Our Team

Our Veterinary Team
VCA Animal Specialty Group offers advanced animal specialty and emergency care in Los Angeles. Our specialists use state-of-the-art equipment along with their leading expertise to provide cutting-edge treatment for dogs, cats, and other pets of all breeds and sizes. Our dedicated team of board-certified, residency-trained specialists is committed to serving our veterinary community in not only our surrounding cities of Glendale, Los Feliz, Burbank, La Canada, and Beverly Hills but all of Southern California and beyond.

From Referral To Recovery
Our doctors work as a partner with our referring veterinarians, not just accepting referral cases, but also by providing consultations, giving opinions, and offering advice when asked. We combine the most advanced care with unparalleled bedside manners to provide the highest quality care available for our patients. Pet parents are always treated with understanding and respect by our professional staff who keep them informed of the situation every step of the way. 

Leading The Way In Veterinary Care
Because of all these reasons, VCA Animal Specialty Group has been consistently recognized throughout the veterinary community for our innovation and commitment to advancing veterinary medical and surgical options. As leaders in advanced veterinary procedures and technology, we have embraced our obligation to teach other veterinarians through regular continuing education seminars, as well as a residency program that provides the focused training veterinarians need to become board-certified specialists. Maybe that’s why our animal hospital has been the specialty center of choice by not only pet parents and veterinarians, but also top-ranked veterinary residents and interns as they look to further their education at a top-tier facility.

Schedule An Appointment With A Veterinary Specialist In Los Angeles
VCA Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles offers unparalleled emergency and specialty pet care. Contact one of our caring customer service representatives today to schedule an appointment with a specialist and get to the bottom of what is bothering your furry family member.

paw Team Spotlight
Kirk Wendelburg
DVM, DACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow-Joint Replacement Surgery Medical Director

Dr. Kirk Wendelburg obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 1982, following this immediately with a one-year internship and a three-year residency at The Ohio State University. He attained board certification in 1989, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and founded Animal Specialty Group in March, 1990.

An author of numerous book chapters, Dr. Wendelburg has also lectured extensively on the state, national, and international levels on orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue, and joint replacement surgery. He has received awards and recogniti...

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Desiree J.
Hospital Manager
Desiree has been a veterinary technician for many years. She feels that she has been privileged enough to spend most of that time as a Surgery Technician and Supervisor working side-by-side with many brilliant minds - doctors and technicians alike. Since joining the ASG team in 2008, Desiree feels very fortunate that she was able to fulfill one of her childhood dreams of working with wild animals such as tigers, bears, and hyenas.

Outside of ASG, Desiree spends her time working on her second passion, photography. She also enjoys hanging with her hubby (Carl), her 2 dogs (Rockstar & Wookie), and her 2 cockatie...
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Steven K.
Hospital Administrator

Steven received his BA in Administrative Science with a minor in Finance from The Ohio State University in 1981. After relocating from Ohio to California he became a Certified Public Accountant and worked in public accounting for the national firm of Ernst & Whinney (currently known as Ernst & Young).

Steven has held the controller position for both an international real estate investment corporation and a national commercial real estate development entity. Steven is a member of the California Board of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPA’s. As principal of Steven M. Katz, CPA, a public acc...

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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.
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