Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital in San Diego! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (619)-222-0597 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

We also utilize Dr. Tracy Frey, DACVS as needed for advanced surgical procedures. http://softsurg.com/

Dr. Barbara Darnell

Medical Director

Dr. Barbara L. Darnell-Schuber is a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. An Ohio native, Dr. Darnell-Schuber came to San Diego in 1998 to complete her required ``on the job`` experience for her veterinary medical degree. After returning home for graduation, she chose San Diego as a final destination. She says she fell in love with America's finest city during a visit to her brother in the U.S. Navy during a Spring Break vacation.
In Practice since 1998, Dr. Darnell-Schuber gained a large range of valuable experience working in several different environments for 6 years prior to her purchase of the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital in 2004. Her areas of special interest include Internal Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry. Dr. Darnell-Schuber spends many hours each year in continuing education classes to not only fulfill the state requirements for licensure, but to keep up to date on the latest in diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Dr. Darnell-Schuber was married to her wonderful husband Brad in 2008 (which explains the hyphen in her last name!). They have 2 awesome kids together, along with quite the menagerie of furry family members. The Schuber's furry family includes 2 dogs and 4 cats. Their wonderful feline children are Symon, aka ``Mr. Siamese - if you please`` (17 years), Emma Fluffy Tail (6 years), and Trinity (10 years). Trinity was a momma kitty who had been shot and seriously wounded while caring for 4 newborn kittens. Unfortunately, she lost her leg to infection. However, wonderful homes were found for each of her kittens and Dr. Darnell-Schuber continues to work on teaching Trinity to trust the human race again...she is turning in to quite a love bug and has earned permanent status in the household. They also have a French Bulldog named Evie (15 years) and an English Toy Spaniel named Colby (3 years).

Dr. Darnell-Schuber works closely with the Rescue House and Coronado CARES. They are non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting cats through rescue, foster and adoption activities. Dr. Darnell provides medical care and fostering for the tiniest of kittens who need extra TLC.

Outside of work, Dr. Darnell-Schuber enjoys many different hobbies including sewing, cooking and scrapbooking.

Dr. Monie Jones

Dr. Monie Jones

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Monie Jones was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where she stayed to earn her bachelors degree at Western Washington University in 2003. She then spent 5 years living overseas in London, England to attend the Royal Veterinary College, graduating in 2008. Dr. Jones went on to work in small animal practice in Olympia, WA while developing her passion for pets of all shapes and sizes. After making the move down to San Diego to chase the sun, Dr. Jones started work at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital in January 2013.

After taking time off to start her beautiful family, Dr. Jones has now returned to Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital on a part-time basis. Her past experience includes pocket pets, 4-H/backyard farm animals, wildlife rehabilitation, and spay/neuter programs. Dr. Jones shares her home with 2 dogs and many plants. When she's not at work she enjoys swing dancing, reading, and knitting.

Glory Baquiran

Veterinary Nurse/Office Manager

Glory has been a key member of the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital team since 2007. Glory wears a coat of many colors. Originally hired on as a technician, she has supported the whole staff with everything from answering the phones to assisting in surgeries. Her job is to make sure the whole team at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital is providing the best care possible for our patients, as well as genuine support for our clients. Patient care and impeccable customer service is always Glory’s first priority. Glory also helps Dr. Darnell by easing the burden of the day to day work associated with running a business as the Office Manager.

Glory was born and raised here in San Diego. She completed the Veterinary Assistant course at Pima Medical Institute in 2003, then attended Allied Veterinary Staff Education in 2017 to complete the educational credentials needed to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

In the time that Glory has been a member of the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital family, Glory has gotten married and started her own family. Glory is blessed with two children of her own, Trae and Ian. Her furry family includes a lab mix named Brody and a miniature schnauzer mix named Rylee.

During her spare time, Glory enjoys making memories with her family, playing billiards and occasionally fostering kittens in need of special care.

Nancy Milan

Veterinary Student

Nancy has been working at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital since she graduated from UC Davis in 2014. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the UC Davis Dairy Facility where her interest in cattle began. She currently attends Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, located in the Caribbean, where she is striving to complete her life long dream of becoming a veterinarian.

During her island breaks, she comes home to San Diego to relax with her family and friends. During these breaks, Nancy works as a veterinary assistant at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital. Nancy is a Disney fanatic and would love to answer any questions about her journey to become a veterinarian.

Anarlette Gonzalez

Veterinary Assistant

Anarlette joined Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital in 2016 after graduating from PIMA's Veterinary Assistant program. As a veterinary assistant, her job is to help with all the behind the scenes care of your pets. From simple things like making sure they are comfortable and restraint, up to anesthesia monitoring, Anarlette is a valuable member of the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital Team.

She loves her job caring for all the fur babies at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital. She has her own fur baby, a pug named Leila, whom she loves spending time with along with her son.

Patty Goycochea

Veterinary Assistant

Patty is a 2006 Graduate of Pima Medical Institute's Veterinary Assisting program. Patty joined the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital team in 2018 bringing 12 years of experience with her. Patty's job at Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital is a Veterinary Nurse for outpatient care. Patty greets our patients and escorts them to the exam room where she discusses the owner's concerns about their pets and educates them on optimal wellness care.

She has an 8 year old daughter and a Fabulous Frenchie name Lucious. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Living Cost Discovery Center helping to clean up the Marina and parks wherever needed, and also volunteers her time at her daughter's Elementary school assisting the teachers whenever needed.


Lead Receptionist

Jessica joined the Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital team in 2017. Her favorite part about being a receptionist is being able to build relationships with clients and their adorable fur babies. She has always loved animals and her heart completely melts when she sees a Bulldog or Mastiff walk in our front door. During her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling and going hiking with her 3 year old Italian Mastiff, Zoolander.