Dr. Leah Smith is a native San Diegan. She grew up in nearby Vista, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Loyola Marymount University. She went on to teach high school chemistry, biology, and physical education in inner city Los Angeles. Dr. Smith decided to leave behind teaching in order to blend both teaching and her love of serving animals by becoming a veterinarian. She and her husband uprooted from sunny California to attend Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Smith was compelled to join the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in order to serve military families and military working dogs. After serving on active duty, Dr. Smith entered private general practice, where she has been ever since. She loves the relationships she is able to form with clients and practicing the highest quality medicine at VCA Pacific Petcare. She continues to serve in the Army Veterinary Corps Reserves as a veterinary preventive medicine field officer.
Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego Veterinary Medical Association. She has a special interest in integrated medicine and promoting preventive care for both animals and their human companions. Dr. Smith is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and is pursuing board certification in veterinary public health. She has over eighteen years of veterinary experience, including unique experiences treating dolphins and sea lions with the Navy in San Diego, and in public health/food safety capacities with the Army.
When Dr. Smith isn't at the hospital or performing Army duties, she spends her time playing sand volleyball and doing crossfit conditioning with her daughter Kira, husband Ryan, and their 4 animal family members - Jeffrey, Justin, Joey and Kitty (aka Slider).