Our animal hospital vets in San Diego

Our Veterinarians

The Lifetime Animal Care Center team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the San Diego area. At Lifetime Animal Care Center, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

A.J. Hardy

A.J. Hardy, D.V.M.

My interest in animals started while growing up in Wisconsin. We lived outside of Milwaukee and had a menagerie of chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, and horses. While I enjoyed those "family pets" my real respect for animals came through the many summers I spent on my uncle's dairy farm. Working with the cows and calves and seeing how well they were treated and cared for made me want to somehow be involved with animals.

I moved to California after high school and eventually received my degree in veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. I felt I owed something to the Wisconsin dairy industry for establishing my interest in animals and moved back there to work as a dairy vet. After four years, my wife Margaret and I decided that California had more opportunities for our family than Wisconsin, so we returned, moving to San Diego in 1984.

I purchased this practice, then called Clairemont Square Veterinary Clinic, in 1986. We started with one doctor and two veterinary assistants. Since then, through the overwhelming support of our clients, we have been able to expand the hospital and have grown tremendously.

What I enjoy most is getting to know my clients, seeing what their pets mean to them and how they bring quality to each others' lives. I enjoy helping the pets in any way I can to make their lives, and the lives of their owners, more comfortable. I currently live in Scripps Ranch with my wife, Margaret.

Degrees and Memberships:

  • B.S. Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, 1976
  • D.V.M. University of California, Davis, 1980
  • San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association
  • California Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association

Outside interests:
soccer, music, baseball, reading

Dr. Michniuk

Suzie Michniuk, BVSc, BVMS

My love of animals began as a 9-year old, when I discovered an injured bird and tried to nurse it back to health. From that day on I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian. However, during my undergraduate years at UC Santa Cruz, while completing my bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I considered other avenues. After graduating, I worked for 1 year at a biotechnology company, selling antibodies and participating in quality control experiments. I decided that wasn’t for me, and resigned in order to partake in a Wildlife Care Internship in San Antonio Texas. Here I was able to work with a wide variety of animals, including macaques, capuchins, birds of prey, mountain lions, armadillos and many more. This experience re-instilled my dream to pursue a career that involved animals.

After the internship, I worked as a vet nurse for about 6 years. While working as a nurse, I took prerequisite classes in order to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. One of my teachers at the time happened to be a horse veterinarian. While working for her at a horse show, she recommended that I try applying to a vet school in Australia and said that she knew many good vets who went to vet school there. She planted the dream even further into my psyche, and now here I am, an American-bred, Australian–educated veterinary graduate. After graduating in Australia, I worked as a small animal veterinarian in Sydney. I also got the rare opportunity to castrate wild kangaroos and work with deadly snakes while I was there!

I am now back home, in a part of the country I never experienced before. I am completely new to San Diego, but I am loving the process of exploring it. In my free time I enjoy hiking, surfing, playing volleyball, and going to live comedy and music shows. I do not currently have any pets; however, I previously owned an orange tabby named Gizmo and a boxer-pit mix named Mazzy, who ruled a good part of my life. I miss them both greatly, but I have been waiting until I came back from Australia before getting any new pets. Once I am completely settled in, I will definitely be on the lookout for another wonderful nuisance!

Dr Vickie Swarowski at Lifetime Animal Care Center

Vickie Swarowski, D.V.M.

Native to Southern California, I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno before attending vet school at Washington State University of Veterinary Medicine. For the past 9 years, I’ve worked in shelter medicine and private clinics, most recently as Chief of Staff at a veterinary practice in Escondido. I am especially interested in small animal reproduction and soft tissue surgery. I live in Escondido with my beloved pugs and my larger-than-life Briard and in my free time I enjoy dog competitions like agility, obedience, and herding.