VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Ctr.

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Sylvia Gottfried
    Veterinary Tech School: Mesa College

    Graduated from the AHT Program in 1996, was recipient of the California Veterinary Medical Association's RVT of the Year in Private Practice in 2003, became certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2004

    An active member of the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, CaRVTA (California Registered Veterinary Technician Association), VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society), and AVECCT (Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians). I have been employed at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center since 1995. My area of interest is emergency/ critical care and trauma. I live with my husband, three children, two dogs, and three cats. My hobbies include gardening and baking (especially cakes).

  • Technician Supervisor

    Debbie Hannis
    School: California University of Riverside, Biology

    Debbie Graduated from California University of Riverside with a degree in Biology.  She joined VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center in 1999, she has more than 20 years experience in veterinary emergency medicine and always strives to provide the best possible care to all our patients. She is currently our grave yard supervisor and enjoys the variety and fast pace of emergency medicine. In her time away from the hospital she enjoys swimming, riding on the beach and taking care of her horses and dogs.

  • Technician Supervisor

    Joy King
    Veterinary Tech School: Los Angeles Pierce College

    I've been with the Internal Medicine team for nearly 10 years. I enjoy working closely with the doctors and nurses, developing relationships with our patients and clients over the course of the pet's therapy. Our team creates a wonderfully nurturing environment where many of our nurses go on to veterinary school. With the leadership of our doctors and study-oriented nurses, we are consistenly pursuing up-to-date treatments to improve our knowledge base and standard of care. In my time at VCA, I participated in a double-blind study for Pimobendan, a cardiac drug, now approved for use in the United States. As a nursing supervisor, I have been involved in training the staff on some of the Internal Medicine procedures within the hospital including endoscopy and chemotherapy. Some of my personl interests include photography, playing with my dog, Alina, and I've been a life-long passmember at SeaWorld.

  • Technician Supervisor

    Karen Recabaren
    Veterinary Tech School: Mesa College Animal Health Technology 1987

    After obtaining her RVT degree Karen was hired by the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center. I worked with the emergency service for 7 years. I have been with the surgery department since 1995 and am currently the supervisor of the surgical technician staff.

    Karne's hobbies include gardening, photography, animal care, and Disneyland. Karen lives with her husband Warner, and daughter Kyra who help care for their many pets: cats, birds, chickens, ducks, turkey, and fish.


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.