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Amanda Root

Dr. Root
Internal Medicine Resident
Internal Medicine
Dr. Root
Dr. Amanda Root was born in the Midwest.  She was a Registered Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager for 14 years before going to veterinary school.  She graduated in 2018 from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK.  She followed her passion for specialty medicine and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery in 2019 at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Irvine, California.  Dr. Root also studied in China to complete the Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncture course in 2018 through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  

Dr. Root has an interest in clinical research and has published two papers; one on canine obesity and the owner's ability to correctly identity their pets body condition score and feeding amount and the other paper on canine pseudopregnancy.  Her clinical interests include anything feline medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, infectious disease, and minimally invasive interventional procedures including endoscopy and ultrasonography. She has a strong interest in integrative veterinary medicine using diet, herbs, and acupuncture.  

Dr. Root lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Dr. Sam Root, a psychologist and marriage and family therapist, and their beautiful cat named Monkey.  When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys being out in nature, reading, cooking, trying new restaurants, and most of all, traveling.  

Internal Medicine

Welcome to VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital's Internal Medicine Department. While having to see an internal medicine specialist can be stressful, we are here to make your visit and your pet's stay as comfortable as possible. Our Internal Medicine Department has specialized technology as well as the expertise to help diagnose and treat your pet, but our mission is also providing you and your pet with compassionate care and the best client service possible.

What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

A board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a licensed veterinarian who has completed a one-year internship program followed by a three-year residency in internal medicine. Following successful completion of a comprehensive examination and acceptance of a publication in a peer-reviewed journal, the doctor becomes board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:

  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology (study of the blood)
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology/Urology
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Oncology

Within the discipline of veterinary internal medicine, there are also veterinarians who specialize further in Small Animal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, and Oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a specialist with intensive training and advanced diagnostics and therapies to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated medical problem. Veterinary Specialists work in concert with primary care physicians to ensure the very best outcome for your pet.

What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?

Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are also especially prepared to care for pets that may be facing multiple health problems. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets, just like older people, are coping with multiple disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also be suffering from kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with cancer. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases. In other situations, a younger animal may develop a problem that used to be considered untreatable but is now manageable and perhaps even curable.

Here are some common diseases that frequently lead general practitioner veterinarians and concerned pet owners to seek the expertise of a specialist:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Immune Related Disorders
  • Kidney Dysfunction


Our Internal Medicine Department offers an array of resources that provide further information to help pet owners become informed about many diseases and health issues affecting pets. Please feel free to browse, view our videos and download any of the documents from our resource library below:



Our Internal Medicine Team

Veterinary Specialist
Practice Limited to Internal Medicine
Chief Medical Officer
Veterinary Specialist
VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Main: 310-473-2951

Fax: 310-979-5400

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Other Hospital Hours:

Open for emergencies 24/7. No appointment is needed.
For Specialty Services, please call for availability and to schedule your pet's appointment.

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