Dr. Emily Mao was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, majoring in Microbiology. During her college years, she performed genetic research and published an article in the Journal of Bacteriology on defects in DNA repair . Following graduation, she traveled to Taiwan and attended Shr Da University to study Chinese Language and Arts. Dr. Mao then moved to East Lansing to attend veterinary school at Michigan State University. After completing a 1-year internship in Medicine and Surgery at VCA West Los Angeles, she practiced in Studio City for several years where she furthered her interests in exotic medicine. She had the privilege to treat animals from the Playboy Mansion Zoo and also appeared on several episodes of Tamed and Uncut, a popular series on Animal Planet. Dr. Mao moved to Huntington Beach in 2009, where she joined VCA Animal Hospitals. She became an associate at VCA Los Altos in April of 2014. Aside from dogs and cats, she treats rabbits, pockets pets, and small reptiles. Her other strong interests include emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery, with an emphasis on preventative care. In her free time, Dr. Mao enjoys power yoga, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors, Yosemite being her favorite hiking destination. She resides with her husband, a 15 year old Husky Mix named Jordy, and 2 young daughters- who have also become aspiring veterinarians.