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Affordable Veterinary Care in Encinitas

Anicira Veterinary Center is a nonprofit providing low-cost veterinary surgery to cats and dogs in San Diego

About Anicira San Diego

Affordable Veterinary Care in Encinitas 285 N El Camino Real, Suite 205 Encinitas, CA 92024
Tel: 760.290.4955 Fax: 760.290.4959
Hours Monday - Thursday; 7:00am-5:00pm
Smiling golden retriever dog with brown eyes, brown nose, and bubble gum pink tongue receiving affordable veterinary care

Anicira Veterinary Center of San Diego provides affordable vaccinations, spay/neuter, general and dentistry surgeries. Our team of veterinary experts treat every pet like their own.

Services Available

Spay/Neuter Surgery Pricing

Females $279
Males $189

under 50 pounds $319
50-75 pounds $359
76-100 pounds $429
100+ pounds $509

Male and Female $339

Additional Procedures (required, if present)
Umbilical hernia repair (with spay/neuter surgery) $119
Inguinal cryptorchid neuter $119
Bilateral inguinal cryptorchid $219

Additional Procedure (Elective)
Preanesthetic Blood Work $119

Surgery Includes:

  • Pre-anesthetic physical examination
  • Individualized general anesthetic plan based on age, body type, breed
  • Vital sign monitoring by professional care team members
  • Pre- and post-operative pain medication to ensure that our patients remain comfortable both during and after the procedure
  • After surgery, each patient is kept comfortable with a warming system
  • Post-op clinic exam if necessary

What Clients are Saying

star star star star star

Extremely happy with the surgeries and the recovery times -very impressed with the thoroughness of sending records and follow ups, in addition the courteous staff makes doing business a pleasure!!! A+ rating!!! Exceptional at Everything!!! From making the appointment to the surgery to follow up!

Dog Rescue Team: A New Life via Google

The staff was friendly and efficient. My kitten's surgery didn't even phase her. She recovered so quickly. Thank you! Left me feeling so trustworthy with my animal in your care.

Kari Handy via Google

Super friendly, helpful staff. Surgeries went great. We would definitely go back! Treatment towards to us and our pets was amazing!

Deanna DeFrank via Google

We had our two 6 month old puppies spayed. Everyone was personable and caring. The girls are doing great.

Diane Rosas via Google

Meet Our Team

Cate Lemmond CEO and Founding President

Catherine is the founding President and CEO of the Anicira Veterinary Centers. Since starting in this position in January of 2005, Catherine has worked to improve the lives of people and animals in Virginia. During this time, the clinics have seen major growth both in the number of animals served and the breadth of services provided. Catherine received an MS in public policy and animals from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a BA in government from the University of Virginia. Catherine is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) as well as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). She shares her life with her three mixed-breed adopted dogs Bernadette, Liliana, and Louie.

Dr. Megan Oelstrom

Dr. Oelstrom has been involved with Anicira Veterinary Center since October 2013. She started as an associate veterinarian at the Manassas hospital helping the practice to grow and helping countless pets and their families. She now serves as the Chief Medical Officer overseeing all of the Anicira hospitals.

Megan received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia in 2005 and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia.

She has exhibited a passion for surgery and helping animals in need since veterinary school. During that time, she volunteered with the Rural Area Veterinary Service providing spay/neuter and vaccine clinics in remote areas of the United States.

Megan feels blessed to be able to help animals in her community by providing affordable surgical services.

When not in the hospital, Dr. Oelstrom enjoys many outdoor activities (beach-going, skiing, camping) with her husband, two children, and her “Mississippi mutt”, Obi.

Melissa Gilligan Hospital Administrator

As Hospital Administrator, Melissa spends most of her time making sure daily operations run smoothly. Melissa is very passionate about her job at Anicira and cares very deeply about providing high-quality veterinary care and excellent client service. She works tirelessly to create an environment that feels welcoming where pet parents can be confident that their four-legged family member is receiving the best care. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping pets and their families who would otherwise not receive necessary veterinary care and seeing the happy success stories. In 2021, Melissa earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). Outside of work, Melissa shares her life with her long-term significant other and their six beloved pets. She loves cooking and trying new foods, being outside, watching new movies, and spending time with her closest friends and family.

As a child, Lisa knew she wanted to work with animals. She pursued her passion and has been working in the veterinary industry for 16 years. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in biology and Associate of Arts in Animal Science. She loves advocating for animals and being a voice for the voiceless. Lisa’s favorite part of working at Anicira is being able to provide high-quality and affordable care to pets. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking plant-based recipes, hiking, traveling and watching movies – especially horror and sci-fi movies. Lisa has two rescue cats of her own named Daryl Dixon and Rowdy.

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If this is a medical emergency, please contact us directly by phone or contact the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.

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