Amaris Franco
Veterinary Specialist DVM, DACVECC
Undergrad school: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cal State Los Angeles
Veterinary school:
Western University; Class of 2012
Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care in Las Vegas (sister hospital of and attached to the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center). I did my internship there (2012-2013) and stayed on for a residency in Emergency and Critical Care (2013-2016).

Why did you choose to become an emergency veterinarian?
I love the urgency. Critical care cases require quick thinking and immediate action. And if things go as you had hoped, you see your hard work pay off pretty quickly. Instant gratification!

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
Other than being a state-of-the-art facility with all of the bells and whistles, my biggest reason are my colleagues. The hospital places a lot of emphasis on having the right culture. We are a team that works well together and we support each other. We constantly collaborate on each other's patients; it is all about what is best for the patient.

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
I really enjoy reading on my free time. Fictions, not science/medicine. Nothing better than reading a good book on my "catio" with a cat or two in my lap.


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