Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Country Oaks Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality, including the care and dedication that make a difference.

Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Irene Nakaoka
DVM, Diplomate, ABVP Medical Director

Following inspiration and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Yale University, Dr. Irene discovered her ultimate passion at the UC Davis Veterinary School of Medicine. Her own kitten, Poki, and Dr. Joan Teitler became her mentors, guiding her yearning to address compassionate, complete, and comprehensive patient care as a veterinarian. As a Don Low Fellow at UC Davis from 2012-2013, she familiarized herself with ICU and emergency care. Now specializing in feline medicine with immeasurable talent, proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine, Dr. Irene is the only American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) feline specialist in Sacramento, one of only 62 ABVP Feline Diplomates worldwide.

“I believe in taking care of the entire patient–and how important it is to take care of the owners needs, as well as addressing the medical problems of the patient. I am especially proud of my ability to take care of complex feline cases–the kidney patient with heart failure, or the cancer patient with renal disease and IBD…and for my canine patients, letting them eat treats and working around their needs is something I enjoy doing (even if it means rolling around on the floor!).”

Reading a patient’s body language is important to know what they will allow, and to gauge their stress level, are the basis of practicing Fear Free medicine. Dr. Irene is grateful to be part of this unique and progressive aspect of medicine where patient’s needs are placed first–not just the medical needs, but emotional needs, as well.

Hobbies with her human family (husband and daughter) are based around weight training, USA swimming, and the Elk Grove Aquatic Club Later Gator US Master Swim program. Her home-based fun is centered around their 4 cats: Pico, Boba, Nita and Taki; and 2 dogs: Coco-Chan and Mochi.

"While working at VCA Country Oaks, I have an opportunity to work with dogs and exotics, but for my feline patients there is a dedicated cat area–and with the Cat Friendly Practice and Fear Free procedures in place, I really feel I will be able to provide the best stress-free medical care for our feline patients.”

As a veterinarian, Dr. Irene’s 3 words to describe her veterinary care would be: “Compassionate, Complete and Comprehensive”.


Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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