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J. Michael Walters

J Michael Walters
Medical Director
Critical Care
Availability: Monday - Thursday
J Michael Walters

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Emergency & Critical Care

Name: J. Michael Walters (please call me Mike and the J is for John, DON’T call me John)

Undergrad school:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Veterinary school:
Louisiana State University
Colorado State University

Why did you choose to become a Veterinary Criticalist?
I became a criticalist and emergency clinician because I enjoy fast pace and the immediate changes I can make in patients’ lives. It’s really a life or death situation on occasion and that is exciting. 

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?  
To make a difference in patients and clients lives. To help this team of veterinary specialist achieve their goals and the team as a whole. To help make, with the help of everyone, this a true center of excellence. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?  
I spend time with my family at the beach and just enjoy life outside of the hospital.



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Critical Care

What Is Critical Care?

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition may be required. Many emergency and critical care facilities offer 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets and, just as in human hospitals, may have dedicated Intensive Care and Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU). Such facilities are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Such facilities also typically have advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

At VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital, we have a team of emergency and critical care doctors and technicians treating and monitoring critically ill pets around the clock, 365 days a year. In addition, our Intensive Care Unit is equipped with a full complement of advanced, state-of-the-art emergency and critical care medical equipment. In the event of an emergency, our emergency and critical care team is ready at all times to help your pet.

Our Critical Care Team

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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