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Who are We?

Welcome to Summit Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia  LLC.   We are so excited to have the opportunity to service the community and our local, regional and national veterinary teams.


     I am Dr. Amber Hopkins, I am the founder of Summit Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia, LLC.  I am a Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the Business Management Group for the Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Journal.  I serve on these boards as a way to stay intimately and continually connected to and involved in the advancements in our industry.

     I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age.  My passion has always been to ensure animals have an advocate, to help them when they cannot help themselves.  I have had (and still do) my share of fur babies, whom have had to undergo anesthesia for both routine and non-routine procedures, thus I understand how scary that can be.  I have also had young and older pets with both acute and chronic pain processes and know how important it is to ensure their comfort and give them the best quality of life they can have for as long as we can.  That is why I am here today!

     I started my journey in the medical field, by obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.  I completed my Doctorate at Ross University, spent one year in a small animal internship, then immediately began my three year residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia at University of Pennsylvania.  Following my residency, I built an anesthesia service at a large specialty hospital in San Diego, CA, that was and continues to be recognized for its excellence in patient safety and patient care.   I was also fortunate to work with Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego wildlife park to also provide anesthesia to a variety non-domesticated species.  While working with a team of nationally recognized surgeons, neurologists and internists,  I was able to manage straight forward to the most critical patients or those undergoing some of the most complicated surgeries.


     Over the last 10 years, I have continued to expand my knowledge and skills, completing training and certification in Fear Free techniques, Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Multimodal Pain Management, Advanced Extracorporeal Therapies, Rehabilitation Therapy and Veterinary Acupuncture.  My goals are to continue to provide anesthesia peace of mind to both clients and veterinarians, as well as provide recommendations for the most optimal and patient specific pain management plan for client pets.

I appreciate you taking the time to visit our site and hope that we can serve you too!


Dr.Amber Hopkins DVM, cVMA, CCRT, DACVAA

Supplemental Certifications

  • Veterinary Acupuncture

  • Veterinary Rehabilition

  • Advanced Extracorporeal Therapies

  • Veterinary Pain Practitioner

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound


Professional Memberships

  • Board of Director for ACVAA

  • Board of Director for VAA Journal

  • American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia

  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management

  • Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society

  • North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society

  • American Animal Hospital Association

  • American Veterinary Medical Association


Original Peer-reviewed Papers:

Wright BD, Hopkins A. Changes in colloid osmotic pressure as a function of anesthesia and surgery in the presence and absence of isotonic fluid administration in dogs. Vet Anaesth Analg 2008 July; 35(4):282-8.


Hopkins A, Giuffrida M, Larenza MP.  Midazolam, as a co-induction agent, has propofol sparing effects but also decreases systolic blood pressure in healthy dogs. Vet Anaesth Analg. 2014 Jan; 41(1):64-72.


Silverstein DC, Cozzi E, Hopkins A, Keefe TJ.  Microcirculatory effects of intravenous fluid administration in anesthetized dogs undergoing elective ovariohysterectomy.  AJVR. 2014 September; 76(9): 809-17.


Case Reports:

Peters ST, Hopkins A, Stewart S, Slack J, de Solis CN. Myocardial contusion and rib fracture repair in an adult horse.  J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2013 Nov-Dec; 23(6):663-9.


Book Chapters:

Hopkins A. "Anesthetic Management of Toy and Small Breed Dogs." Breed Predispositions to Dental and Oral Disease in Dogs, edited by Niemiec, B,.Willey-Blackwell, 2021 pp 131-139.

Hopkins A. "Brachycephalic Breeds and Anesthesia." Breed Predispositions to Dental and Oral Disease in Dogs, edited by Niemiec, B,.Willey-Blackwell, 2021 pp 143-153.

In progress: "Anesthesia Patient Management for Periodontal Therapies." Veterinary Periodontology, 2nd edition

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