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John Nichols

DVM
John L. Nichols
Staff Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
John L. Nichols

Dr. John L. Nichols earned his DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences. Post-graduate training in emergency medicine was supplemented with an internship in medicine and critical care at the state-of-the-art teaching hospital at North Carolina State University. Dr. Nichols has a particular interest in pain management and nutrition in the critical patient. Having recently joined the VCA Animal Specialty Group family, Dr. Nichols enjoys the collaborative environment that allows for optimization of therapy for patients requiring advanced and continued care. Time outside the clinic is dedicated to study of the jazz guitar and exploring southern California with his wife Jen.

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
Veterinary Specialist
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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