VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

Douglas Santen, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Iowa State University
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine


Dr. Santen is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a B.S. in Biochemistry. He also attended graduate school for two years before enrolling in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Santen obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State in 1987. After practicing for one year in Boulder, Colorado, he completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr. Santen is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine. After completing the residency he joined Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in 1991. Besides his position as an Internist at Alameda East he has also served as a Regional Medical Director for VCA (2010) and as the Alameda East Medical Director (2011-2013).

Dr. Santen is well trained and experienced in all areas of feline and canine internal medicine. However, he has a particular interest and expertise in feline medicine (endocrinology, gastroenterology, respiratory disease, and kidney disease). Dr. Santen is actively involved in the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism with radioactive iodine. He has substantial skill in endoscopic techniques including gastroduodenoscopy, esophagoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, and tracheobronchoscopy. Over the last two decades, Dr. Santen has also been involved in numerous FDA clinical drug trials with various pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Santen is a member of local, state and national veterinary medicine organizations. He is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. In his off time Dr. Santen enjoys road cycling, hiking, skiing, reading and traveling. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for over thirty years. Their daughter, a fourth grade teacher in the Cherry Creek School District, lives in Denver with her husband. The Santen household has been home to numerous wonderful kitties over the years.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

Our Emergency Number - 303 366 2639

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital has been providing 24-hour emergency care to the community since 1971.  Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, there is experienced veterinary staff on site.  With our capable staff and advanced medical/surgical capabilities we are able to provide a wide range of lifesaving procedures to treat the seriously ill or injured animal. 

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