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Welcome to Animal Hospital of Soquel

Your Veterinarian in Santa Cruz, CA
Call us at 1(831) 475-0432

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The Animal Hospital of Soquel is a state-of-the-art, small animal, exotic and avian veterinary practice, which also offers premium lodging and daycare services, as well as professional grooming services. We are staffed and equipped to handle emergencies, urgent medical care, surgery, preventative care, comprehensive diagnostics, and superior dental care. We foster a calm, healing environment for both animals and people at the Animal Hospital of Soquel.

Our veterinarians and staff are experts in animal care, and we are here to help. Please give us a call at (831) 475-0432, or send us an email using the link in our "Contacts" section. Your inquiries and feedback are very important to us, and we look forward to dialogue with you. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which offers educational information, columns from our veterinary staff, and information about promotions. In between your veterinary visits, you and your pet will both benefit from this complimentary resource!

At Animal Hospital of Soquel, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Craig Evans, Dr. Hilary Stern and Dr. Justin Cupka 
Santa Cruz Veterinarians | Animal Hospital of Soquel | (831) 475-0432


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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am

6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Sunday:

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Meet Our Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Veterinarians

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  • Dr.
    Craig Evans
    D.V.M.

    Though he was actually born in Bakersfield (father was working there after a stint in the air force) Dr. Evans considers himself to be the 5th generation, Santa Cruzan, as his mother’s side of the family was heavily involved in the agriculture in the Santa Cruz area.  He spent a great deal of his childhood in cowboy horsemanship, especially team roping, and won team roping Championship saddle at the Santa Cruz County Fair in 1989.

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  • Dr.
    Hilary Stern
    DVM

    Dr. Hilary Stern has a particular interest in exotic animals and enjoys providing medical and surgical care for parrots, rodents, ferrets, chickens, reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, and more. Since joining the Animal Hospital of Soquel, Dr. Stern has become Santa Cruz’s sole exotics-only veterinarian. Dr. Stern attended Yale University as an undergraduate, graduating magna cum laude as a pre-med student with a degree in History. Instead of becoming a physician, however, she chose to focus her medical training on birds and other unusual animals.

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  • Dr.
    Justin Cupka
    DVM

    Dr. Justin Cupka grew up in Virginia and attended Unity College in Maine, where he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education, with a focus on wildlife and zoomedicine health. After returning to Virginia for some prerequisite coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University he made his way to California to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis.

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  • Liz

    Liz has been a veterinary technician since 1998 and an RVT since 2002. She has always worked with cats, dogs and all sorts of exotics. She loves the variety and challenge that comes with getting to help all sorts of different animals, including wildlife. Liz loves having a house full of animals and currently shares her space with a husband, two teenagers, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 10 chickens and 3 ducks.

  • Tera Reason

    Tera was born in Gras Valley California and raised with a dog and two rabbits. She graduated from the University of Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bio-Psychology degree. After living and working in Colorado, where she cared for a bearded dragon, she decided to move back to California to be closer to the family. Tera began her career caring for animals at a dog-sitting business in Boulder Creek, which leads her to the position of lodging assistant at AHOS. Tera is currently training as technician assistant, with a goal of becoming a veterinary technician. Her dog ACE often accompanies her to work.

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    Megan started her career at the Santa Cruz SPCA and after 5 years decided she wanted to become more involved in the medical aspect of saving furry lives. Megan is a recent graduate of the veterinary technology program at foothill college, where she received her RVT license. Megan's favorite things in life are family and friends, with her son Ryan being at the top of that list. In her free time she sleeps, obsessively watch Grey's Anatomy, and works out in the gym.

  • Reina -

    Reina is a huge animal lover and came to the hospital with one job in mind, to make all that come through the doors feel welcomed and loved. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she is a certified Vet Assistant and plans to further her career in the veterinary field at AHOS. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her pup Ava to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Amy

    Amy graduated from Beugay’s School of Dog Grooming in Los Altos, CA in 1992. She went on to apprentice with a certified master groomer for the next year then continued to work with and learn from many talented groomers in the Los Gatos/Saratoga area for over 20 years. She joined our team at AHOS in January 2015. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and 3 dogs.

  • Brianna

    Brianna has worked at the Animal Hospital of Soquel for over four years. She has been a life-long caregiver for animals and is dedicated to providing excellent care for our lodging guests. Brianna's interest in pampering pets extends to our Spa, where she assists our talented groomer with bathing, mani-pedi's, brush-outs, and other beautification services.

  • Angela

    Coming soon.

  • Tiffany -

    Tiffany I’ve worked in both the human and animal medicine for most of my life. I have two dogs and 4 cats.. I also enjoy camping with my three daughters so we can enjoy the wildlife we can’t have at home.

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  • "The best veterinary hospital in Santa Cruz. The doctors are very knowledgeable and are there to help you and your pet rather than steal your money like every other place does. They are very thorough and walk you through everything that will happen with your pet while they are there! Oh and they are SUPER friendly! Prices are very fair especially for the care you are getting here! Highly recommend!"
    iana | Santa Cruz, CA
  • "We had the best experience here! I have a 4-year-old pit bull, and the vet and vet techs were very helpful, knowledgeable, and sweet! The front staff was very kind as well!"
    Cristi | Hollister, CA
  • "Clean, modern facilities, great vets and kind, caring staff. I am so glad that I gave them a try. The staff is compassionate, caring, professional and skilled. Both of my adopted animals can be nervous with strangers, and everyone from the front desk staff to the techs and vets are just great with them both."
    Sarah | Santa Cruz, CA

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