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VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center

9801 Old Winery Place | Sacramento, CA 95827

Call 916-538-3904
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Cardiology (Heart & Vascular Care)
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Oncology (Cancer Treatment)
  • Rehabilitation
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

Our hospital is an Emergency and Referral Practice. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help with your pets' emergency needs. In addition, we have board certified specialists on staff in Internal Medicine, Emergency/Critical Care, Oncology, Radiology, and Surgery. We also offer Animal Rehabilitation services for pets recovering from surgery or other traumatic injury. For Primary Care needs, we recommend you visit one of the other V.C.A Animal Hospital's locations in Sacramento.

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Kari Moore

Medical Director
DVM, Texas A&M University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care, Rehabilitation

Dr. Kari Moore graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. In 1995, she completed a one-year rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital. From 1995 to 1997, she was in private practice in Dallas, Texas before completing a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Moore became a boarded Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2001. Dr. Moore was on staff as part of the emergency and critical care team at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital from 2000 to 2001 in Boston, MA, before joining VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was the Intern and co-Resident Director along with establishing an emergency practice within the pre-existing framework of VCA Veterinary Referral Center before moving to California in 2005 to take a new position within VCA. She became the Regional Medical Director for VCA Northern California and Hawaii hospitals, which included a total of 39 hospitals. She returned to practice as the Medical Director and Intern Director of VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center when we moved into our new facility in May of 2007. In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Moore completed training and became certified in Canine Rehabilitation and is currently providing these services at our hospital as well filling in on the emergency and critical service. She still oversees the VCA general practices in the Sacramento area as their Regional Medical Director.

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Nathan Bailiff

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Departments: Internal Medicine

Nathan Bailiff obtained his DVM degree in 2000 from the University of California at Davis and finished a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University in 2001. Dr. Bailiff completed his residency training at the University of California at Davis and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary internal medicine including but not limited to immune-mediated diseases, infectious disease, endocrinology and a variety of endoscopic procedures. Examples of endoscopy-related services available include general gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urinary endoscopy for visualization and biopsy, stricture ballooning, respiratory and urinary tract stent placement, as well as laparoscopic evaluation and biopsy.

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Tim Bowers

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Departments: Internal Medicine

Tim Bowers graduated from Colorado State University in 1984 and completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at Auburn University in 1989. Dr. Bowers was board certified in the American College of Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1991. He then completed a clinical nutrition residency at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Bowers sees cases requiring special diagnostics and therapy including procedures such as ultrasound, endoscopy, gastroenterology, and nutrition.

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Melissa Fetner

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Texas A&M University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

While born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Melissa Fetner received a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College in 2001 with a major in biochemistry and a minor in education. She then returned home to Texas, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After completing a one-year rotating internship (2005 to 2006) in general medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, she accepted a position as a staff doctor in the emergency department at the Animal Medical Center. In 2008, she began a residency at the Animal Medical Center in emergency and critical care, which was completed in 2011. She joined the staff of VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in the fall of 2011. Professional interests include but are not limited to trauma management, respiratory emergencies, and transfusion medicine. When she is not at work, Melissa is an avid scuba diver and enjoys all outdoor activities.

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Genevieve Hammond

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Radiology: Rad
BS, Science; Majors in Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Departments: Oncology, Radiation Oncology

Genevieve Hammond knew from a young age that she wanted to be a vet. After attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia for a bachelor of Science with Majors in Biochemistry & Microbiology, she moved to Saskatoon to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. '¨ In 2002 she received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with distinction and, following graduation, stayed on at W.C.V.M. to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship. '¨ Dr. Hammond worked as emergency veterinarian in British Columbia for several years, before deciding to specialize in oncology. She moved to Northern California and completed a veterinary Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, & Surgical Oncology Internship at the University of California, Davis.'¨ Immediately following this, she began a veterinary Radiation Oncology Residency and in September 2009, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology'¨ in the specialty of veterinary Radiation Oncology. She is one of the two veterinary oncologists at the Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center who sees dogs and cats for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Hammond loves being a veterinarian and enjoys all aspects of veterinary oncology including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. She is dedicated to helping owners make an informed treatment decision for their pets and to improving the quality of life for all pets with cancer.

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Eric Herrgesell

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Radiology

Eric Herrgesell earned his veterinary degree from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and completed a radiology residency at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, UC Davis. Dr. Herrgesell was awarded a Diplomate of the American College of Radiology in 1997. From 1998 until 2006, Dr. Herrgesell worked with the Department of Radiology and Surgery, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, UC Davis. During this time he was the recipient of numerous awards including the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award which honors teachers whose ability, dedication, character and leadership contribute significantly to instruction in the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Dr. Herrgesell works in the private sector providing diagnostic radiology and ultrasound services in the Sacramento area.

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Carl Koehler

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Departments: Surgery

Carl Koehler attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate work in 1993. He then went to UC Davis for Veterinary School and graduated in 1998. After a 1 year rotating internship at California Animal Hospital, he returned to UC Davis to attend graduate school. After a year of advanced training at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, he returned to UC Davis for a residency in Small Animal Surgery. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. In his time off, Dr. Koehler enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. He enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities.

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Craig Long

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Radiology
Departments: Diagnostic Imaging

Craig Long received his DVM degree in 1994 form the University of California, Davis. Following a one-year associate veterinarian position in general practice, Dr. Long returned to UC Davis to complete a four-year residency in radiology. He was awarded a Diplomate of the American College of Radiology in 1998. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in a clinical professor position for 6 years. He is currently a partner in Veterinary Medical Imaging, a radiology group that provides services to general and specialty hospitals in the Sacramento, CA region. His areas of special interest include diagnostic ultrasound and interventional radiology.

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Brian MacKie

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, Washington State University
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Cardiology
Departments: Cardiology

Dr. Brian MacKie received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 2005. Following graduation, he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group in Sacramento, California. After his internship, he moved to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to complete his residency training in Cardiology from 2006 to 2009. During his time there, Dr. MacKie helped implement the use of the Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder at the University of Wisconsin for non-invasive treatment of a congenital heart disease, authored a paper on the use of an implantable electrocardiography monitor for the evaluation of fainting in dogs, and assisted in prospective research on pulmonary hypertension and cardiac biomarkers. His clinical interests include, but are not limited to clinical cardiology such as echocardiography and electrocardiography, pulmonary hypertension in dogs, syncope (fainting) associated with heart disease and arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. He does have a cardiac catheterization suite for pacemaker therapy and treatment of congenital heart disease. His goal in therapy for your pets is to maintain an exceptional quality of life for his patients with heart disease.

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Linda Mellema

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Radiology

After graduation from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mellema completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Following a year in small animal private practice, she did a four-year residency in radiology at UC Davis and became board certified in veterinary radiology in 2000. She spent seven years as a staff radiologist at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. She currently lives in Davis with her husband and two sons.

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Jessica Schmidt

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Neurology
BS, Biology, University of California, San Diego

Jessica Schmidt, DVM obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005 from the University of California, Davis after which she finished a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Schmidt completed her residency training in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Animal Specialty Center in New York and received board accreditation in 2011. Dr. Schmidt enjoys all facets of both medical and surgical neurology, including, but not limited to seizure management and brain and spinal surgery.

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Celia Valverde

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Departments: Surgery

Celia Valverde completed her Small Animal Surgery residency at U.C. - Davis in 2001 and became a Diplomate in the Academy of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003. Dr. Valverde had extensive training in soft tissue, neurosurgical, orthopedic, and oncological surgery during her 3-year small animal surgical residency at the University of California - Davis. She has also received advanced training in anesthesia, critical care, arthroscopic, and microvascular surgical techniques. Dr. Valverde has been on the faculty at the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in various capacities since 1990, including the California Primate Center, the Companion Avian and Exotics and Small Animal Surgery services. Within the realm of orthopedic surgery, her interests include canine sports medicine, trauma management (fractures, wound management), limb alignment. Dr. Valverde has considerable expertise in surgical oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, minimally invasive surgery (fracture repair using intraoperative fluoroscopy, arthroscopy, laser and laparoscopy) and exotic animal surgery. She is actively committed to providing less invasive surgical approaches, exceptional pain control and compassionate care for her patients. Additionally, Dr. Valverde has a strong interest in teaching and is currently an Associate Professor at the UC '" Davis Veterinary School.

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Chris Wong

Veterinary Specialist
DVM, University of California, Davis
Certifications: American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Wong graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1992. He performed his internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA after which he remained on staff. He spent 3 years in private practice in Los Angeles, and then moved to Sacramento to complete an emergency/critical care residency program through UC Davis and Sacramento Animal Medical Group. He has been an active executive board member in the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association for over 6 years, and is currently President Elect and Treasurer of that organization. He has received various community service awards including his most recent award from the City of Sacramento Police Department. Dr. Wong is a long-standing advisory board member of the award winning Clinician's Brief Magazine. His areas of special veterinary interest are emergency medicine and surgery, critical care, laser surgery, and community service where he has been busy providing classroom education to local schools throughout Sacramento area for over 15 years now.

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Jennifer Arnold

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Jennifer Arnold, DVM, received her DVM degree from the University of California, Davis in 2002. She then joined VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center and completed a one-year internship with rotations involving internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, and ophthalmology. In 2003, she joined the veterinary team as an urgent care veterinarian. She currently splits her time between emergency medicine and managing the critically ill hospitalized patients.

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Kristan Bonnett

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Kristan Bonnett, DVM earned her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis in 2004. After vet school, she completed a one-year internship focusing on surgery, internal medicine and emergency medicine at PetCare Veterinary Clinic in Santa Rosa. She stayed on to work there as an emergency and general practice vet for a year before moving to Sacramento. She joined this veterinary team in 2006 as an emergency/urgent care veterinarian. She currently splits her time between emergency medicine and managing critically ill patients in the hospital.

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Charli Dong

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences

Charli Dong grew up in Cupertino, California and received her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from UC Davis. She later received her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband snowboarding, traveling, and dessert tasting.

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Katy Fryer

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Katy Fryer, DVM, completed her Small Animal Surgery residency at Texas A&M University in July of 2012 and is eligible to sit for the surgery boards exam in early 2013. Prior to beginning her surgical residency, Dr. Fryer completed a small animal rotating internship at Oregon State University in 2009. With extensive training in neurosurgery, soft tissue and oncologic surgery, orthopedic surgery and arthroscopy, she is excited to join our team of specialists. Dr. Fryer is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, and she recently published an article in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine on the preoperative treatment of dogs undergoing surgery for correction of portosystemic shunts.
As a northwest native, Dr. Fryer is looking forward to returning to the west coast. In her free time she enjoys ocean kayaking, sailing, attending live music events, and running. She lives with her two dogs Violet and Olive, and her cats Frank and Sallie.

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Kate Hamon

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of Tennessee

Kate Hamon, DVM, received a BA degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 2008. During her time at North Carolina State University she worked as a veterinary assistant in a local clinic and volunteered at a local wildlife hospital. She studied abroad in Queensland, Australia and New Zealand, and spent one summer working as an intern zookeeper in Tyler, Texas. She received her DVM from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and has a special interest in internal medicine and emergency. She was born in England and retains dual US and UK citizenship, traveling back as often as she can to visit family. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and running and hiking with her dog.

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Shannon Heidorn

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences

Shannon Heidorn, DVM, is originally from Riverside California. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California Davis, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2007. She earned her DVM from Western University of Heath Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Her special interest is in Orthopedic Surgery, and her hobbies include surfing, reading, snowboarding, swimming, playing water polo, and being crafty.

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Beth Johnson

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
MS in Marine Science, University of San Diego

Beth Johnson grew up in Milwaukee, WI. She received a bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison before moving to California to pursue a master's degree in Marine Science from the University of San Diego. She remained in San Diego for several years working as a research associate at a small pharmaceutical company. She then went on to earn her DVM from the University of California, Davis in 2010. After finishing a 1 year rotating internship at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, she worked as a small animal General Practitioner in Yuba City before returning to the Sacramento Referral Center. Her veterinary interests include general practice, internal medicine and cardiology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her Yorkie Lily, and snorkeling and snowboarding with her husband Jon.

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Sarah Jones

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis

Sarah Jones grew up in San Clemente, CA. She graduated with a BA degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in 2005, and competed for 4 years on Stanford Women’s Swimming Team. From 2005 to 2006 she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator managing studies involving post-operative care and management. She then decided to pursue her childhood dream of caring for animals, and completed a Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate at Columbia University in New York City while working as a Veterinary Assistant from 2006 to 2008. She then completed her DVM degree UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She has a special interest in Diagnostic Imaging and Medicine. She enjoys spending time with many athletic and outdoor activities, including running, swimming, biking, and hiking. Some of her favorite backpacking trips include Kalalau trail in Kauai, Yosemite, and Machu Pichu in Peru.

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Camille Lehmann

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Oregon State University

Camille Lehmann grew up in Petaluma, CA on a small hobby farm in the country. She graduated with a BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego. She then attended Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM degree. She enjoys spending time with her pack of dogs at the river and in the woods. She has many interests and in her spare time likes to go hiking, traveling, swimming, and exploring new areas.

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Ada Naramor

Associate Veterinarian
University of California, Davis

Ada Naramor grew up in Reseda in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science degree in biology. While attending University of California Los Angeles, she also worked part-time as a technician assistant at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center for a year before applying to veterinary school. She graduated from University of California, Davis in 2012 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During her senior year, she completed externships at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in San Diego, and Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services in Seattle. She enjoys spending time with her husband Steven and their three felines, Boeing, Airbus, and Shireen - in honor of her husband's love for airplanes! She is blessed with an opportunity to be a part of the profession of veterinary medicine (greatest profession in the world), and to help others doing it.

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Emma Pearson

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Emma Pearson grew up in Chicago, IL and received a BS in Biological Sciences with a minor in German from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring the Sacramento area, and of course snuggling with her dog, Kayla, and cat, Mina.

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William Porte

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
M BA, University of Colorado, Boulder

William Porte, DVM, received a Bachelor of Science and M BA from The University of Colorado-Boulder. He earned his DVM degree from The University of California-Davis in 1986. He joined VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in July of 1986, and was one of the original owners of the practice until 2000. Dr. Porte's primary interest is Urgent Care Medicine.

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Robert Runyan

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Surgery

Robert A. Runyan, DVM, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis in 1989. He became the staff surgeon and a general practitioner at Bradshaw Veterinary Clinic prior to joining VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in 2000. Dr. Runyan has completed Orthopedic Plating training at Ohio State University. He has also completed a Neurology fellowship at U.C. Davis. Dr. Runyan is certified in the T.P.L.O procedure and by Penn H.I.P. Dr. Runyan is the Founder and Initial Board Member to the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless.

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Steven Tarver

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of California, Davis
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Steven Tarver, DVM, received a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis in 1997. In 2002, Dr. Tarver earned his DVM degree from the University of California, Davis. He joined VCA and completed a one-year internship with rotations in emergency, internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, and ophthalmology. In 2003, he joined the veterinary team as an emergency/urgent care veterinarian. He currently splits his time between emergency medicine and critical care.

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Chantal Tu

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Departments: Oncology

Chantal Tu grew up in Milpitas, CA and received a Bachelor of Science at the University of California, Davis. She then went on to receive her DVM degree from the University of Illinois. She completed an internship here in 2009 and then moved on to a residency in Oncology at Tufts University. Dr Tu will sit for her Oncology boards in the Spring of 2013. She takes special interest in providing compassionate care to her patients. Outside of work, she enjoys travel, scrapbooking, snowboarding, and spending time with her friends and family.

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