VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

Nicole Buote, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Tufts University
Certifications: DACVS
Departments: Surgery


Dr. Nicole Buote has been on staff at VCA West Los Angeles since 2010 and was named Chief of Surgery in 2014. She obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed a one year rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and then pursued a specialty surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Texas in 2006. In 2009 she completed her surgical residency from The Animal Medical Center in New York and was awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010.

Dr. Buote practices soft tissue, orthopedics and neurosurgery but her special interests are in advanced wound repair, oncologic reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy and interventional radiology techniques such as tracheal, ureteral, and urethral stenting. Dr. Buote also has a strong interest in clinical research and has published in textbooks and scientific journals the field of small animal surgery, on topics including liver and gallbladder disease, cruciate (knee) stabilization, Vacuum-assisted closure for septic abdomens, trauma, laparoscopy and advanced wound management. Dr. Buote also enjoys lecturing and teaching at national conferences.

Dr. Buote’s human family includes her husband, Dr. Nathan Peterson, the head of the Critical Care Department at VCA West LA, and her sons William and Nicholas. Her four-legged family consists of 2 cats named Kismet, and Number 3. During her spare time, she enjoys photography and travelling.

Dr. Buote is available for consultation Thursdays and Saturdays and performs surgery on Wednesdays and Fridays. To reach Dr. Buote or her assistant, please email them at or call 310-473-2951.

Selected Journal Publications:

Buote NJ. The use of the medical leeches for venous congestion. A review and case report. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2014; 27(3): 173-8.

Peterson NW, Buote NJ, Bergman PJ. Effect of epidural analgesia with opioids on the prevalence of urinary retention in dogs undergoing surgery for cranial cruciate ligament rupture. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2014 Apr 15; 244(8): 940-3

Buote NJ, Kovak J, Loar A. The Effect of Perioperative Antibiotics on Positive Culture results from samples taken at the time of Cystotomy for Cystic Calculi. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2012 Nov 1; 241(9):1185-1189.

Buote NJ, Havig ME. The use of Vacuum-assisted closure in the management of Septic Peritonitis in Six dogs. J Am Anim Hosp 2012 May-June; 48 (3): 164-71.

Muir P, Schwartz Z, Malek S, Kreines A, Cabrera SY, Buote NJ, et al. Contralateral cruciate survival in dogs with unilateral non-contact cranial cruciate ligament rupture. PLoS One 2011; 6 (10): e25331, Epub 2011 October 5.

McLane MJ, Buote NJ. Lung Lobe Torsion Associated with Chylothorax in a Cat. J Feline Med Surg 2011 February; 13 (2): 135-8.

Buote NJ, Kovak JR, Schold JD. Conversion from Diagnostic Laparoscopy to Laparotomy: Risk Factors and Occurrence. Veterinary Surgery 2011 January; 40 (1): 106-14.

Buote NJ, Fusco JF, Radasch RM. Age, Tibial Plateau Angle, Sex and Weight as Risk Factors for Contralateral Rupture of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament in Labradors. Veterinary Surgery 2009 June; 38 (4): 481-489.

Buote NJ, McDonald DE, Radasch RM. Partial and Pancarpal Arthrodesis. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Small Animal Practitioner 2009 April; 31(4): 180-192.

Buote NJ, Reese C. Congenital Tarsal Hyperextension in three cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006 April; 15; 228(8): 1200-3

Buote NJ, Mitchell SL, Penninck D, Freeman L, Webster CRL. Cholecystoenterostomy for treatment of Extrahepatic Biliary Tract Obstruction in cats: 22 cases (1994-2003). J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006 May; 1; 228(9): 1376-82, 2006.

Book Chapters:

Buote NJ. Chapter 4: Surgical Instrumentation - Section II. Equipment Trocars/Cannulas. Small Animal Laparoscopy textbook edited by Mayhew and Fransson

Buote NJ. Chapter 24 & 25: Laparoscopic Ovariectomy & Ovariohysterectomy. Small Animal Laparoscopy textbook edited by Mayhew and Fransson

Buote NJ, Kovak-McClaran JR. Chapter 10: Laparoscopic Contraindications, Complications and Conversion. Small Animal Laparoscopy textbook edited by Mayhew and Fransson

Kovak-McClaran JR, Buote NJ. Liver and Biliary System. Feline General and Oncologic Surgery textbook.

Kovak-McClaran JR, Buote NJ. Complications and Need for Conversion to Laparotomy in Small Animals. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice 2009 September; 39 (5): 941-951.

Recent Presentations/Lectures:

Featured on the internet based radio show, ‘the Pet Doctor’, on discussing Advanced Wound Therapy techniques, Episode 203 “How Sea Hunt, Mary Poppins and Leeches are Advancing Veterinary Medicine”

American College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Symposium- Tips and Tricks: Vacuum Assisted Laparostomy, October 2014

The Veterinary Endoscopy Society 11th Annual Meeting- Comparison of Surgical times, post-operative pain, and complications after a hybrid laparoscopic-assisted cystoscopy vs traditional cystotomy for removal of urinary calculi in cats, May 2014

The Veterinary Endoscopy Society 11th Annual Meeting- Survey of Minimally invasive instructions at Universities in the United States, May 2014

American College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Symposium- The Use of Medicinal Leeches for Wound Healing, Podium Presentation, October 2013

American College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Symposium- Chair of the Advanced Laboratory on Vacuum Assisted Laparostomy for treatment of Septic Abdomen, October 2013

The Veterinary Endoscopy Society-9th Annual Meeting- Complications treating Constrictive Pericarditis with a Thoracoscopic Pericardial Window. Podium Presentation, March 2012


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



TEL: (310) 473-2951
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The doctors and staff of VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital are ready and available to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Staffed by emergency/critical care veterinarians and technicians, our emergency team is ready to provide your pet with the highest possible level of quality compassionate care should an urgent medical need arise at any time of day or night.

If you feel your pet is having an emergency, please feel free to immediately come to the hospital - we are ALWAYS available! You may speak with a member of the emergency team if you have questions/concerns by calling (310) 473-2951 at any time.