Dr. John Hart


Dr. John Hart received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, and followed with a two-year residency in Internal Medicine. He continued there as a Staff Internist and Service Chief for three years. Dr. Hart joined the staff at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego in 1994. He has published scientific articles and textbook chapters on Internal Medicine and has collaborated in several clinical studies with researchers across the country. He lectures frequently to veterinarians both nationally and internationally, and is an adjunct clinical professor at the Collage of Veterinary Medicine at Western University.

“As a veterinarian with nearly 30 years of practice experience I personally have seen hundreds of animals that had to be euthanized with acute life threatening injuries due to the owner’s limited finances, even though those pets may have done well with appropriate treatment. Several years ago we started the FACE Foundation with a small number of caring clients to help these pets and their families prevent this horrific need for economic euthanasia. The foundation has grown with hundreds of donors and veterinarians helping hundreds of pets and their families avoid the devastating decision to euthanize their beloved family member. As a FACE board member I have participated in hundreds of cases where we were able to step in and help caring owners and their pets get the emergency treatment they needed, saving those pets from pain and suffering and their families from the devastating emotional toll of losing a loved one. The foundation dramatically limits the hardest job a veterinarian has and the hardest decision a pet owner has to make, euthanasia of a pet that could be saved.”