Michael Barlia, Hospital Director
Dr. Mike Barlia is the Hospital Director for PETS Referral Center. Mike completed both his undergraduate degree in physiology (‘97) and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree (‘01) at UC Davis. Following graduation, he completed an internship specifically in emergency medicine and critical care under the guidance of a critical care specialist at the Pet Emergency Specialty Center of La Mesa (San Diego) where he stayed on board for an additional 2 years prior to moving back to Northern California in 2004 to join the PETS team as a partner. Mike has always had a strong interest in emergency medicine and critical care and has practiced exclusively in this field since graduation. Outside of the ER Mike has a special interest in veterinary informatics; specifically with the use of computer technology for the advancement of education, research and communication between specialists, clients, and referring veterinarians. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, hiking, travel, and photography. He lives in Oakland with his wife Kara (also a veterinarian) and their two dogs, Zinnia and Annie, along with their small herd of cats.