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The Pet Doctor, Your Pet Health Matters on PetLifeRadio.comBernadine D. Cruz, DVM, host of The Pet Doctor

Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM

How Sea Hunt, Mary Poppins and
Leeches are Advancing Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Nicole Buote on Pet Life Radio ........

..Dr. Nicole Buote.............................


I may be showing my age…I remember Lloyd Bridges (yes, that is Beau and Jeff Bridges’ dad) and his American television undersea adventure series of the 1960s…Sea Hunt (OK…it was the reruns).  It seemed like he was forever saving scuba divers who were suffering with the bends with the use of a decompression chamber. And who hasn’t seen the movie “Mary Poppins” and didn’t sing along with the song ‘a Spoon Full of Sugar’?  Well veterinary medicine is using hyperbaric oxygen, sugar and leeches…yes, those blood sucking creatures from medieval times to treat and cure myriad animal maladies (and this isn’t by a bunch of fringe, quake doctors).

My guest is Dr. Nicole Buote.  She a board certified veterinary surgeon who practices in Los Angeles and has special interests in advanced wound repair, cancer reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy and interventional radiology techniques.

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Dr. Nicole Buote has been on staff at VCA West Los Angeles since 2010 and was named Chief of Surgery in 2014. She obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed a one year rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and then pursued a specialty surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Texas in 2006. In 2009 she completed her surgical residency from The Animal Medical Center in New York and was awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010.

Dr. Buote practices soft tissue, orthopedics and neurosurgery but her special interests are in advanced wound repair, oncologic reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy and interventional radiology techniques such as tracheal, ureteral, and urethral stenting. Dr. Buote also has a strong interest in clinical research and has published in textbooks and scientific journals the field of small animal surgery, on topics including liver and gallbladder disease, cruciate (knee) stabilization, Vacuum-assisted closure for septic abdomens, trauma, laparoscopy and advanced wound management. Dr. Buote also enjoys lecturing and teaching at national conferences.

Dr. Buote’s human family includes her husband, Dr. Nathan Peterson, the head of the Critical Care Department at VCA West LA, and her son William who joined them in 2011. Her four-legged family consists of 2 cats named Kismet, and Number 3. During her spare time, she enjoys photography and travelling.

Dr. Buote is available for consultation Thursdays and Saturdays and performs surgery on Wednesdays and Fridays. To reach Dr. Buote or her assistant Alana, please email them at or call 310-473-2951.

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