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Tricia Tovar

Dr. Trish Tovar
Criticalist/Emergency & Critical Care Department Co-Manager
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Trish Tovar

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Emergency & Critical Care

My Pets:

Frankie - Giant Schnauzer
Norman & Pablo - Domestic Short Hair

A graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Tovar then completed a rotating internship at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, CA.  She went on to practice emergency medicine in Texas, Massachusetts, and Australia for several years prior to completion of an internship and residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center.  Dr. Tovar successfully completed the ACVECC exam to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. 

Dr. Tovar worked in Chicago as a criticalist prior to returning to southern California.  She has published on plasmapheresis in dogs and taught hands-on emergency procedures at multiple regional conferences.  Professional interests include sepsis, peri-operative care, and respiratory-related illness.

See our departments

Emergency & Critical Care

VCA ASEC’S Department of Emergency and Critical Care is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are equipped to handle any emergency, including vehicular trauma (hit by car), bite wound injuries, respiratory impairment, cardiac disease, gastrointestinal emergencies, endocrine disorders, and ophthalmologic conditions. Our intensive care unit provides the maximum level of care and technology for critically ill dogs and cats.

At any time, day or night, referring veterinary hospitals may transfer pets to our I.C.U. for overnight care or ongoing continuous care, to be transferred back to the referring veterinarian once the patient is stable. We also offer first-class post-operative care to ensure your pet the best possible surgical recovery.

Emergency Services:

  • Fully staffed state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.)
  • Multiple doctors present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays
  • In-house blood work available in less than one hour:
    • Hematology instrumentation
    • Blood chemistry analysis
    • Coagulation analysis
    • Blood gas analysis
  • Indirect and direct blood pressure monitoring
  • Continuous ECG telemetry
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Blood product transfusion capability
  • Nebulizers
  • Pediatric incubators
VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center

1535 South Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Main: Specialty: 310-473-5906 / Emergency: 310-473-1561

Fax: 310-479-8976

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Hours:

By Appointment

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