Sierra Veterinary Care

We greatly value our clients and patients.  We also appreciate your visit to our website so that we can give you more information about who we are and our practice philosophy.

Our purpose is to make a real and warm difference in the lives of pets and their owners; to advance the health and well-being of animals by providing the highest quality of patient care in an atmosphere of love and concern and in an environment designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of patients and their families.

Our Doctors have built reputations in our community for providing the highest level of veterinary medicine and compassionate care for our patients and excellent communication for their families.

Our staff is highly trained and ready to provide excellent
care for our four legged patients.
The outside of the clinic
  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • *Alternating Sat: We Are Open To 5:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Jeff Wittman

    Dr. Jeff Wittman opened Sierra Veterinary Care in 1994, following his dream of owning and operating his own small animal hospital.  Dr. Jeff grew up in the Sonora area, attended Sonora High School and graduated as valedictorian before being selected as œRegents Scholar and going on to UC Davis, majoring in animal physiology.  He then attended and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and was again awarded the prestigious honor of Regents Scholar.  Dr. Wittman also was SCAVMA president and served on the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Strategic Planning Commission.

    Although Dr. Jeff has a background in both large and small animal medicine, his passion for small animal medicine became his focus and pursuit.  As well as running a successful practice, he has special interests in orthopedic surgery, dentistry and oral surgery.  He has also completed a fellowship at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the area of ultrasonography.

    Dr. Jeff currently co-owns the practice with his wife, Debbie, and they have two school-age children still at home on the "Wittman Farm".  Dr. Jeff serves on the local school boards and various other committees in the community.  He enjoys watching his children participate in the local 4-H clubs where he was once a member himself. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1989
    Education:
    UC Davis
  • Dr. Janet Halsebo

    Dr. Janet, a native Californian, is a graduate of the UC Davis Veterinary School.  After completing an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia, she practiced in the San Francisco bay area for a decade before relocating to her family's cabin in Tuolumne County.  She has been a part of the Sierra Veterinary Care team for 13 years.  Besides dogs and cats, Dr. Janet'™s patients include rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs.  She has a special interest in oncology and endocrinology. She and her husband, along with their twin daughters, two dogs and two cats, enjoy life, hiking, and backpacking here in the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1983
    Education:
    UC Davis
  • Dr. Amanda Taylor

    Dr. Amanda Taylor grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended UC San Diego for her undergraduate studies. Though animals had always played an important role her life, she initially chose a decidedly non-veterinary career path as a Political Science major. Following an epiphany near the end of her studies, Dr. Taylor changed course and spent time taking science classes and gaining experience in the veterinary field, including 2 years working as a veterinary assistant in Calaveras County. Following graduation from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Taylor worked for a year in the Central Valley before having the privilege of joining Sierra Veterinary Care.

    Dr. Taylor enjoys travel, partaking in various culinary pursuits, and spending quality time with family. She lives with her husband and two dogs.

    Education:
    UC Davis
  • Dr. Peter Walsh, DVM, DACVS (Surgery)

    Dr. Peter Walsh is a 1994 graduate of Colorado State University'€™s School of Veterinary Medicine. He also has a Masters in Veterinary Science. He completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine and a surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Walsh joined the faculty at the University of California Davis where he rotated coverage for all three of the small animal surgical services, and was ultimately instrumental in developing and running the small animal surgical oncology service. He is now in private practice, and started Veterinary Specialists Group (VSG) which provides both orthopedic and soft tissue surgical service in the Northern California area. Dr. Walsh is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and has a particular interest in surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery. He is considered one of the leading authorities on limb spare procedures in dogs with bone tumors.

    Education:
    Colorado State University
  • Philip Vasseur

    Dr. Philip Vasseur

    Dr. Philip Vasseur is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; he is available for consultation and often comes to our hospital to perform orthopedic specialty procedures. Dr. Vasseur is a graduate of the University of California at Davis; he completed an internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group and a residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became board certified in surgery in 1982.  He served as professor of orthopedic surgery at UC Davis from 1979 to 2003, during which time he published over 75 scientific papers and served as Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Surgery for 11 years.  He co-edited the textbook General Surgery and was the Section Editor for the Orthopedic Section of the Textbook of Small Animal Surgery (2nd and 3rd editions).  He has lectured nationally and internationally on orthopedic topics and did the primary clinical research leading to the approval of carprofen (Rimadyl®).  He served as an instructor at the Synthes Advanced Orthopedic Course and taught orthopedic seminars in Europe and Japan.  Dr. Vasseur is licensed to perform the TPLO procedure and has extensive experience with fracture fixation techniques. 
    Education:
    UC Davis