Dr. Bob McCool
Education: Dr. Bob graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.
Awards and Accomplishments:
Veterinary School Years:
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his veterinary school class
- President of the Veterinary School Fraternity
- Won First Place in the Hill’s Veterinary Nutrition Award for his paper on “Taurine Deficiency in Cats”
- Voted by his veterinary school classmates as one of the top ten students most likely to succeed
Years in Veterinary Practice:
- Owner of three veterinary hospitals: Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Poway, California; Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri; Tender Care Animal Hospital in Weldon Spring, Missouri
- ⦁ Extensive work with animal rescues and shelters. In San Diego, Dr. McCool works with several large rescue groups to provide care for hundreds of homeless pets each year. Dr. Bob’s Missouri clinics spay and neuter about 2000 pets each year for a local shelter.
Dr. Bob has been a practicing veterinarian for approximately 25 years. During this time he has performed over 15,000 surgeries and has a vast array of experience diagnosing and treating medical conditions in cats and dogs. In addition, Dr. Bob has personally trained and mentored approximately ten veterinarians in his current Missouri practices.
Dr. McCool’s practice philosophy involves a combination of traditional medicine combined with alternative medicine with an emphasis on nutrition. He believes very strongly in the benefits of great nutrition for maintaining excellent health. Overall, he considers himself to be a more conservative veterinarian in his treatment of pets. Before deciding on any treatment, the risks versus benefits are carefully considered, so that only treatments with a strong possibility of helping with minimal risks and side effects are pursued. When medications are necessary, risk of side effects are always considered and lower, more conservative dosages are usually recommended. He has a “one year rule” for all new medications where he avoids using any new medications for at least one year after they have been brought to the marketplace. This is based on his past experience where he has discovered that most new drugs need at least one year to provide adequate time for a more complete list of possible side effects to be established. Since surgery is not generally reversible and entails some inherent risks, he believes in pursuing options with less risk before resorting to surgery.
Dr. Bob married his veterinary school classmate, Dr. Lori, in 1988. Together they have two sons, Blake and Cameron. Cameron is a senior at Francis Parker in San Diego. Blake is a senior at Texas State University. As you may have guessed, Dr. Bob and Dr. Lori love animals. They currently own one cat, Maddox, 3 dogs (a pug named Watson, another pug named Tiberius, and a Maltese named Ella), 4 goats (yes… I did say goats… all four are Nubians, Spongebob, Patrick, Nairobi, and Kenya), one chinchilla (named Benji), one Sulcata tortoise (named Sweetpea), a green iguana (named Lizzy), and a tarantula (named Rosie).
Dr. Bob and Dr. Lori visited Africa in 2007 and 2009. From their experiences in Africa grew a desire to return someday and open a wildlife rescue. Poaching and poisoning of wildlife has become a serious issue in several parts of Africa. Furthermore, high orphan rates in children has compounded the problem by producing an environment where children lack guidance and have little hope for a better future. Dr. Bob’s and Dr. Lori’s dream would be to combine a wildlife rescue with orphaned children in a way that benefits both.
Dr. Sulani Grindle
Dr. Grindle graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.
Awards and Accomplishments
Veterinary School Years:
- Founding President of the Veterinary School Dental Club
- International Veterinary Student Association representative
- Volunteered with the cruelty investigators at the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio
- Provided medical care in underprivileged Indian reservations through the Humane Society’s Rural Animal Veterinary Services (RAVS) program.
Years in Veterinary Practice:
Dr. Grindle began her career in veterinary medicine as a veterinary assistant more than 10 years ago. Prior to veterinary school, she spent her time volunteering with local rescues and programs to help reduce pet overpopulation. She has also traveled abroad with Animal Welfare organizations to provide veterinary services to underprivileged communities within the United States and in third world countries.
Experience: Dr. Grindle has had additional training outside of veterinary school in animal dentistry, sterilization surgeries and is one of a handful of veterinarians in San Diego that is Zeuterin certified. She also regularly trains other veterinarians in surgical feline sterilization techniques, and has a great deal of experience in handling fearful and stressed animals.
Philosophy: Happiness is an armful of kittens.
“I believe that veterinary medicine is a partnership between a veterinarian, your pet and his/her family. My goal is to provide multiple options for treatment and then together we can determine what options will work best for your pet and your family. Communication is one of the most important tools we have.”
Dr. Grindle met her husband as an undergrad at UCSD and has spent more than a decade enriching his life with a flurry of foster animals. He in turn has sensibly kept her from turning their home into a zoo. They currently share their lives with a very spoiled 10 year old mixed breed named Ava who has been their constant companion on cross country road trips, the ring bearer at their wedding, and regularly helps Dr. Grindle raise orphaned kittens and chickens. They recently added their first 2 legged human child to their family last October and all of them are graciously allowed to reside in the home by the 4 resident cats: Monster, Avery, Mouse, and Ivy (2 of which are “foster failures”).
Dr. Grindle plans to continue her work with underprivileged communities in the US and abroad by providing humane solutions to the pet overpopulation crisis. She will continue to work closely with some of her favorite groups such as Animal Balance and San Diego’s Feral Cat Coalition. In addition to this she plans on returning to the Humane Society’s RAVS organization as an instructor in order to teach and inspire new generations of veterinarians to use their skills and passion to improve the lives of companion animals.
Dr. Vivian Chang
Education: Dr. Chang graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012
Awards and Accomplishments
Veterinary School years
- Co-chair of the International Veterinary Student Association
- Orchestrated “International Night”, an educational dinner event prompting cultural diversity and awareness in the veterinary field
- Volunteered for rabbit spay and neuter event at the Long Beach City College
- She has received multiple outstanding five star reviews for her superior customer service
Years in Veterinary Practice:
As a volunteer for the Feral Cat Coalition in San Diego, Dr. Chang has performed numerous spays and neuters to feral cats in the San Diego area. Dr. Chang has also received additional training in abdominal ultrasound through board certified radiologists outside of veterinary school and is able to perform simple ultrasound examinations on a case by case basis.
Experience: For over three years, Dr. Chang has refined her skills as a general practitioner in a small animal practice. She has developed an affinity towards pocket pets and seeks to provide even more specialized care for them. Having seen a variety of medicine and surgery cases, Dr. Chang is up for any challenge and enjoys treating patients both medically as well as surgically.
“Do no harm”
Dr. Chang believes in providing excellent medicine balanced with improving the patient’s quality of life and taking the family’s circumstances into consideration.
Dr. Chang was born in Southern California. She met her husband, Danny, while completing her undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. They currently have three cats; Max, Izzy, and Arthur. Max is the most laid back and huggable Maine Coon mix, Izzy is the gorgeous but shy female of the mix, and Arthur is the young troublemaker of the crew. In their spare time, Danny and Vivian enjoy hiking, traveling, hanging out at the beach, and watching movies
Dr. Chang’s immediate goals are to develop long lasting relationships with her patients as well as their families. She is also working towards mastering her skills in ultrasound to better serve her patients who may not be able to go to a specialist due to financial constraints. Her long term plan is to combine her love of travel with her passion for veterinary medicine by volunteering her services in other less privileged countries.
Dr. Boyd Ervin
Dr. Boyd Ervin is a 2017 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, rated the #1 veterinary school in the world. Prior to veterinary school, he received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from UCLA. As a veterinary student, Dr. Ervin served as an Event Coordinator for the Behavior Medicine and Animal Welfare Club, was Treasurer for the Class of 2017, and received the Nestle Nutrition Proficiency Award for outstanding performance in clinical nutrition. He also participated in the first ever Healer’s Art course at UC Davis, which explored the values of service, healing relationships, reverence for life, and compassionate care.
Dr. Ervin’s experience with animals stretches back to when he was a young boy in Omaha, Nebraska, where he helped his father care for livestock at the Boys Town Farm. At home, he welcomed a variety of other creatures into the family, including cats, chickens, rabbits, turtles, and frogs, to name a few.
Since 2009, Dr. Ervin has worked at all levels of veterinary practice, starting as a volunteer in a small animal clinic. Since then he has held positions as a veterinary assistant, receptionist, and technician, all of which he feels have made him a more well-rounded veterinarian. Throughout veterinary school, he cultivated an interest in animal behavior, and focused on learning about methods of behavioral modification beyond the scope of his formal education.
Philosophy: Service with a smile
Dr. Ervin strives to provide exceptional, personalized service for his clients, in addition to high-quality medical care for their furry family members. He respects and caters to the individual needs of human and animal, alike.
Future Goals: Since relocating from northern California, Dr. Ervin is getting to know the San Diego area. He hopes to become a trusted source of medical information and guidance to his clients, especially on behavioral concerns. As a former lead guitarist in a heavy metal band, he continues to hone his skills and would love to return to the stage in his time off!