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4 Paws Staff


  • Dr.
    Bruce L. Barnes

    Dr. Bruce L. Barnes had been practicing in the community of Ranch Bernardo for 5 years prior to working as a relief Veterinarian at over 20 hospitals in the City of San Diego. Dr. Barnes grew up in San Diego in the community of Scripps Ranch. He attended San Diego State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences Biology. Dr. Barnes graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2000 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and immediately returned to San Diego and started working in the very same practice in Ranch Bernardo that he had volunteered at for many years prior to entering veterinary school. During his senior year in veterinary school Dr. Barnes was presented with 3 of the most prestigous small animal medicine awards including:

    1. Pharmacia Upjohn Small Animal Medicine Award
    2. Kansas State University Pet Trust Scholar
    3. Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care Award

    Dr. Barnes is an active member in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association (SDCVMA), and attends numerous conferences and continuing education seminars annually to stay on top of the latest medical and surgical techniques in the field of veterinary medicine. While not at the hospital Dr. Barnes loves spending time with his daughter Alexis Nicole (the love of his life).

  • Dr.
    Daniel J. Gutman

    Dr. Daniel J. Gutman was born just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but moved to Arizona when I was only two. I moved to San Diego in 2005 in pursuit of the ultimate goal of a DVM. I earned my bachelor’s in physiology and neuroscience at UC San Diego in 2010 and volunteered with wildlife and rescue animals in my spare time. I completed a  master’s of biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in 2012. Post-master’s and one more year of clinical small animal experience (including a couple of months working with primates in Maui) and I was accepted into the DVM program at WesternU. I led the WesternU necropsy team at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro and played an active role in the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association as well as being a student representative for a pet food company. The plethora of experiences has helped me to take a holistic approach to veterinary medicine. I love San Diego and have always planned on returning after my educational endeavors to be a part of the community. When I am not at the clinic, I will be spending time with my rescue dog Lyla, who as accompanied me everywhere the past 6 years, or I will be in the ocean with a big smile on my face.

  • Teddy

    Teddy is our hospital mascot, and is featured on our logo. He was adopted by Dr. Barnes in 2003. He is now Dr. Barnes' loyal sidekick spending his days in the hospital with 'Dad,' lounging in whatever sun spot he can find or stealing our Office Manager's chair for a nap. Teddy also loves to meet and greet fellow canines, lending moral support when needed. Give him a pet when you see him.

  • Craig
    Veterinary Assistant

    Originally from Santa Cruz, CA Craig moved to the San Diego area in 1968 and has been in the veterinary field for over 17 years. Craig has a dog named 'Puggie' and a Siamese cat named 'Romeo'. Craig has an interest in fine arts and history and in his spare time can be found on his Harley Davidson. Craig enjoys the successful treatment of critical pets and in the future would like to travel the world.

  • Dawn
    Veterinary Assistant

    Dawn has been in the veterinary field since 1992. Dawn worked for a very well respected veterinary dental specialist for over 10 years and we are excited to have access to all of her dental knowledge. Dawn enjoys dentistry immensely. Dawn has 4 dogs 'Roo' a Chihuahua, 'Pedro' another Chicuahua, 'Magilla' a 3 legged Pitbull, and 'Forrest' a Wire Hair Terrier. Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and teaching other hospitals basic dentistry for animals. Dawn would enjoy traveling all of the time if she could.

  • Ally
    Veterinary Assistant

    Ally was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Sciences and minors in Animal Bioscience, Animal Nutrition, and Equine Science. Ally has been in the veterinary field since 2009 and working with animals is her passion. At home she has a Beagle named Lulu and a King Charles Cavalier named Marc Jacobs, that love to sleep in and sunbathe. In her free time Ally likes to travel, go to the beach, and spend time with her niece.

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