VCA Palo Alto Animal Hospital

Joanne Smith, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine


Medical special interests: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Dentistry. She also especially enjoys talking with children about being a veterinarian.

Personal interests and bio: Dr. Smith grew up in Bethesda, MD. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biology, she moved to the Bay Area & worked as a veterinary assistant in San Francisco & as a research coordinator at San Francisco General Hospital for several years. She then left the bay area to attend Ross University and become a veterinarian. After completing her clinical training at University of IllinoisSchool of Veterinary Medicine & graduating from vet school in 2003, Dr. Smith practiced in New York City for 5 years, met her husband, Jordan, and then returned to the Bay Area. In her spare time (which isn't much these days), Dr. Smith enjoys running, gardening, reading & skiing. She is thrilled to be a part of the VCA Stanford team.

Pets and Family info: Dr. Smith lives in Menlo Park with her husband, 2 busy toddlers, and whatever outside creatures her 3 year-old decides to bring into the house. Her beloved island mutt, Iggy, passed away in December, and she is now waiting for hernext 4-legged family member to come into her life.


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, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Palo Alto at (650) 494-1461.