, as a Co-Induction Agent, Has Propofol Sparing Effects but Also Decreases Systolic Blood Pressure in Healthy Dogs

Abstract: To evaluate the effects of the co-administration of midazolam on the dose requirement for propofol anesthesia induction, heart rate (HR), systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and the incidence of excitement.
Authored: Hopkins A, Giuffrida M, Larenza MP
Published: Vet Anaesth Analg. 2014 Jan; 41(1):64-72

Microcirculatory Effects of Intravenous Fluid Administration in Anesthetized Dogs Undergoing Elective Ovariohysterectomy

Abstract: To assess the microcirculatory effects of IV fluid administration in healthy anesthetized dogs undergoing elective ovariohysterectomy.
Authored: Silverstein DC, Cozzi E, Hopkins A, Keefe TJ
Published: AJVR. 2014 September; 76(9): 809-17

Myocardial Contusion and Rib Fracture Repair in an Adult Horse

Abstract: To describe the clinical findings and management of myocardial injury secondary to blunt thoracic trauma and rib fracture in an adult horse.
Authored: Peters ST, Hopkins A, Stewart S, Slack J, de Solis CN
Published: J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2013 Nov-Dec; 23(6):663-9

Book Chapters

Breed Predisposition to Dental and Oral Disease in Dogs; Publication anticipated 2020
Anesthesia in Small and Toy Breeds
Anesthesia in Brachycephalic Breeds


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VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

9770 East Alameda Ave

Denver, CO 80247

Main: 720-975-2804

Fax: 303-344-8150

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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