Julio López, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Jade Vets
Co-Founder, Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE)
Speaker and Author
Julio López, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), was born and raised in Los Angeles. As a kid, he dreamed about being a veterinarian and having his own practice. One of his earliest memories of helping animals includes taking care of orphaned newborn kittens with the help of his mom.
He attended North Hollywood High School Zoo Magnet, where classes were held in bungalows located in the parking lot of the LA Zoo. While in high school, he was part of the Student CITES project and was awarded a scholarship to assist researchers studying black sea turtles in Baja, California.
He received his biology degree from UCLA and his DVM from Cornell University. As a student he helped start Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE), a diversity club that went on to become a national organization. He returned to Los Angeles to complete a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group, followed by a three-year residency in internal medicine.
He successfully completed the rigorous testing and publishing requirements set by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine to become a board-certified specialist. His paper describing an innovative procedure for obtaining urinary bladder biopsies using ultrasound guidance without the need for general anesthesia was published in JAAHA, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
López has experience in all aspects of internal medicine, with a special interest in diseases of the kidney and bladder, as well as endocrine diseases such as diabetes, Addison’s, Cushing’s, and hyperthyroidism. He also has extensive training in ultrasound and the diagnosis and management of heart disease.
He has lectured both nationally and internationally in English and Spanish, and has authored chapters for The Clinical Veterinary Advisor textbook and The Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He also provides information as a trusted resource for media outlets to ensure pet owners receive trustworthy information.
He serves as CEO and chief medical officer of Jade Vets, the practice group he co-founded that focuses not just on taking care of pets, but also the people that care for them and their communities.
Outside of veterinary life, he enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling anywhere there is a beach, and keeping up with the Dodgers, Lakers, and 49ers. If he wasn't a veterinarian, he would be a conservation biologist working all over the world protecting endangered species.
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