VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Ctr.

Marisa DeAvilla, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

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


Marisa DeAvilla, DVM, received her D.V.M. from the University of California Davis in 1989. She worked in mixed and small animal practices in Lake and Mendocino counties before moving to San Diego in 1996. Since that time, Dr. DeAvilla has practiced emergency and critical care medicine at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital.

Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. DeAvilla received her B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduating, she worked as a biologist aboard a Tall Ship in the Western North Atlantic, focusing on population dynamics of free ranging cetaceans, primarily humpback whales.

In her spare time, Dr. DeAvilla enjoys gardening, cooking, and her American Saddlebred horses.


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Ctr. provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 619-299-2400. We are located at 2317 Hotel Circle South. San Diego, CA 92108.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.