In Memory of Dr. Paul N Fenner

It is with a heavy heart that we notify our client families of Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital that our founder and friend Dr Paul Fenner lost his long time battle with Melanoma cancer over Labor Day weekend.  He passed away at his home with his wife Chris and son Conor by his side.  The staff here at Bernardo Heights will miss his smile and sense of humor the most.  He enjoyed caring for  all of you and your beloved pets over his 28 year career here at our hospital. Sympathy cards can be sent to the hospital and we will pass them along to his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the animal rescue of your choice.  In July Dr Fenner selected Dr Anderson as practice owner to look over your beloved pets as he did.  Dr Anderson, Dr Abrams, and the entire staff here at Bernardo Heights aspire to make  Dr Fenner  proud by continuing his compassionate approach to veterinary medicine.

Additionally, the Fenner family would love for people to post photos that remind them of Dr Fenner. It can even be photos of your pets that he cared for. You may send them to

Dental Special - Complimentary Blood Work

Dental disease is the most common condition among companion animals. " 'Periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets,' explains Dr. René Carlson, president of the AVMA. 'It's estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease' " (from a 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association report on dental  awareness).

Dental disease causes

  • bad breath
  • route for local and systemic infection and inflammation
  • pain
  • malnutrition in severe cases
  • potential source for heart valve infections.

And it is very easy to underestimate the pain caused by dental disease. The best analogy is us. If you have ever had a tooth infection, fracture, or any other dental issue you know that it hurts. But no one around you would know if you didn't tell them, and you were still able to eat sufficiently and maintain weight with no obvious outward signs of pain. For this reason alone, we have a huge opportunity to help alleviate pain in our pets with good dental care. And early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention prevents a lot of discomfort and eliminates the need for more extensive and more costly work later. For this reason, we recommend dentals prior to advanced stages of disease, just like in us. But if for any reason your pet has more advanced issues, we are adept at resolving those as well.

If your pet warrants a dental procedure, we are currently having a dental special to promote awareness and correction of dental disease. For any dental completed between now and Nov 15th 2015, blood work is provided at NO CHARGE (a $145 to $175 value depending on the age of your pet). Additionally, all dentals include whole mouth x-rays, sealant application to extend the benefit of the dental, and to go home kits to promote oral hygiene maintenance, an important part of dental health, just like for us. Please make an appointment for a dental assessment, or if your pet has already been assessed and a dental has been recommended, please call to make an appointment for the procedure, we would love to see you and your pet!

Dr Mark Anderson

Welcome to Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital

Your Veterinarian in Rancho Bernardo, CA
Call us at 858-485-9111

Welcome to Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital. Dr Paul Fenner and his team have been serving the pets of Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, 4S Ranch, Poway, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Escondido, and other areas of north San Diego County for over 26 years. Recently, Dr Mark Anderson purchased the hospital from Dr Paul Fenner. Dr Mark Anderson is very excited to be joining the amazing Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital team. You have come to expect exceptional and knowledgeable care along with exceptional customer service under the direction of Dr Fenner. Maintaining this level of care and compassion is of utmost importance to Dr Mark Anderson, so under his management you can expect the same great care that you have come to expect from our hospital. Dr Ira Abrams will still be practicing clinicians on staff, so if you wish to continue seeing them, request so specifically when scheduling. Otherwise, Dr Mark Anderson is very excited to meet you and your pet(s)! 

AAHA_logo.gifWe have been an accredited American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA, member hospital since opening. Dr Anderson is also a member of California Veterinary Medical Association, San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, a certified PennHIP member, and a credentialed VetStem veterinarian.  Our goal is to provide you and your pets with the best possible care in a professional, compassionate, comfortable family setting.

We believe that pets are part of the family and we hope to keep them healthy and happy for many years to come. Our objectives are the same as yours:

To keep your pets healthy;

To return them to health if they become ill or injured; and

To provide relief from pain, fear or discomfort.

We will always recommend the care and treatment that we would choose for our own furry family members. We believe strongly in preventive care. Many conditions can be prevented, or treated more easily, if identified in their early stages. For this reason, we recommend a yearly physical examination, parasite check, necessary laboratory tests, and appropriate vaccinations for all pets. In older pets, more frequent examinations may be advisable, since each year of a dog's or cat's life is equivalent to five years of a human's life. On the topic of preventive care, we have Dr Mark Anderson, a certified PennHIP member available to perform assessments on young animals to accurately determine their risk of development of hip dysplasia and to make appropriate recommendations based on the PennHIP testing to mitigate these risks. 

We believe that well-informed owners can provide better care for their pets. For this reason we try to explain to you the details of your pet's diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. If you have any questions at any time about your pet's condition or about pet health care in general, do not hesitate to ask, we love giving you the information necessary to make informed decisions.

At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional information. Please browse through our entire site. If you want more information, about our practice please go to the Contact Us page and use one of the convenient methods to communicate with us.

Thank you for visiting our website. The Doctors and staff at Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital look forward to serving you.

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If you live in San Diego or the surrounding area of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Escondido, Rancho Penasquitos, 4S Ranch and North San Diego County, in CA, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian! Dr. Mark Anderson and Dr Ira Abrams are licensed veterinarians, treating all types of pets and animals. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Dr. Mark Anderson and Dr Ira Abrams are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own San Diego veterinarian.

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call 858-485-9111 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our San Diego veterinarian office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for San Diego pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

At Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr Mark Anderson

Dr Ira Abrams

San Diego Veterinarian | Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital | 858-485-9111

15721 Bernardo Heights Parkway Suite K
San Diego, CA 92128