Nicole Fein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

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Dr. Nicole Fein

Board-Certified Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Nicole Fein is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist in Southern California. She is based out of Costa Mesa and is available to serve general practices and emergency animal hospitals throughout her service area in the Los Angeles metropolitan region.


Dr. Nicole Fein graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance. Prior to pursuing her career as a veterinarian, Dr. Fein worked as a professional model and dancer, appearing in national ad campaigns and productions, and even touring with the Radio City Rockettes. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Minnesota. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Fein completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in LA. Her training continued in San Diego at Veterinary Specialty Hospital where she completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

During her residency, Dr. Fein received extensive training in abdominal ultrasound and all endoscopic procedures including gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, and bronchoscopy. Since completing her residency, Dr. Fein has been practicing as a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist at a high volume emergency and referral center.

Within the field of Internal Medicine, Dr. Fein has a particular interest in immune-mediated disease and endocrine disorders. Dr. Fein is a self-proclaimed French bulldog fanatic and in her free time enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and two fur children, a French bulldog named Stella and a Siberian Husky named Stoli


  • 2022
    Joined MOVES
  • 2021-2022
    Internal medicine practice in Tustin, CA.
  • 2021
    Completed internal medicine residency at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • 2018
    Completed small animal internship at VCA Animal Specialty and Emergency Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017
    Earned DVM from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2010
    Graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Dance

Prevalence of positive urine culture in the presence of inactive urine sediment in 1049 urine samples from dogs
doi: 10.1111/jvim.16378
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine – February 2, 2022

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    What is a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist?

    A veterinary internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced training in internal medicine (including a one-year internship and three-year residency) following graduation from their veterinary college. The residency training culminates with a comprehensive examination covering all aspects of veterinary small animal internal medicine. Once these requirements have been fulfilled, the veterinarian is considered to be a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

    The umbrella of small animal internal medicine includes many sub-disciplines including gastroenterology (esophageal, stomach and intestinal disease), hepatology (liver and pancreatic disease), endocrinology (hormonal disease), infectious diseases, urology (urinary tract disease), nephrology (kidney disease), respiratory medicine (nose, airway and lung disease), and hematology (blood cells) & immunology (immune diseases). In many cases, the signs of a patient may include many of these organ systems. Due to their holistic approach, internal medicine specialists may also manage cases of patients with neurologic, cardiovascular or cancerous diseases, especially when these patients also share diseases within the scope of internal medicine.

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