Dr. Vail credits her mother for instilling in her a compassion for all living creatures, her father for encouraging her to pursue her dreams, and her sister for inspiring her each day as the manager of an equine rescue organization. Since Dr. Vail’s niece also works at SCVSH in the surgery department, the family’s love for animals is obviously multi-generational.

Prior to receiving her B.S. in animal science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2002, Dr. Vail worked many years as a veterinary technician. She attended veterinary school at the University of Glasgow and earned an MRCVS degree there in 2007 before completing an internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego in 2008.

Her steadfast concern for animals and their quality of life is one of the reasons Dr. Vail excels in her role at SCVSH. She understands that clients trust her with the lives of their canine and feline family members, and realizes the importance of establishing a strong bond as soon as a patient is introduced so that clients feel confident they are in the right hands during emergencies. It is an immense responsibility she takes very seriously.

Away from work, Dr. Vail volunteers for several nonprofits, including the Feral Cat Coalition of San Diego and the San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido campus. She also admits to being fascinated by Elvis Presley, and has visited Graceland on three occasions. Each time her travels take her to Memphis, she learns more about “The King.”


Dr. Vail is a Garfield fan. She claims he perfectly embodies the extensive thought process of the feline. On one hand he has depth and insight, while on the other he’s constantly scheming to annoy. Families “owned” by felines often agree with her assessment.