VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County

James Lavely, DVM, DACVIM/Neurology, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Ohio State University
Certifications: DACVIM/Neurology
Departments: Neurology


James Lavely, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Neurology Dr. Lavely received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. After which, Dr. Lavely completed his residency in neurology/neurosurgery at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in July 2003 and became board certified in veterinary neurology in July 2004. Dr. Lavely has presented research in spinal epidural empyema (abscess) and the use of single fiber electromyography for the detection of myasthenia gravis at the American College of Veterinary Medicine national forums in 2002 and 2003. Dr. Lavely has authored several publications including invited reviews on fungal infections of the nervous system and pediatric neurology. Dr. Lavely joined VCA ACC in 2003 and enjoys working with a motivated team, dedicated to providing high quality specialty care. Amongst many aspects of neurology,Dr. Lavely is particularly interested in inflammatory and infectious diseases of the nervous system, myasthenia gravis, MR imaging and neurosurgery.


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

VCA Animal Care Center provides round-the-clock emergency services to care for your pet when your family veterinarian is not available. We have six veterinarians and many technicians on staff that specialize in emergency services and critical care to attend to any type of small animal emergency including trauma, toxin exposure, surgical and medical crises, just to name a few. Our experienced staff continually receives advanced training specific to emergency practices and procedures to insure your pet gets the best care possible.

In addition to emergency services, we are able to provide intensive care for critically ill pets that have been referred by family veterinarians. Our clinicians are on staff 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and holidays, allowing us to monitor and provide continuous care.