For over 20 years, The Drake Center has been providing compassionate, quality care to pets and the humans who love them.

We are an AAHA-accredited animal hospital committed to providing the highest standards of care in anesthesia, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery, emergency care and more. Our staff also meets regularly to learn about the latest medical advancements in companion animal care and how to continually improve our customer service.

The Drake Center was voted Best Veterinary Clinic in San Diego by Ranch & Coast Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. We are extremely proud of our facility and the quality of care we provide.

Everything we do supports our mission statement: To provide the best medical and surgical care in a compassionate environment for our patients and unsurpassed service for our clients.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • AAHA Accredited

Payment Options

  • American Express, Cash Only, Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, VISA

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Christine Spencer
  City Encinitas , CA
  Zip Code 92024
  Address 195 N. El Camino Real
  Phone Number (760) 753-9393

Business Representative

Christine Spencer

Hospital Manager

Products & Services

Veterinary Services For Cats

Veterinary Services For Cats

As cat lovers ourselves, we know our feline patients have unique needs. While The Drake Center is not a cat-only hospital, our team is wholly committed to their specialized care.

The Drake Center was named a Gold Status Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) in 2012. This means our hospital has met high environmental, handling and treatment standards of practice determined by leaders in the field of feline medicine. These standards help us improve the ways we interact with your cat so every visit can be as positive and stress-free as possible.

Our hospital's "cat committee" meets several times a year to assess our feline patients' needs and how we can best serve them. In addition, many of our doctors have a keen interest in feline medicine and spend hours dedicated to furthering their expertise through continuing education.


Veterinary Services For Dogs

Veterinary Services For Dogs

At The Drake Center for Veterinary Care, our approach to canine veterinary medicine revolves around a comprehensive, competent and compassionate care program, aimed at ensuring the highest quality of life for your dog. Perhaps the greatest measure of our success is found in our many happy patients and kind words from our clients. We value the long term relationship we have with many of our clients. Through good communication and trust we have built so many great relationships with our clients which allow us to partner with our clients to provide the best care for their dog.

This dedication to service is why our practice has become so well known and respected across the dog vet industry. Our veterinary clinic is among the top 15% of hospitals in the US that are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

  • I would recommend this business

We have a 2 year female pug. They are always prompt & professional.
We’ve used their boarding which is always outstanding.

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  • I would recommend this business

Love everything about The Drake Center! From the moment we walk into the front door until we leave is always such a positive experience; and everyone from the front desk to the back are amazing and treat us like family! We have two dogs and have been loyal customers for the past seven years...Thank you to everyone at the Drake Center for taking such great care of us all!

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  • I would recommend this business

Even though Drake Center is more expensive than some, I wouldn’t change it for the world because they are wonderful, caring, and you know your pet is in good hands. The experience I had with Canyon Creek animal hospital Was so devastating that it’s a blessing that I found Drake center for veterinary Care so what happened to my Precious little dog will never happen again.

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  • I would recommend this business

Dr. Shotwell and her staff were so wonderful when I brought my cat in there to be euthanized. They are compassionate, so knowledgeable and walked me through the process. My dog is a patient and they treat him like he is their own. Thank you for being here for me today. It was a very sad day for me but you and your staff took away my anxiety.

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  • I would recommend this business

Excellent care of my two cats Dickens & Rosco. All staff are very kind & helpful. Vets & their assistants most knowledgeable and caring. Answer all my questions and concerns. Provide nutritious pet foods for those that require special diets. Glad I started going there after I first moved to Carlsbad some 16 + years ago.

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Customer Testimonials

We love this place & so do our 3 cats! Every vet we have met has been amazing! They always get us in & have been there with answers, help, & treat our pets like their own!


Only angels work at the Drake Center...from techs to vets and everyone else. Seriously awesome, knowledgeable animal lovers...every single one. I can't imagine entrusting the care of my 3 fur kids to anyone else! Thank you Drake Center for 16 years of loving care.


Been with the Drake center from the beginning. We moved from Olivenhain to Fallbrook, but won't take our dogs and cats anywhere else. They are current on all the new technology and have made our pets lives better and longer. Thanks Michelle and Keala.


I don't know about price, but the care and office help are first rate. I took my 3 year old grandson when I had Lilly's teeth looked at and a girl in the front came around and made Liam feel special. She showed him the toy box and talked to him for a while. I was impressed


Our family has been going to the Drake Center for Animal Health for over six generations of dogs. We love the friendly staff and the Vets are so knowledgeable and offer the latest services. When we call with a question or to book an appointment, any one of the staff knows our dog and it's history immediately. And our dog has always loved going there. We know because she gets so excited if we are within 3 blocks of the office.


We love everyone at Drake. From the reception staff, technicians to doctors we are treated as if our animal and our time is the most important. They work to communicate with us in the method that works best for us which for me is email. I can communicate with the doctors via email when I have follow-up questions which is great because they can do it while they're not trying to see other very important patients. They have handled emergencies and deaths in our cat family with so much care and understanding that I can never express how grateful I am to them. If you want real, whole animal care this is the place to go!


Best advice and product on all the cutting edge flea treatments! The docs here know what works and what doesn't due to resistance. If it's over the counter your fleas know about it and laugh at you, while taking over your pets and living room. Dr. Drake saved our family and cats from a miserable summer of scratching - her knowledge eliminated the fleas in 1 life cycle! You guys rock!


Thank you to the personnel of the Drake Center for taking such loving care of our Little Eddie on his first visit. He's a big boxer boy but so gentle. He had an ear hematoma and was scared; and you were kind & reassuring. The appointment was on time and reasonably priced. My husband was so impressed with the expertise and just as important to us, the care. Thank you for the exceptional bed side service!

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