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Courtney Ikuta

DVM (Practice Limited - Surgery)
Courtney Ikuta
Associate Veterinarian
Surgery
Availability: Wednesday - Saturday
Courtney Ikuta
Undergrad School: University of Alabama at Huntsville and Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Veterinary school: University of Minnesota college of Veterinary Medicine
Residency: the Animal Medical Center in New York City

Why did you choose to become a Veterinary Surgeon?
During veterinary school, the small animal surgery rotation was the most physically taxing, working 18+ hour days, standing for hours in the operating room, forgoing meals and breaks, but it was by far the most inspiring.  My experience as an intern with an incredible group of surgeons only further reinforced my love of surgery.  It is difficult to describe the joy that surgery brings me.  When we are in the OR, nothing else matters but the patient whose life is in our hands; the world stops and our team is fully focused on working together with efficiency and skill.  Being able to repair an injury, relieve an obstruction, remove a tumor, to literally save lives, makes me grateful every day I walk in to the hospital.

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
The VCA West Coast team is a group of caring, dedicated doctors providing the most advanced and comprehensive care possible to our patients in a respectful workplace.  We support one another and work as a true team.

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
I enjoy cooking and eating great food, playing volleyball, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family.
 

Surgery

Board-certified veterinary surgeons are veterinarians who have received advanced training after veterinary school in the art of surgery and the management of problems that require surgical intervention. They have typically completed one or more internships and a three year residency in an approved program. In addition, they have passed numerous exams and have demonstrated the knowledge, proficiency, and skills to be awarded certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In other words, they are individuals that have dedicated years of their life to the study and practical training in their chosen specialty far beyond what a typical graduate veterinarian would.

Board-certified surgeons have been exposed to and trained in a wide variety of surgical procedures, as well as specialty training in anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine/critical care, and clinical and anatomic pathology. They have been trained to perform advanced surgical procedures of the abdominal organs and gastrointestinal tract, head and neck procedures, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy), spinal surgery, orthopedics, thoracic surgery, urogenital surgery, and reconstructive procedures of the skin. Their training has prepared them for all phases of the surgical management of our small animal patients. Some surgeons have completed fellowships following their residencies to allow for even greater specialization.

Some of the more common procedures performed at VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital include:

  • TPLO/TTA (for ruptured cruciate ligaments)
  • Fracture repair (internal and external fixation)
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Patella Luxation surgery
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) for hip dysplasia
  • Arthroscopic surgery for OCD
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery (cancer surgery)
  • Portosystemic Shunt Attenuation (vascular anomaly surgery)
  • Thoracic Duct Ligation (chylothorax surgery)
  • Stem Cell Treatment for degenerative conditions

VCA West Coast’s team of surgeons have vast experience in dealing with a multitude of surgical problems and are trusted by veterinarians throughout Southern California and beyond. Our highly respected team includes one of only 50 certified oncologic surgeons in the world!

VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital strongly believes in the triad of care. You, your family veterinarian, and your VCA West Coast surgeon will become a team working together to provide your pet with the best possible care. Working together with an surgeon, your family veterinarian may be able to perform some or most of the needed post-operative care.

If you or your veterinarian believe your pet may benefit from an consultation with a surgeon, please contact us. Additional information is available at www.acvs.org.

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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