Welcome to Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital, your local family owned and operated veterinary hospital in Point Loma, California.
We’re pleased to provide a wide variety of veterinary services for animals in Point Loma and the surrounding areas.
Our team is dedicated to providing the best care possible for your pets, and in 2009 we were proudly certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) – only 15% of small animal hospitals achieve this accreditation. You can learn more about AAHA’s standards for their members here.
Our facility is equipped with in an in house laboratory, digital xrays (both for the body and dentistry) and ultrasound. This state of the art equipment helps our doctors diagnose and treat most problems as quick as possible. We also maintain excellent relationships with nearby specialists should your pet need referral for specialized care.
Just one of the things that makes Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital so unique is our desire to make your pet part of our extended family.
We’re open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. We are available during business hours for emergencies and walk in appointments. If you have an after-hours emergency, please call 619-299-2400.
Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital is fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care. Approximately 3,000 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program. Consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA’s standards for services and facilities.
AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care; diagnostic & pharmacy; management; medical records; and facility. Why does this matter to you? Here are a few examples of how AAHA’s standards impact you and your pet.
- The standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
- The standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of: anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.
- Accredited hospitals have an onsite pharmacy (another standards area) so they can begin treatment immediately.
- AAHA standards also require that medical records be thorough and complete which helps them to better understand your pet’s medical history and how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status.
The Standards developed and published by AAHA are widely accepted as representing those components of veterinary practice that represent high quality care. The Standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology.
Accreditation helps veterinary hospitals stay on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and provide the quality and range of services you and your pet deserve.
Because of the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, you can be sure that your pet will receive top-quality care at our hospital.
AAHA reminds pet owners that they can help pets live healthier and longer lives by taking their pets to the veterinarian for annual physical exams, vaccinations, and dental care as well as providing pets with fresh water, a balanced diet, and exercise.
Find out more about our team by visiting our Team page.