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Virginia Frauenthal

Virginia Frauenthal
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency & Critical Care
Virginia Frauenthal

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Emergency and Critical Care

Specialties Include:

Sepsis and infectious disease
Transfusion medicine

My Pets:

Chaz and Charlette - The gremlins
Tri-tip (Tippy) - The three-legged cat
Smush - The cat with no toes on one foot

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.

Papers Authored
Retrospective Evaluation of Coyote Attacks in Dogs: 154 Cases (1997-2012)
Abstract: To describe the clinical presentation and outcome of known attacks in client-owned dogs caused by the common coyote, Canis latrans.
Authored: Virginia M Frauenthal, Philip Bergman, Robert J Murtaugh
Published: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Volume 27, Issue 3 (April 2017)

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Emergency Surgery
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Emergency & Critical Care

Our hospital's team of emergency and critical care veterinarians are available 24/7 to care for your pet's emergency needs. We are here for you every day, every night, 365 days a year. Our medical director is a board-certified emergency and critical care specialist, and she often consults with our other ER doctors on complicated cases.

As ER veterinarians, our doctors are trained to handle the life-threatening emergencies that can occur any time of the day or night, as well as care for patients who become ill when their primary veterinarian is unavailable. We also support you local vet when a case becomes too serious or time-intensive for their staff. These emergencies include traumas like being hit by cars or other dog or animal attacks, falling from heights, and gunshot wounds or injuries as well as non-trauma health problems like frequent vomiting, trouble breathing, fever or infection, seizure activity, and many other issues. Our emergency veterinarians act as ER doctors for your pets, just as ER doctors care for you at your local hospital when your doctor is unavailable or your condition is extremely serious. Whenever an emergency arises, our hospital and trained staff are prepared to help. 

Our doctors are also trained in intensive care. Often, patients with a severe, life-threatening emergency come to the ICU because their illness or injury puts them in a position where their physical condition could change rapidly, often by the minute or hour. Research on the treatment of human patients shows that outcomes for the critically ill often improve when they are cared for by doctors and nurses specifically trained to work with such patients., and we have found that the same is true for our animal patients. 

Emergency & critical care treatments and procedures include:

  • 24 hour fluid therapy
  • 24 hour patient monitoring
  • 24 hour pain management
  • Continuous oxygen therapy
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Toxicity treatment
  • Snake bite treatment
  • CPR and post-CPR care
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Ventilator therapy
  • Blood product transfusion therapy
  • Trauma/emergency surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Tonometry
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

Staff Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

301 E. Haley Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Main: 805-899-2273

Fax: 805-965-0070

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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