Dr. Deidre Puaoi


Dr. Dee strives to provide excellent care for both her patients and her clients. She goes above and beyond to provide personalized, high quality veterinary care and has surrounded herself with a professional staff that aims to meet the same high standards.During her off-time, she enjoys cooking/entertaining, working in the yard, craft beer, flag football and her family of pets. When she arrives home, she is greeted by her 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 her professional life (career) in molecular biology (plant and animal), working for The Scripps Research Institute and Oregon Health Sciences University. But she always had her eye on veterinary medicine.

In 1996 she graduated from the joint program between Oregon State University and Washington State University. Soon after, she accepted her first veterinarian position at Golden Gate Fields Race Track in San Francisco. Next she 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 she has worked in San Diego, refining her skills as a small animal and exotic animal practitioner. During this time she 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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