Dr. Cuellar and Penny
George Cuellar, DVM, ABVP C/F Chief of Staff
Dr. Cuellar is the Chief of Staff of Southern California Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Cuellar worked at the Southern California Veterinary Hospital from 1985 to 1988 and loved it so much he bought the hospital in June 2005.
Dr. Cuellar was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and immediately moved to Mexico City with his family then to California two years later in 1961. He attended school in the San Gabriel suburb of Los Angeles. Dr. Cuellar attended San Gabriel High School and then he moved to Atlanta Georgia and finished high school at Woodward Academy in College Park Georgia where he graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1977.
Dr. Cuellar graduated from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude, in 1984. He decided it was time to go home and, in the summer of 1984, immediately following graduation, he drove back to California. His first job was as an associate veterinarian in a four-doctor practice in the San Fernando Valley where he met his wife Melissa and years later they have three children: his son, Jonathan, born in 1988, his daughter, Alison, born in 1990, and his daughter, Brenna, born in 1997. In addition, there are the “four-legged” children: three dogs: an English Pointer, Penny, a German Shorthaired Pointer, Penny, an Italian Greyhound, Luigi, a Pug Bubbles, three cats: Sebastian, Carter, and Buddy, and Timmy a California desert tortoise.
Dr. Cuellar has had several leadership roles past and present including:
Past positions- President and member Board of Trustees of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association; President and member Board of Governors of the California Veterinary Medical Association, Scientific Program Committee Chair for the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno, and past Chair of the AVMA Judicial Council; The Judicial Council consisted of five-member veterinarians that investigated all matters concerning allegations of unethical conduct on behalf of members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (91,000 members),
Current positions – Co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the Pacific Veterinary Conference (PacVet).
Dr. Cuellar is a board certified specialist in canine and feline practice as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP C/F) certifying in 1992. Recertification is required every 10 years and he re-certified in 2002, again in 2012 and has completed all work for recertification in 2022. Dr. Cuellar enjoys internal medicine, dermatology, and surgery.
Dr. Cuellar spends his off time enjoying travel and walking.