Welcome to Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital

Pets are unique creatures that thrive on personal, loving care. At Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, that’s exactly what you can expect. We offer personalized veterinary services to pet owners in San Diego and the surrounding areas. When you bring your pet to us, you can rest assured he's in good hands.

Who We Are

Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital is run by Dr. Michelle Schexneider, a licensed California veterinarian with over 10 years’ experience in her field. Dr. Michelle specializes in internal medicine, pet surgery, and emergency vet care. Dr. Michelle and our team treat all kinds of pets, offering routine medical care services, pet surgery, and urgent and emergency care. We welcome pets of all ages and breeds and make every effort to help you feel confident in our care. If you’re looking for a full-service animal hospital that provides first-rate, compassionate care, you’ve come to the right place!

What We Do

As a full-service animal hospital, we provide a wide range of veterinary services for pets. These services include:

Wellness Exams

We encourage pet owners to schedule annual wellness exams for their pets to catch health problems early or prevent them altogether. An annual pet exam entails a comprehensive checkup of your pet to uncover early warning signs of sickness or disease. If we detect abnormalities in your pet’s health, we’ll follow up with skin, blood, or urine tests to provide an accurate diagnosis so we can recommend the best treatment.

If there’s a risk of your pet developing health problems due to his age, weight, or lifestyle, we’ll recommend changes in his routine or diet to prevent these issues before they arise. We’ll also check your pet for flea, tick, or heartworm infestation and provide medications for preventative care.


We offer full vaccinations for your pet to protect him from infectious diseases. As pets differ in their lifestyle and healthcare needs, we’ll customize a vaccination schedule for your cat or dog to ensure he gets the protection he needs.

Pet Dental Care

We recommend your pet have annual dental checkups and cleanings as part of his oral care. Routine dental care will protect your pet’s teeth and protect him from dental issues that can impair his overall health.

Puppy and Kitten Care

If you have baby pets, you can bring them to our facility for puppy and kitten care. We’ll give them their vaccinations, provide parasite and heartworm treatments, and monitor their growth and development to give them a head start in living healthy lives.  

Trust Our San Diego Veterinarian for Quality Vet Care

For vet care services you can trust, contact Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego at 858-292-6116 today.


New Clients receive 50% off of first exam

Sign up below to receive our New Patient Special!

flea and tick month thing

  • Angela I.
    -Veterinary Assistant

    Born and raised here in Tierrasanta, Angela works as a veterinary assistant while studying to be a registered veterinary technician specializing in zoological medicine. With that goal in mind and three dogs at home, she was destined to work with animals.

  • Jade R.
    -Client Care Specialist

    Originally from Lakeside, Jade has fallen head over heels for the veterinary field and loves knowing she's a part of keeping our patients happy and healthy. She hopes to someday live on a farm with an array of animals, but for now she spends her spare time loving on her pets and riding horses.

  • Alyssa H.
    -Client Care Specialist

    Alyssa has been working in the veterinary field since 2014 and is originally from Illinois. She loves working with the animals we see every day and has a pair of Great Danes waiting for her when she gets home.

  • Tammy T.
    -Client Care Specialist

    Tammy is often found working behind the scenes to keep things organized. She has been working with animals since 2011, but cats are by far her favorite. She shares her home with three of them!

  • Russ S.
    -Veterinary Assistant

    Originally from Washington State, Russ has a love for the great outdoors. His favorite part of the job is sending home happy pets after they've finished their visits.

  • Madisyn V.
    -Veterinary Assistant

    Just like her mother, Madisyn loves working with animals and learning new skills to apply to her career in the veterinary field. She is also our resident reptile lover.

  • Jennifer C.
    -Veterinary Assistant

    Jennifer values the compassion our team shares with each other and the animals in our care. The fish tank in our office is one of her passion projects, and she has approximately a billion fish of her own at home!

  • Phar N.
    -Social Media Manager

    Phar has been working in the veterinary field since 2014 and is originally from Washington State. She loves working with giant dogs and grumpy cats, but most of her work is done behind the scenes.

  • Dr.
    Michelle Schexneider
    Dr. Schexneider has been very happy providing veterinary care and boarding to the Tierrasanta, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, Lakeside and San Diego communities. She has been a veterinarian for over a decade with vast experience with internal medicine, pet surgery, and emergency medicine. She is a true San Diego native with military roots, as both her dad and her husband have served in the US Navy. She loves hanging out with her enthusiastically supportive husband, their pack of dogs, and their ridiculously athletic son who keeps them plenty entertained.
  • Janice G.
    -Inventory Manager
    As early as I can remember, I had always had an immense connection and love for all animals, thanks to my mother. I've been an employee at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital since 1999. Over the course of my years at the hospital, I have worn many hats and had many titles. I am proud to say that I have been able to help many, many animals and clients over the years and I hope to help many more in the future.
  • Leona V.
    -Veterinary Technician
    Ever since I was a kid I knew I wanted to work in this field. I love what I do and I promise to treat your pet like my own.
  • Brittany P.
    -Registered Veterinary Technician
    I have always been an animal advocate and animal lover since I can remember, always bringing home strays and loving every species. I proudly own the title 'Crazy Animal Lady' and everyone I know would agree.


Find us on the map

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital


8:00 AM-5:00 PM


8:00 AM-5:00 PM


8:00 AM-2:00 PM


8:00 AM-5:00 PM


8:00 AM-5:00 PM


8:00 AM-2:00 PM



  • "My pets are always first and are always provided the best care. And my babies love coming here. I 100% recommend bringing your fur babies here because you’ll be rest assured they are taken care of. I boarded them here and they had a great time and were cared for so well."
    Megan Pinnell
  • "Being new to the area we didn’t know where to start with finding a vet for our new rescue dog. So happy we decided on Tierrasanta Vet Hospital. We definitely came to the right place. Great, caring, transparent staff."
    Crysta Lynch
  • "I really liked this place because they thoroughly examined my dog and when they found ou that she needed oral surgery the vet explained everything in detail and was very kind and supportive throughout the whole process and the staff even called several times to let me know how my dog was doing and how well the surgery went. Overall, I highly recommend this place"
    Cecilia Ramos
  • "As always, our recent experience was great. The doctor and all of the staff treat us like family and both our dogs feel very comfortable there. Well, mostly comfortable. They always look forward to going to the doctor, though. They know there will be love and treats and very little hurt, if any. I love Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital!"
    Andrea Foote
  • "Everyone took such great care of me and my little dog. They were so loving and caring. I have definitely found my new vet!"
    Angelica Carbagal
  • "The environment was so welcoming. It was great having oil diffusers that had essential oils that are known to aid in pet stress."
    Shadi Azoum

Featured Articles

  • The Do’s and Don'ts of Pet Summer Safety

    Do you know how to keep your pet safe this summer? ...

    Read More
  • The Most Common Vaccinations for Your Cat and Dog

    Do you know what vaccines your cat or dog needs? ...

    Read More
  • Preparing for Your Kitten’s Developmental Milestones

    Need to hone in on your kitten knowledge? Check out the milestones your new pet will reach during its first year. ...

    Read More
  • What Is Ataxia in Dogs?

    Could balance or gait issues mean your dog has ataxia? ...

    Read More
  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Caring for Senior Cats

    Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, today’s cats can live well into their teen years. It is not uncommon for cats to live to be 18 or even older. However, in order for cats to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy. As cats age, they are at greater risk for ...

    Read More
  • Feline Stomatitis: Treatments

    Cats rarely display their pain, but cats with feline stomatitis are often the exception. If your cat appears to have mouth pain, is reluctant to eat, doesn't want to groom, is drooling, and doesn't want you to open its mouth, it may be suffering from this debilitating, degenerative oral condition, and ...

    Read More
  • Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

    Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat's immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. ...

    Read More
  • Family Cats and Pregnant Women: Take Measures to Prevent Toxoplasmosis Infection

    Nothing must spoil the joys of becoming a new parent. Not even your pets. But family cats with normal, every day habits can pose a risk to expectant women. Women's immune systems can be disturbed by a parasite carried in fecal matter. If you're the primary caretaker of your family's feline friend it ...

    Read More
  • Create an Environment Your Cat Will Love

    The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms that feline emotional wellbeing, behavior and physical health are a result of how comfortable they are in their environment. Understanding how our cats interact with their environment can help us create a space for owners and cats to mutually thrive ...

    Read More

Request an Appointment