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VCA TLC Animal Hospital

VCA TLC Animal Hospital

8725 Santa Monica Blvd | West Hollywood, CA 90069

Call 424-239-7792
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency Care
  • Health Certificates & Exams
  • In-house Lab & Pharmacy
  • Pain Management
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Grooming
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
Description

A Wealth of Veterinary Experience at Your Service!

At VCA TLC Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you, your dog, and cat to our West Hollywood practice. We were the very first 24 hour emergency hospital in WeHo and have been providing veterinary care 365 days a year since April of 2000. Everyone on our staff believes the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health.
In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Please call us today for more information about our advanced, preventive & primary care services and to schedule your pet's appointment!

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Welcome to VCA TLC Animal Hospital! Welcome to VCA TLC Animal Hospital!
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VCA is committed to continuously improving its standard of care. VCA is committed to continuously improving its standard of care.
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Howie Baker, DVM
Howie Baker, DVM

Medical Director
Veterinary School: Colorado State University

Dr. Baker is our Co-Medical Director at VCA TLC Animal Hospital, which he founded in partnership with Matthew Krieger in June of 1999. Dr. Baker realized he wanted to become a veterinarian in the eighth grade. He loves the challenges of medicine, the joy of helping the animals, and the fun of interacting and laughing with the humans he believes belong to the pets!

Dr. Baker is a member of the SCVMA, AVMA, and AACBV (American Association of Comedic Bald Veterinarians). He enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and spending time with friends and family and their two dogs, Rhino and Fanta.

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Mark Hiebert, DVM
Mark Hiebert, DVM

Medical Director
School: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada

Dr. Hiebert's family had a menagerie of pets and farm animals in northern Canada. After the first time their veterinarian came to their farm to examine one of the cows, Dr. Heibert decided that he wanted to become a veterinarian too. He studied veterinary medicine at Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada and has been practicing since 1990. Dr. Heibert joined the medical team at VCA TLC in August of 2001 and shortly afterward became a partner in the hospital. VCA TLC Animal Hospital has since become his home away from home.

Early in his career Dr. Hiebert started a branch of the SPCA in his hometown in northern Canada. He became involved in the BC Veterinary Association and eventually served as president for a term. He is currently licensed to practice in California and also maintains his BC membership.

Dr. Hiebert is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and Southern California Veterinary Medical Associations. He also has a special interest in critical care medicine as well as surgery.

As Co-Medical Director at VCA TLC, Dr. Heibert strives to continue to provide and improve on the services we provide. He believes that being a vet is more like a way of life than a profession. Also, as time allows, he looks forward to taking some time to travel with his large family and share adventures.

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Carol Shih, DVM
Carol Shih, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

r. Shih is an Associate Veterinarian at VCA TLC Animal Hospital. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois and has been practicing since 2002.

Dr. Shih shares her home with two cats, Mihiki and Tomo. When she is not at the hospital, she enjoys gardening, snowboarding and singing as a member of the Angel City Chorale.

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Ed Hsu, VMD
Ed Hsu, VMD

Dr. Hsu has always loved animals and decided veterinary medicine was the choice for him after his first visit to an animal hospital with a bunny. That decision landed him at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated from veterinary school in 2001 and then completed an Internship at VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group.

His primary professional interest is in Emergency/Critical care, but he also has a special place in his heart for Pomeranians and Polydactyl cats.

Dr. Hsu is a member of San Diego Zoological Society, Long Beach Aquarium of Pacific, World Wildlife Fund, House Rabbit Society, The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and National Wildlife Federation.

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Tara Miller

Associate Veterinarian
School: Kansas State University

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Hospital Manager Cristin Luebben
Hospital Manager Cristin Luebben

Cristin, also known as "Cece", has been working in the veterinary profession for over 15 years, with a primary focus in small animal internal medicine.

She started out a dog washer in a local clinic, and soon developed a passion for veterinary medicine. After attending Los Angeles Pierce College where she completed the veterinary technology program, Cristin went on to work with a variety of animals including reptiles, farm animals, primates, tigers and even elephants!

Although Cristin's primary job at VCA TLC is managing the hospital, she enjoys being able to work closely with patients on a daily basis.

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Financial Manager Sondra Smith
Financial Manager Sondra Smith

Sondra is the Financial Manager at VCA TLC. Having lived in the South, Midwest, and on the East Coast, she now is happy to call Los Angeles her home. Although she has always loved animals, Sondra went to school to become an actress and never expected to work in an animal hospital. However, she believes that life picks you up and lands you in the perfect spot and she finds it immensely satisfying, getting to be a part of a group of people who are helping to keep our little 4-legged friends happy & healthy!

Her interests include traveling, scuba diving, movies, and learning about ancient advanced civilizations. Sondra enjoys every hour of time spent with her husband, and family and their friends from around the globe.

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Steve Aho, Receptionist
Steve Aho, Receptionist

Steve grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Minnesota where he was surrounded by animals all his life. He received his fashion merchandising degree from Pipestone Area Vocation Technical Institute, in Minnesota. He soon grew tired of the snow and cold and moved to the west coast. met He and his partner Ren currently reside in Hollywood with their two cats Painter and Peaches. Both of Steve's kitties came from VCA-TLC where Steve has a difficult time not wanting to take home every stray that comes in. Outside of work, Steve is an avid reader of mysteries and culinary exploration

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 Angel Jones, Receptionist
Angel Jones, Receptionist

School: California Polytechnic State University, Enviromental Horticulture

Angel grew up Tulare, CA. After high school Angel attended California Polytechnic State University, where she received a B.S. in Environmental Horticultural Science. In 1999 she did an advanced internship at Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom. And in 2003 received an assistantship at Cal Poly SLO to study Soil Science with a concentration in Organic Agriculture.

Currently Angel is finishing a Masters Degree in Food and Nutritional Science at California State University Los Angeles.

Professional interests include organic agriculture, whole foods and macrobiotics.

In her free time Angel enjoys gardening, Bikram yoga, visiting cemeteries and reading.

Angel has a very fluffy, lilac point Himalayan named "Wintress" .

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Erin Fleckenstein, Technician
Erin Fleckenstein, Technician

Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster College

Erin came to VCA TLC in 2011 all the way from Fairfield, Connecticut. She has been working as a veterinary technician for 4 years and has a special interest in animal behavior and training, radiography, and emergency medicine. In her free time Erin loves crafting at home with her orange tabby, "Tiggs" and hiking with her pit bull terrier, "Dime".

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