The strictest protocols for surgery, pharmaceuticals and exams - for the protection of our patients.
We provide multimodal pain control and individualised pain management to ensure your pet's comfort.
Proud to offer the latest advancements in medicine, diagnostic equipment, digital radiography and laser
2:1 Nurse-to-Patient Ratio
Our surgical teams include one doctor plus two registered veterinary technicians and one assistant -
assuring safety and quality.
Welcome to the Drake Center
For People Whose Pets are Part of the Family
At the Drake Center for Veterinary Care, we believe that pets are part of the family - yours and ours. And family deserves the very best care. For over 20 years, we have been providing high-quality, compassionate pet care to families in Encinitas, CA and the surrounding areas in North San Diego County.
AAHA Accredited for Over 15 Years
We are an AAHA-accredited animal hospital committed to providing the highest standards of care in anesthesia, dentistry, pain management, preventative care, surgery and more. Our staff also meets regularly to learn about the latest medical advancements in companion animal care and how to continually improve our customer service.
Best in San Diego
In 2020, The Drake Center which is located in Encinitas, CA, was voted Best Veterinary Clinic in San Diego by the readers Ranch & Coast Magazine for the eleventh year in a row. We are extremely proud of our facility and the quality of care we provide.
“To provide the best medical and surgical care in a compassionate environment for our patients and unsurpassed service for our clients.” Everything we do supports our mission statement.
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They Love Us
The Drake Center doctors are highly qualified and have the compassion and humanity to also deal with their patients' human guardians, many of whom are often stressed by their pet's condition. The staff is a conscientious and well-trained team that is both accommodating and knowledgeable. My dogs aren't just pets, but family members. They deserve the best of care, which is something I feel they always receive at The Drake Center.
The Drake team is always warm, welcoming and detailed. They treat our pets as well as their own.
Anne Marie S.
The Drake Center's staff are amazing! Everyone is always very friendly and personable. They take great care of our pets and it feels like we are all an extended family. We will always take our pets to The Drake Center!
As always, Dr. Moore and the staff were caring, helpful and informative. It is obvious that they love the animals they treat, and I always feel good about bringing my dogs to The Drake Center.
The care and service we have received at The Drake Center over the past 20 years has been the finest I could ever imagine. From the front desk to the animal techs to all the doctors, they are compassionate, knowledgeable and provide care for the whole family.
I have been coming to The Drake Center for almost 25 years and have always received kind, loving care for my pets. Everyone is amazing! Thank you!
After moving to the Encinitas area in 2001, one of my first concerns was finding veterinary care for my pets. After dissatisfaction with a couple other veterinary offices, I ended up at The Drake Center and have been there ever since. I couldn't possibly be more pleased than I have been with everyone I have dealt with at The Drake Center, from the veterinarians to the front and back staff, all of whom are very well trained and exceptionally caring.
I've been bringing my beloved pets to The Drake Center for almost 20 years. All of the doctors and staff are caring, kind and very professional—I wouldn't take my babies to anyone else.
All of the doctors and their entire staff are great. They are concerned, caring and truly love animals.
Jane S. & Shari B.
I was so excited when I received the newsletter that The Drake Center was going to start doing home visits for cats. I have a large cat (14lb, 6oz!) named Gabe who does not like to be confined in his carrier. By the time he would get to the veterinary office, he was not a happy camper and would start in with hissing and spitting. (He really is a nice and loving cat!) When it came to trying to get him out of the carrier to be examined, he would start swinging his paws with extended claws and put up quite a fight. The last two years I have taken him to the vet, they were unable to complete his examination. The next step was to sedate him to give him exam.
I think I was one of the first to inquire about the home visits at The Drake Center. I figured I didn't have anything to lose and it ended up being a great experience. Dr. Kovac, Angel and Jennifer were wonderful—so patient and gentle with Gabe. He did great until the rectal temperature, after which he started in with his protesting and hissing. Everyone remained calm and continued to complete the exam, which included a rabies shot and an aspiration to diagnose a mass. I was so relieved and excited to finally have a thorough exam without having to drug my kitty.
I know that I will definitely continue to use this wonderful service. I have been very pleased with The Drake Center. The doctors are great and the staff is always friendly and helpful.
The Drake Center For Veterinary Care in Encinitas, CA
Your trusted veterinary practice for over 30 years, The Drake Center believes that your pet is a part of the family, yours and ours. That is why we have made it our mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate veterinary care and that is in the best interests of you and your furriest family member. If you are in the Encinitas area and are looking for a caring veterinary team to help make sure your pet remains in good health, we are nearby and ready to help. To learn more about the many services our veterinary clinic offers, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (760) 456-9556.
About The Drake Center For Veterinary Care
Our experienced doctors and staff treat each patient as their own and each client as a friend. We combine sound medical expertise, exceptional client service, and a deep passion for animals to create a veterinary care experience that is truly one of a kind.