Our Practice

At Palomar Animal Hospital, we want to make trips to the veterinarian a positive experience for everyone. The comfort of our patients is always our highest priority. Our fear-free approach to veterinary care includes cozy blankets, yoga mats for better traction, and soothing music to put anxious pets at ease. Our level of compassion and personal attention to your family member is simply unmatched. It's these little touches that set us apart, and with our many years of experience we are the veterinary provider of choice in the Vista area When you choose us, you'll get more than just a family veterinarian...you'll get a lifelong partner in your pet's health care. We're open 7 days a week, so whether you need us in an emergency or just want to stop by for a visit, our door is always open!

  • Dr. Mark Handel

    Veterinarian

    From the moment Dr. Handel read James Herriot’s novel All Creatures Great and Small, he knew veterinary medicine was his path in life. 30 years later, he still loves going to work every day to care for Vista’s pets!

  • Dr. Linda Knox

    Veterinarian

    Since elementary school, Dr. Knox has always wanted to be a veterinarian, and that commitment has never wavered.  When it came to apply for college, she had already settled on UC Davis, the only veterinary school in California at that time.

  • Dr. Jennifer Nissen

    Veterinarian

    Although she majored in biology during college and thoroughly enjoyed her studies, Jennifer could not imagine sitting behind a lab bench for the rest of her career. She thought back to her love of animals, and realized veterinary medicine was the perfect way to combine her scientific interests with her passion for helping others!

  • Chris Cooley

  • Danielle O’Connell

    Registered Veterinary Technician

  • April Neubeck

    Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Natalie Acuna

    Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Britney Eischen

    Veterinary Technician

  • Crissy Mahin

    Veterinary Technician

  • Sara Clayton

    Veterinary Technician

  • Tara Daugherty

    Veterinary Technician

  • Tracy Rossello

    Veterinary Technician

  • Joey Escalante

    Veterinary Assistant

  • Courtney Fraser

    Veterinary Assistant

  • Sonia

  • Kristen Young

    Client Service Representative

  • Morgan Davies

    Veterinary Assistant

  • Leila Carey

    Veterinary Technician