Julie Brown

DVM
Dr. Julie Brown
Staff Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Julie Brown

Dr. Julie Brown attended the University of Northern Iowa, and graduated with a BS with highest honors in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She received her DVM from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine before moving to San Diego, where she completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital. She has been practicing as an emergency veterinarian since the completion of her internship in 2010, and joined VCA Animal Specialty Group in 2015. Her interests include wound management, envenomations, toxins, and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys playing the trumpet as a member of the San Diego Concert Band, hiking, camping, enjoying the beaches of San Diego, kickboxing, and traveling.

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
Veterinary Specialist
Medical Director
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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