Animal Medical Center

At Merced Animal Medical Center we are committed to providing highly comprehensive care for your pet family. Whether you are a new pet parent or have been for many years, we are here to form a lasting bond.

Our mission is to support you with all the necessary tools and advice for daily life as well as diagnosing and treating your pet during illness and emergencies.

Founded in 1986, we have evolved from a traditional daytime practice to a full service facility. 

Due to the need for an after hours critical care facility in the area, we added emergency services in 2007. At this time, ER services are variable depending on doctor availability to Merced. When we do have an Emergency Care Veterinarian on site, we also offer urgent care exams for the people and pets of Merced, Mariposa, Atwater, Los Banos, Chowchilla, Madera, Yosemite, Le Grand, Planada and the surrounding communities. 

Animal Medical Center is a full service veterinary hospital that provides general practice services including routine preventative medical care for healthy pets. Additionally, we provide critical care for sick or injured pets in the Merced, California area. Our highly trained veterinarians and technicians can handle most pet emergencies, from a small laceration to major trauma. Your pet will receive treatment including monitoring and pain management.

It is our mission to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to our patients and to offer the best possible services for our clients.


Services Include:

  • General Medicine for Dogs and Cats
  • Digital Radiology 
  • Dental Radiology
  • EKG 
  • Full Service Laboratory
  • Board Certified Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Tonometry (for measuring eye pressure)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • In-House Pharmacy
  • Online Pharmacy
  • Hills Prescription Diets for Dogs and Cats

  • 3765 E. Yosemite Avenue
  • Merced,CA 95340
  • Phone: (209) 383-0434
  • Fax: (209) 383-4201
  • ER: (209) 381-0911
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  • Week Day Appointments: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday Appointments: 9am-12pm
  • Urgent Care / Emergencies: Call Ahead. Days & Hours Variable
  • Kanwarjit Singh Boparai, DVM

    Veterinarian & Managing DVM
    Dr. Boparai joined Merced Animal Medical Center as our Managing Veterinarian in 2018.

    Born and raised in California, he earned his B.S. in Animal Science from UC Davis, then graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University. His clinical rotations were completed at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. He spent the majority of his career practicing in AAHA small animal hospitals in the Central Valley. He has taught veterinary technician students at multiple institutions and has also provided relief work to dozens of practices.

    As an advocate for your pet's health, Dr. Boparai strives to offer you the best medical care. He is willing to consult with and refer to specialist veterinarians when needed. Client education is important to him because he knows this will improve his patients' health. He wants your pet's visit to be as low stress as possible and hopefully a positive experience.

    In his spare time, Dr. Boparai enjoys outdoors during roadtrips and hikes. He is a published photographer and is often traveling with his camera. Often he can be found farming his own olive grove and producing award-winning extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Mark Gallardo, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Gallardo is originally from Utah, but attended UC San Diego. He majored in animal physiology and neuroscience and performed neurophysiology research at the UCSD medical school on Parkinson's Disease. He then attended veterinary school at Cornell University in New York from 1997-2001, followed by a post doctoral internship at Texas A&M University. Since then, he has split his time between practicing veterinary medicine in Oregon and California, with a special interest in urgent care, emergency medicine and complementary medicine. One of his greatest passions and achievements has been starting non-profit fundraising and awareness programs for small business women in Myanmar (Burma) and the refugees from Syria living in Lebanon.
  • Erin Paster, DVM Diplomate ACVS

    Dr. Paster received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001. She then finished a rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in 2003.

    Dr. Paster worked at the University of Pennsylvania for 1 1/2 years as a post-doc, where she was involved with canine hip dysplasia research, including the Nestle-Purina life-long study in Laborador Retrievers. She was PennHIP certified in 2003. She also ran the PennHIP clinic at the University of Pennsylvania, educating clients, veterinarians, and dog breeders about PennHIP screening and hip dysplasia. Dr. Paster completed a 3 year surgical residency at UC Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (board-certified surgeon) in 2009.

    She is now a mobile surgeon working through Mobile Surgery Services. She provides surgical services to Animal Medical Center offering orthopedic, soft tissue and neurosurgical procedures and PennHIP evaluations.

  • Toussaint D, RVT

    Registered Veterinary Technician & Supervisor

    Toussaint joined AMC in 2008. In 2005, he graduated from the Bel-rea Institute in Denver, Colorado with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Toussaint lives on 10 acres with his wife, daughter, 2 mastiffs, 2 cats, cows and goats. He loves having the pleasure to work with pets and his priority is providing quality nursing care.
  • Shannon L

    Veterinary Assistant & Supervisor

    Shannon has been part of the AMC staff since 2008. She initially worked at our reception desk, but has shown extreme growth by learning first the pharmacy assistant position, and now spends her time as a technician assistant. Her wide range of knowledge within the hospital is impressive, but Shannon has found a particular love for emergency medicine and the unexpected challenges it brings with each day (and night!).
  • Beth N

    Associate Manager

    Beth has been with Animal Medical Center since 2005. Her experience and knowledge of the hospital help the reception area run smoothly. Beth loves getting to know clients and patients, and especially enjoys watching the puppies and kittens grow through the years. When Beth isn't on the job, she keeps busy with her family, which includes 3 dogs and a cat.
  • Cailyn Y

    Receptionist

    Cailyn started working in the veterinary field in 2013, but working with animal and the desire to continue in a lifelong career started started when she was a small child. She has varied experiences with large and small animals, ranging from horses, cows, goats, cats and dogs. She currently works three animal care related jobs, is getting her Bachelor's in Animal Science, and participates competitively with her mare. In her free time (what free time?) she enjoys spending time with her dogs, horse and family.
  • Debby L

    Veterinarian Assistant
    Debby, a long time Merced resident, has been involved with veterinary medicine for a number of years including working at AMC since Dr. Hill bought the practice in 2004. Debby is the proud owner of three rescue dogs and a horse.
     
    One of her responsibilities, is working with laboratory manufacturing representatives to ensure the  necessary accuracy and reliability for the various laboratory machines that are being utilized by the Hospital.  Additionally, she provides policy and procedure training for new Hospital personnel.
     
    Debby is a consummate professional in dealing with the clients and  the needs of their pets.
  • Ngoc T

    Veterinarian Assistant
    Ngoc joined AMC in January of 2016. She found her passion for animals when she decided to take an Animal Science course at Merced College. Ngoc graduated from CSU Fresno State in 2015 with her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary. She plans to continue her education and pursue her degree in Veterinary Medicine.

    She believes that every animal is special in their own way and that every animal deserves all the proper care in the world.

    On her spare time she likes to read and learn new skills. 
  • Nicole T

    Veterinarian Assistant
    Nicole is another integral member of our staff. She has outstanding knowledge in animal health care and customer service. Nicole attended school to become a veterinary technician and has much practical experience. She plans to attend school again in order to take her RVT certification test and to obtain her A.S. degree in animal science. Nicole also helps by educating the public on patient management and health. Her own experience dealing with personal pets in distress drives her desire to help others. She feels it's a very important role to be a liaison between animals and owners. In her off time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her daughter and adopted “Fur babies”.
  • Kari K

    Hospital Manager

    Kari joined our practice as a veteran manager across multiple industries. She brings both veterinary and business management experience to Merced Animal Medical Center. Kari has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and began her career as a Case Manger for adults with developmental disabilities. In the years since she has worked for non-profit organizations, publicly traded corporations and family owned businesses. She is passionate about people, pets and process. Away from the hospital you will likely find her walking her two rescue dogs, Tesla and Henry. 
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 04, 2018
  • Sophie S

    Veterinary Technician
    Sophie joined AMC in June of 2016 and currently works the overnight shift as a Veterinary Assistant to our Emergency Care doctors.

    Sophie graduated from SJVC, Fresno with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015. She plans on taking the state and national exams to become an Registered Veterinary Technician. Sophie also plans to get a Bachelor's degree in Business.

    She is the mother of 3 boys, 2 rescue dogs and 1 cat. She has a happy, outgoing and giving personality well suited for client and patient care.

    Her association with animals began at a very early age. When she was young, she used to tell people that she was going to grow up to be as tall as a giraffe!
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 14, 2018