VCA Pacific Petcare Animal Hospital

Leah Smith, DVM, CCRT, Medical Director

DVM, Oregon State University
Certifications: CCRT


Dr. Leah Smith is a native San Diegan.  She grew up in nearby Vista, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University. She went on to teach high school chemistry, biology, and physical education in inner city Los Angeles.  Dr. Smith decided to leave behind teaching in order to blend both teaching and her love of serving animals by becoming a veterinarian.  She and her husband uprooted from sunny California to attend Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, Dr. Smith was compelled to join the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in order to serve military families and military working dogs. After serving on active duty, Dr. Smith entered private general practice, where she has been ever since. She loves the relationships she is able to form with clients and practicing the highest quality medicine at VCA Pacific Petcare.  She continues to serve in the Army Reserves at the Camp Pendleton Veterinary Treatment Facility.    

Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego Veterinary Medical Association. She has a special interest in physical rehabilitation and promoting preventive care for both animals and their human companions.  Dr. Smith is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and is pursuing board certification in veterinary public health and certification in animal acupuncture.  She has over a decade of experience as a veterinarian, including unique experiences working with dolphins and sea lions with the Navy in San Diego, and in public health/food safety capacities with the Army.      

When Dr. Smith isn’t at the hospital, she spends her time with her daughter Kira coaching her volleyball team, husband Ryan, and their 4 animal family members – Jeffrey, Justin, Joey and Kitty (aka Slider).  Her hobbies include volleyball, running, boating, and karaoke when the occasion fits.  


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.