Mission Animal & Bird Hospital is 24 hour general, mobile and emergency practice offering exceptional care to dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, exotics, and wildlife. Our staff of fifty five includes eleven associates: Dr. Bob Cartin (Cornell ’79), Dr. Jill Peterson (Purdue ’03), who is Medical Director, Dr. Meghan Landen (KSU ’04), Dr. Paula Dvorchak (UC Davis ’06), Dr. Judit Szamos (Ross ’11), ...Dr. Ted Burghardt (CSU ’09), Dr. Lea Mehrkens (UC Davis ’14), Dr. Samantha Kent (Tufts '10), Dr. Josh Sanabria (MO '12), Jiar Chang (CSU '14) and Kristina Welsh (Oregon '11) as well as three interns. We also host a number of fourth year veterinary students and RVT students.
A boarded radiologist conducts radiology rounds on a monthly basis and performs ultrasounds when needed. We also utilize the services of mobile veterinary radiologists and a mobile veterinary ultrasonographer, who works with a local specialty hospital. A board certified veterinary cardiologist will visit our hospital as needed to perform echocardiograms and consult. Though our own clinicians perform a large number of surgeries for our client owned pets, as well as rescue and shelter pets, we bring in a mobile surgeon, for the more involved surgical cases. We enjoy an excellent relationship with a number of specialists at the local referral hospitals.
We are extremely proud of our many community outreach programs. With our rescue partner, Last Chance at Life, in 2014, we saved over 200 animals slated for euthanasia. We also enjoy a close relationship with the San Diego Humane Society, the Camp Pendleton Animal Shelter and a number of other rescue groups. In our Multipurpose Room, our doctors present lectures on medical topics for our clients as well as programs for middle and high school students in our Veterinary Academy.
Our 11,000 sf facility was built in 2009 and, in 2011, was chosen by Veterinary Economics Magazine as “Hospital of the Year” for the United States. We are located 40 miles north of San Diego and 100 miles south of Los Angeles, one mile from the beach. www.missionanimal.com