David Robbins, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Michigan State University


Dr. Robbins was born in Chicago, but his family moved quickly to the warmer climate of Southern California.  He spent most of his early life growing up in Los Angeles.  His interest in veterinary medicine started at the age of 12 and his first animal related job was bathing dogs and cats.  He attended a special animal science high school associated with the Los Angeles Zoo and spent many summers working at animal hospitals.  In addition, he spent several years studying and working with nonhuman primates.  Dr. Robbins completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Davis in 1989 and received his veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1994.  After practicing veterinary medicine for a year in the "city that never sleeps, Las Vegas," Dr. Robbins moved to the southeast to experience southern culture and hospitality.  He spent a combined 10 years practicing veterinary medicine in South and North Carolina.  It was at this time that he met his wife and adopted his daughter; his pride and joy from China.  Dr. Robbins is the current medical director at VCA West Bernardo Animal Hospital an AAHA accredited and progressive hospital.  He has a deep passion for anesthesia and pain management and frequently lectures to veterinarians on these topics.  He has been a member of multiple pain associations including the American Academy of Pain Management and International Association for the Study of Pain. He is certified in stem cell therapy.   In addition, Dr. Robbins enjoys soft tissue surgery, has a special interest in reconstructive surgery, is accredited by the USDA and is a strong believer in preventative pet care.   Dr. Robbins currently has 2 golden retrievers, 2 cats, fresh and saltwater fish.  He enjoys fishing, cooking and watching his daughter play sports.  In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Robbins is also an avid sports enthusiast especially with respect to his Michigan State Alma Matter.  "Go Green!"