Practice of the Year Nominee 2018

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We are located in beautiful 4S Ranch and have been serving the community since 2007. It is our mission to treat each and every patient in our hospital with care and compassion, as if they were our own. Our motto, "Providing individualized pet care by design," is one that each of our staff members, including Dr. Bruce L. Barnes and Dr. Daniel J. Gutman strongly support and work to uphold daily. By taking into account the individual needs of each and every patient, our goal is to design the best veterinary care necessary to keep your pet strong, happy and healthy!

16625 Dove Canyon Road, Suite #106, (858) 487-PAWS (7297)

Please visit the "About Us"tab and click "4 Paws Staff" to find out more about all of our staff.

We are excited to bring the very latest advancements in veterinary medicine to our patients which include,

  • Laser Therapy ( We offer advanced companion laser therapy. Applications include arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia, general pain management, post-surgery pain, hot spots, lick granulomas, ear infections and many more applications.)
  • Video Otoscopy The most effective way to visualize, clean and remove foreign material in your pets ears.
  • Video Rhinoscopy Gives the doctor the ability to view, biopsy and remove any foreign object from your pets nose.
  • Video Cystoscopy This procedure lets the doctor view and pass through the urethra into the bladder which allows for biopsy and possible stone removal.

We are not just a veterinary hospital we also offer Grooming and Boarding for your convenience click here to find out more!

We are proud to offer exceptional, personalized veterinary care to:

  • 4S Ranch, Del Sur, The Crosby Estates, Santa Luz, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley
  • Scripps Ranch, Poway, Black Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch
  • Santa Fe Valley, Bernardo Springs, High Country West, Camino Bernardo, Torrey Highlands
  • and surrounding areas

At 4 Paws Animal Hospital we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

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4 Paws Animal Hospital is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We will regularly undergo inspections by AAHA to ensure that we comply with the association’s high quality standards of care. Our latest accreditation took place in February 2018 where we passed with flying colors! These standards cover nearly every aspect of our hospital including: surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, and anesthesiology. Approximately 15 percent of animal hospitals in North America are accredited by AAHA. This is a great honor to share with our clients and patients!

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Bruce L. Barnes
    Medical Director

    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 and spent a very active childhood and adolescence in Mesa, Arizona. He had various pets from gerbils to snakes and knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Gutman earned his bachelor's degree in physiology and neuroscience at UC San Diego in 2010, prior to completion of a master's degree of biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in 2012. He spent most of his spare time volunteering and working at veterinary hospitals, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and rescue organizations prior to acceptance to the DVM program at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Dr. Gutman led the WesternU necropsy team at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, played an active role in the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, the student chapter of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

    Dr. Gutman is an active member of the American, Canadian, California, and Southern California Veterinary Medical Associations as well as the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition. His medical interests peak with neurology, surgery, and integrative/holistic medicine with a focus on preventative care. He is planning on becoming certified for acupuncture and volunteering with local humane societies and marine mammal rescue organizations.

    Dr. Gutman loves the San Diego community for the plethora of outdoor activities that humans can share with their furry family members. When he is not at the clinic, he will either be spending time with his one eared rescue dog, Lyla or out in the ocean with a big smile on his face.

  • Dr. Ashley Keeley

    Dr. Ashley Keeley was born in San Jose, CA and slowly moved her way to Southern California. She completed her undergraduate studies in Animal Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

    She immediately pursued and completed her degree in Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Science in 2017. During that time, she took part in many different clubs including Veterinary Business Management Association and World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. 

    Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine at Veterinary Specialty Hospital, San Marcos. Dr. Keeley has a special interest in small animal internal medicine and infectious diseases. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, friends, and exploring new places. She also enjoys snuggling with her cat, Buster.

  • Ally
    Hospital Manager / Technician

    Ally was born and raised in Del Mar, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Sciences and minors in Animal Bioscience, Animal Nutrition, and Equine Science. She is happy to be back in sunny San Diego and loves working at 4 Paws Animal Hospital - providing excellent medical care to the patients. Ally has been in the veterinary field since 2009 and working with animals is her passion. Her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are emergency / critical care, surgery, and dentistry. In her free time you can find Ally at the beach, hiking, or running around Encinitas. Go bucks!

  • Brigjette
    Veterinary Technician

    Brigjette has been a vet assistant for 10 years and has been with 4 Paws for over 8 years. She loves phlebotomy and helping dogs in crisis return back to their normal happy selves. She has a puggle / chihuahua at home named Rascal that loves to sunbathe. She has two boys Caleb (7) and Noah (4) and loves to be active with her kids - hiking, fishing, and running. 

  • Dawn
    Veterinary Technician

    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 Chihuahua, 'Magilla' a 3 legged Pitbull, and 'Forest' 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.

  • Maddie
    Veterinary Technician

    Maddie was born and raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Carrington College, Citrus Heights with her degree in Veterinary Technology.  Her love for animals led her to becoming an Animal Control Officer and a Certified Dog Trainer through Karen Pryor Academy.  Maddie has 4 dogs (Putter, Callaway, Bogey, Divot), 2 cats (Torrey and Lynx), and a Potbelly Pig named Chip! She has been in the veterinary field for six plus years, with her favorite parts being surgery and dentistry. In her free time, you can catch her at Torrey Pines Golf Course with her Husband, spending quality time with family, and traveling around the world.

  • 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.

  • Karla
    Customer Service Representative - Supervisor

    Karla is a Los Angeles native that moved to San Diego in 2006. She has been with 4 Paws since 2013 and is a bilingual asset to our team. She is currently attending Grossmont College. She has 4 rescue pets at home - Charlie (11), Bonnie (9), Kitters (9) and Brodie (1) that she loves dearly. In her spare time Karla likes to spend time with her spouse, family and crafting.

  • Gina
    Customer Service Representative

    Gina is a San Diego native that has worked for Dr. Barnes since 2000. She has two rescue pets - the sweetest american bulldog named Ben and a tabby cat named Noah. In her free time she likes to walk / hike with Ben. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about animals and loves to connect with pet owners as well. 

  • Amanda

    Amanda has been a professional pet stylist at 4 Paws Animal Hospital since 2015. She provides a caring and personalized service from start to finish on each new and returning pet that comes into our spa. Amanda participated in the School for Creative and Performing Arts and graduated from the American Grooming Academy in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities and working on her tiny house that she designed and built from the ground up. Someday Amanda would love to own land so she can rescue animals that need homes.  


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I am so grateful for Dr. Barnes and his staff. He has cared for our family dogs for many years. He is so thorough and explains everything. I value his experience."
    Karen L. San / Diego, CA

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