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VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital

VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital

12720 Carmel Country Road, Suite #100 | San Diego, CA 92130

Call 858-461-7461
Monday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Acupuncture
  • Animal Rehabilitation
  • Bone & Joint Surgery (Orthopedics)
  • Cardiology (Heart & Vascular Care)
  • Dermatology (Skin Care)
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary House Calls
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Welcome to VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital! We are located in Carmel Valley, San Diego, in the Carmel Country Plaza at the corner of Carmel Country Road and Townsgate. VCA Pacific Petcare is a friendly, comfortable, state of the art, medically full service AAHA accredited veterinary hospital. With skilled caring veterinarians, we provide well pet and sick pet services, for kittens and puppies, adult dogs, cats and senior pets.

In addition to boarding, grooming and other advanced, primary & preventive care services, we offer physical exams, vaccines and weekly Prevention Care Clinics, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, digital x-ray, ultrasound and laboratory testing. We work closely with several local rescue groups and animal shelters including The San Diego Humane Society of San Diego and Escondido. At VCA Pacific Petcare, we believe that our pets are precious and your time is valuable. Our expertly trained staff is committed to personalized service and providing the finest, most complete care available. We love what we do and strive to make each experience with us pleasant for you and your pet.

Please call us today for more information about how we can help your pet and to schedule your appointment!

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Leah Smith

Medical Director
Veterinary School: Oregon State University

Dr. Leah Smith is a native San Diegan. She grew up in nearby Vista, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount. She went on to teach high school chemistry, biology, and physical education in inner city Los Angeles. Dr. Smith decided to leave behind teaching in order to blend both teaching and her love of serving animals by becoming a veterinarian. She and her husband uprooted from sunny California to attend Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Smith was compelled to join the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in order to serve military families and military working dogs. After serving on active duty, Dr. Smith entered private general practice, where she has been ever since. She loves the relationships she is able to form with clients and the practice the highest quality medicine at VCA Pacific Petcare. She continues to serve in the Army Reserves as deputy commander of her veterinary unit, and returned from a Middle East deployment last year. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego Veterinary Medical Association. She has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and promoting preventive care for both animals and their human companions. Dr. Smith is pursuing board certification in veterinary public health as part of this interest. She has over a decade of experience as a veterinarian, including unique experiences working with dolphins and sea lions with the Navy in San Diego, and in public health/food safety capacities with the Army. When Dr. Smith isn’t at the hospital, she spends her time with her daughter Kira, husband Ryan, and their 3 animal family members – Jeffrey, Justin and Kitty (aka Slider). Her hobbies include volleyball, running, boating, and karaoke when the occasion fits.

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Geoff Ball

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ball has always loved working with animals. At 15, he started his first job at an animal hospital outside of Chicago, while also volunteering at a shelter, working with feral cats. After graduating from St. George's University in 2005, Dr. Ball did clinical studies at the University of Illinois, and then went back to St. George's to work with students at the Teaching Hospital, until 2007. As a practicing veterinarian, he continued to volunteer at shelters, while also taking on a Visiting Professor position in clinical skills at his Alma Mater. Geoff specializes in dentistry and has developed lectures on the subjects, as well as laboratory criteria on dentistry for veterinary students. We are extremely happy to have Dr. Ball join our team as he is very friendly, patients like him, and he knows his medicine. When not at VCA Pacific Petcare, he likes to spend time with his three dogs at the beach, hiking, running, playing music and learning how to surf. Dr. Ball is always available to answer questions and meet your furry friends when he is here. Stop in and meet Dr. Ball. Don't forget your precious kitty or doggy.

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Karen Soares

Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: University of Florida

Dr. Soares graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida- Gainesville. Following graduation, Dr Soares completed a 1-year rotating Internship focusing in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at VCA Emergency and Referral Center in San Diego where she was intern of the year!

Since then Dr. Soares has worked as an emergency clinician at a Specialty Referral/Emergency Hospital and as a general practitioner at a busy general veterinary practice.

Outside of her veterinary work, Dr. Soares enjoys yoga and plays organized soccer. She and her husband have a family of 3 cats, Ani, Elle and Lilly and an Old English Bulldog named "Brindle-Lynn". She has a big spot in her heart for kitties of all ages, sizes and attitudes!. Dr. Soares puts her considerable experience into solving and preventing many health concerns. Dr. Soares understands that pet owners want the best for their dogs and cats and does her best to make the four-legged patients feel welcome and comfortable.

VCA Pacific Petcare is proud to have Dr. Soares on our team. Stop in and meet Dr. Soares and you will see what a wonderful veterinarian she is.

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