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 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.