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Dr. R.M. Buffum

Dr. R.M. Buffum

A Pet Medical Center staff veterinarian since 1979, Dr. Buffum primarily sees patients at Pet Medical Center – West Hills and also at Pet Medical Center – Sunland. Dr. Buffum’s colleagues call him friendly, approachable, constantly thinking, intelligent, caring, and a good mentor.

Education

Veterinary School: Colorado State University, 1972

Base Veterinarian at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, 1972–1975

Professional Organizations

  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • California Veterinary Medical Association
  • Southern California Veterinary Medical Association

Professional Interests

  • Emergency medicine
  • Ultrasound

I am on the Board of Directors of Living Free Animal Sanctuary. I have provided spay and neuter service to Ventura County Animal Control since 2000 (over 20,000 procedures performed). I have a donkey named Maggie, who was awarded first prize at the county fair as the #1 donkey in Los Angeles County.

Dr. Don Morshead

Dr. Don Morshead

Pet Medical Center staff veterinarian since 1980, Dr. Morshead is our staff surgeon at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak. His colleagues call him smart, skilled, approachable, meticulous, team leader, confident, practical, and progressive.

Education

  • Veterinary School: University of California at Davis, 1974
  • Internship: South Shore Veterinary Associates, 1974–1975
  • Surgical Residency: University of Pennsylvania, 1975–1977

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1986

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

Professional Interests

  • General soft tissue surgery
  • Progressive surgery techniques
    • Orthopedic surgery, especially TTA, TPLO, and fracture repair
    • Laser surgery
    • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Therapeutic laser
  • Pain management
  • Stem cell treatment for arthritis

I enjoy working with animals and the people who love them. Communicating with people is one of my passions, and restoring pets to mobility and health is one of my greatest joys. Surgery is a complex specialty and communication is essential. My priority is for you to understand how surgery will benefit your pet, or sometimes why surgery might not be the right treatment for your pet. I make recommendations for care as if it were my own pet.

Dr. Lauren Kishimoto

Dr. Lauren Kishimoto

Veterinarian on the Pet Medical Center staff since 2008, Dr. Kishimoto has been described by her colleagues as patient, friendly, compassionate, dedicated, and articulate. Dr. Kishimoto primarily sees patients at Pet Medical Center-West Hills.

Education

  • Veterinary School: Colorado State University, 2008

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Feline Practitioners
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • California Veterinary Medical Association
  • Southern California Veterinary Medical Association

Professional Interests

  • Feline medicine
  • Ultrasonographer in training
  • Dermatology
  • Internal medicine

I have two pets: Pookie, the cat that will eat and wear anything, and Cricket, who will do tricks for treats. My hobbies include knitting, baking, and gardening.