Dr Jatain Sondhi & Dr Shira Horenstein
We are here for love of pets and people. I am fear free certified . We treat our patients with kindness and compassion. We offer the latest medical knowledge and technology in an easy to understand manner. We consider our pet owners as partners in the care of our patients. Our doctors are easily accessible. You can call us or email us with any question or concerns and our medical team will get back to you within 24 hours.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Vaccinations, Surgeries, House Calls, Same Day Appointments, Ultrasound, Inhouse Lab, Digital X-rays
  • Fear Free Certified

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • AVMA
  • Fear Free Certified

Serviced Areas

  • Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Escondido, Carmel Valley

Payment Options

  • American Express, Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, VISA, Care Credit

Contact Details

  Person Dr. Jatain Sondhi
  City San Diego, CA
  Zip Code 92128
  Address 16588 Bernardo Center Dr, Suite 160
  Phone Number (858) 451-1700
  Fax 8588290100

Business Representative

Dr. Jatain Sondhi


My love for animals had started early on in my life. I had spent my entire childhood with our wonderful dog named Jimmy. His companionship inspired me to become a veterinarian and pick a profession where I get to help and spend a lot of my time with other furry friends.

I graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Punjab Agricultural University in India and went on to receive my Master's in Veterinary Pathology in 1998 from the same university. Then I finished a graduate program in Clinical Pathology and received my diploma in Clinical Pathology in 1999 from Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. I then, traveled in 2000 to Oklahoma State University where I completed a year of clinical training. I have worked in Seattle, WA as an associate initially and then as a chief of the staff for about three years in a busy veterinary clinic and then I moved to a multi-doctor 24-hour practice in Brooklyn, NY in 2004 where I worked for 3 years and got a wonderful experience of managing critically ill patients. In July of 2007, I joined Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic in Buffalo, NY and managed this 9 DVM practice as a medical director for 7 years. We relocated to Sand diego in 2014 and I joined Lifetime Animal Care Center and managed this 3 DVM practice for 3 years. In 2017, I bought Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital and fulfilled my longterm dream of owning my own veterinary hospital.

My areas of interest include feline medicine, geriatric care, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and clinical pathology. I am an avid learner and always enjoy attending various continuing education and seminars for keeping my knowledge cutting edge. When not working, I enjoy traveling, reading and sampling different ethnic cuisines. We reside in 4S Ranch with my wife, son & daughter and am luck to get an opportunity to serve our local community in Rancho Bernardo.

Products & Services



Emergency care and walk-in services
Overnight nursing care
On-site, state-of-the art, digital x-ray and ultrasound
Wide range of in-house laboratory testing and same-day results
Comprehensive Reference Lab testing capabilities
Dental Services (anesthetic cleanings, dental sealants, gum surgery and teeth extractions)
Oxygen therapy
Chronic and acute medical-case management
Wellness care for cats, dogs, rabbits, and pocket pets in all life stages
Soft tissue surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
ICU and anesthesia patient-monitoring equipment
Video Otoscopy
Experienced, licensed, and caring staff

  • I would recommend this business

Wonderful service overall and very cost competitive compared to other pet hospitals. Highly recommended!

Value for money
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Overall ratingExcellent

  • I would recommend this business

We have been going to RB pet hospital since we got our puppy. Their staff is super friendly to us and our puppy. I have reached out to them with new parent questions and in emergency situation and they were easily accessible.

Value for money
Service & support
Overall ratingExcellent

  • I would recommend this business

Dr. Sondhi and staff is the best Vet Hosiptal ever... Hands on with the pet and owner... Been here all my life in San Diego.. One of a kind for service care and love of your pet.. Amazing. Well continue my pet care forever.. Thank You Dr. Sondhi and staff... Nia and Linda Schmalfeldt... P.S. Don't look any further for an outstanding Vet and Hosiptal... just visit them...

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Overall ratingExcellent

Customer Testimonials

We love the RB Pet Hospital! They are wonderful when we have any issues with our dog Robin and also affordable. I highly recommend this place.

I "followed" Dr. Sondhi from a previous veterinary clinic, because I was so impressed with his medical skills as well as how he interacts with me and my dogs. One dog, in particular, is "stranger anxious" and Dr. Sondhi knew just how to approach her so that she relaxed for her visit. My other dog suffers from a complex immune-mediated disorder and his confidence and knowledge in how to deal with it has put me tremendously at ease. The staff is very friendly and courteous, competent and helpful. It's a bit of a drive for me, but so worth it to take my dogs to this Pet Hospital.

Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital has been a real pleasant surprise for me. I raise show pigeons and when I asked if they would be willing to see them and provide a health certificate, they didn't hesitate to help me. They even enjoyed looking at my birds! They are terrific and it is worth it for me to travel farther to see them over other vets!

We no longer had a regular vet because the last vet we had almost killed our dog, after pressuring us for a year or so into spending money, money and more money on unnecessary treatments. My dog had a terrible time with a hot spot and, after trying every home remedy we could, we finally called RB Pet Hospital on a Saturday morning and they got us in within a few hours that day. This vet makes suggestions, but does not pressure and understands that not everyone has extra disposable income. The staff and doctors are so nice and knowledgeable. We love these guys and they are our new vet!

Rancho Bernardo is a great place. Veterinary care is A+. The staff is wondetful and they are always happy to see Pita. She also goes for an occasional "spa" day and gets a bath and her nails done. Pita is boarded there when we need to go out of town. She is very well taken care of and I never have to worry. Thank you Rancho Bernardo Hospital.

Very convenient location in RB. Great sending out reminders and very gentle and thorough with exams. Definitely recommend this clinic.

I've been to several veterinary hospitals in San Diego and this is by far the best one yet. Kind and knowledgeable staff who go above and beyond to take care of the customers. I recommend them for all your fur babies needs!

This Hospital just saved my cats life. The staff here is amazing. I brought Chloe here after she collapsed, and they made her better. I've never seen a more dedicated group of caring people, ever.
Thank you everyone at the office!

We started coming here initially just for grooming needs (somehow I rescued two dogs that need frequent anal gland expressions! ) and this vet is located conveniently by my house. The staff are extremely friendly, both on the phone and in person, and you can tell they all genuinely care about their doggy clients.

We recently started going for more routine and necessary medical care. We saw the vet for ear infection/ allergy related issues, and appreciate that he was willing to try less invasive interventions first. He seemed very available for follow up , and the second follow up visit was included in the initial office visit charge.

The prices are reasonable, and they often have same day appts. They also offer vaccination discounts on certain days of the month.

The office is small, but always clean. I definitely recommend this practice!

So I've only been here once, as I took my two new kitties (rescues) in for ear mites today - here's my thoughts:

Good pricing. I called ahead to several different vets to request quotes and they were very upfront about what type of services they would recommend for mites and what they would cost. When I brought them in they went through an itemized bill showing what each step would cost before treatment began. Very happy with that.

The Vet seemed very knowledgeable and competent. He explained everything very clearly ... he did a swab for the mites, then let me see them under a microscope later - very cool!

All in all seems like a nice local Vet in Rancho Bernardo. Everyone was friendly - there were about 3 assistants also helping the vet with the checkup so the kittens got lots of attention. Would recommend!

My bichon poodle, Riley, is 5 years old, and in those 5 years I have not found a vet I could trust more than Dr. Sondhi. Riley is very wary of strangers, but he always behaves himself at this pet hospital. I am impressed with how the staff take their time in gaining my dog's trust, and with how I feel invited to be involved in my dog's care. Dr. Sondhi is thorough and personalizes his care, always very accommodating, and makes sure pet parents are well-educated. Everything is explained in detail, and I finally feel safe entrusting my dog's well-being with a healthcare professional who cares about my dog as much as I do.

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From Our Website

My areas of interest include feline medicine, geriatric care, pain management, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and clinical pathology. I am fear free certified. I am and my medical team strive to provide your pet a friendly and stress free visit to our hospital. My interests include geriatric care, pain management, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. I strive to educate pet parents in order to keep your pet happy and healthy for as long as possible. I am so lucky to do what I do. I enjoy all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly gastrointestinal and oncologic procedures, as well as elective orthopedics.