Just like the medical treatment of individuals, it may be necessary or advantageous to have your pet examined by a specialist—such as a cardiologist, neurologist, oncologist, pain management specialist,  or physical therapist. However unlike most medical referrals, the veterinarians and staff at Kirkwood Animal Hospital take a different approach.

As pets are a cherished member of the family, we do not believe in handing you a telephone number and your pet’s medical record when a specialist is required.

We can review the qualifications of any veterinarian you may be considering, or we can provide you with several exceptional specialists whom we trust. Once you select a specialist, we will contact them directly—sharing your pet’s medical records and speaking with the veterinarian to ensure they understand your pet’s situation. This approach results in a greater understanding of your pet’s condition leading to personal attention and superior care.

But our services do not end after the initial discussion. We will continue to be engaged by monitoring your pet’s care through doctor-to-doctor conversations, ensuring your pet receives the best possible care.

Our goal is to return your pet to health as quickly as possible while reducing the emotional and financial stress upon your family.

Below are exceptional veterinarians with whom we have worked and they are among the best in their field.

James Roush DVM

Dr. James Roush has been a consulting surgeon for Kirkwood Animal Hospital for over 25 years. Specializing in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Roush has been a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1970. More recently, he served as staff surgeon and director of surgery at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital for 18 years. Currently, Dr. Roush is a mobile surgeon in the South Bay and Santa Cruz.

Larry Kerr DVM

As owner and founder of Veterinary Radiology Specialists, Dr. Larry Kerr has been providing ultra sonographers services to Kirkwood Animal Hospital for over 20 years. Dr. Kerr graduated from the University of Mississippi and completed his certification in Veterinary Radiology at UC Davis.

Mark Lee DVM

Dr. Mark Lee has been with Veterinary Radiology Specialists for over 15 years. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Washington State University and is board certified in Veterinary Radiology from UC Davis.

Rick Kienle DVM

Dr. Rick Kienle has served as consulting cardiologist for Kirkwood Animal Hospital since 2000. Dr. Kienle graduated from Texas A&M University and is a board certified Internal Medicine specialist in Cardiology. His medical interests include treating cardiac disease and arrhythmias using Holter monitors and pacemaker implantation. For more information about Dr. Kienle, visit www.mvvc.biz.

Deb Sell DC

Dr. Deb Sell is a California-licensed chiropractor with specialty training in animal chiropractics and has been practicing for over 20 years. Certified by the American College of Veterinary Chiropractors, Dr. Sell has practiced animal chiropractics on small animals at Kirkwood Animal Hospital since 2009. Dr. Sell supplements her chiropractic treatments with cold-laser therapy services. For more information about Dr. Sell, visit www.nextlevelanimalchiropractic.com.