A Pet’s Best Friend — Venetian Pet Hospital

Venetian Pet Hospital has been serving the furry friends of San Joaquin County for almost 20 years, and has been in Lincoln Center for 18. They offer a wide variety of services to all kinds of pets. From cats and dogs, to small animals and exotic pets, Venetian caters to the needs of every pet and pet owner. Services include vaccinations, spaying and neutering, routine medical care and exams, microchipping, grooming, boarding, surgery, and much more.

The Hospital works diligently to educate pet owners, in order to cut down on preventable pet ailments. For example, at Venetian, every month is dental health month. This is because proper dental care is vital to a pet’s health. If teeth are left uncared for, the mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to infection, intestinal issues, and even organ failure.

Another key focus at Venetian is community involvement. As a local business, they strive to give back to the pet populace and be a service to and advocate for Stockton’s animals. They provide services for Petco, Pets Plus and several California based rescue organizations including Pets and Pals, Second Chance Kitty, American Protection League, and others spanning all the way to Oregon. The hospital also has plans to work with special needs organizations in the future, bringing the joy and service of animals to that community.

The team at Venetian includes two full-time veterinarians, three technicians, three receptionists, three kennel staff members and one groomer. Dr. Stephen Ayres graduated from UC Davis in 1973 and has been in practice for over 40 years. He is a USDA Board Certified doctor and specializes in exotic pets. Dr. Sam Varon also graduated from UC

Meka Smith, the new owner of Venetian Pet Hospital.

Davis and is the newest doctor to join the Venetian team. He specializes in short nose breeds, such as Bulldogs, and has special interests in surgery, reproduction, oncology, and end of life care. Dr. Varon shares Venetian’s passion for

community involvement, volunteering for Mercer Clinic for the Homeless, which provides free veterinary care for the animals of the homeless and also for the underprivileged in Central and South America, performing surgeries on both their cats and dogs. When he is not serving the animal community, both locally and abroad, Dr. Varon enjoys spending time being active outdoors with his two rescues: a Goldendoodle named Autumn & a German Shorthaired Pointer named Ziggy.

The Hospital also has a new owner, Meka Smith, another UC Davis graduate, who has spent the last 18 years in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. She has found it to be a natural transition working in the pet care industry. She’s seen lots of great ideas in the field of veterinary pharmaceuticals and is able to bring that experience to Venetian. The Hospital will continue to be family owned and operated and is proud to be under Ms. Smith’s ownership, as opposed to that of a larger corporation.

The doctors at Venetian are currently accepting new pets; appointments can be made online at venetianpethospital.com. The website also has an online pharmacy where pet owners can order foods and medications, and have them delivered to their homes.

6610 Gettysburg Place

Monday – Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday Closed

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