Kensington Veterinary Hospital

Meet us

Mission Statement

Our mission at Kensington Veterinary Hospital is to provide our patients and clients with the best in veterinary medical care, progressive and unique treatment options, personalized patient care, unsurpassed service, and honest, open communication. We strive to promote the human-animal bond by improving and comfortably prolonging the lives of the pets we care for. Our compassionate, competent, knowledgeable staff is dedicated to the belief that educating our clients builds trust and understanding, helping to make each visit enjoyable and beneficial to both you and your pets. We hope that your experience with us will make you and your pet feel like part of our extended Kensington Veterinary Hospital family.

Our Veterinarians

Anya Valdes
VMD, CVA
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Anya obtained her BS in Biology from Gettysburg College before graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Kensington Veterinary team, she completed an additional year of intensive training as a rotating intern in small animal medicine and surgery at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center, where she was honored by being chosen as Intern of the Year. In 2015, after 3 years of working at Kensington Vet Hospital, Anya moved with her husband who is a Navy oral and maxillofacial surgeon to Guam. She was able to continue working as a veterinarian at the Andersen Air Force Veterinary Treatment Facility where she had the privilege of working with military working dogs, USDA dogs, and the military’s privately owned pets. After two years overseas, Anya is now home in San Diego and excited to be back at Kensington!
Dr. Valdes’s professional interests include internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and acupuncture. Outside of work, she also enjoys numerous outdoor activities: running, hiking, horseback riding, and, of course, spending time with her husband, daughter, and her four-legged children, Stella and PeeWee. While her deep-seated compassion for animals initially led her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, it continues to shine through in the high-quality care she provides.
Caroline Seitz

DVM

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Before beginning her journey to the west coast, Caroline grew up in a small town in The Lone Star State thirty minutes east of Dallas. She originally attended Jacksonville State University on a Division I soccer scholarship, but completed her undergraduate degree in Agribusiness as an Oklahoma State University Cowboy. On the small island of Saint Kitts in the Caribbean, she attended Ross University Schools of Veterinary Medicine. When the lecture portion of her studies was completed she moved to Lafayette, Indiana where she completed her clinical year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. A rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center took her from the Midwest and transplanted her here to the beautiful west coast. Dr. Seitz’s professional interests include cardiology and internal medicine. During her free time, she enjoys exploring all that San Diego has to offer, discovering new restaurants, and being close to the water.

 

Tonya Gossard

DVM

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A Midwest girl at heart, Tonya was born and raised in Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a lifetime of winters, in 2003 she made her way west in search of adventure and warm weather. Now after 12 years of living in San Diego she is proud to call herself a San Diegan. After finishing vet school at Western University of Health Sciences, she and her husband happily moved back to San Diego and now live in the wonderful community of South Park. After graduation in 2013, she completed a rigorous rotating internship with California Veterinary Specialists and has enjoyed working in emergency medicine and general practice around San Diego. She has special interests in internal medicine, radiology and soft tissue surgery.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband (both domestic and international), hiking and exploring San Diego with their dogs Bucky (Boston Terrier) and Sheba (Pitt-Lab mix), yoga, cooking and eating good food and a good snuggle with their one-eyed cat Gatsby. She and her husband are expecting their first child  fall 2015.

Dr. Gossard is  thrilled to now call Kensington Veterinary Hospital her home and looks forward to meeting your families and pets and working with you in the years to come.

Patricia Ungar

DVM, CVA Owner
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Patricia is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a B.S. in Biology from The Colorado College in 1979, and is a 1984 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She originally specialized in equine (horse) medicine, but since 1985 has focused on small animal medicine. She has a special interest in holistic veterinary medicine. In 1990 she obtained her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture, and has completed advanced training in Classical Homeopathy and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Dr. Ungar is a member and Past President (’95) of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. She, her husband, three children and four cats and one dog have lived in the Kensington area since 1987, and they enjoy travel- especially adventure travel when possible, as well as reading, music, movies and theater, and giving back to their community.

Victoria Jordan

DVM, CVA
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Victoria is a native San Diegan who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from U. C. Berkeley in 1973 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from U.C. Davis in 1978. After completing an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, she returned to practice in San Diego. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) in 2000. Her special veterinary interests are internal medicine, feline medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Jordan is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. She shares her home with three cats.

Michelle Mason

DVM
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Michelle was born and raised in San Diego. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from U.C. Davis in 1988. She spent three years in Australia working in a hospital specializing in dermatology and exotic animals and returned to the United States in 1991. Dr. Mason is a member of the San Diego County Veterinary medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two daughters, a Labrador retriever mix, two cats and three chickens. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and skiing in her spare time.

Cassie Hamilton

DVM
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Cassie moved to San Diego in 1997 after earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1990. Her main interest lies in small animal medicine; she has experience with cats, dogs, rabbits and rodents. Currently she spends half of her time working at Kensington Veterinary Hospital and half of her time working in local shelters. She worked as a veterinarian in Guam and the surrounding islands from 2005 to 2008 which allowed her to spend her spare time enjoying the ocean, scuba diving and travelling the world.
She shares her life with two dogs, three cats, an assortment of special needs fosters, one lovely daughter and her husband.

Our Staff

Angel loves to help animals in our vet clinic
Angel

I have lived in San Diego all my life and worked in the veterinary field for several years. I have always loved and cared for animals. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, and my furry family members. I love to read, sing in various music ensembles, and volunteer in the community. I also founded Serenity Singers, a volunteer singing group whose purpose is to bring peace through music to hospitalized and hospice patients, as well as senior, memory care, and rehabilitation facilities.

Kendra, caring vet tech
Kendra

I am a San Diego native and have lived here most of my life. I started working in the veterinary field as a vet tech in 1999 while living a short time in Illinois. I share my home with my family including my Persian cat, Persephone; my bunnies, Phineas and Fern, and numerous exotic pets. I graduated from medical assisting and also phlebotomy in 2014 but happily decided to return to veterinary medicine. I have a particular interest in feline medicine and nutrition. I hope to spend many more years here at Kensington Veterinary Hospital!

Stephanie, veterinary assistant at our San Diego clinic.
Stephanie

My name is Stephanie V. I’ve been working at Kensington Veterinary Hospital since February 2019. I aspire to work with exotic animals and join a rescue team in the near future. During my free time, I like to roller blade, swim, or have fun at the archery range. I’m a very spontaneous person and will most likely be found exploring coffee shops, Disneyland or other random destinations with friends. But most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Marcella, veterianary assistant with her pet turtle and Chihuahua
Marcella

My name is Marcela I was born and raised in San Diego. I graduated as a Veterinary Assistant from PIMA in 2017. I’ve been in this field for two years but I have learned so much from great mentors. This job is very challenging at times but also very rewarding—I love my job.

I have two pets at home an 8 year old long haired Chihuahua named Bear, as well as a 15 year old Red Eared Slider turtle named Rocky. On my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, exploring San Diego, or going to Disneyland.

Ariana--vet clinic staff
Ariana

I have always loved and had animals since I could remember. I have such a passion for helping all animals. I have been in the veterinary field since 2011. In my spare time, I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends, and going to see plays. I have 2 cats and a sweet 14 year old senior corgi mix.

Tiffany

Though she’ll always be a Texan at heart, Tiffany is enjoying the cooler weather SD has to offer. Tiff obtained her Bachelors degree from SDSU in Anthropology and has worked in the veterinary field since 2008. She has an opinionated senior shih tzu and a long haired cat, and she  spends her free time with her two young children and husband.

Stephanie

My name is Stephanie. My love for animals started when I was young,and I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. I have worked in veterinary hospitals throughout San Diego for a few years now. My goal is to further my education and to become a licensed Veterinary Technician. In my spare time, I love taking care of my new fur baby Odin, spending time with my family, going to sports events, yoga, camping, concerts and of course the beach! I am very excited to be joining the Kensington team and hope to meet your fur babies soon!

Emma, veterinary staff member, with her two dogs
Emma

I moved here from England with my Husband and 2 dogs.  We got fed up of the English weather, and sold everything we owned to buy a business and start a new life in San Diego.

We are now the proud owners of Sparks Auto Repair Shop in Santee.

I have been a Veterinary Receptionist since 2003, and I love what I do.

My favorite thing to do is to walk my dogs in the sunshine, go on hikes, and go to the beach.

Marjorie

Marjorie is our Practice Manager. She completed her BA at SDSU in Speech Communications, has been a primary member of our team since 1990, and embraces the daunting task of managing Kensington Veterinary Hospital. She is our resident ‘match maker’, as she has a gift for pairing animals with forever homes. She is active in animal rescue and rehabilitation, and shares her life with her husband, 2 children and many animals, always including some lovely Labradors!

Beth

Beth is our esteemed front office supervisor, retired navy Chief (23 years service). Beth enjoys kayaking, camping and archery, and is a rock & mineral enthusiast.  She shares her life with her handsome kitty, Eusi Kima.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth has worked in the veterinary field for almost twenty years, and has a deep love of animals. She works nights and weekends with a rescue group she co-founded called “Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends.” There is never a time when she does not have foster animals joining her personal menagerie.

Gabby

Gabby excels in working with all animals, and especially our difficult to handle patients. Her friendly competent manner makes her a favorite with the doctors and clients as well. She has two dogs and a bird and an especially handsome kitty, and two daughters and a husband to keep her very, very busy, as well as a large family with whom she enjoys spending lots of time.

Julia

Jules has been working in a grooming salon since 2011 and loves it so much she plans on grooming for the rest of her life! She loves making pets look pretty and feel great and educating owners on the health benefits of regular grooming. She loves all dogs (cats too!) big and small, but her favorite breeds to groom are Poodles and Poodle mixes, Bichons, terriers, and Shih Tzus. She has her certification in animal psychology which, along with lots of patience and love, helps her handle pets that aren’t the biggest fans of grooming. To see some of her work you can visit her Instagram (@groomsbyjules), or her website, http://juliakbenning.wixsite.com/groomsbyjules

Jules looks forward to meeting you all and taking great care of your furry friends!

Paula

Paula has years of experience in veterinary hospitals, and vast experience in retail as well. She has varied interests and has just completed the training needed to test for her wine sommelier designation. She enjoys running and exercising and shares her life with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.