VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County

Michael Magne, DVM, DACVIM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine


Dr. Magne received his DVM degree at the University of Illinois in 1981 and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery there in 1982. He was then at Colorado State University from 1982 to 1985 where he completed a residency, Master’s degree and board certification in small animal internal medicine. Following his residency at Colorado State University, he spent two years as staff internist at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. He moved to Sonoma County in 1987 and is one of the original founders of the Animal Care Center. Since then he has served the Animal Care Center as an owner, partner, president of the Board, and as the current Medical Director and Senior Staff Internist. He is also a past president of the Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association, and served for 10 years on the Qualifying and Certifying Examination Committees for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Magne lives with his partner, a clinical psychologist, and their two dogs in Forestville. His personal interests are music, photography, alpine hiking, and in October 2014 he successfully summited a 19,000 foot peak in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mahatma Gandhi


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.