Our goal is to provide the very best veterinary care possible in a modern setting through a highly competent and compassionate staff.
What sets us apart? It’s our commitment to your involvement in making decisions for the care, health and well-being of your pet. Each member of our team is hand-picked and interacts with you in depth through listening and asking questions to achieve the right diagnosis and treatment plan.
You – and your pet – will experience our undivided focus from the very first moment you step in the hospital. This, in conjunction with the quality of care provided, sets us apart and guides our every interaction with your pet.
If you are new to the ventura community or are looking for a new veterinary practice, we encourage you to contact our hospital to arrange a tour of the facility and meet our veterinarians and staff as a way of getting to know us; in the meantime, take a minute and get to know the committed members of our vet team.
J. Burner, DVM, MS
Dr. Burner graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 18 years. He completed a one-year internship in cardiology and internal medicine at California Animal Hospital before entering into general practice. Most recently, Dr. Burner practiced in a feline specialty hospital in Orange County.
Dr. Burner has a great deal of experience and interest in ultrasonography, internal medicine and cardiology. He is committed to practicing quality medicine and strives to treat every animal as if it were his own. Dr. Burner lives in Ventura with his wife Kirsten and daughter Sophia, along with their other “furry kids;” dogs – River and Kodi; cats – Blaze and Wobbles; and their tortoise, Stompy. Dr Burner is a proud member of the ventura veterinary community and member of the Santa Barbara Ventura Veterinary Medical Association. In his off-duty hours, Dr. Burner enjoys surfing, reading, good food and spending time with his family. – Learn more about Dr. Burner
Karen Sama, DVM
Dr. Sama was born in Connecticut and received her undergraduate degree with an honors major in Psychobiology from New York University. She completed her DVM at Colorado State University in 1993, graduating cum laude, and has since practiced in both California and Connecticut. Dr. Sama’s special interests include feline medicine as well as rabbits and small mammals.
After practicing as a relief vet in the area, Dr. Sama has become an integral part of our mission and is excited to be a part of an AAHA hospital offering the highest quality medical care with emphasis on patient comfort and pain management. Currently, she resides in Ojai with her husband, Jim; their 2 children, Paul and Mae; and 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 chickens. When they aren’t keeping her busy, she enjoys dining out, trivia night at the local pub, hiking, gardening and travel. – Learn more about Dr. Sama
Marilynn Studnicka, DVM
Dr. Studnicka has a degree in both Biology and Chemistry from Cal State University, San Bernardino. After graduating Dr. Studnicka worked as a molecular biologist and an organic chemist in Carpinteria, Ca for 3 years.
Dr. Studnicka graduated with a DVM from Ross Veterinary University in 2007. Her practice has been devoted to small animals. Dr. Studnicka’s interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and ultrasonography. Dr. Studnicka is well known for handling cats. Dr. Studnicka has several cat’s: Jeremy, Hope, Nellie, Marv, and Dennis. She also has a rat terrier, Mimi.
Dr. Studnicka is an avid writer and a reader of scary stories but her number one passion salsa dancing. She has even spent time in Cuba perfecting her craft. She has also volunteered 3 years with Channel Islands National Park providing educational awareness to children about our depleting resources.