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Dustin Schmid

DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Dustin Schmid
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Dustin Schmid
Dr. Dustin R. Schmid grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, a small town in southern California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Colorado - Boulder. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. He subsequently completed a rotating internship and residency in emergency and critical care in southern California. Dr. Schmid is board-certified in small animal emergency and critical care by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He has published multiple scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored a chapter in a critical care textbook. His professional interests are treating shock, sepsis, and mechanical ventilation.

Outside of the hospital Dr. Schmid remain active by playing soccer, hockey, golf, and snowboarding / skiing. He is an avid traveler and has visited 40+ countries on 6 continents. Dr. Schmid has 2 cats, Yota (named after he found him in the engine of his Toyota) and Buffalo (after the Colorado Buffaloes).

Emergency & Critical Care

The Emergency Department at VCA Animal Specialty Group is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you feel your pet has an emergency, please call us or come in immediately. Our phone number is (858) 560-8006 and we are located at 5610 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite B, San Diego, 92111.

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Signs of heatstroke
  • Rattlesnake bite
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the feces or urine
  • Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Signs of heatstroke

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition may be required. Our facility offers 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets. We are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Our facility also has advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may require the care of an emergency hospital. We work in tandem with your general practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with our hospital's Internal Medicine, Surgery and Neurology specialists, until the emergency is resolved. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of our emergency department for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner veterinarian for follow up and routine care.  

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

Staff Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
Medical Director
Staff Veterinarian
VCA Animal Specialty Group

5610 Kearny Mesa Rd., Suite B

San Diego, CA 92111

Main: 858-560-8006, Fax: 858-560-0206

Fax: 858-560-0206

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

E-fax: 310-442-4548
Email: [email protected]

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