What’s New?

Dr. Nieves and the Staff at Del Mar Veterinary Hospital are pleased to welcome Purina ProPlan Veterinary Diets and Pro Plan as our recommended pet food lines.

In an effort to deliver the best medical care possible, our doctors and staff participate in regular continuing education to learn and evaluate new medical procedures and products for pets with specific health conditions.  Therapeutic (prescription) diets play an important role in the prevention and management of many diseases in dogs and cats.

Deciding on a diet line is no easy task and we were specifically looking for a company with diets that could provide these characteristics:

  • High Quality/Effective Nutrition
  • Latest Advances in Science/Technology
  • Excellent Palatability (Taste)
  • Convenient Home Delivery with $0 shipping (on ALL orders)
  • Reasonable Prices with Client Discounts!

PURINA ProPlan Veterinary Diets meet all of our needs!

We will have most of the most commonly used Purina Veterinary Diets (prescription) in stock.  Soon, most Royal Canin will no longer be stocked routinely and available on our online pharmacy Vetsource.com.  All diets can be switched to the Purina diet.  Our doctors and staff have begun feeding the Purina diets to our own animals, and also feeding our boarding and hospitalized animals on these high-quality diets with GREAT results.

We’re excited about the change and we’re confident you’ll be pleased with our choice.

If you have any questions regarding this change, we’ll be happy to address them at your next visit or by phone.  To help make this transition as hassle-free as possible, please stop by prior to the completion of your current pet food for your first comparable Purina Veterinary Diet!

Order thru www.ProPlanVetDirect.com to receive 20% off (with auto-ship) with convenient FREE delivery to your home.

20% OFF 1st Automatic Shipment – Promo Code: AUTO20 (Offer valid 1/1/23-6/30/23)

HOW TO ORDER? Watch a brief video HERE. 


YES! We are officially the first veterinary hospital in North Florida to become a Fear Free Certified Practice, and the only one in St. Johns County.  All of our staff, from Dr. Nieves, our Patient Care Coordinator, our Certified Veterinary Technician, to our Hospital Director, a Fear Free Certified Professional.

What does this all mean to you and your pet?

A trip to the vet shouldn’t be an experience that fills your pet with fear. In fact, the last thing we want is for your pet to fear the one place that is fully committed to ensuring they live a happy and healthy life! Our mission is to make coming to the vet a happy and stress-free experience for the whole family and we do this through a series of steps-from your home to the car to your visit and your trip home again.

We think the Fear Free certification program says it best: “Fear Free visits eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress, and create an experience that is better and safer for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams.”

Here are a few things we are dedicated to for a Fear Free Visit:

  • Reducing or removing anxiety triggers that can cause pets to become fearful at home, in transport, or at the hospital.
  • Helping clients deliver calm pets to our hospital.
  • Enhancing the quality of medicine in our practice.
  • Improving safety for our amazing veterinary team.

We’re happy to answer any questions!

You can find more info on our website: /fear-free/


FEAR FREE – Not only does it help you practice better medicine, look out for pets emotional well-being, build team culture, increase bottom lines, create a safer workplace, and provide master-class customer service…but the simple experience of watching patients leave your practice happy and feeling like their friend again will remind you why you went into this profession in the first place ❤️

NEW Services!

  • Class IV Cold Laser Therapy (for Small & Large Animals). Multiple session packages are available. For more information, click HERE.
  • In-Home Pet Euthanasia. For more information, click HERE

Courtesy of fearfreepets.org, avma.org &  aaha.org 

In OCTOBER, we celebrate:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
Adopt a Dog Month | Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA)
National Pet Wellness Month
National Pitbull Awareness Month
Cyber Security Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month (US)
LGBTQ+ History Month (US)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (US)
Energy Awareness Month (US)
Hunger Awareness Month (US)

October 1: National Black Dog Day | National Fire Pup Day
October 2: International Day of Nonviolence | World Smile Day
October 1–7 National Walk Your Dog Week | Animal Welfare Week
October 4: World Animal Day | World Pets Day | Taco Day
October 5: World Teachers’ Day
October 10: World Mental Health Day | Native American Day
October 12: Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day & National Depression Screening Day
October 16-22: National Vet Tech Week
October 16: National Feral Cat Day | Global Cat Day | World Food Day | Dictionary Day
October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 29: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
October 27: National Black Cat Day
October 29: National Cat Day | World Internet Day | Black Tuesday | Internet Day
October 31: Halloween Day | National Bandanna Day

Del Mar recognizes the following six (6) holidays:

New Year’s Day (1/1)
Memorial Day (5/31)
Independence Day (7/4)
Labor Day (9/5)
Thanksgiving (11/24)
Christmas (12/25)

We might be open some of these days, so always give us a call, check us out on Google (NOT Yelp), or visit our social media pages (Instagram or Facebook) to confirm if we would be able to assist you.

YES! We are AAHA Accredited because we only want the best for you.

AAHA Accreditation  –  Our hospital was evaluated on approximately 900 rigorous veterinary standards of excellence. Thanks to our amazing team, we are proud to be among the top AAHA accredited hospitals in the United States and Canada.

AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. The Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep our accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. AAHA standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.

For more information about our AAHA Accreditation, click HERE. To watch a video on what makes a veterinary practice AAHA Accredited, click HERE.