About me


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Dr. Angel (Angelique Cucaro), DVM, ABVP, CVA, CVTP, CTPEP

Professional training– I graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School (www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu), after which I completed a year-long small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital.  After having received a Rotary International Scholarship, I taught for a year in the small animal department at the Veterinary School at Maisons-Alfort (near Paris), France.   I received a CVMA-Don Low Fellowship and undertook additional training at UC Davis Veterinary School for small animal abdominal ultrasound.  In the past, I also volunteered as the staff veterinarian at WildCare, a wildlife rehabilitation facility, in San Rafael.  I have been a long term associate veterinarian at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital in Pacifica where I manage medical cases, do abdominal ultrasound and perform acupuncture and surgeries.

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Personal– When not working, I enjoy speaking French with my wonderful husband who hails from Brittany, France and my amazing bi-lingual daughter who is also passionate about animals.  I also relax by birdwatching, drawing and painting, archery and swimming, playing badminton, cooking gourmet meals for friends and traveling with my family. 

Certification– I am board-certified in 4 disciplines: veterinary acupuncture (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist- CVA), veterinary Tui-Na (Certified Veterinary Tui-Na Practitioner- CVTP), palliative and end-of-life care (certified TCVM palliative end-of-life practitioner- CTPEP) and medicine for dogs and cats (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners- ABVP).

Acupuncture– I received certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), www.ivas.org, an international organization that promotes education and research and the integration of acupuncture with Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).  I continue to be a member of IVAS and am also a member of the American Acupuncture Veterinary Association (AAVA) www.aava.org.

Tui-Na– I received certification from the Chi Institute www.tcvm.com in Tui-Na, a style of Chinese massage that incorporates massage and acupressure to treat health issues.

Palliative care and end-of-life– I received certification through the Chi Institute www.tcvm.com  for pet hospice for dogs and cats by providing palliative and end-of-life care through Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).

Canine and feline medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)- www.abvp.com. This national board certifies for species-specific disciplines after demonstration of proficiency in the art and science of veterinary clinical practice in the medical care of dogs and cats.