Meet the Oceanside Veterinary Hospital Doctors

Dr. Lindsey Hackett has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Diego area since 2007 and is the hospital’s Medical Director. Dr. Hackett grew up in Colorado surrounded by dogs, cats, bunnies, and a box turtle she rescued after it was run over by a tractor. She dreamed of being a veterinarian as a young girl. Now that she has realized this dream, she understands the human-animal bond and focuses her efforts on optimizing patient health and improving her patients’ quality of life. Dr. Hackett has special interests in internal medicine, surgery, dentistry and preventative care.

In 2007 Dr. Hackett graduated from Colorado State University, one of the nation’s top veterinary schools. Following graduation, she moved to San Diego to fulfill an internship with VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center. At this state-of-the-art specialty hospital, she gained vital experience in emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. VCA liked her so much that they hired her to stay with their company in San Diego.

Dr. Hackett joined the team at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital in 2012. She enjoys working at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital because she is able to  create special bonds with patients and their “parents” while providing optimal patient care.

Dr. Hackett loves the outdoors. When she’s not surfing, hiking or skiing she enjoys volunteering for the Feral Cat Coalition. She and her husband are incredibly attached to their cat Nelson (pictured here).

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Dr. Kathy Burnell received a BS in animal physiology and neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 1997. After working in the veterinary field and with marine animals for several years, she returned to school at Colorado State University where she received a MS in anatomy in 2002 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Upon graduating, Dr. Burnell returned to San Diego, where she completed a one year internship in emergency veterinary medicine. Following her internship and until joining Oceanside Veterinary Hospital in July of 2012, Dr. Burnell practiced small animal medicine and surgery in the San Diego area. Dr. Burnell has special interests in soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, and critical care.

Dr. Burnell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California VMA, and the San Diego County VMA.

When she is not at work, Dr. Burnell enjoys the outdoors, music and travel. She and her husband have Buddy who is a beach-loving dog and three playful cats named Rizzy, Inky and Kit Kat.

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Dr. David Gordon received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Davis in 1977. His degree in veterinary medicine took a circuitous route, first starting in California and ending in Italy where he graduated from the University of Perugia in 1983. After completing his internship at Bay Cities Pet Hospital in Torrance, California, Dr. Gordon began his professional career as an associate at AnaBrook Animal Hospital in Anaheim from 1985-1987. From 1987 to the present, Dr.Gordon has been the owner and then medical director of Arroyo Animal Hospital. He has guided its growth from a 1250 square foot strip-mall space on El Toro Road to its current 8000 square foot free-standing building. This hospital was voted 2005 Hospital of the Year. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California VMA, the San Diego County VMA, the Southern California VMA, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Gordon has now teamed with Drs. Hackett, Burnell, and Moore to form the type of veterinary hospital he has always envisioned, emphasizing old fashioned courtesy, care, and value. Dr. Gordon enjoys all facets of small animal veterinary medicine but has developed a special interest in acupuncture, holistic medical therapies (chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition), stem cell therapy, and platelet enhancement therapy.

In his spare time, Dr.Gordon consults with other veterinarians regarding holistic care, enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, fishing, physical fitness, and music. He and his wife Sharon share their home with their two sons, Daniel and Adam, along with the true “King of the Castle”, Chauncey, a Yorkshire Terrier whom they rescued after breaking his leg as a young puppy. Dr. Gordon’s eldest son, Daniel, is also a veterinarian and is doing his residency in critical care at The Ohio State University. Dr. Gordon’s youngest son, Adam, is attending medical school in Wisconsin.

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Dr. Meredith Limber recently moved to north county San Diego. She grew up outside Dallas, Texas and came to California in 2001 to earn her BA in liberal arts at Whittier College. She returned to Texas to attend Texas A&M for Veterinary College and graduated in 2011. She worked in general practice for four years in Ventura County before spending two and a half years as an overnight Emergencey veterinarian. Dr. Limber is extremely excited to start practice at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital! Her special interests include emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and geriatric care.

Dr. Limber is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Emergencey and Critical Care Society, California Veterinary Medical Association, and San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.

On her days off Dr. Limber enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their dog Falkor. She loves outdoor activities such as hiking and running. She also loves cooking vegetarian meals and singing karaoke.

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Dr. Brittany LaBelle is a born and raised San Diego native. She grew up performing in musical theater companies throughout San Diego and originally went to college to become a news anchor. She graduated from the University of San Diego in 2015 with a BA in communication. Along the way, she realized she had a different dream and her love of animals took her to Australia to pursue her dream as a veterinarian. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her special interests lie in dermatology, internal medicine, and anesthesia.

When she is not at work, Dr. LaBelle enjoys traveling, singing, and spending time with friends and family. Now returning to San Diego after her Australian adventure, Dr. LaBelle is very excited to be joining the team at Oceanside Veterinary Hospital!

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