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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Lindsey Hackett

Dr. Lindsey Hackett has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Diego area since 2007 and is the hospital's Medical Director. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California VMA, and the San Diego County VMA. 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 a special interest in small animal dentistry and encourages pet owners to ask questions about their pets' oral health. She feels it is the single most important thing a pet owner can do for their pet.

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 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 above) and have also added a young boy, Andrew, to their family.

Dr. Kathy Burnell


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 an 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 1-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, 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 has two playful cats and husband, Tony, that keep her on her toes.

Dr. David A. Gordon


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.

Dr. Taylor Moore


Dr. Taylor Moore received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Southern California in 2008. A native Texan, she returned to her roots to attend Texas A&M for veterinary school, graduating in 2012. After graduation, Dr. Moore relocated to San Francisco, where she practiced medicine at an integrative veterinary clinic. Dr. Moore is excited to be relocating to San Diego with her husband, son, and Australian Shepherd.

While Dr. Moore is happy to treat all canine and feline patients, she has a special interest in geriatric medicine, chronic disease management, internal medicine, pain management, and integrative care. She believes that patients with long-term illnesses can be managed best by a variety of modalities, ranging from traditional Western medicine to whole foods diets, acupuncture, and supplements. Her goal is to practice progressive, open-minded, and compassionate medicine with every patient.

When Dr. Moore is not at the clinic, she enjoys yoga, mindfulness practice, and songwriting. She is a 200-hr certified yoga teacher and has completed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting courses at UCSF.

Dr. Denny Aron, DVM, DACVS


Oceanside welcomes Dr. Denny Aron as our surgical specialist. He has more than 30 years of experience as a surgeon, professor, and researcher. Dr. Aron’s work has been recognized internationally, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards for helping advance the clinical and educational practice of veterinary specialty surgery.

Dr. Aron received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University and his surgical residency was completed at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a professor of surgery both at Cornell University and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Aron's special interests include orthopedic surgery, joint reconstruction, total hip replacement, wound repair and management, trauma surgery, and canine physical rehabilitation. His published writings are numerous and cover a wide variety of both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery topics.

Dr. Aron lives in Escondido with his wife, Lorraine (Rainy), two of their four daughters, and numerous pets. To learn more about Dr. Aron, please visit his website:

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