VCA Peninsula Animal Hospital

San Diego Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Hans Ewertz

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: University of California, Davis

    Dr. Ewertz grew up in the Northridge section of the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. A funny coincidence of sorts is the fact that as a boy, Dr. Ewertz used to take his pets to McClave Veterinary

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  • Shara Brookman

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Western University of Health Sciences

    Dr. Brookman is originally from Chicago, Illinois but grew up mainly right here in San Diego.  She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Science. 

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  • Monica Hambalko

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Missouri

    Dr. Monica Hambalko is a San Diego native who attended UCSD earning a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she ...
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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 one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.


VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center (619)299-2400

2317 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108


Animal ER of San Diego (858)569-0600

5610 Kearny Mesa Road Suite A, San Diego, CA 92111