La Jolla Veterinary Hospital: Decades of premier pet healthcare

By Marti Gacioch

With more 60 years of pet healthcare experience, client care remains the top priority at La Jolla Veterinary Hospital, and that sets the facility far apart from its competitors, according to Stephanie Coolidge, hospital manager.

“Our core values, the best veterinary medicine possible and client care are what we talk about here every day; they’re very important to us,” Coolidge said.

In business since 1948, La Jolla Veterinary Hospital provides basic pet healthcare services, as well as preventative veterinary medicine, surgery, animal dentistry (including teeth cleaning and extractions), radiology (with a state of the art X-ray machine), boarding, grooming and house calls for veterinary services.

“People have been coming to us for generations,” Coolidge said. “We have grandkids who come here, and Dr. Seals will have known their parents and sometimes their grandparents.”

Owner Dr. Julie Breher, DVM, attended The Bishop’s School and has been a part of the La Jolla community for many years. She attended the University of California, Davis where she earned her veterinary degrees before practicing in Las Vegas. In Oct. 2010 she returned to La Jolla and purchased the facility from Dr. Marilyn Seals, DVM, who works as her full-time associate. In addition to her D.V.M., Dr. Breher holds a master’s degree in P.V.A. (preventative veterinary care).

Dr. Lidja Gilmeister, D.V.M. rounds out the team of three veterinarians. Gilmeister is known for her column in the

La Jolla Light


The facility has 20 employees ranging from the three veterinarians to the veterinary assistants, an administrative staff and a boarding staff.

The veterinary team is especially skilled in treating geriatric pets. “Once a dog reaches seven years of age, that’s considered a geriatric dog, and we actually have healthcare plans for them,” Coolidge said. “We talk to owners about things that they can do to help arthritis and canine dental and vision care, and all the other things that can happen with an older pet; there are actually veterinary ophthalmologists with whom we have close ties with in San Diego.”

According to Coolidge, La Jolla Veterinary Hospital is the only paperless facility in the area.

“We can do online scheduling and clients can order their pet’s prescriptions through our website and have them delivered to their homes,” Coolidge said. “We do that a lot for the people at White Sands and Casa de Manana because it’s hard for them to get here. “

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital, 7520 Fay Ave. (858) 454-6155,

, open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.