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VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

9901 Montgomery Blvd | Albuquerque , NM 87111

Call 505-234-7265
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary House Calls
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

We provide primary care, emergency care, and specialty veterinary services such as endoscopy, digital radiology, physical therapy, cardiology, chemotherapy, CT scans, diagnostic imaging, ekg, oncology, PennHip evaluations, radiation therapy, surgery (orthopedic and soft-tissue), and tonopen.


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Dawn S. Nolan

Medical Director
Veterinary School: Texas A&M University

Dr. Nolan arrived in Albuquerque for the Medical Director position at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital in February of 2007. Dr. Nolan is originally from Connecticut and lived there until joining the US Navy out of high school.

After being honorably discharged from the US Navy, Dr. Nolan spent a brief period of time using her undergraduate degree of accounting before deciding that returning to school for a different career was what she longed to do. She moved to Texas, finished up her prerequisites for Veterinary Medicine, and graduated from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine in College Station, Texas in 1997. She practiced at another VCA hospital in Dallas, Texas for 8 years before coming to Albuquerque.

Dr. Nolan sees exclusively small animals (cats and dogs). She divides her work time between her Medical Director leadership position and seeing patients. Her Medical Director position allows her to provide a vision for the General Practice.

Dr. Nolan's main focus for the General Practice is to provide preventative medicine for our patients. Early detection of disease provides the opportunity to improve the quality of life of any pet. This includes, of course, all aspects of general medicine and surgery. She feels the practice is well equipped to provide any services your pet could need from puppyhood to geriatrics. Dr. Nolan looks forward to meeting each one of you to see how we can better meet both your needs and the needs of your pet.

Dr. Nolan lives in the NE Heights with her husband, Stephen, and 4 cats: Sabu, Toulouse, Jasmine, and Malia. In her spare time, she enjoys the beautiful New Mexico sunshine, visiting the zoo and museums, gardening, and reading historical fiction.

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Franczesca Kondek

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Cornell University

Dr. Kondek was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in New York City.

She completed her undergraduate and veterinary training in 1989 at Cornell University. She then returned to New York City to complete a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Kondek is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and certified to perform Penn hip radiographs.

Dr. Kondek practiced in the New York/New Jersey area where she had a 1 year tour as medical director at a VCA hospital. In 2004, she moved to Albuquerque. She maintains her licensure in both New York and New Jersey.

Dr. Kondek lives in the foothills of the NE Heights with her husband, Mark, children Clayton and Annika, cats Spudge and Ezra, cockatiel T.J., and standard poodles Brie and Kysa. In her spare time, Dr. Kondek enjoys skiing, spending time with her family, and running.

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James Cellini

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Georgia

Dr. James Cellini was born in Athens, Georgia and raised in the suburb of Kennesaw, Georgia. He obtained his bachelor's degree in applied biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2005 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in 2009. Upon graduation Dr. Cellini completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City, Florida. He then went on to complete an internship in veterinary neurology/neurosurgery at Gulf Coast Veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery in Houston, Texas in 2010. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Cellini joined the staff of VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital as an Emergency Doctor.

Dr. Cellini's clinical interests include small animal neurologic diseases, critical care medicine, and emergency surgery. When not working at the hospital, he enjoys spending time hiking, snowboarding, and as as many other outdoor activities as he can. He also enjoys cooking, watching movies, playing the occasional video game, and trying out local restaurants throught the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.

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Jeremy Welcome

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Tufts University

Dr. Welcome hails from upstate New York. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University in 2003. Upon graduation he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center.

Upon completion of the internship program Dr. Welcome worked as a general practitioner in the Albuquerque area from 2004 to 2006. In 2006 he relocated to Oregon so his wife could continue her education. During his time in Oregon, Dr. Welcome continued to work as a general practitioner while cultivating an interest in emergency medicine. 2010 marks his return to a practice, discipline and state that he loves.

Dr. Welcome's clinical interests include emergency and critical care medicine, emergency surgery, radiographic imaging and ultrasound. Outside of the office he is an avid mountain biker, hiker, gardner and baker.

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Nicholas Hopkins

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Washington State University

Dr. Hopkins has lived in Albuquerque most of his life. He started volunteering at the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico when he was 15 and continued to work there throughout his undergraduate studies. He attended Sandia High School and earned his B.S. degree in Animal Sciences at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Dr. Hopkins graduated from the veterinary college at Washington State University in 2004.

After graduating from Washington State University, Dr. Hopkins returned to Albuquerque and worked as an emergency clinician on the Westside. He joined the staff at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center in 2009 and his practice is limited to dogs and cats.

Dr. Hopkins lives in the Northeast Heights with his wife, Lisa. They have three dogs, Stella, Esther and Tanner (two mutts and a Sheltie). Samir and Chala are their two cats. In his spare time, Dr. Hopkins enjoys camping, hiking and fencing. He also enjoys watching movies.

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David Schoonover

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Schoonover grew up on the East Coast and received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Miami, Florida, majoring in Marine Biology.

After finishing college, Dr. Schoonover went to work for the Department of Defense at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, located in Bethesda, Maryland. He spent 10 years at this location where he was also involved in commercial beekeeping and Farrier work.

Dr. Schoonover received his DVM degree from Ross University in St. Kitts. As part of this study, he had the privilege of studying at the veterinary school in Utrecht, Holland.

Dr. Schoonover resides in the East Mountains with his wife, Rita, Fila Brasileiro, Shigeru, and 3 parrots.

In his spare time, Dr. Schoonover enjoys international travel, practicing kendo, and watching foreign films.

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Shirley Russman

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate School: University of Illinois

Dr. Russman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended undergraduate school at Lake Forest College in Illinois where she received a BA in Biology and French Literature. In her senior year of college, she completed an internship at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where she worked with cranes in their conservation and breeding program.

Dr. Russman continued her education earning her MS degree (crane conservation and breeding) at the University of Illinois. She went on to work at the International Crane Foundation for 3 years as Curator of birds. It was there she discovered that working and gaining knowledge in Veterinary Medicine would be of paramount importance in caring for the cranes.

Dr. Russman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

Dr. Russman moved to New Mexico and has worked at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center for the past 23 years! Dr. Russman sees dogs, cats, birds and exotic animals in her practice and welcomes all new patients.

Dr. Russman lives in Tijeras with her husband, Rich, and 2 cats: Peanut Spot. In her spare time, Dr. Russman is an avid athelete and enjoys running, biking, and hiking.

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