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Diane Erickson

Associate Veterinarian
Undergrad school: California State University, Fullerton, 2007
Veterinary school:
Massey University (New Zealand), 2013
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, MI, 2014-2015 – Internship

Why did you choose to specialize in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Cardiology?  
I wanted a profession that made a difference in the lives of people and animals. It’s great to be able to keep the human/animal bond strong and thriving. I love the variety and fast pace of ER. It’s a great feeling to be able to send an animal home to their family when they were once in a critical condition. 

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
VCA West Coast is a great hospital that pushes for advancement in the veterinary field and leads the way in high-quality medicine, patient care, client and referring veterinary communication. It is a great place to advance new skills and expand knowledge. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
Anything that gets me outdoors – cycling, hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding. I also enjoy baking with my nieces, traveling, and spending time with my dog— Scooter. 


Complete Emergency Care

At VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital, we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a full staff of top veterinarians, technicians, and client care specialists to handle any situation requiring immediate medical attention. Whether your regular veterinarian's office is closed or you have been referred by your family veterinarian, we are prepared to care for your pet and handle all emergencies -- from the minor to most complex.

Our highly trained emergency and critical care teams have direct access to the Hospital's full complement of state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, they are aided by the support of the Hospital's entire interdisciplinary team of specialists, as well as the referring veterinarian - all working in concert to deliver the best, most expeditious treatment possible. Pet medical emergencies can be stressful and traumatic for owners as well as their pets. We provide prompt, attentive, personal service starting the very first moment a patient arrives, with a quick, clear line of communication to the primary care veterinarian and pet owner.

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital's Emergency and Critical Care Specialists can help in the event of a medical crisis. When every second counts, we're here and ready to assist you and your pet. For immediate medical assistance or for information, please call our center at 714-963-0909.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations that can be considered an emergency:
  • Traumatic injuries - fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
  • Automobile accidents
  • Wounds, bleeding
  • Known or suspected ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Respiratory emergencies, choking, difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Shock, loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness, staggering, tremors, inability to move, sudden weakness, unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking indicating a problem
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Toxin reactions, poison ingestion
  • Labor that does not progress and delivery problems
  • Blood in urine or feces or vomiting blood
  • Swollen, hard, painful abdomen
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Heatstroke

What Is an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian?

A veterinarian whose sole focus is on emergency and critical care of pets has a background and experience in treating life-threatening conditions. While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may require the care of a doctor who has had intensive training and experience in handling emergency and critical care of pets. An emergency and critical care veterinarian typically works in tandem with your general practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

Our Emergency Team

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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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