Dr Michael Yackey and Dr Cara Bradley met in veterinary school at UC Davis. Cara graduated in 1996 and Michael followed in 1998. After some years of commuting in opposite directions to work in Sacramento and the Bay Area, they opened South Davis Veterinary Center in 2003. A very short fourteen years later, the West Davis Veterinary Center will open as a sister hospital to the original.

And now a few words from the veterinarians: Wow, how have we arrived here? Both of us appreciate living in Davis and helping our patients. We perform the work we love with engaged clients and excellent staff. Our practice of medicine has evolved in ways we could not have imagined.

Right after veterinary school we focused on the practice of medicine and surgery. Both of us were blessed with excellent mentors in busy hospitals with many patients. Over time, we learned our best work is done when we know our patients well and have excellent communication with our clients. We are increasingly interested in how cats and dogs experience the hospital and how managing their stress enhances healing.

If we were not veterinarians… Mike would have more time to express his creativity and I would spend more time in the desert. We both love a good road trip, trying new foods, sleeping outside and spending time with the dog. Mike bakes great bread to share at work; he should take time to create the ultimate dog biscuit. Yard work and music are therapy for us. Our three cats provide daily entertainment and also wish we would feed them more.

If you came to this page wanting specifics about our education, then here it is:

Mike Yackey, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, U.C. Davis 1998

Bachelor of Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, U.C. San Diego 1992

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, U.C. San Diego 1992

Don Low Fellowship in Small Animal Ultrasound 2006

Cara Bradley, DVM

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, U.C. Davis 1996

Bachelor of Arts, English, U.C. Berkeley 1987