Temecula Valley Animal Hospital

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Veterinarian in Temecula & Murrieta

Temecula Valley Animal Hospital has FEAR FREE certified veterinary professionals.
Where quality medical care meets quality client care.


Every patient receives TVAH C.A.R.E.


Compassion towards their needs.


Action to better their situation.


Resolve to enhance their lives.


Enduring commitment of their cause.


Now, a Few Words from Our Clients...


Our Services

Temecula Valley Animal Hospital offers comprehensive services for your pet. From routine preventive care to emergency and surgical procedures, TVAH is here to support the well-being of your furry friends.

Preventive Services

Physical exams, consultations, preventive medicine, blood work, vaccines, and wellness programs.

Spay & Neuter

Spay and neuter procedures available for both dogs and cats.

Surgical Procedures

If your pet has been injured or requires surgery, we provide services in a manner comforting to the animal AND the owner!


No need to make a special trip to a pharmacy or order online, we can fill your pet’s prescriptions quickly and affordably.


Our Friendly Staff

Bringing Care and Compassion into the Life of Your Pet

Dr Downs

Lara Downs, DVM

Medical Director

Lara Downs, DVM studied at Western University, the first veterinary school in the nation to provide a curriculum through problem based learning, nurturing and strengthening the investigative and communicative nature of veterinary professionals. Dr. Downs graduated as a member of the charter class from Western University in 2007, with Betty Whites’ blessing, as the keynote speaker!

Shortly after graduation, Lara, her husband Dan, and their many fur & feathered animals moved to live, work and play in the Temecula Valley. Her fur and feathered family now consists of two female dogs Shay & Soleil, three male cats Crookshanks, Modelo, and Pinot, and one cheeky male Senegal parrot named Buki!

During four summers as a youth, Lara volunteered at the San Diego Zoo, and loved it! Even as she discovered and pursued varied interests in life, whether performing classical piano or various forms of dance, the care of animals had always been her strongest passion.

Dr. Downs has been constantly and deeply involved in the care of animals since 1996.
Dr. Downs is continually committed to her community through outreach programs, to benefit both humans and animals. She has run half marathons to benefit health organizations, performed ballets to raise funds for the Marine’s Wounded Warrior Project, has put much muscle and sweat in helping to build the Huntington Beach Wildlife Preserve, and often volunteers her medical care to various causes, such as Nurtured by Nature.
Dr. D. is a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional, and is happy to have created a healthy practice, which embodies a positive, diligent, efficient and productive environment in which to care for our patients, and please their owners.

Dan Downs

Dan Downs

Practice Manager

As a FEAR FREE Certified Professional, Dan loves discovering ways to reduce the stress of visiting pets, and clients alike.

Dan has always considered himself to be a professional grade amateur animal masseur. He also believes he may benefit from his sessions more than the animals.

Ever so proud of his wife Lara, Dan can easily say that he loves his vet! He also unwaveringly adores their six fur and feathered family too!

Mr. Downs studied theater at both San Diego State University and the Old Globe Theater, danced with the San Diego Dance Theater and the American Ballet Ensemble, and has performed and directed throughout Southern California.

Dan has served on the board of directors at the Long Beach Playhouse and been a force in hospitality client care for Marriott International.

He has committed much time in the care of animals over the years, whether fundraising, or assisting pet care professionals. Dan is looking forward to his time at TVAH, meeting all the new faces, focusing on client care, and assisting the medical staff, in the care of pets.


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