Our Team

VCA Main Street is the oldest vet hospital in San Diego and has been ensuring the health of San Diego pets since 1927. We are also the first animal hospital to have a Board Certified Specialist on staff.

With over a 100 years of combined experience, Dr. Illel, Dr. Kelly, Dr. Tugend and Dr. Schroder provide fast amount of expertise, knowledge and experience and would love to meet your furry ones.

VCA Main Street Animal Hospital is also an AAHA (American Animal Hospitals Association) accredited hospital since 1954, making us one of the finest hospitals in the industry. Established in 1933 by veterinary leaders, AAHA sets “The Standard in Veterinary Medicine” by helping other veterinary professionals effectively deliver the best in animal care.

We are backed by several Specialty and Emergency hospitals in San DiegoCounty and are part of the network of over 800 VCA hospitals and 525 board certified specialists nationwide and in Canada.

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Karen Illel
DVM Medical Director
VCA Main Street Animal Hospital is proud to welcome to our family Dr. Karen Illel. She attended Veterinary Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in México City. After obtaining her degree, Dr. Illel relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida where she worked for over 8 years in general practice. She dedicated her time on the Board of the rescue organization, “Save a Pet” and was deeply involved with spay and neuter programs at Animal Care and Control of West Palm Beach. Dr. Illel has special interest in laser therapy, preventive care and surgery; her knowledge and experience are w...
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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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