Dr. Deidre Puaoi

Veterinarian

I strive to provide excellent care for both my patients and my clients. I go above and beyond to provide personalized, high quality veterinary care and has surrounded myself with a professional staff that aims to meet the same high standards.During my off-time, I enjoy cooking/entertaining, working in the yard, craft beer, flag football and my family of pets. When I arrive home, I’m greeted by my beloved Cathy-Cat (14 years old with an unclassified heart condition), Lucy, Ali, and Banchee (all cats), an 80 lb. Alaskan Malamute (Shane), and a blue tongue skink (Liz).A California native, Dr. Dee started my professional life (career) in molecular biology (plant and animal), working for The Scripps Research Institute and Oregon Health Sciences University. But I always had my eye on veterinary medicine.

In 1996 I graduated from the joint program between Oregon State University and Washington State University. Soon after, I accepted my first veterinarian position at Golden Gate Fields Race Track in San Francisco. Next I was off to a mixed animal practice in Angels Camp California (God’s Country). At the Angels Camp Veterinary Hospital Dr. Dee gained additional experience with cows, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats and emergency medicine (it was a James Herriot life). For the past 14 years I have worked in San Diego, refining my skills as a small animal and exotic animal practitioner. During this time I also completed a Don Low Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the University Of California Veterinary School.

Education: University of Kentucky, Washington State University, Oregon State University

Pets: Shane, Ali, Lucy, Banchee, Cathy (RIP), and Theo (RIP)The first thing you will notice about Dr. Dee is her passion. She truly loves what she does. Most important to Dr. Dee is developing a personal, trusting relationship with her clients and being able to care for animals through every stage of their lives. Dr. Dee believes trust between the doctor, owner, and patient is essential to successful healthcare.



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