Young Joo Kim, DVM, MS

Dr. Kim received his DVM degree from Seoul National University, College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the most prestigious schools in South Korea. He also earned a M.S. degree from the same school in Veterinary Anatomy and Histology. In 2002, Dr. Kim finished the E.C.F.V.G (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) program at the Cumming’s School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (TCSVM) in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He completed a one-year internship at All-Care Animal Referral Center and later spent several years as an emergency and ICU clinician in Southern California. He has been with Central Orange County Emergency Hospital as an emergency veterinarian since 2010.

Previously, Dr. Kim also worked for two years as a facilitating veterinarian at Western University of Heath Science, College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, he has been preparing to become a board certified veterinary surgeon. In his free time, Dr. Kim enjoys mountain biking. He is also taking private pilot training.


Dr. Matt Levinson

Dr. Levison has completed my bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University in 2015. I then completed a one year rotating internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Illinois. I have strong interest in dermatology in which I am currently completing a residency in. My other interests include emergency medicine.

Outside of the clinic I enjoy spending time with my dog, Willow, hiking, going to the beach, and watching football.


Dr. Melinda Dayhuff

Dr. Dayhuff is a native of Southern California. Endlessly fascinated by all things animal, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian by the tender age of 4.

After high school she enrolled at the Davis campus of the University of California. She left Davis in 1994 with her BS in Animal Science (small ruminant/dairy focus) her MS in Avian Science (molecular and cellular genetics focus) and DVM (Small Animal Track).

She returned to So Cal and worked in general practice from 1994-2002, when she switched interests to Emergency and Critical Care. She met Dr. Kim during his residency training, as their respective employers happened to share a building.

Dr. Dayhuff comes to COCEAC after 18 months at a corporate, multi-specialty 24 hr practice and has a total of 15 years experience specifically in Emergency/Critical Care.

Never without the company of dogs, she has been an active competitor in the dog sport of flyball since 1995 and dog agility since 2006. Her home is also shared with her pet laughing Dove, named Coocoo Monga.


Dr. Juan Matias Aramburu

Dr. Aramburu was born in Argentina and raised in Florence, Alabama. He attended The Ohio State University where he received his BS in zoology. He then earned his DVM in 1999 at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, a prestigious and rigorous program. Since that time, Dr. Aramburu has been in private practice in Illinois, Texas, and Tennessee, finally settling in Southern California. While in Texas, he focused in small animal emergency and critical care. Dr. Aramburu is interested in a wide variety of cases particularly Surgery, Geriatrics, and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Aramburu is happily married to his college sweetheart, Mercedes, who is an OB/Gyn. They have three children, Nicolas and the twins, Antonio and Sofia. Also, an important part of the family are their geriatric rescue pets, Hooper, a shepherd mix, and Bubba, an English Bulldog. When not caring for animals, Dr. Aramburu enjoys spending time with his family, eating haute cuisine, watches, cars, and traveling.


Dr. Audra De La Torre

Dr. De La Torre is an associate veterinarian that sees both exotic and small animals for Central Orange County Emergency Animal Hospital since 2015. Her journey began in Whitter California where she grew up and began working in the local pet store. Her love for taking care of all animals lead her to working at a nearby day practice veterinary hospital while achieving her undergraduate degree from Cal State Fullerton in Biological Science/emphasis on ecology, ornithology and mammalogy. Around this time she also met her husband who was also interested in animals, biological science major (emphasis in herpatology) and a veterinary assistant.

Dr. De La Torre and her husband both began working for Central Emergency Animal Hospital as veterinary nurses. Due to Dr. De La Torre’s discovered passion for helping animals and people she pursued a veterinary medicine degree at Western University of Health Sciences. She renewed her interest in exotic animals, wildlife and livestock at this time. She studied and volunteered under many exotic animal and large animal veterinarians to gain more experience to provide care for these unique species.

Dr. De La Torre also performs community service at various wild life centers and has contributed to enhancing numbers of wild bird populations through research, intervention projects and providing medical treatment at wildlife centers. Dr. De La Torre also became interested in population medicine and public health communicable wildlife and domestic animal diseases. She pursued and completed a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 2012. Since then, Dr. De La Torre has volunteered time at non-profit wildlife centers and was Director of Veterinary Sciences at Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach.

Dr. De La Torre has been employed at exotic animal practices and Central Orange County Emergency Animal Hospital. Her mission is to provide a loving, family environment to people of all walks of life, the community and most small companion animal species. She currently commutes from the Inland valley and lives with her husband and two young children. She is busy on her spare time providing community service for rescue groups and volunteering at her children’s schools. She also enjoys camping, hiking, reading, bike riding among many other outdoor activities.