Bernadine Cruz, DVM

Joined: 06/07/2010
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Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicine and has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 20 years. Cruz received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Cruz is a nationally recognized speaker on general pet care, emergency preparedness, and pets in pain. Cruz serves as a veterinary consultant for several national television programs, and has hosted a one-hour live pet show on Southern California television for five years. She has appeared on "Cats" on the A&E network, "Petcetera" on the Discovery Channel, "Smart Solutions" and "Help at Home" on the Home and Garden Channel. She can be seen in thousands of veterinary offices coast to coast on the educational DVD series "PetCare TV."

She is the author of "The Secret Sex Life of Dogs and Cats, " a text for pet owners that entertains and at the same time educates them on the reproductive behaviors of their pets. Cruz gives back to the veterinary profession through her service as chairwoman of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Communications as well as the public relations committees of the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and co-chaired the California Veterinary Medical Association's subcommittee to "Increase Women's Role in Organized Medicine." She received an Outstanding Service Award from the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.

Cruz is a veterinarian who takes it to the people. She has served as a volunteer veterinarian for the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, 'the Last Great Race' in Alaska. You can find her in late winter along the North Shore of Lake Superior, serving the needs of the canine athletes in the John Beargrease Sled Dog race.

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