VCA Animal Specialty Group

Doctors Overview

Our specialists are board certified. This "Board Certified" status in a specialty is achieved only after graduation from a veterinary school, one-year internship, three-year residency and successful completion of written, oral and practical examinations.

  • Michael R. Geist

    Medical Director
    DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, Canada
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Geist obtained his DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College in Ontario, Canada. He completed his internship at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Toronto, Canada, and his residency at

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  • Vanessa Biegen

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Western University of Health Sciences
    Certifications: DACVIM/Neurology
    Departments: Neurology

    Dr. Biegen is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specializing in neurology and neurosurgery.  She received her undergraduate degree from New York University,

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  • Crystal Garnett

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, University of Missouri
    Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
    Departments: Oncology

    Dr. Crystal Garnett grew up in St. Louis, MO and received her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at

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  • Gregory Jackson

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Kansas State University
    Certifications: DACVS-SA
    Departments: Surgery

    Dr. Jackson received an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of San Diego in 2001. After working as a veterinary technician in San Diego, he returned to school, receiving

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  • Peter G. Slusser

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Washington State University
    Certifications: DACVIM
    Departments: Internal Medicine

    Dr. Slusser received his DVM degree from Washington State University. Following his residency at Michigan State University, he stayed on as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary

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  • Julie Brown

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, Iowa State University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Julie Brown attended the University of Northern Iowa, and graduated with a BS with highest honors in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  She received her DVM from Iowa State College of Veterinary

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  • Angela J. Miller

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, Ohio State University
    Departments: Surgery

    Dr. Miller received her DVM from The Ohio State University.  She them completed a rotating internship at VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Fairfax Virginia, a surgical

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  • John L. Nichols

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, Western University of Health Sciences
    North Carolina State University
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care, Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. John L. Nichols earned his DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences. Post-graduate training in emergency medicine was supplemented with an internship in medicine and critical

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  • Austin K. Ray

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, University of California, Davis
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Ray attended the University of California at San Diego for his undergraduate studies, earning a degree in General Biology.  He earned his veterinary degree at the University of California

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  • Seth Wegner

    Staff Veterinarian
    DVM, University of California, Davis
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care, Emergency/Critical Care

    Dr. Seth Wegner grew up in Del Mar, attending The Bishop’s School in La Jolla  before receiving a BS in Neuroscience with Honors at University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Wegner then earned

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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

The Emergency Department at VCA Animal Specialty Group is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you feel your pet has an emergency, please call us or come in immediately.

Our phone number is (858) 560-8006.

We are located at 5610 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite B, San Diego, 92111.

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:
• Difficulty breathing
• Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
• Signs of heatstroke
• Rattlesnake bite
• Bleeding
• Vomiting blood
• Blood in the feces or urine
• Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
• Serious wound
• Suspected broken limb
• Any injury to the eye
• Loss of consciousness
• Seizures
• Inability to move or sudden weakness
• Unusual or erratic behavior
• Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
• Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
• Labor that does not progress

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