By Alicia Doyle

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Two Top Vets Unite for One-of-a-Kind Animal Hospital

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WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY — AND TWO WELL-RESPECTED VETERINARIANS — WESTLAKE VILLAGE ANIMAL HOSPITAL WILL PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF VETERINARY CARE SERVICES at discounted prices, from basic care and surgeries to a full range of holistic medical treatments for dogs, cats, birds and exotic small animals.

“On-call” 24-hour emergency service, boarding and pickup and delivery service in a pet-friendly van will also be available.

An added benefit will be the Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa of Westlake Village, an upscale 20,000-square-foot boarding and daycare facility offering everything from standard rooms to luxury suites and room service, operating synergistically side by side with the new 8,300-square-foot veterinary facility.

“I don't know of any other facility in the area that has a veterinary hospital attached to a full-service pet hotel,” says Stan Slaton, managing partner of The Barkley Pet Hotel project and practice manager of Westlake Village Animal Hospital.

The hospital component is especially important in today's economy as more and more people are being forced to turn their pets over to shelters because they can no longer care for them. “We make every effort to provide a very high level of veterinary care at affordable prices so our clients will not hesitate to make regular visits,” says Stan Slaton, noting the practice offers “all aspects of veterinary medicine to help them care for these special family members.”

Two Hospitals Merge
This summer, the new practice will combine Agoura Westlake Animal Hospital, owned and operated by Dr. Steven Rosenstein, and Westlake Village Animal Hospital, owned and operated by Dr. Daniel Slaton. The combined entity will retain the name Westlake Village Animal Hospital, and will move to a new facility at 31166 Via Colinas.

The Doctors and Staff
A Conejo Valley resident since 1967, Dr. Steve Rosenstein (right) earned a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1977, and a DVM degree from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He married his wife, Andrea, two months later. Having worked as an associate at two different veterinary hospitals and started a family, Dr. Rosenstein joined the Agoura Westlake Animal Hospital in 1987 when it opened, purchasing the practice shortly thereafter.

After 22 years, Dr. Rosenstein could not have imagined ever leaving this facility, until now. “This partnership just makes sense,” says Dr. Rosenstein. “It is an ambitious undertaking but the hospital will be amazing, allowing us to offer so much more to our clients and patients. But more than that, Daniel and I share a common philosophy of practice. We have individually built successful practices based upon our genuine interest and concern for our clients and patients. Together we will continue to offer personalized service to our clients while providing the highest quality care for our patients.” Dr. Rosenstein adds, “Dan brings an energy and enthusiasm to the partnership that will keep us moving forward. His surgical skills and love for new and innovative treatments will be a driving force in keeping the hospital progressive.” Outside of the office, Dr. Rosenstein spends much of his time with his wife and six children: Sabrina, Jenna, Logan, Jordan, Cody and Kaden.

A Ventura native, Dr. Daniel Slaton (left, above) received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at UC Irvine while participating in the UC Irvine nationally-ranked water polo team. He received his Veterinary degree from Ross Veterinary University and completed his clinical studies at Washington State University.

Prior to opening Westlake Village Animal Hospital, Dr. Slaton worked at several large veterinary practices in Santa Barbara, Costa Mesa and Simi Valley. He balances his time between keeping fit, including running marathons, operating his practice and raising his 3-year-old son, Noah.

Dr. Slaton is excited about merging his practice with Dr. Steven Rosenstein’s, a veterinarian he respects and admires.

“It was very clear that his clients and patients loved him. Everyone we talked to said the same thing. They would never see another veterinary doctor. His staff adores him and many of them have been with him from the beginning,” says Dr. Slaton. “That also told us a lot about his compassion for both humans and animals. Steve will be the ‘rock’ in our relationship. He will always be there for you and his dedication to his profession is unwavering,” he says.

The new facility will combine the hospital staffs to include some 20 members, including Drs. Slaton and Rosenstein and two associate doctors. Their combined experience will fulfill the community’s needs for all types of pet care.

In addition to bi-annual preventive diagnostic exams, dietary consultation, senior wellness programs, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and discounted neuter and spay services, Westlake Village Animal Hospital will offer a full range of holistic medical treatments, including cold laser stimulation, stem cell therapy, acupuncture, aqua treadmill orthopedic rehabilitation and prescriptive diets for dogs, cats, birds and exotic small animals.

Giving Back to the Community
In accordance with the doctors’ shared philosophy of giving back to the community, Dr. Rosenstein offers low-cost vaccine clinics on Saturdays and provides support to Casa Pacifica. Dr. Slaton has built an excellent reputation for his surgical skills and for supporting organizations in need. He works with several rescue and shelter organizations throughout Southern California, offering his surgical and veterinary skills at deeply discounted rates. Both doctors are known for their compassion for their clients and community support.

Rescues Love Westlake Village Animal Hospital
As the “only surgeon” used and trusted by S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue (Save Animals From Euthanasia), Dr. Slaton saves numerous animals’ lives through his work with the organization each year.

“Each procedure or surgery that he's done has truly saved the life of that dog,” says S.A.F.E. founder and Thousand Oaks resident Kelli Hopper. She recalls a 12-week-old rat terrier Chihuahua mix called Nate, who was confiscated by Animal Control and being held as evidence.

“His previous owners had fractured his spine when he was 8 weeks old and he was completely paralyzed in his hind legs,” remembers Hopper. “I thought for sure Nate would never take a step in his life, but Dr. Slaton was Nate's last chance at being able to walk.”

Dr. Slaton performed spinal surgery on Nate, including decompression, wiring and a stabilization bar, enabling Nate to walk.

“Because of Dr. Slaton's skills and compassion, Nate will have a happy, healthy, mobile life,” says Hopper. “Dr. Slaton has made such a difference in so many of our rescues' lives — ones with broken bones, ones that have been hit by cars, ones that no one wanted because of their medical conditions — without his talent, they wouldn't be alive.”

Described as an “angel” by Lisa Janes of Life4Paws Rescue of Los Angeles, Dr. Slaton performs all veterinary medicine for their foster K9s in Ventura County as well as orthopedic surgical work.

“We have had excellent service and Dr. Slaton is an excellent surgeon,” says Janes. “Because of him, we have been able to help so many dogs get better and move into their forever homes.”

“From basic care to surgeries to boarding, along with 24-hour emergency on-call service, and pick-up service for those unable to drive to the office, it's comforting to know there is a place where our beloved pets can get the care and treatment they need,” says Hopper.

For more information about Westlake Village Animal Hospital, visit www.westlakevet.com, www.westlakepethotel.com or call 805.497.4900.
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