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Animal Care Hospital

3131 E Thomas Rd | Phoenix, AZ 85016

Call 602-759-7822
Monday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • AAHA Accredited Hospital
  • General and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Internal Medicine/Wellness Care
  • Advanced Dentistry
  • Full Service Pharmacy & Laboratory
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Declawing
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Surgery


Animal care hospital was founded in 1964 by dr. John matchette. The original hospital was located on thomas road, just a few blocks east of our present facility which was completed in the fall of 1982. Dr.Bishop joined the practice in 1973, dr. Halver in 1981, and dr. Temple in 20006. The doctors and staff frequently attend continuing education seminars and workshops to maintain the highest level of techniques and treatments in veterinary medicine. All of our doctors are members of the arizona academy of veterinary practice, which is an organization comprised of veterinarians who are constantly improving their standards and performance in practice.

We are affiliated with the american animal hospital association (aaha) whose members must meet stringent standards for comprehensive professional medical and surgical care and are constantly striving for quality, both in service and in the performance of veterinary medicine. We are dedicated professionals who combine compassion and concern with state-of-the-art practice techniques and diagnostics. We chose to be in this profession because we genuinely care for people and their companion animals, and our integrity is known throughout the phoenix metropolitan area.

Quality; compassion; integrity


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Dr. Steve Bishop

Dr. Steve Bishop

Dr. Stephen Bishop is originally from Kansas, but he has been in Arizona so long the he can be classified as "native." He decided at a young age that his life's passion was to become a veterinarian, so he attended Kansas State University where he received his B.Sc. degree in Biology in 1971 and his DVM degree in 1973. After graduation, he moved to Phoenix, and has been in Small Animal Practice ever since. Dr. Bishop has developed special interests in the fields of internal medicine, endoscopy, cardiology and advanced dentistry. He has also been very active in organized veterinary medicine, having served as resident of the Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice. He has also served multiple positions for both the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and the Central Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Bishop is also a member of VLG (Veterinary Leadership Group) which is a geographically diverse group of veterinarians and practice managers that establish an ongoing forum to share, learn, develop and expand management ideas to maximize their leadership potential so that they can positively impact the veterinary profession, their clients and their patients.

Dr. Bishop and his wife Pam reside in Phoenix. They have two daughters, Allison and Amy plus two grandsons. They also share their home with two cats, Kona, Polly and one dog Harley. In his free time, Dr. Bishop enjoys many recreational sports, especially boating, bass fishing and golf.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Terminator, Titanic
FAVORITE SONGS: Amarillo by Morning - George Strait Brand New Man - Brooks and Dunn Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
FAVORITE BOOK: All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriott
FAVORITE QUOTE: "No man is an island."
WHY I CHOSE THIS PROFESSION: "I've always loved and cherished animals. With my interest in biology and medicine, this profession was a natural."

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Dr. Mark Halver

Dr. Mark Halver

Dr. Mark Halver was born in Bogota, Colombia, but he grew up in Scottsdale. He has wanted to be a veterinarian since grade school, and always had a wide variety of pets as a child, including snakes, rabbits, tortoises, guinea pigs and fish, as well as the more traditional cats and dogs. Dr. Halver graduated from Saguaro High School, then attended Arizona State University for four years where he received B.Sc. degree in Bio-Agriculture. He then headed to Kansas State University and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1981.Dr. Halver has been associated with Animal Care Hospital since 1974 when he worked as a kennel person, and he joined the staff as a veterinarian upon graduation from Vet School.

Dr. Halver is a member of Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In his free time, Dr. Halver enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including skiing, running, fly-fishing, backpacking and camping. He and his wife Sharon live in Phoenix, with Their three grown children; Michelle, Gregory, and Steven who all live in the Phoenix area. Their family also includes an English Pointer named Mick and a tortoiseshell cat named Thomasina..

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Dr. Tara Temple

Dr. Tara Temple

Dr. Temple graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Massachusetts in 1991. She practiced in northern Rhode Island (dogs and cats) and Central Massachusetts (cat practice) through 2003. She accompanied her husband on a work assignment to Shanghai, China and Mannila, Philippines from 2004-2006. While abroad she saw patients and advised on the establishment of a pet rescue organization in Shanghai and trained young veterinarians in Manila. She returned to the US in January 2006, settled in Phoenix and joined Animal Care Hospital. She plays the violin and enjoys traveling, hiking, scuba diving, gardening, reading and spending time with her husband, son Noah and their 6 cats.

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