Animal Assisted Therapy

Have you considered volunteerism in animal assisted therapy for you and/or your pet? Pet Partners is a national organization that trains and registers animal and handler teams for visitation programs in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other facilities. Animal assisted activities and therapies are proven to provide tremendous physical, social, and emotional benefits to recipients.

Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program is an exceptional option for volunteer teams. You can pick when, where, and how often you volunteer. While dogs consist of the vast majority of therapy animals, Pet Partners registers nine different species of animals for therapy work. Animal welfare and enjoyment is a cornerstone of the program. Therapy visits are designed to be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

The program registration process ensures that you and your animal are suitable and prepared for therapy work. It includes a handler's course, animal health verification, and team evaluation. The handler's course acquaints individuals with considerations and responsibilities they will encounter at various therapy facilities. Health screening verification is signed off by a veterinarian and ensures that therapy animals meet high standards associated with grooming and regular veterinary care. Once the handler's course is complete, a Pet Partners licensed evaluator will conduct a mock therapy visit. A standard new team registration is $95. Click here for more information about the Pet Partners registration process.

Enter Our 2016 Pet Costume Contest

sunny-verityEach year we look forward to seeing your pets in costume. Our staff loves to vote for winners, feature pets on social media, and scrapbook each entry for the year. Don't forget to enter our 2016 pet costume contest by Monday, October 31st. You can enter our Halloween pet costume contest in a number of ways.
  • feather-holmanUtilize our fall photo booth and pet costumes in the hospital to receive a fall-themed photo of your pet and enter into our contest.
  • Submit your entry by e-mailing your photo to
  • Post your pet in costume to our Facebook page or tag our hospital in your post.
You could win one of the following prizes:squeeee
1st place: Free exam and health consultation 2nd place: $30 MVH gift card 3rd place: $20 MVH gift card

January is National Train Your Dog Month

It's never too late to improve the bond you have with your pet and make your time spent together more rewarding through training or fun exercise activities.
Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Deborah Krasner

Deborah Krasner, Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant

We are happy to act as your resource and partner in addressing behavioral concerns which can arise from a variety of reasons. For over 20 years we have been recommending dog trainer and behavior consultant Deborah Krasner for many training and behavior needs. Deborah is a certified AKC (CGC) Evaluator who works with dogs and cats of all ages and temperaments and specializes in puppies and rescued pets. Deborah can work with you and your pet to develop a personalized program tailored to meet your desired results in a positive way. She is available for in-home lessons and phone consultations for some behavioral issues. Click here to visit Deborah's website and contact her.  
USDAA Dog Agility Trial in Moorpark, CA

USDAA Agility Trial in Moorpark, CA

If you are interested in seeking out fun and unique training or exercise opportunities for your pet, we are here to help. We are partners with local organizations who can provide your dog with experiences in agility, dock jumping, snake avoidance, fly ball, and scent tracking.  Please contact our hospital for more information.

Fall Fun at MVH!

LuluOur annual fall photo booth and costume contest is underway! Visit our fall photo booth in the hospital and choose from a variety of costumes for your pet to enter them into our annual costume contest. You can also submit photos of your pets in costume from home by e-mailing their photo to We are giving away great prize baskets to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Winners will be featured on our social media and contacted directly on Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31st). All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday 10/28/15. While you're here this month you can also play our candycorn count contest by guessing the amount of candycorn displayed in our lobby. Whoever guesses correctly or closest will win an MVH gift card and the candycorn. During the last two weeks of this month you can also vote for your favorite pumpkin carving as our staff competes in their highly-anticipated pumpkin carving contest. This is always a fun time of year for us and we cannot wait to share that fun with you and your pets.

Anniversary Success

Our 25th anniversary party was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the event with a special thanks to our practice manager, April (right), and receptionist, Nicole (not pictured), who both worked tirelessly on the event.

Noelle (left) and April (right) at our wheel of Paw-some.

We would also like to thank some of our sponsors including Merial, Roadrunner Pharmacy, MWI, Zoetis, Victor Medical, Nutramax, Merck, Henry-Schein, Virbac, and Idexx Laboratories. 4All of our vendors and sponsors at the event did a great job making the event fun, lively, and educational. Big thanks to Hill's Pet Nutrition, Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS), Waggin' Tails Grooming, Agility Demos by Lilyan and Paula, Golden Retriever Rescue, Love Swirls Cotton Candy, Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, Send Rover on Over, Top Dog Hot Dog Cart, Trupanion Pet Insurance, Caricature Art by Lilyan, Deborah Krasner Dog Trainer, Balloon Art by Julie R., Lime Light Photo Booth, and Face Painting by Camille. 2Moorpark Veterinary Hospital was established in 1990 by Dr. Al Schwartz. Since then, we are proud to have welcomed Dr. Natalie Barrett to the team. Both Dr. Barrett and Dr. Schwartz are leaders in veterinary medicine who regularly attend conferences on the latest developments in pet health. 6Our motto at Moorpark Veterinary Hospital is "Caring for your pets and caring about you." This anniversary party and the level of care we provide everyday would not be possible without the combined efforts of our entire team. We go through great lengths to handpick each member of our "work family" and could not be more proud of our current group. We are incredibly pleased to have provided care to people and pets for 25 years and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional care in the future.  
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