About Us

About El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital

El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital was established in the 1930s. The original hospital was not far from our current site, in a neighborhood known as El Cerrito. We have enjoyed an excellent reputation over the years, largely because our philosophy is simple: Offer the very best in veterinary care at a fair price. El Cerrito has thrived, based almost exclusively on word-of-mouth marketing. We are fortunate that many of our clients have been bringing their pets to us for decades. El Cerrito is family-owned and operated, catering to cats and dogs who are important family members too - something we never forget. In the summer of 2015, after 26 years, Dr. Donna Valerie was happy to sell the practice to Dr. Julie Massey who had been her associate since she bought the business. Several members of our loyal staff have also been at El Cerrito for as long as the doctors.

Meet the Team Of El Cerrito Vet

Dr. Massey


Dr. Massey is the owner of El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital and has been a vital part of the El Cerrito family for more than 28 years. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Massey developed the passion to help animals from reading the James Herriot novels in grade school. She completed undergraduate studies and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989. She has been married 28 years to her husband, Mike Massey, who helps manage El Cerrito when he is not working as a financial executive for one start-up or another. She has 2 sons and lives with one quirky orange tabby named Wilbur. Outside of work, Dr. Massey enjoys hiking, reading, playing duplicate bridge and spending time with her extended family in San Diego and Wisconsin.

Dr. Nikki Kisling


Dr. Nikki Kisling was born and raised in Fresno, California. Eager to experience new places and live near the beach, she moved to sunny San Diego and studied biology at UC San Diego. While working on her undergraduate degree, she was fortunate enough to work at a local veterinary clinic, which reinforced her goal to become a veterinarian. Dr. Kisling graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently completed a one-year small animal internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. She has worked with various species during her studies, including dogs, cats, horses and even reptiles. She feels blessed to be in a profession where she gets to work with animals every day and help their families! In her spare time, Dr. Kisling enjoys being outdoors with her rescue dog, Samwise, while her snake, Elliot, lounges in his terrarium back home.

Dr. Sarah Tritt


Dr. Sarah Tritt is a California native, from the artist’s community of Laguna Beach. Sarah started her career as a kennel assistant at the age of seventeen when she discovered her life’s dream of becoming a veterinarian. She then went on to obtain her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. Dr. Tritt was then accepted to attend Tuskegee University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, graduating in May of 2005. We are very happy Dr. Tritt has joined El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital! Her professional interests include surgery, radiology, geriatric and preventative medicine. Dr. Tritt is a regular volunteer with the San Diego Alpha Project, caring for San Diego's homeless and their pets. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, making jewelry, cooking and hiking. Dr. Tritt has been married to Christopher Tritt for 15 years and is the proud mother of two amazing boys, Nicholas and Simon. Her Boston Terrier named "Rocco" and her mixed-breed named “Spike” complete her happy home.



Debbie is a San Diego native and has worked at El Cerrito since 1982, shortly after earning her Registered Veterinary Technician degree. She enjoys taking care of animals in order to improve their quality of life. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as watching TV and movies. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as going to the beach, the zoo, and hiking. She and her husband Bruce have a daughter named Katie. They also have a cat named Zack.



Carrie is a San Diego native who has worked at El Cerrito since August 2000. Carrie especially enjoys knowing that she helps improve the health of animals, particularly since they brighten our lives so much! Carrie works as a receptionist and registered veterinary technician at El Cerrito. She has two cats, Peeps and Linus, and two dogs, Dharma and Audie.



Jordan is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to San Diego a little over 10 years ago. She joined El Cerrito as a​​​​​​​ student extern while attending the Pima Medical Institute Veterinary Assistant program. At the end of her externship, El Cerrito was lucky to make her an “official” employee! She is continuing her pursuit of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as going to the beach with her dog, Sammy, and cuddling with her cat, Kara.

El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital


6911 University Ave La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 6194800600

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8:30 am -5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30-12:00 pm
Drop-offs M-F ​​​​​​​7:30 am

Please call us for an appointment!