VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center

For Veterinarians Overview

We know that entrusting your patients to another doctor is a challenge. At VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, we want you to know that your referred patients will receive the best care from us. You can count on us to be your partners in health care. We have a full range of services and specialists to meet the needs that even your most challenging cases present. Feel free to contact us for a tour of our facility, to meet some of our staff or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.

Referral For Specialty Services

Please feel free to print this form and fill out and send with your client to help facilitate referral to any of our services. If you have any questions, feel free to call and speak to the doctor directly prior to referral AT 916-362-3111.


We also have multiple types of referral information and client education pamphlets covering various issues. If you would like more pamphlets and/or referral forms sent to your hospital, feel free to fill out this request form and fax it over to us or call our Outreach Coordinator at (916) 361-5210 to place an order.


Overnight Monitoring Packages

We offer Overnight Monitoring Packages for referring veterinary practices in an effort to provide continuity of care for your patients from the time your practice closes until it opens again. Our hospital's technical staff will monitor your stable patients and administer medications according to your treatment plan.

The following guidelines should be used when referring a patient for overnight monitoring.

Your patient must be clinically stable which means:

  • Routine uncomplicated postoperative monitoring is required
  • The patient has a clinically stable disease, already diagnosed by you, which requires simple physiological monitoring (TPR) overnight
  • The patient does not need laboratory tests while in our care (all additional tests will be charged for separately, if requested)
  • Your patient will be transferred back to you for further care or discharge unless the patient comes with written discharge instructions and medications already scripted to go home.

Click here for more information on our Overnight Monitoring Packages.

To arrange for Overnight Monitoring for your patient, please download and complete the Overnight Monitoring Referral Form and call our hospital at 916-362-3111 for further instructions prior to transferring your patient.


Outpatient Ultrasounds

Our Board Certified Radiologists are available for Outpatient Ultrasound appointments. They will complete a full ultrasound and written report and return that to your office immediately. If further referral or diagnostics are recommended, our radiologists will contact your office right away. Please call our office to make an appointment for your client .


Internship & Residency Programs

We are also a teaching hospital and offer internship and/or residency programs to veterinarians seeking advanced training in a specialty area. Call us to find out more.

Continuing Education Programs

Additionally, we offer conferences and seminars to help you meet your ongoing continuing education needs. Be sure to check back often for conference schedules.


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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

We are located at 9801 Old Winery Place in Sacramento. Our hospital is open 24 hours a day every day to help care for your emergency needs. Our emergency fee is $135. If you are planning to come in on emergency, please call (916)362-3111 so that we are ready for you.

If your pet has swallowed a medication or toxic substance, you can call Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 for the most up to date information and immediate assistance. The cost of the service is $65.