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Compassionate Pet Care & 50+ Years of Experience

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Acacia Animal Health Center offers a team of dedicated veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and support staff deeply committed to optimizing the health and well-being of your pet.

With more than 50 years of experience, Acacia is extremely proud to provide high-quality and compassionate veterinary care throughout San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties.




Our Mission

Our highly skilled, professional staff passionately provides outstanding pet care and client service for our patients and their owners. In all our dealings, we demonstrate the highest integrity and commitment to excellence.


Our vision for our clients:

To be the premier provider of outstanding veterinary care and service, and to dedicate ourselves to enriching the human–animal bond for the pet owners of North San Diego County through awareness and education.

Our vision for our patients:

To provide state-of-the-art compassionate veterinary care; to always minimize patient pain and discomfort; and to be an advocate for our patients’ best interests.

Our vision for our community:

To be an active corporate citizen and a voice on behalf of animal welfare; to earn your respect and appreciation for the work we do to enhance our community; and to provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for students and veterinary medicine programs.

Our vision for our staff:

To provide an enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding team approach for employees, who we value as our company’s most important resource; to utilize each individual’s strengths and interests to build a synergistic and dynamic team; to provide opportunities for learning and growth for each team member; to provide a supportive foundation for the Acacia team; and to never waiver from these goals as we oversee a fiscally sound business.

Our Core Values include:

  • Caring
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Confidentiality
  • Hope

Take a Closer Look…

Now that you know what we do and why we do it, meet the professionals who make it all happen: our veterinarians, our pet care staff, and ourresort staff. Once you have met us, we invite you to tour our animal health center online—the peaceful setting of our state-of-the-art facility is the pet lover’s choice for quality veterinary services.

Our History: 50+ Years of Veterinary Medicine

Thanks to our wonderful clients and staff, we have been practicing veterinary medicine in Escondido, California, for more than 50 years. Originally known as Acacia Animal Hospital, the now Acacia Animal Health Center was founded in 1959.

Dr. Gary Gallerstein acquired the practice in June 1984 and expanded the animals treated at Acacia to include birds and other exotic pets. In November 1993, Acacia moved into a larger facility on Broadway, and the name changed to Acacia Animal Health Center, better reflecting the medical philosophy of our doctors and staff.

In February 2004, Dr. Carmine Bausone became a managing partner of Acacia. Dr. Bausone further expanded the services to include holistic medicine and veterinary acupuncture.

With continued growth and a desire to better serve our clients, we moved forward on the design and creation of the present location on Citracado Parkway in Escondido. We welcomed our first patients to the new facility on January 23, 2006.

We are grateful to our clients for our longevity, and thank you for choosing Acacia Animal Health Center for your pets’ primary health care, resort boarding, day camp, and training needs. We plan to continue providing you with the excellent service you have come to expect from us.

Click Here to Examine Our Professional Affiliations:

  • San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association (SDCVMA)
  • California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
  • Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
  • Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
  • American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA)
  • International Association of Veterinary Chiropractitioners (IAVC)
  • American Animal Adjusting Association (AAAA)