Animal Medical Clinic

The Animal Medical Clinic is a full service, small animal hospital located in Shepard Place Shops in Carpinteria, California.   Our goal is to provide top quality, "Big City" medical services, with a friendly, "Small Town" feel.  As our motto suggests, we view our clients as our neighbors, and we like to treat them that way.

Dr. M. Scott Smith has  over twenty years of clinical experience and is the only doctor at our practice.  This means you will always be assured of seeing the same veterinarian at each visit, who will know both you and your pet.  In addition, Dr. Smith makes himself available for after hours emergency consultations and can even make house calls when the situation warrants it.

Medically, our focus is on preventative medicine and client education. Our role is to assist you in maintaining your pets good health throughout all the stages of their life . When problems occur, we believe that our patients are the ones who heal, and our job is to create the best environment and circumstances for that healing to occur. We practice traditional, science based medicine, but do refer to, and work with, alternative practitioners when appropriate. 

We offer a full range of medical, dermatological, surgical, nutritional, and dental veterinary care.  We are the experts in parasite control and can provide you with the best and safest products to keep fleas and ticks off your pet.  With an in-house pharmacy and access to specialists, our facility offers a one-stop-shop for your pet's health and medical care.

Feel free to stop by our hospital for a visit during our regular hours. You will always be met with a smile and a friendly face!
Vet check-up with small dog
  • Mon-Fri: 7:30AM-6:00PM
  • Sat, Sun: Closed
  • After Hours Emergency?
  • Call: 805-684-9393
  • Dr. M. Scott Smith, DVM, Owner

    Dr. Smith was born in Concord, California, in the East Bay Area.  At the age of ten he moved to Germany, where he graduated from Mannhiem American High School in 1976.  An aspiring jazz saxophonist, he came to Southern California to attend Pomona College, in Claremont, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music. After a change in plans (and careers!), Dr. Smith attended UCSB for his pre-veterinary course work and fell in love with the Central Coast. After graduating from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, he moved to Carpinteria with his young family in 1989 and purchased the Animal Medical Clinic in 1991.

    Although well versed in all aspects of small animal medicine, his special interest is in surgery, with a growing interest in dentistry. His hobbies include skiing, Scuba diving, backpacking and, of course, music.  Dr. Smith is a past president of the Santa Barbara/Ventura Veterinary Medical Association and current president of "Band Forever", a booster group supporting music in our local schools.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1991
    Pomona College, UCSB, UC Davis