Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix was founded in 1964 by Dr. John Matchette. The original hospital was located on Thomas Road, just a few blocks east of our present facility. We moved the practice to our current location just west of 32nd street in 1981.

Dr. Stephen Bishop joined the practice in 1973, Dr. Mark Halver in 1981, and Dr. Tara Temple in 2006. Dr. Bishop ran our outpatient practice (Animal Care Clinic) from 1977 until 1988. That practice was located in the Town and Country shopping center at 20th Street and Camelback.

We are proud to say we’ve been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for over 25 years. This means we are regularly, voluntarily evaluated on over 900 standards of care set forth by the AAHA and must meet stringent standards for comprehensive professional, medical, and surgical care. Only 14% of small animal hospitals in the country are members of the AAHA, so we’re proud of this distinction that sets us apart. Our continued membership in AAHA shows that we’re dedicated to providing excellent veterinary medicine to your pets.

We are dedicated professionals who combine compassion and concern with state-of-the-art practice techniques and diagnostics. We chose to be in this profession because we genuinely care for companion animals and their people, and our integrity is known throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Contact Details

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  City Phoenix, AZ
  Zip Code 85016
  Address 3131 East Thomas Rd
  Phone Number (602) 955-5757

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First time here. With COVID restrictions still being adhered to, still wasn't bad. Phone check in. Attendants coming in and out with documents. My dog is a little to the aggressive side so his exam was done in an outdoor fenced area. They brought both me and my dog water, even though it wasn't very hot. Exam and shots done easily. I was given really good advice on his care because he's another victim of the COVID...he's 10 pounds overweight. I'm very satisfied with my dogs care and would definitely recommend this Vet

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  • I would recommend this business

The staff is wonderful & respectful. My pets & I love Dr Temple for she's compassionate, respectful & easy to talk too. She always listens wouldn't trust my pet babies with anyone else

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  • I would recommend this business

The doctors are great and the staff cares. They do the best job to keep our fur babies alive. Two of my cats lived almost 20 years old thanks to the caring doctors and staff. 25 years of great service. Thank you.

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  • I would recommend this business

I have taken my cats to Animal Care for years and have always had great care and compassion for my cats. The staff and all the doctors are great. They care about the animals and owners both. The hospital is clean and well maintained.

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  • I would recommend this business

My vet retired and I shopped around. During that period of time my dogs suffered from inadequate and careless veterinary care. I truly believe that I lost a couple of them sooner than I should have. I searched for a veterinarian that had a certification for treating small pets and found this office. I’ve had an opportunity to see all of the veterinarians in this office and highly recommend all of them The office staff is personable and professional. My dogs love them. So do I.

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From Our Website

We are a community-oriented veterinary hospital that has served the pet population of the Phoenix metropolitan area since 1964. Come to us for everything from routine preventative care to dentistry, surgery, boarding, behavioral and nutritional counseling, and advanced diagnostics. As an AAHA-accredited facility, our mission is to provide cutting-edge and compassionate care and exceptional customer service to every pet and pet parent that comes through our doors.


Animal Care Hospital of Phoenix was founded in 1964 by Dr. John Matchette. The original hospital was located on Thomas Road, just a few blocks east of our present facility. We moved the practice to our current location just west of 32nd street in 1981. Dr. Stephen Bishop joined the practice in 1973, Dr. Mark Halver in 1981, and Dr. Tara Temple in 2006. Dr. Bishop ran our outpatient practice (Animal Care Clinic) from 1977 until 1988. That practice was located in the Town and Country shopping center at 20th Street and Camelback.