Bjorn Barre` D.V.M., practice owner
Dr. Bjorn Barre’s family immigrated from Denmark to California, where he was born. At the young age of four, Dr. Barre’ convinced his family to adopt a stray, pregnant, Santa Ana River cat. This cat along with frogs, fish, birds, mice, and dogs were part of his childhood family. Thus, began his love and passion for animals.
Dr. Barre’ stayed in California to attend college. Bjorn’s undergraduate studies were at UCSD, where he majored in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He spent a summer studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, learning about his family’s language and culture. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. His graduate studies then took Bjorn to UC Davis, where he received a nutrition scholarship, volunteered at the spay and neuter clinics for the pets of the local homeless population, participated in Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation fundraising events and finished Veterinary School in 2009. Dr. Barre’s extended family includes a chocolate lab, Kahlua, a mastiff mixed- breed dog named Piggy, and assorted reptiles and fish. Dr. Barre’ enjoys racquetball, surfing and fishing, even though his love, passion and work with animals keeps him very busy. His extended family continues to grow and now includes the patients and clients at Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center. /

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHACraig Marvil D.V.M.

Dr. Marvil grew up in the Pasadena, California area. He always had animals and began working in an animal hospital as soon as the veterinarians would let him. “I was too young to drive, so I got rides or took the bus to work.” His most memorable moment was raising an abandoned collie puppy from two days of age, bottle feeding around the clock, and having it become a treasured family member. Following graduation from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Marvil joined a multi-doctor practice in Covina, a suburb of Los Angeles. “It was a very busy practice with a large case load. I developed extensive experience in surgery and internal medicine.” In 1975, he and his wife Joan, a special education teacher, moved to San Diego. His son and daughter were raised in San Diego. Dr. Marvil formed Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center in 1998 by merging Dr. Broady’s practice with his own. “I find veterinary medicine a constantly stimulating and exciting profession. I look forward to going to work each morning. It’s not just the medicine, but the people I meet and the staff I work with, that make it rewarding.” Dr. Marvil is a past president of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association and has chaired the peer review committee for the association the last several years. When not practicing medicine, he enjoys bicycling, golf, skiing, scuba diving and underwater photography. “The whole family enjoys these activities and we have had some great experiences.” /

Emily Cross D.Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHAV.M., DABVP(Canine/Feline)/ Dietician

As many of you already know, Dr. Emily Cross recently earned diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine/feline), making her one of the only two veterinarians in San Diego to achieve this prestigious medical distinction in this specialty.
Dr. Emily Cross grew up in Syracuse, NY. At the tender age of 5 she declared to her parents that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Wanting her to get a real world experience in animal care, her parents encouraged an externship at the Syracuse Zoo when she was 13. After shoveling up a lot of monkey poo all summer, she was still committed to veterinary medicine and her parents started to take her seriously! She graduated in 2003 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the Phi Zeta honor society. She worked in a high volume general practice and referral hospital in Syracuse for 2 years before joining the team at Purina Veterinary Diets as a Veterinary Communications Manager in August 2005. Her special interests include nutrition, dermatology, and internal medicine. She says, “I love being able to help an animal who has been feeling sick without always having to reach for long term medications. Sometimes it is just as simple as the right diet change.” She greatly enjoys having left the cold Syracuse winters behind her and plays beach volleyball regularly. At home her cat Dewey keeps her very busy when not working at her two jobs! /

ChouYen Chou  D.V.M., C.V.A.

Born on the island of Taiwan, Dr. Chou became a permanent resident of Southern California when her family immigrated to the city of Torrance in 1995. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Western University in Pomona, CA in 2009. After graduation, she spent one year practicing in an integrative veterinary hospital in Charlotte, NC. She moved back to Southern California to San Diego to start a new life with her fiance at the beginning of 2015.

Dr. Chou is trained in conventional medicine but also has a special passion for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2010. It is Dr. Chou’s firm belief that by integrating ancient Chinese medical wisdom with conventional therapy we are able to provide the best care for our furry friends and family members. When she is not practicing medicine Dr. Chou enjoys jogging, hiking, cooking healthy meals for her family, and treasure hunting at antique stores. /

KlausPaul Klaus D.V.M.

Dr. Paul Klaus was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He started his college education at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, then transferred to the University of Florida, where he received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science. Dr. Klaus remained at the University of Florida for veterinary school, and graduated in 2001. Upon graduation, he was accepted to clinical internship at a very large hospital in Denver, Colorado. He continued to practice small animal medicine and surgery in the Denver area for the next 10 years, until relocating to San Diego in 2010. Dr. Klaus has a special interest in dermatological medicine, dental care, and the human animal bond. Outside of work, his time is filled with his busy family (2 children), surfing, and home brewing. Dr. Klaus joined the KMVC team in 2015, and looks forward to creating lifetime relationships with the local pet families in San Diego! /