Fletcher Hills News

Why Little Dogs Outlive Big Dogs

Big dogs apparently die younger mainly because they age more quickly, researchers say. These new findings could help unravel the biological links between growth and mortality.

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About the Practice

Fletcher Hills Animal Hospital has been offering exemplary veterinary sevices at the same location since 1965. It was first opened by Dr. Brown, who owned the practice for more than 20 years before selling it to Drs. Harold Stephens and Cheryl Clark. Dr. Scott Jacobs became the new owner in January of 2010.

"Upon first seeing the practice in 2009, I was immediately charmed by the friendly staff and cozy decor," says Dr. Jacobs.  "I was especially inspired by the practices' mom and pop sensibility and how it continued to thrive in an age of gentrified multinational conglomerates, big box chain stores, and fast food service. I want to maintain that sense of old fashioned hospitality while adding cutting-edge technology. In additional to the latest telemedicine available, we now have digital X-rays, a digital dental X-ray system, a new Dentalaire Dental system, EKG and all the latest anesthetic monitoring equipment."

Clients of Fletcher Hills Animal Hospital can expect personalized service and a committed effort to work with them towards achieving the best care for their pets.


Dr. Scott Jacobs, DVM

Dr. Scott Jacobs grew up in Columbus, Ohio (GO BUCKEYES!) where he attended The Ohio State University receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  Upon graduation he moved to Charlotte County, Florida where he practiced for 11 years.  After meeting his wife, Alexandra, he practiced for a year in Madison, Wisconsin (GO BADGERS!) before settling in San Diego (GO AZTECS!) in 2007.  It had always been a dream of his to own a practice, and that dream became a reality in January of 2010 when he became the proud owner of Fletcher Hills Animal Hospital.  In their spare time Dr. Jacobs and his wife enjoy running, playing music, scootering, sailing, and spending time with a brilliant Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen named Maxwell.

Dr. Jacobs is an active member in The American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Heartworm Society, the Evidence Based Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Information Network.

Charmain Sanchez, CVT

Charmain Sanchez is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been in the veterinary field for more than 20 years.  Growing up she was surrounded by animals including parrots, hawks, snakes, guinea pigs and even a peacock.  Her current family includes cats, parrots, a greek tortoise, a beta fish, a husband named Steve, son Stephen, and a very demanding Chihuahua named Neo.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.



Kimberlee Louder

Kimberlee Louder, receptionist and veterinary assistant, grew up in Lakeside, CA and also has been in the veterinary field for more than 20 years.  She has a keen interest in internal medicine (especially feline) and enjoys working with clients who have pets with special needs.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, dancing, and spending time with her twin boys, William and Burton, and her cats Jess, Gregory and a three legged beauty named Audry.



Colleen Giardina

Colleen Giardina, receptionist and veterinary assistant, grew up in Allied Gardens and has been in the veterinary field longer than anyone at the practice.  Her interests include dentistry, dental radiography, surgical assisting, inventory management, and helping to keep everything running smoothly at Fletcher Hills Animal Hospital.  Her extended family includes guinea pigs, parakeets, and an awesome Australian Shepherd mix named Stella.  In her spare time she enjoys biking, hiking, and camping with her husband Gary and their daughters.