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Virginia Frauenthal, Medical Director


Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Frauenthal leads our team of doctors at VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital and is board-certified in the specialty of Emergency and Critical Care. She was raised in San Clemente, CA. She received her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from UC Davis in 2005 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 2009. Dr. Frauenthal then continued her education with a rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and Referral Centre, the largest private practice in Canada located in downtown Toronto. She then gained experience as an emergency veterinarian at VCA West Coast before completing a 3-year residency program in emergency and critical care in 2015.

Dr. Frauenthal's professional interests include toxicology, traumatology, electrolyte and acid/base disorders, management of patients with Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome and Sepsis/Septic Shock. In 2017, she published the only article detailing the recognition and treatment of serious injuries secondary to coyote attack in dogs.

Dr. Frauenthal's other love in life is her music. She is an accomplished opera singer and enjoys performing whenever her schedule permits. She is currently a first soprano in the local all-female acapella group the Santa Barbara Soundwaves. In addition to singing, she fills her spare time with outdoor activities, international travel, viticulture and enology and cooking with and for loved ones. Her life is enhanced with the antics of her two rescue 'gremlins' Chaz and Charlette.

Virginia Frauenthal

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