The Story of Us

Is a story of you.

Every pet. Every person. Every time. The love that we see between you and your companion inspires us every day. Protecting that bond fills us with love, meaning, and purpose. And our promise is simple: to make a difference in your life.

Doctors

Dr. Kevin Anderson

Dr. Kevin Anderson

DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Dr. Anderson is a highly trained Chula Vista veterinarian, Medical Director, and owner of Otay Pet Vets. Dr. Anderson is a board-certified veterinarian with over 30 years of veterinary experience. He has strong diagnostic skills and expertise in public health and foreign animal diseases. Dr. Anderson retired from active duty military after a 20-year military career as a United States Army veterinarian, where he traveled to five continents providing veterinary care services and training to military troops and countries in need. During his military career, he managed numerous multi-sized clinics in many countries including Korea, Japan, Bahrain, and Germany. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Tulane University and is a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician.

Dr. Anderson is known as a family man and has been married to Deborah for 35 years; they have three adult children and one dog Lucy.

Voted Best Doctor San Diego Union-Tribune 2016-2018.

Dr. Naomi Urbina

Dr. Naomi Urbina

DVM

Dr. Urbina received her M.S. degree from U.C. Irvine in the field of protein chemistry, and her D.V.M. degree from Western University. After graduating from vet school in 2008, she practiced small animal medicine in the San Diego area. She is delighted to be a part of the Otay Pet Vets medical team as the Sunday veterinarian. Her clinical interests include wellness care, internal medicine, and dentistry. Her practice philosophy is to be the medical authority that helps to empower pet parents to make informed decisions about their pet’s health.

She is married with a family of 3 dogs, 1 miniature toucan, 2 leopard geckos, 3-day geckos, an aviary of softbill birds, and multiple tropical fish! We are so happy to have her on our team!

Dr. Lauren Salcido

Dr. Lauren Salcido

DVM

Dr. Salcido began her veterinary career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked as support staff at a veterinary practice for cats and dog. She knew that a veterinary degree would be a great way to merge her loves of science and animals. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, then obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

During her summer breaks in veterinary school, she performed cancer research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. After practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Virginia, she finally decided to settle down in the San Diego area to be closer to family. She enjoys surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and preventive care, but above all else, she finds great satisfaction in relieving animal suffering and nurturing the human-animal bond.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels, hiking, and exploring the area with her husband and young daughter, Claire. She and her family have 2 Labrador mixes and a Chihuahua/dachshund mix.

Dr. Mark Manzon

Dr. Mark Manzon

DVM

Dr. Mark Manzon was born and raised in the Philippines. There he attended De La Salle Araneta University for his veterinary education. Following his graduation in 2005, he migrated to the United States joining his family who moved here in 2003.

Dr. Manzon’s path to becoming a veterinarian was not typical. De La Salle Araneta University is not accredited, and the process to complete veterinary licensing in the United States requires accreditation. As such, Dr. Manzon started as a veterinary assistant at Otay Pet Vets in 2006. Following on his journey, he eventually qualified for the registered veterinary technician exam and became a licensed technician in 2007.

In 2009, he moved from general practice to shelter medicine where he still spends his time. However, to obtain his veterinary license, he needed to complete multiple exams through the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG). After he passed and earned his ECFVG certification in 2019, he then completed the California State Board and National Veterinary Licensing Exam the same year.

Dr. Manzon received his Veterinary License and ability to practice veterinary medicine in 2020. His interests at work lie in surgical procedures and internal medicine.

When he is not at work, Dr. Manzon spends his days with his wife and two boys, he enjoys watching basketball and helps at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility.

Dr. Lynda Elliott

Dr. Lynda Elliott

DVM

I decided I wanted to be a vet when I was 8. I started volunteering at a local vet hospital at 14 and began working there as kennel help. Eventually I was promoted to reception and then to a tech. I worked through high school and my first summer of college at UC Berkeley. At that time, I was really interested in Slavic studies, specifically Russian, and Ecology, so I worked by the school, studied abroad in Russia, and then did ecology research for my honors thesis. When I graduated, I was torn which way to go, so I decided to go into the Peace Corps, which was also a long-time goal. I found myself stationed in the Russian Far East for two years. When I returned, I worked as an Academic Counselor at University of Phoenix and took all the additional required classes for vet school. I earned my degree at Cornell, then came back to San Diego for my internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VSH. I worked in general practice for a year, then moved back to emergency at VSH for the next 12 years. I wanted to work closer to home and did relieving all over the South Bay area, and finally became part-time with OPV!

I am a life long resident of Chula Vista and went to Hilltop High school. My areas of interest are emergency care, internal medicine, and working with owners to find the best way to care for their beloved pets.

My hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading (when there is time!), and spending time with loved ones, both friends and family.

My family includes my husband, two daughters, Joey the lab, Georgia the cat, and Tanner the tortoise 🙂

Dr. Chie Horita

Dr. Chie Horita

DVM

I’m a native San Diegan, having grown up in San Ysidro and then moving to Eastlake in 2005. Growing up, going to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld and watching Animal Planet cultivated my love of animals, big or small. I then made the decision to become a veterinarian when I was 5 years old in kindergarten. Since then, I worked towards my goal, volunteering locally with cats, dogs, horses, and raptors.

I graduated from San Diego State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and was chosen as the “Outstanding Graduate” for the school’s Biology department. I then went on to obtain my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 2020. Shortly after graduation, I returned to Chula Vista and joined the Otay Pet Vets family to create long-lasting relationships with clients, working together to gain the information and give the care needed so that they and their pets can live happy and healthy lives. My areas of clinical interest include Dermatology, Behavior, Nutrition, and Exotics.

In my spare time, my hobbies include drawing, singing, playing video games, bingeing shows, finding new places to eat, sewing costumes, and going to conventions, especially San Diego Comic Con!

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

-AD Williams

Client Services

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

-Martin Buber

Registered Veterinary Technicians

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Veterinary Assistants

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

-Pam Brown

Grooming