Founded in 2001 by Drs. Richard Johnson and Nancy Hampel, Animal Medical Center has grown and continues to grow with a mission of providing the finest medical care available for your pet.

At the Animal Medical Center, our goal is to continuously improve the quality of life of our patients and the well-being of our community by providing high quality, cost effective veterinary health care that exceeds our clients’ expectations.  Our staff is devoted to providing the best medical, surgical, and emergency veterinary care available.

Animal Medical Center combines a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital with medical and surgical expertise to optimize the treatment options for your pet.  We believe that medical care does not end with a doctor’s visit, but also includes preventive health and hygiene.  That is why we also offer complete grooming and boarding facilities as well.

We believe that our most valuable assets are the relationships we build with our clients and the fostered trust of our patients. We welcome new patients and look forward to continuing to provide our existing clients with the quality veterinary care they have come to expect.

We strive to be San Diego’s first choice in veterinary care and look forward to the opportunity to serve your needs.

You may bring your pet in for an emergency visit any time of the day or night.  Veterinarians are in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide immediate care.  Please call ahead and so we can expedite your arrival.

  • Weakness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Hit by car or other trauma
  • Seizure or Tremor
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Blue, purple, or pale gums or tongue
  • Ingestion of snail bait, rat bait, anti-freeze, pills, medications, vitamins, or any unusual or toxic substance.
  • Bite  wounds
  • Snake  bites, spider or insect bites
  • Paralysis or dragging rear legs
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Allergic reactions: facial swelling or hives
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Burns or heatstroke
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Foxtails in ear, eyes or nose
  • more.

To make an appointment, please call:  619-444-4246


Although we are open 24 hours and happy to see your pet any time of day for both routine and emergency care,  our basic exam fee is increased to $70.40 during the following hours:


Weekdays             8:00 pm  – 8:00 am

Saturdays               5:00pm – 8:00 am

Sundays                 4:00 pm – 8:00 am

Our basic exam fee is $43.25 during the remaining business hours.

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