We are committed to caring for your pet – while maintaining the highest level of safety for our Associates and pet owners. We thank you for your continued patience and support. 
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Damion Walters

Damion Walters Staff Photo
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Damion Walters Staff Photo
Education: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine graduate 2015; California Polytechnic University in Pomona

Professional Interests:
ER medicine, particularly wound repair and management of acute cardiac disease

Personal Interests:
Working out, traveling, eating at new local restaurants and checking out the latest tech products.

Professional Organizations: 

What most makes me enjoy working as an emergency veterinarian is the trust and bonds I have developed with both doctors and support team, especially through the difficult days.  Working with specialists helps keep me abreast of new medical developments within the veterinary profession and the amazing feeling of helping a patient go from critically ill to walking out of our doors to be with their family.
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Emergency & Critical Care

VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center offers 24-hour emergency care if your pet is sick or injured and needs urgent care after hours. A doctor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, call us at 925-937-5000.

Our hospital is staffed overnight to provide around-the-clock monitoring and nursing care for all hospitalized patients; your pet is never alone. Having advanced diagnostic equipment and an intensive care unit (ICU) provides lifesaving measures especially when your pet has an emergency and time is of the essence.

Please note that these types of trauma usually require emergency medical attention and may threaten your pet’s life if not treated:

  • Bleeding - Bleeding from any part of the body; blood in feces or urine
  • Coughing - Severe, persistent coughing; choking sounds
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting - Continued or severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing - Shallow breathing; seems to be choking
  • Difficulty giving birth
  • Eye injury - Redness; swelling; squinting; discharge
  • Ingested toxin, poison, or foreign object - Any household or garden chemical, human medicine, medicine overdose of any kind, swallowed rocks, bones, sharp objects, cloth material, string, etc.
  • Injured - Hit by a car; hurt by another animal; fallen from a great height
  • In pain - Pet is crying out
  • Lethargic or non-responsive - Cannot stand or move; not responding to voice or touch
  • Lumps - Lumps that are growing rapidly or are bleeding
  • Trouble urinating - Straining or painful urination
  • Weight loss - Dramatic or unexplained weight loss over a short period of time; not eating

Please use care when handling your pet if he or she has been injured. We encourage you to call us at 925-937-5000 before coming in so that we can prepare for your arrival. When you arrive at EBVSE, your pet will immediately be triaged so that we may determine his or her stability. If your pet needs to be hospitalized, the admitting veterinarian will discuss with you the proposed treatment plan.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
Emergency Medical Director and Clinician
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian
VCA Encina Veterinary Medical Center

2803 Ygnacio Valley Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Main: 925-937-5001

Fax: 925-937-8519

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Other Hospital Hours:

Open 24 hours a day for emergency. Scheduled appointments in general practice and specialty departments, Monday - Saturday, hours vary.

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