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Your Family Veterinarian in Laguna Beach, California

Serving Southern California since 1956

Call us at (949) 494-1076

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If you live in Southern California, you have found the place for a veterinarian to care for your beloved pet. Canyon Animal Hospital has been a full service, family run veterinary hospital since 1956.  Canyon originally served as a mixed animal practice serving rural Orange County.  As the population of people and pets has changed over the years, Canyon has tailored its services to specialize in dogs, cats and pocket pets.

Canyon Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital providing the highest quality, up to date medical care and diagnostics. The hospital will accommodate emergency cases as well as routine medical, surgical and dental problems. In addition to conventional medical care, Canyon offers acupuncture, nutritional consultation, boarding and basic grooming services. Our philosophy is always that prevention is better than treatment. Let us help you keep your pet healthy with preventative care to ensure a long healthy life together. 

Your pet’s health and well-being are very important to us and we will make every effort to give your pet the best possible care. Come visit our calm, comfortable and family friendly hospital, so you and your pet can enjoy the least stressful experience possible. 

Please continue to the above tabs to learn more about the members of our Canyon Family and the services we provide. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends. If you have any questions or would like to make and appointment, please call 949-494-1076 or email us and we will get back to you promptly.

Dr. Gershon Alaluf

Dr. Lauren Brower- Wacholder

                                                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Natalia Lisek

Laguna Beach Veterinarian | Canyon Animal Hospital | 949-494-1076

20372 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 9265

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  • Dr. Gershon Alaluf

    Dr. 'G' was born in Chicago Illinois on November 2, 1972. He was a full scholarship swimmer from 1990-1995, attended University of North Carolina Wilmington graduating with a BS in Chemistry with honors, a minor in math and Spanish, and University of Illinois Veterinary School graduating with a DVM in 2000. During school he worked at the ASPCA Urbana Champaign from 1995-1997 and the University of Illinois Toxicology Lab from 1995-2000.

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  • Dr. Lauren Brower-Wacholder

    Dr. Lauren Brower is a born and raised native of Laguna Beach. After graduation from Laguna Beach High School she attended the University of San Diego, and during her sophomore year of college joined the Canyon Animal Hospital team as a veterinary technician. As an undergraduate she rode on the university's varsity equestrian team.

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  • Wally

    Wally is our hospital mascot, even after crossing over rainbow bridge in 2017. RIP Wally Bear

  • Peaches

    She runs the place. Enough said

  • Sarah

    Sarah was introduced to the veterinary field through an ROP program in high school. She got her first job in an animal hospital when she was a senior in high school. After 2 years of daytime practice Sarah starting working emergency/ critical care.

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  • Kat

    Kat has been a part of the team at Canyon Animal Hospital since 1997. She loves all the people and the furry pets that she has met through her years of service. Kat is a native Sothern California girl. She attended Dana Hills High School.

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  • Bonita

    Bonita has been a receptionist since 2011. She is currently attending Santa Ana College where she is majoring in history and hoping to transfer to another University in the near future. Bonita has had pets her entire life, and has a beautiful rescue dog named Molly. She takes pleasure in helping clients taking of their animals. In Bonita’s spare time, she loves to eat and is learning how to cook.

  • Bre

    Bre has been our head technician since 2006. She graduated college in 2006 from Chapman University with a degree in Technical Theater. After college graduation, realizing her love for animals Bre started working at Canyon Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant. 

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  • Samantha A.

    Samantha started working at Canyon Animal Hospital in 2014 as an animal care attendant. She quickly discovered her love for animal nursing and enrolled at Heritage College in the Veterinary Assistant program.

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  • Natalia

    Dr. Natalia Lisek started working at Canyon Animal Hospital in 2011 while she was volunteering at Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. She then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did her clinical year at Colorado State University graduating in 2019. While attending school she was awarded veterinary honors by Phi Zeta. Her interests include surgery, dermatology and endocrinology.

  • Carmelo and Teresa

    Carmelo and Teresa have been an integral part of the Canyon Family for many years. Carmello started working at Canyon in 1994. 

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  • Marcos

    Marcos Parada has been a member our animal care attendant staff since 2008. He enjoys taking our patients out for walks and making sure all of their needs are met, including repairing any machine that stops working.  In his spare time you can find him fishing in Dana Point.

  • Emilio

    Emilio has been working at Canyon Animal Hospital since 2011. There is no animal alive that does not adore Emilio, his patience and calm demeanor will settle any nervous patient. He can always be found petting and talking to the dogs, cats, and even Dr G's pig Waffles. Emilio loves gardening and donuts.


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  • "Your entire team is great. The front desk, the techs and the doctors are all very knowledgeable and caring and always work so efficiently in behalf of our pets. Keep up the good work!"
    John - Laguna Beach, CA