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Dr Bob McCool
Dr Bob McCool

Education:

Dr. Bob graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his veterinary school class, was President of the Veterinary School Fraternity, Won First Place in the Hill’s Veterinary Nutrition Award for his paper on “Taurine Deficiency in Cats,” and was voted by his veterinary school classmates as one of the top ten students most likely to succeed.”

Experience:

  • 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 30 years. During this time he has performed over 20,000 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 twenty veterinarians in his current Missouri practices.

Philosophy:

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.

Family:

Dr. Bob married his veterinary school classmate, Dr. Lori, in 1988. Together they have two sons, Blake and Cameron. Cameron is currently attending Texas Christian University, the same school where his older brother, Blake, graduated. Blake works at Collier’s International as a commercial real estate broker. As you may have guessed, Dr. Bob and Dr. Lori love animals. They currently own one cat, Maddox, two dogs (a pug named Cowboy and a golden retriever named Denali), and a green iguana (named Lizzy).

Future Goals:

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 Vivian Chang
Dr Vivian Chang

Education:

Dr. Chang graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She was the co-chair of the International Veterinary Student Association and orchestrated “International Night”, an educational dinner event prompting cultural diversity and awareness in the veterinary field. Dr. Chang has received multiple outstanding five star reviews for her superior customer service.

Experience:

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 various ultrasound procedures. Dr. Chang joined Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in 2016. She has gained extensive experience in treating both medical and surgical cases.

Philosophy:

Dr. Chang lives by the philosophy of first “Do no harm.” In other words, she carefully weighs the risks vs benefits of any tests and treatments she recommends. She is an extremely honest and conscientious person and believes in providing excellent medicine balanced with improving the patient’s quality of life while taking the family’s circumstances into consideration.

Family:

Dr. Chang was born in Southern California. She met her husband, Danny, while completing her undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. They have a three year old daughter, Hana, and are expecting a second child this year. 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. Two newer additions to her family include Elvis, a 5 month old Dalmatian puppy, and Sheldon, a 1.5 year old Sulcata tortoise. In their spare time, Danny and Vivian enjoy hiking, traveling, hanging out at the beach, snowboarding, and watching movies.

Future Goals:

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

Education:

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.

Experience:

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. Dr. Ervin joined the Best Friends Veterinary team in 2017.

Philosophy:

Dr. Ervin takes great pride in making a personal connection with clients and their pets in order to provide a high level of individualized care. I enjoy educating and empowering my clients in order to strengthen the bond they have with their pets. 

Family:

Dr. Ervin’s partner, Rachel, is a board-certified zoo veterinarian. Together they own one cat (Jiji) and two chinchillas (Pichu and Momo).

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!

Dr. Sara Reinhart
Dr. Sara Reinhart

Education:

Dr Reinhart is a 2017 graduate of the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society, a team leader in the Wildlife Medical Center, a Zoo chair of the Non-Traditional Species Club, and has done volunteer charity spay/neuter events in rural communities. 
 

Experience: 

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr Reinhart worked as an assistant for a board-certified oncologist and internist in an emergency and specialty clinic. After graduating she worked as an emergency veterinarian in Pittsburgh for 13 months before moving to general practice. During this time, she also did some part-time work at the Humane Society in Pittsburgh. Dr. Reinhart joined Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in May, 2019.

Philosophy:

Dr. Reinhart’s passion and compassion for all creatures big and small embodies her practice of veterinary medicine. She believes in positive fear free approach to patients and focuses on empowering clients to decide what is right for their pets through information, education, and communication.

Family:

Dr. Reinhart was born in Illinois but spent most of her formative years in Ohio. While attending the university of Illinois she met her husband Brian. The two most recently relocated to San Diego for Brian’s job. They share their home with their boston terrier Miley and very demanding, yet adorable pembroke welsh corgi named Zoey. In their spare time they love to travel, hike and work out. Sara and Brian are planning to take surfing lessons this summer!

Future Goals:

Dr. Reinhart plans to pursue a certification in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She plans to continue to broaden and deepen her application of fear free medicine to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets (and clients). She hopes to join a musical theatre group in the near future.

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    Best Friends Veterinary hospital is a full service, family owned veterinary hospital in Poway, California.  A portion of our process is contributed to support local rescue groups and animal shelters. 

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