VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County

Sara Schachter, DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine


Dr. Schachter received her DVM from the University of California-Davis in 1997 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1998. She moved back to the Bay Area and completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California-Davis. She continued at UCD as a clinical fellow, while completing her certification in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Pursuing her interest in diabetes, Dr. Schachter completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University in 2002. That same year, she worked as a consultant for Cardiopet, assisting veterinarians throughout North America with cardiac and internal medicine cases. At the end of 2002, she started the Internal Medicine Department at Special Veterinary Services in Berkeley, where she practiced for 3 years. In 2005 she started Veterinary Internal Medicine Associates in Fairfield, California, where she worked until joining VCA Animal Care Center. Dr. Schachter has special interests in endocrine disorders and oncology.

Dr. Schachter currently resides in the rural outskirts of Santa Rosa area with her husband, her 3 sons, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 llamas, 3 goats, 2 horses, 3 4H bunnies and a flock of chickens. In her spare time she enjoys running, swimming, bicycling, traveling, dressage, and 3-day eventing.


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.