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VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

301 East Haley St | Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Call 805-852-7496
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • Behavior
  • Cardiology (Heart & Vascular Care)
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology (Skin Care)
  • Oncology (Cancer Treatment)
  • 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

VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital is proud to focus on providing the highest quality emergency and specialty care for pets available in Santa Barbara County. Since our original formation in 2002, VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital has provided medical services for over 30,000 of Santa Barbara’s pets and earned the distinction of being the most referred to veterinary practice in the County. We believe the experience and depth of our staff is unmatchable.

Supporting the largest onsite medical team along California’s Central Coast, VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital is able to provide rapid 24/7 attention and treatment to your pets. At VCA Care we provide multidisciplinary health care by bringing to your pet the expertise that is needed, when it is needed. The depth and breadth of medical expertise along with our large state-of-the-art facility means animals receive the diagnosis and treatment they deserve, with minimal wait times, all at one location.

Our experienced and compassionate staff care for both the animals they treat and their owners. Understanding the shared bond we encourage owners to participate in their pet’s healing through regular visits which can speed patient recovery and reduce anxiety of patient and owner.

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Eileen Gillen
Eileen Gillen

Chief of Staff
DVM, Washington State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Gillen graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 with distinction. She did her small animal internship at the University of Illinois a leader in small animal critical care and has pursued a career in emergency medicine and critical care.

Dr. Gillen has worked at emergency and critical care centers in Chicago, New York, and Seattle where she further developed her expertise in critical care diagnosis, recovery and rehabilitation. Eileen has been in a leader in the Central Coast Vet community since 2003. She lives in Santa Ynez and is Chief of Staff of VCA Care Animal Hospital as well as managing all medical services.

Her professional interests include transfusion medicine, feline medicine, geriatrics and rehabilitative/hospice care.

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Brian Norman
Brian Norman

Veterinary Specialist
Certifications: DACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine

VCA Care Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital is excited to welcome Dr. Brian Norman to our Internal Medicine department! Dr. Norman will be receiving Internal Medicine cases here at VCA Care on Thursdays and Fridays in addition to his regular post at VCA's Veterinary Specialists of the Valley. Prior to joining Veterinary Specialists of the Valley (and now Care!) Dr. Norman had been the Medical Director at California Animal Hospital, Veterinary Specialty Group for many years. He has been practicing in the Los Angeles area since 1999, and is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) specializing in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Norman has a strong interest in endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, and ultrasonography.

Dr. Norman is an avid runner and has completed several marathons. He currently resides in Woodland Hills with his wife, two daughters, a son, and two black labs.

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Courtney Campbell
Courtney Campbell

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Tuskegee University
Departments: Surgery

Dr. Campbell is a new and exciting addition to the VCA Care family. He is an outstanding surgeon that will help to better serve Santa Barbara County�s emergency and specialty veterinary needs. He brings with him highly advanced surgical skills with extensive experience and interest in minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy and minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis.

Raised among the saplings in the heavily wooded forests of Connecticut, Courtney Campbell graduated from a modestly small high school in Burlington. It was in that environment where he developed a bona fide interest in nature and mammals. He then transmuted those interests into a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Delaware. His educational journey brought him to the southeastern United States where he earned his D.V.M. Degree from Tuskegee University in Alabama. After graduation Courtney worked as a general practitioner at the Connecticut Veterinary Center in West Hartford, CT. He went on from there to receive advanced surgical training with a rotating internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, FL, as well as one with Las Vegas Veterinary Referral Center in Las Vegas, NV. Courtney then moved to the Los Angeles area and continued pursuing his surgical interests with yet another internship at Animal Surgical Emergency Center.

Courtney is deeply interested in being proficient in the newest surgical techniques and their clinical applications. He is also very interested in the pathophysiology of inflammatory gastrointestinal disease. In his spare time, he enjoys studying surgery, learning new languages, and understanding the geopolitical aspect of economics.

Dr. Campbell will be providing surgical services Monday through Friday and will also be available for emergency call-�‐ins and travelling services. Courtney welcomes all inquiries/phone consultations and is looking forward to providing Continuing Education for interns, residents, and VCA Care's referring veterinarians!

Se habla espa�ol!

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Christine Li

Associate Veterinarian
DVM, Michigan State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Li, a Bay Area native, received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.

After receiving her DVM degree, Dr. Li completed a one-year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, California. She then practiced emergency and critical care medicine in Houston, Texas for three years before returning to California in 2007 to join the team at Care Hospital as an emergency and critical care doctor.

Dr. Li�s specialties include management of traumatic, gastrointestinal and toxicological emergencies.

Her personal interests include reading, obsessively cleaning her house, and spending quality time with family, friends and Baguette, her French Bulldog.

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