Dr. Mike Yackey grew up in a suburb of San Diego, CA. After graduating from UC San Diego in 1992 with degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology, he worked at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla studying neuroscience. He moved to Davis in 1994 to start veterinary school, bringing his 3 cats with him. While at UCD, he focused on small animal medicine with special interests in surgery, anesthesia, and radiology. He worked on a couple of research projects including one that sent him to Africa. He worked in Sacramento for 5 years before opening South Davis Veterinary Center with his wife, Dr. Bradley. Outside interests include surfing, snowboarding, kayaking, and backpacking- none of which he gets to do now. Dr. Yackey loves to cook and often shares his homemade artisan sourdough bread with SDVC’s staff and clients.
Dr. Cara Bradley was born and raised in Los Angeles. She went to UC Berkeley for her undergraduate education in English. She started vet school at UC Davis in 1992. Her focus was on small animal medicine with special interests in internal medicine, radiology, and ultrasound. She worked for 7 years in a progressive practice in San Ramon while it grew from 4 doctors to 11. She is very excited to work at her own practice in Davis. Her hobbies include kayaking, gardening, hiking, and reading.
Mike and Cara live in downtown Davis with their dog, Noodle, and their cats, Wadude, Ginny, and Fiona. They are always happy to hear about your pet's issues- as they have likely faced similar ones at home. Jack, one their beloved kitties, used to put up such a struggle that it would take three people to restrain him in the veterinary hospital. And their dearly departed Penelope, who was easy to work with at the hospital couldn’t be given a pill by three veterinary professionals working in tandem at home.
Dr Cameron Collins grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated UCD’s School of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2009. His focus was small animal medicine with special interests in emergency medicine, oncology, and surgery. He worked closely with Dr. Michael Kent and collaborated on cancer research projects while a student. Before joining the SDVC family he worked at a large regional specialty veterinary practice allowing him to bring a wealth of experience and skills back to Davis. In his free time Dr. Collins enjoys being outdoors- hiking, snowboarding (yes, he can land 360’s), and skiing. His four legged family includes two cool dogs, Gracie and Colby.
As of July 1st, 2016 we would like to welcome our new full time Veterinarian, Dr Cassandra Shoup, or "Dr. Cassy". She originally joined our team as a veterinary technician in 2013 while in veterinary school, and she is excited to be returning as a doctor for all your furry family members. Cassy grew up in Los Angeles playing sports and volunteering with animal rescues. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in genetics and animal behavior from UC Davis, and conducted a number of studies about animal behavior and the human-animal bond. She then spent a year working in research with a focus on Parkinson's Disease and Diabetes before returning to UC Davis to pursue her Veterinary doctorate. Her focuses in school included internal medicine, dermatology, and animal nutrition. She graduated from UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, where she received awards for her achievements in the fields of client communications and medicine. Dr. Cassy spends her free time playing soccer, skiing, reading mystery novels, and cuddling with her two German Shepherds, Kahlua and Annie. She looks forward to meeting (and treating) you all.