VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

Kimberly Carlson, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Certifications: DACVS
Departments: Surgery


Clinical Interests: Dr. Carlson has a specific interest in utilizing minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy) to treat her patients using state-of-the art technology. Stem cell therapy is also used extensively in her practice.

She has a specialized interest in oncologic surgery, reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery (including TPLO & TTA) and trauma. Dr. Carlson focuses on partnering with the pet’s family and family veterinarian for the best option, recognizing that it may not be a surgical one.

Dr. Kimberly Carlson graduated from the University of Illinois in 2001. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center of New York, as well as a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Dr. Carlson finished her surgical residency at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 before moving to Northern California.

Dr. Carlson's personal interests include SCUBA diving, jogging and weight training. She is an avid and knowledgeable collector of antique and vintage movie posters, particularly film noir and science fiction. She has a special love for German Shepherds and lives with one, Rayne, who was given to her by a client. She also shares her home with her husband Greg, two children, Torunn and Teague and two geriatric cats, Buddy and Mac.


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

If your pet is having a medical emergency, please do not hesitate to bring your pet in. If you need to contact us, please call:

(510) 483-7387

We offer emergency and urgent care and critical care services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays, allowing us to carefully monitor your pet and provide continuous medical care. We accept walk-ins as well as transfer cases from area veterinarians.

The Emergency Service is available exclusively to treat pets in an emergency, when the family veterinarian is unavailable. Once the pet's condition is stabilized, the patient will be released or returned to the regular veterinarian for continued care.