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Lifetime Animal Care Center

Lifetime Animal Care Center

4250 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite C | San Diego, CA 92117

Call 858-751-4607
Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Our Commitment to You

Our veterinarians promise to listen to your concerns, to explain your pet's treatment options in a language you can understand, and to respect your time, your budget, and your love for your pet. We are committed to caring for your pet as an important member of your family.

Our Location
We are conveniently located in the Clairemont Town Square Shopping Center - across from Pick Up Stix and in the same building as Mission Federal Credit Union, right next to Denny's. Although our zip code is 92117, our vets have been caring for dogs and cats in the greater Clairemont area (University City, Bay Park, Kearny Mesa, Linda Vista, and La Jolla zip codes) for many years. We have clients that travel from Escondido, Chula Vista, and even Orange County to bring their precious pets to us for care.

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. Founded in 1933, this is the only organization that provides accreditation for veterinary practices throughout North America. Our hospital is continually evaluated on over 900 standards covering areas such as patient care, anesthesiology, surgery, dentistry, laboratory, pain management, customer service and pharmacy. By following the strict standards required by AAHA, you can rest assured that your pet will receive the very best in veterinary medicine. Only 14% of small animal hospitals in North America are accredited. We have been accredited since 1995. You, as the consumer, have the right to ask questions about AAHA accreditation before you choose the hospitals to care for your pets. For more information about AAHA, please click on the AAHA logo.

Our Staff

We've been serving our community from this location since 1973. Dr. Hardy purchased the practice in 1986. He is still practicing, along with colleagues Dr. Vickie Swarowski & Dr. Corey Cole. The nursing staff is a group of dedicated, compassionate veterinary professionals, led by our RVT Nicole.

We are delighted to be your neighbor and will continue to care for your pets and support the Clairemont community in many ways.

Our Services

We are an AAHA accredited, multi-veterinarian hospital with a well trained staff ready to care for your pets. We will provide your pet with the quality care you expect, and the gentle touch that your pet deserves.

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Dr. AJ Hardy
Dr. AJ Hardy

Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, Dr. AJ Hardy developed an early interest in medicine. After obtaining his veterinary degree at the University of California, Davis, he moved back to Wisconsin where he worked as a dairy vet before coming to San Diego in 1984. He has worked at Lifetime ever since, and purchased the practice in 1986. He lives with his wife Margaret in Scripps Ranch.

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Dr. Vickie Swarowski
Dr. Vickie Swarowski

A Southern California native, Dr. Swarowski graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno & Washington University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in shelter medicine and private clinics for the past 9 years, most recently as Chief of Staff for a veterinary practice in Escondido. Her special interests include small animal reproduction and soft tissue surgery. In her free time, Dr. Swarowski enjoys competing in dog events such as agility, obedience & herding.

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Dr. Corey Cole

Dr. Corey Cole is a University of California, Davis alumnus who spent six years as a veterinarian at San Diego Humane Society and has experience in emergency and critical care. In his spare time, he enjoys the beach, reading and golfing.

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