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Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017

Mobile Veterinarian Raffy Dorian (Contributed Photo)

New mobile vet services now available

MORRO BAY — Raffy Dorian wanted to be a vet since he was 8 years old. The family dog named Duke was his first patient during play vet. Then in the sixth grade at Career Day Dorian had the chance to be in on the real thing at a vet clinic. “It didn’t go so well,” he confessed, “the vet was doing surgery and suddenly I started hearing a ringing in my ears and I went down.”

Dorian was dismayed but didn’t let it stop him. During his first year in high school another opportunity showed up for him to volunteer at a vet clinic. He did, starting as a kennel boy and advancing to Vet Tech Assistant by the time he was ready to go to college. “I’m glad I tried again,” Dorian said. “I think reading ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ had a lot to do with my career choice.”

Dorian attended Cal Poly University as an undergrad and then attended University of California at Davis Vet School studying mixed practice. He also did a duel degree program studying preventive veterinary medicine and finished his Master’s degree in 2000. Upon graduating he started his first job here locally and then followed his girlfriend, who eventually became his wife, to Santa Cruz and with her again for her career as a Marine Biologist to San Diego. It was there that he purchased a truck and began to do equine care as a mobile vet as well as establishing Market Street Veterinary Clinic, the first small animal clinic in downtown San Diego.

Dorian and his wife yearned to return to the Central Coast to improve their quality of life. Upon settling in Morro Bay, Dorian began his mobile vet service as the Central Coast Veterinary Services. “I’m not thinking of opening a big clinic, he said, “I know house calls. I know how to do them and that is where I am going to excel.”

Dorian mentioned that veterinary service is changing and corporations have entered it especially in larger metropolitan areas. It is not as abundant here on the Central Coast yet. He sees veterinary care here either being a Mom and Pop clinic or a corporate clinic. With the coast of education steadily increasing, students carry large loan amounts leaving them with a huge debt, so it is difficult for them to come out of school and buy a practice. So, the profession is going toward big companies that can pay people and offer benefits. Currently, there are two corporate veterinary practices in San Luis Obispo County.

With the populations of Morro Bay, Los Osos, and Cayucos being heavily elderly, a mobile veterinary service is a great idea. The vet comes to you. You don’t have to load an animal in a carrier, or on a leash, and haul them into a clinic, sit in a waiting room having your pet stressed with all the other animals, and then have a 15-minute visit. Dorian typically spends an hour on each call.

“Eighty percent of cats never get to a vet,” Dorian said, “because it’s too difficult to get hold of these guys especially if they are indoor/outdoor cats.” A house call can solve that problem. Dorian hopes one day soon to have a fund set up for people who feed feral and stray cats so that these animals will get veterinary services.

Dorian can do any service that is necessary. If blood tests are needed, he brings along a technician. If surgery or dental work is needed, he comes and picks up the animal and brings it to his newly set up surgery suite at his home. He even does house call euthanasia.

Dorian travels to the Los Angeles area several times a month for the American Humane Association Film and Television Unit to be the vet on site during the filming of movies and TV where animals are used. He is also called as an expert witness for the California Veterinary Medical Board in malpractice cases.

Dorian services dogs, cats, and does equine veterinary care now. He is available six days a week with only emergency care on Sundays. You can reach him at 805-316-1990 or ccoastvet@gmail.com. . For more information and all services offered see www.ccoastvet.com .

You can listen to Raffy Dorian, DMV, MPVM on his radio program “A Place for Animals” that airs on The Rock 97.3 FM on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

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