Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 8am-4pm

The Companion Animal Hospital

The Staff

Dr. Patricia Carter

The Companion Animal Hospital is run by Chief of Staff, Dr. Patricia Carter, who graduated from the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and was inducted into the Phi Zeta Society, a distinction awarded to graduating veterinary students in the top 10% of their class.  She has been a small animal and exotic animal veterinarian for over 21 years.  Dr. Carter will head the hospital’s efforts to lease facility space to the finest private practitioners and specialists in the area, along with her continued duties of overseeing the care of the orphaned animals in the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department.


Dr. Lauren Coulson

Dr. Lauren Coulson was born and raised in San Jose in northern California.  She grew up loving animals and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age.  During high school and as an undergraduate, Dr. Coulson worked in a small animal general practice as a technician for almost ten years.  She attended San Jose State University for undergraduate studies where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry.  She earned  her DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.  Her special interests include companion animal medicine, cardiology, and surgery. 

Dr. Coulson enjoys spending time with her three cats: Brooke, Athena, and Baby Kittenz.  She plans to adopt a dog soon!   In her spare time, Dr. Coulson enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, traveling, and watching movies.  Being new to the San Diego area, she also is looking forward to exploring, especially the beaches!

More Bios of the staff and Veterinarians will be posted soon.


Please call to make an appointment for your beloved best friend at 858-756-4469.