Dr. Michele Drake received her doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1989. She later became certified in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 1996.

In 1992, Dr. Drake purchased Westlake Veterinary Clinic and later San Dieguito Veterinary Hospital. These practices merged to form The Drake Center for Veterinary Care in 1998. Dr. Drake has surrounded herself with other doctors and staff who have that same passion for caring. "The people in this building make The Drake Center the very special place it is to bring your pet."

Currently Caring for Pets At
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Chief Veterinary Officer
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Founding partner with Harley Orion and David Hall. GeniusVets provides turnkey websites and digital marketing for veterinary practices.

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Chief Executive Officer / DVM
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The Drake Center

Veterinary hospital providing exemplary customer service for clients and the best in care for our patients. 6 doctors and 35 employees, open 7 days a week.

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University of Missouri, Columbia
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Veterinary Medicine
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AAHA Accredited
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American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
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International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
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Favorite Part of my Job

On top of providing the best care for pets and great service for clients, Dr. Drake’s personal dedication to community service is strongly reflected in her veterinary practice. Under her leadership, The Drake Center has focused on strengthening the human-animal bond alongside local non-profit organizations such as Rancho Coastal Humane SocietyGood Dog! Autism Companions and the FACE Foundation.

Dr. Drake has been a longtime member of the board of directors at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas and has also acted as an advisor for several professional associations, including the American Animal Hospital Association and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Why I chose this profession

Dr. Drake decided to become a veterinarian at age 5 and never let the goal out of sight until she graduated from veterinary school. Her drive to own her own practice came from her mission to provide the best care for pets and the best service for clients. 

Personal Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Drake has worked as a speaker and consultant for veterinary pharmaceutical companies and practice groups across the country.

She is the mother of two boys. She also has one dog, Wilbur, and two cats, Max and Ruby.

Dr. Drake leads a very active life as a mountain biker, adventure traveler, and lover of all things nature.


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