Meet our Doctors
MEET THE DOCTORS AT PACIFIC ANIMAL HOSPITAL LOCATED IN OCEANSIDE, CA
Dr. Edward Attix
Edward Attix received both his BS in physiology (1975) and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1980) from the University of California, Davis. He has been in practice at Pacific Animal Hospital since 1981. Dr. Attix is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Attix is a boarded specialist and is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in canine and feline medicine. Read about Dr. Attix’s credentials.
Dr. Attix has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, dentistry, pain management, and both canine and feline internal medicine.
When not at the hospital, Dr. Attix enjoys reading, music, traveling, paddle boarding, and baseball. He is blessed with five children, three grandchildren, one Border Collie mix, two dachshunds, and one wacky cat.
Dr. Valerie Caskey
Valerie Caskey earned a BS in animal science from the University of Maryland College Park before graduating from the University Of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She practiced small animal medicine and surgery for 10 years in Minnesota before moving to California in 1996.
Dr. Caskey is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.
Dr. Caskey is our Practice Administrator, and her special interests include practice management, internal medicine, feline medicine, and acupuncture.
Dr. Caskey and her husband have five children and three grandchildren. Their family pets include one Border Collie mix, Maeve, two dachshunds, Linus and Lucy, and a cat, Bruce. Outside of work, Dr. Caskey enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jennifer Gustafson, DVM
Dr. Gustafson earned a BS in biology with an emphasis in zoology from San Diego State University before graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Connecticut for four years prior to returning to San Diego in 2013.
Dr. Gustafson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Information Network. Her special interests include canine and feline internal medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Gustafson and her husband have a wire-haired terrier mix, Lady, a rabbit, Humphrey, and two cats, Zoie and Misty. In her free time, she enjoys taking pictures of wildlife around San Diego, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Rebecca Nostrand, DVM
Dr. Nostrand earned both her BS (biology) in 1997 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she completed an internship in emergency and critical care medicine in Massachusetts. She then moved to northern Virginia where she transitioned from emergency to day practice. She and her husband moved to southern California in 2007. In 2009, she became certified in veterinary medical acupuncture through Colorado State University.
Dr. Nostrand is a member of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and Veterinary Information Network. She maintains an interest in emergency/urgent care as well as dentistry and acupuncture. While away from the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, dogs, gardening, jogging, and playing at the beach.
Dr. Travis Robertson-Howell, DVM
Dr. Robertson-Howell graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He practiced for 11 years in Seattle before moving to North County San Diego. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Diego Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Robertson-Howell is certified in veterinary acupuncture and also enjoys soft tissue surgery, dermatology, dentistry, and internal medicine.
In his spare time he can be found outdoors swimming, hiking, biking, running, or attending his children's sporting activities.
His personal pets include two boxers named Bella and Rigby, a Chihuahua mix named Dobby and his cat, Nala.
Dr. Meghan Theman, DVM
Dr. Theman is originally from the east coast, where she studied Animal Science at The University of Vermont. She then moved to Australia to attain her Veterinary degree from The University of Sydney. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Theman moved to San Diego in 2008 and enjoys the beach, crossfit, travelling, and cooking.