Joe Ecker DVM


Dr. Ecker grew up in Encinitas and Carlsbad before he attended UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Cell and Developmental Biology. Dr. Ecker then returned home and worked at a local biotechnology company for several years before graduating from Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Immediately following veterinary school, Dr. Ecker completed a rigorous one-year rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego where he was trained by board certified experts in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, emergency, critical care, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, dentistry, radiology, cardiology and oncology. Dr. Ecker then chose to undergo additional training in surgery by completing a second one-year surgical internship.

Dr. Ecker enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with special interests in surgery, emergency medicine and dentistry. Dr. Ecker understands that pets are members of the family, and he is dedicated to working together with pet owners to provide the highest quality of medical care for each of his patients.

Outside of the office, Dr. Ecker enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, gardening, woodworking, and exploring all the outdoor activities San Diego has to offer. 

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