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Shelley Flynn, DVM


Dr. Shelley Flynn is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. She is originally from Southwest Washington and has recently moved to the Antelope Valley.


She joined our staff in May 2008. Dr. Flynn enjoys spending time outdoors, participating in many activities including horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and scuba diving. She shares her home with her husband, 3 dogs (Ruby, Stella, and Gillie), and one cat (Simon).

Erin Sanders, DVM


Dr. Erin Sanders graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  She is originally from the Bay Area in northern California, and moved to Lancaster after graduating veterinary school to live with her husband.


She joined out staff in 2010.  Dr. Sanders enjoys traveling (her goal is to attend all major league baseball parks), photography, camping, and fishing.  When she is not busy with her work and outside activities, she tends to her “herd” of rescued cats ranging from 16-2 years old.




Dawn, Practice Manager


Dawn Lane is the Practice Manager and has been a part of the Smith Veterinary Hospital Team since 1999.


Although Smith Veterinary Hospital was not the first veterinary hospital she has worked with it is truly one she has put her heart and soul into.  The other joy comes from her loving husband of 23 years and her 4 awesome children.

Dawn spends her spare time volunteering with the Jr. High School Marching Band where her youngest son attends. Dawn also devotes time with her local church in the youth department as a teacher.

Kelly, Veterinary Technician

& Back Office Supervisor


Kelly has always been involved with animal in some way.  Kelly joined the Smith Team in 2000 and has been here ever since.  Kelly has many duties at Smith’s including being highly trained in dental procedures, and animal nutrition.  She has a variety of animals, including 3 teenagers, and a husband. Kelly is active in the local 4-H community and enjoys many outdoor activities when time permits.


Paisley, Kelly and Lexie



Exam Room Veterinary Assistant


Kathy joined your team in February of 2009 after spending 12 years in the emergency veterinary field.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, one grandchild 3 dogs and a cat.



Kathy with “Lucy”, “Timmy Joe”

& “Annabel Lee”


Karen, Receptionist


Karen joined our team in the summer of 2008. She is married and has 4 children. She raises and shows Beagles.


At home she has a collection of animal from birds to snakes inside and from geese to pigs outside. She loves all creatures with the exception of spiders!



Cheryl, Veterinary Assistant


Cheryl joined our team in August of 2009 with 5 years experience in veterinary medicine. She enjoys going to the park with her dogs.  Cheryl is a Lakers Fan and loves to play paint ball in her spare time.


Bugsy, Dillinger, Cheryl and Roxie

Tyler, Kennel Assistant


Tyler was born and raised in the Antelope Valley. He is a recent graduate from Little Rock High School.


Tyler joined our team full time in 2010. Tyler is interested in attending welding school next year. He currently lives with friends in Palmdale.


Tyler and Toast


Cassie with Kane


Schmidty, Hospital Mascot


Schmidty joined our family in the fall of 2010.


He enjoys helping educate owners about wellness in their pets of shapes and sizes.

He enjoys belly rubs, high fives, and hugs.


Schmidty can be seen waving to people outside of our hospital. He’ll being making trips to local schools and city events to promote the human-animal bond.

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Smith Veterinary Hospital Mission Statement

Smith Veterinary Hospital

Mission Statement



Our team is committed to providing you, your companion, and our community the quality compassionate care and attention you expect and deserve.


We accomplish this through a high standard of medicine, dedication, and integrity.


Our Core Values:


Compassion – Our compassion is infused into every interaction with our clients, patients, and fellow staff.


Quality – We aspire to provide your companion animal quality care and service through our dedication to a high standard of medicine.


Integrity – Through trust, honesty, and communication, our team is dedicated to building client relationships based on integrity.


Commitment – Our dedication to strive towards excellence with responsibility and a positive attitude.


Attentiveness – Our care is tailored to create a bond with our clients and their companions to meet their individual needs through observation, communication, and cooperation.



~Core Values and Mission Statement developed August 27, 2009~

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Full Service Veterinary Care For Your Pets!



Full Service Veterinary Care For Your Pets!

At Smith Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to taking care of your pets and animal friends.  Our veterinarians are some of the finest in the area.  Smith Veterinary Hospital offers you and your pet high quality, affordable veterinary care and surgery.



Our thanks to all of you who donated to our


We received 400 pounds of food which we donated to the animal shelter and $1,000.00 worth of toys!




Modern Facilities


We offer progressive veterinary medicine in a modern facility with state-of-the-art medical equipment and treatment options.  We stress preventative medicine to protect your pet from potential health problems.


We also provide pain management to ensure that your pet will enjoy the best possible quality of life. Smith Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to helping your four-legged friends maintain a long, healthy and happy life!




We Care About Your Pets


We are a full service Veterinary Hospital facility. Our veterinary services include microchip location technology, X-ray, surgery and an in-house laboratory.


Click Here for our Veterinary Services




Veterinary Care For ALL Your Pets!



Dr. Erin Sanders will advise you on the care and treatment of your

pocket pets, reptiles and exotics.



CLICK HERE for a copy of

“Quick Facts About Reptiles & Amphibians”



Meet Our Staff


The talented, experienced and compassionate doctors and staff of Smith Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to providing you and your pet with the very finest in veterinary health care.


CLICK HERE to meet our

Veterinary Staff


Dr. Sanders and Abbott





What’s Normal For Your Pet?


Pulse Rates

(beats per minute)


Small dog (<30lbs)

100-160 bpm


Medium to large dog (30+lbs)—60-100 bpm


Cats—160-220 bpm

Breathing Rates

(breaths per minute)


Dogs: 10-30 bpm

(up to 200 pants/minute)


Cats: 20-30 bpm

(up to 300 pants/minute)



Body Temperatures


Dog: 100.2-102.8 F

Cat: 100.5-102.5 F

Ferrets 100-104

Rabbits 101-104

Chinchilllas 98.6-100.4

Pulse Rates


Ferrets 200-400

Rabbits 130-325

Rats 310-500

Guinea Pigs 240-310

Chinchillas 100-150

Respiratory Rates


Ferrets 33-36

Rabbits 30-60

Rats 70-146




Got A Great Picture Of Your Pet?


Visit our online Pet Gallery

to meet some of our favorite friends!


CLICK HERE to put your pet’s

photo on our gallery.






Visit our Rainbow Bridge where we pay tribute to our pet companions we have lost.







Smith Veterinary Hospital is located at

330 West Avenue I,  Lancaster, CA 93534

CLICK HERE for complete contact information

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