Center Sinai Animal Hospital

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10737 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Driving Directions

(310) 559-3770


  • Hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM- 9:00 PM
  • Sat: 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Sun: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
  • After Hrs ER: ASEC: 310-473-1561 or
  • ACCIM: 310-558-6111

At Center Sinai Animal Hospital, we understand that your pets are an important part of your life. Our highly trained staff will treat you and your pets with professionalism and courtesy while providing you with the very best veterinary care available. Our full-service practice offers a variety of services intended to promote your pet’s overall health and longevity. It is our privilege to care for you and your pets, so call today to learn about our services or schedule an appointment.

Center Sinai Animal Hospital Services

  • Birds (Avian Medicine)
  • Boarding
  • Dental Care
  • Euthanasia Services
  • Eye Care
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Grooming
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Our Own Insurance Program
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Reptiles
  • Senior Care
  • Skin Care
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Surgery
  • Telemedicine Services
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Center Sinai Animal Hospital Staff Profiles

Dr. Barry Baum

Owner, Chief of Staff
Dr. Barry M. Baum achieved his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1971.  His undergraduate degree was granted by the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell.  

He has been the owner and Chief of Staff at Center-Sinai Animal Hospital, Los Angeles, California since 1979.  The hospital has been serving the Los Angeles community for over thirty years.  Under Dr. Baum's guidance, Center-Sinai has grown from one doctor with a five person support staff to a six doctor practice with a support staff of thirty-five people.  A full range of services from medical and surgical care to boarding and grooming is provided seven days a week.  The hospital staff actively works with rescue groups seeking to find homes for dogs and cats.    

In 1998, Dr. Baum founded and continues to serve as President for the Independent Veterinary Alliance. 

Other professional alliances include memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association.    

Dr. Baum is also a Board Member of Create-A-Smile, Pet-Assisted Therapy in Los Angeles.
Prior to becoming the owner of Center-Sinai, Dr. Baum served as Associate Veterinarian for the Blue Cross Pet Hospital, in Pacific Palisades, California, and the Gaddis Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles.
His veterinary experience includes serving as the Developer/Builder and Owner of Crown Valley Animal Hospital in Laguna Niguel, California.  From 1971 to 1975, he was Associate Veterinarian at Roberts Animal Hospital in Hanover, Massachusetts and then Relief Veterinarian at practices throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California.
When he is away from Center-Sinai and the other work he's in which he's involved, Dr. Baum prefers to engage in activities with his family - wife Linda and grown children, Hillary, a therapeutic companion for special needs children, Stephen, a student at USC's Annenberg School, and Melanie, who plans to become a doctor.  Their youngest, Fessel, is four-footed and covered in fur.  She is the star of the first story in StoryTime with Dr. Baum.  Dr. Baum is a mountain biker, hiker, crossword puzzle solver and tournament competitor.  As you'll see, Dr. Baum enjoys writing articles and stories about pet care,  and his experiences both as a private and professional pet lover. Dr. B's also an avid reader, and a choir member at the Stephen S. Wise Temple and Crossroads School.  Finally, he is a basketball enthusiast often seen at the courts at UCLA and USC.

New -- Dr. Baum is profiled in the journal of the Southern California Veterinary Medicine.  

Dr. Baum appeared on NBC TV to discuss tips for doggie health in summer. Sorry, the link is no longer live. We are working on new summer tips and other video featuring Dr. B.
Dr. Baum appears in the Los Angeles Times. Click the doggie to see the article.

New -- Dr. Baum has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Veterinary Medicine Association.
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Years in Practice: 45

Cornell University

Dr. Annelise Spira

Avian Specialist
From a conversation with Dr. Spira:

"I got into the field of bird medicine almost because I was confronted by it -- there was nobody around practicing. I started a long time ago. At that time most people who needed help with pet birds would go to pet shops, since almost no vets treated birds. Before coming to the U.S. in 1962., I lived in Germany. I earned my degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Munich, and while there had a class in pet bird medicine. When I came here, I studied at U.C. Davis for a year, a requirement for foreign veterinary graduates, but there was nothing in the curriculum dealing with pet birds.  Finally, people would be certified at universities, but originally the interest was in wild birds.

"At Davis I had a great professor from Germany who gave a course in wild bird care. When I completed my work at Davis, I came to Center-Sinai. At that time we had a small animal practice and also treated large exotic animals, lions, tigers, elephants, bears and so on, plus birds.

"Somehow, just because there was no one else to do it, I began to see more birds, and began to gather experience working with them. Over time more vets started to see birds, and we'd meet, and exchange information.  I learned from them. In 1980 the Association of Avian Veterinarians was formed. Finally we had a national organization! We have had annual meetings from the beginning, and I have gone to each and every one. There are still not many bird veterinarians today, but there are more than there used to be.

"The best thing about my work is the challenge. I learned a lot from treating wild birds from a young girl who was dedicated to rehabilitating injured wild birds. We developed a relationship. I can't keep wild birds would not be healthy for them to be enclosed in such an urban setting, but she would pack up the injured bird and bring it to me. I would do medical and surgical care, and then she would take the bird back to her sanctuary for nursing and rehab. I really learned a lot about all birds by doing surgery on the wild ones.

"One of the most important parts of my job is to educate clients about the care, nutrition, medications, etc. required to take care of their pet birds properly. I take a lot of time with this, as the basics are new to many pet bird owners, and very important.

"The work is always exciting to me -- I get to see birds I've never seen before."

New! Ask Dr. Spira -- CSAH avian specialist Dr. Annelise Spira answers your questions and writes articles on Bird health and behavior! 
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University of Munich/ U.C. Davis

Dr. Al Plechner

Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Plechner is originally from the land of Puget Sound, so he was used to the daily hiking he did while attending Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. But one fateful day, the apple bought from the street vendor he patronized daily bit him back – with typhoid fever. “I almost died,” he said, “because they misdiagnosed me.” This event marked a real turning point in his life; he came back to his second home, Los Angeles, to get treated.

But it wasn’t until he brought his English bulldog Moose to see his vet, Larry Lippincott, that Plechner’s life really turned around. Without saying anything to him, Dr. Lippincott called Walt Tyler, the Dean of Admissions at U.C. Davis, a personal friend, and recommended the future Dr. Plechner for the school. Plechner immediately took to the place, and made a switch to veterinary medicine, away from the human medicine with which he had become disenchanted because of the misdiagnosis in his own case. “They were doing research at Davis that I had been interested in, and I really lucked out,” he said. The research turned into a number of papers on diet and its relation to both human and animal health. He retired after 40 years, disturbed by the lack of recognition for the validity of his published theories on the importance of hormones and diet on both animals and humans.

But now, he reports, his work is being recognized broadly. “The Townsend Letters, a well established medical journal which has published a number of my articles, has just published my new article on infertility as it relates to humans and animals. (These can be viewed at And I have been asked to lecture at a symposium for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association on hormone-antibody imbalances that cause allergies, autoimmunity and cancer.”

Given the acceptance of his life’s work, published in numerous books and articles, and requests from former clients, Dr. Plechner decided to return to veterinary medicine. He had met Dr. Baum when they were on a television show together, and always liked him. And they are both pleased that he is now on staff at Center-Sinai Animal Hospital.

NEW! Look for three new books from Dr. Plechner:

    “Endocrine-Immune Mechanisms in Animals and Human Health Implications.” In this book, Dr. Plechner  relates the cause of common hormone-immune imbalances seen in animals to humans.

    “50 Years of Healing" - an eye opener for pet owners and veterinarians, filling a knowledge gap involving the identification and treatment of catastrophic diseases in animals and people.

    ”Against the Odds, Given Up For Dead.” This book deals with the cause of catastrophic diseases in animals and people as opposed to merely treating the effects.

These books will be available as paperbacks from, and will also be available as e-books, downloadable for Kindle readers. Get info on the books and links to purchase on his site:
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