Grand Opening event to be held for Woodward Center Companion Animal Hospital in Rancho Santa Fe


Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe invites the public to a sneak-peak of its brand new, state-of-the-art Companion Animal Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 25, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The high-tech facility funded entirely by local donors, including one prominent San Diego family who has dedicated the new facility to St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the Animals, is finally ready to open its doors to pet owners seeking the most modern advances in veterinary care.

The Grand Opening Event will take place at the Helen Woodward Animal Center Companion Animal Hospital, located on Helen Woodward Way in Rancho Santa Fe. The official first day of business is Monday, March 5.

The elegant, new hospital with space available for lease to local veterinarians, is a “small animal” facility, open to all cats, dogs and exotic animals. The 10,000 square-foot hospital has much to boast, including nine exam rooms; a dental ward; surgery rooms with observation windows for teaching purposes; isolation areas for infectious cases; a natural healing center; and even a comfort/grief area for those who have lost beloved pets. Future plans include 24-hour emergency care service.

The Companion Animal Hospital will be run by Chief of Staff Dr. Patricia Carter, who graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and was inducted into the Phi Zeta Society, a distinction awarded to graduating veterinary students in the top 10 percent of their class. She has been a small animal and exotic animal veterinarian for over 21 years. Dr. Carter will head the hospital’s efforts to lease facility space to the finest private practitioners and specialists in the area, along with her continued duties of overseeing the care of the orphaned animals in the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department.

“Helen Woodward Animal Center has always been committed to providing the community with the best care for their pets,” said Mike Arms, president and CEO. “We are continually seeking the newest advances in animal boarding, training and medical care, so we look forward to continuing that tradition in a modern, state-of-the-art veterinary facility.”

Attendees of the Feb. 25 Grand Opening event will be treated to behind-the-scenes tours of the beautiful and ultra-modern offices, examination rooms and specialty centers. At 1:30 p.m., Dr. Patricia Carter will welcome guests and highlight the Companion Animal Hospital’s exciting new features. Guests will also have an opportunity to sign up for appointments, with a special discount offered to the first fifty patients. Light food and refreshments will be served.

For more information on the Helen Woodward Animal Center Companion Animal Hospital, visit or call 858-756-4117 x 325.