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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
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Services Available

Spay/Neuter Surgery

Cats
Females $279
Males $189

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

Rabbits
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

What a wonderful vet clinic. Anicira helped with a difficult scenario and decisions with our beloved cat. We'd been to two other vets prior and were struggling with the crazy amount of money those vets wanted. Anicira was very reasonably priced and very caring with our pet. We'll definitely be using them again.

andy graham via Google

I want to express my gratitude for the kindness of everyone I encountered at Anicira and for the care you all gave to Piper. We had the worst 10 days and your mission and availability saved us both. I hope to provide support to Anicira anyway I can die to the care and cost you strive to provide our special pets. Understanding, compassion and care.

Sheri Miranda Hughes via Google

My dog had a mass on his back leg and I took him to our local vet. They wanted to charge me over $4,000 for surgery to remove it. I found Anicira online through a Google search and was able to get him in quickly. For the same procedure, I ended up paying 1/4 of what the local vet wanted. The Dr and staff were very professional and I was happy to leave my dog in their care. No problems with surgery and our dog is happy and healthy. Would definitely recommend.

Marci Baker via Google

Very friendly staff, the vet took the time to tell us everything about the operation and answer all of our questions!

Sam A via Google

What a wonderful experience! My 10 year old dog, Wiki had bladder stones and our local vet wanted $3100 for surgery which was not in our budget. Searching for options and very upset I found Anicira. The entire staff was so caring and went out of their way to accommodate Wiki. We were able to schedule surgery with 48 hours of our first contact. Their transparency to pricing was wonderful and true. I am truly grateful for them. Dr. Oelstrom is a blessing. Do not hesitate to go here. The facility is so clean and organized.

Kimber Elder 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.

Since Shana was a young girl, she has loved all animals and was interested in working with them. As a veterinary nurse and CSR, she enjoys helping pets feel happier and more comfortable. Shana wants pet parents to know she will do everything possible to ensure your four-legged family member is comfortable. She is proud to be able to do what she loves and work for an organization that helps pet families afford veterinary care. Outside of work, Shana enjoys with her kids – whether it’s cooking new dishes, going to the mall, or watching movies together. She shares her life with two cats and a guinea pig.

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