Del Mar’s All Creatures Hospital to unveil updated look at Nov. 15 open house

All Creatures Hospital has cared for the community’s animals for more than three decades. Now that the Del Mar-based clinic has been completely remodeled, the hospital can continue to provide the best quality veterinary care for many years to come.

“We finally have the facilities to match our level of practice,” said Dr. Michael Mulvany.

All Creatures Hospital opened in 1983. Although the hospital has been refreshed over the years, this was the first time it was completely revamped.

The modernization project launched last November and was completed in August. In that time, the two-story, nearly 5,000-square-foot building was completely updated, from the ceilings to the floors. Everything is new, from the building’s electrical and plumbing to the hospital’s equipment.

“We turned it into a new building,” Mulvany said. “We fixed it up so it’s a stronger building that will hopefully last another 25 or 30 years.”

Although the building is the same size, hospital staff can now more effectively use the space.

The building was originally designed as a small animal and equine hospital. Now, it’s fit for the dogs, cats and pocket pets All Creatures Hospital serves.

“We’ve never been able to fully utilize the footprint of the hospital like we do now,” said Mulvany, noting that the hospital gained about 2,000 square feet in usable space after the building was updated. “There was a lot of wasted space.”

With an emphasis on preventive medicine, All Creatures Hospital offers annual wellness exams, puppy and kitten health care packages, immunizations, senior pet programs and microchips.

The first floor of the hospital now features an updated waiting room, treatment room, pharmacy and four exam rooms, which is one more than the hospital previously had. The hospital also offers dental and surgical suites for in-hospital procedures, and now that the remodel is complete, ample space for new boarding services. Offices are on the second floor.

Open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays, All Creatures Hospital offers 24-hour hospitalization. Six veterinarians and about two dozen staff members work at the hospital.

“We see a lot of great dogs and cats,” said Mulvany, who has a yellow Labrador named Finn. “They’re all individuals.”

All Creatures Hospital is a family-owned and operated business.

Mulvany joined the hospital in 1984, one year after it opened. A Carmel Valley resident, he graduated from veterinary school in 1983. After a one-year medical and surgical internship at a 17-doctor hospital in Santa Cruz, he started with All Creatures Hospital and became the sole owner in 1997. His wife and son both work at the hospital.

“It’s an enjoyable profession,” Mulvany said. “I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’m glad I still enjoy it.”

To unveil the new look, All Creatures Hospital is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. There will be tours, raffle prizes and refreshments.

“Now we have something we can show off,” Mulvany said. “Anybody who wants to come is welcome.”

All Creatures Hospital is at 3665 Via de la Valle in Del Mar. Call 858-481-7992 or visit