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General Info
Ark Animal Hospital originated in 1984 under the ownership of Dr John Hetzler. Dr Hetzler had a vision of providing honest, compassionate, and owner appropriate medical care for dogs and cats. His recommendations to clients regarding the care of their pets has always been to offer the best possible options with the realization that some client’s financial situations may not allow them to afford all services and treatments recommended or available. This understanding gives us the opportunity to promote appropriate services, medications, products and diets that maintain the pet’s health and welfare and strengthens the client-patient-veterinarian bond. In 2008, Dr Lianne Chu joined Dr Hetzler as an associate veterinarian at Ark Animal Hospital and in 2015 she took over as the owner. She has continued with Dr Hetzler’s vision in forming a veterinary practice utilizing the highest quality of medicine while still considering all variables involved. At Ark Animal Hospital, the staff, clients and patients are all a part of what we consider the Ark family. We make all efforts to promote positive relationships with our clients and patients and are constantly working to build client’s trust in the information and advice the staff provides regarding their pets. As we move forward, we will strive to discover advancements in medical care for animal patients in order to alleviate their pain and suffering, to provide better diagnostic information and treatment options, and to enhance the bond pet owners have with their pets. This allows us, as a veterinary team, to maintain optimal health and well-being for the patients in our care that is affordable and valuable for their owners.
Regular Hours
We are a general practice veterinary hospital providing care for dogs and cats. Services include: examinations, vaccines, surgery, dentistry, radiology, laboratory testing, pharmacy, specialty diets, flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives, and medicated shampoos.
Payment method
mastercard, check, debit, discover, visa
Located in Clairemont
Clairemont Mesa East, Northern San Diego
English, Spanish


Veterinarians, Veterinarian Emergency Services, Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals, Veterinary Specialty Services


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