Our Practice

La Costa Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Carlsbad, CA. The professional and courteous staff at La Costa Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suite, dental equipment, and a full pharmacy. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Cardiff, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding areas.

  • Dr. Fife, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Rebecca Fife is a highly skilled veterinarian with a deep passion for providing top-notch care to her furry patients. Her journey from Washington State University to Utah and eventually settling in Carlsbad, California, showcases her commitment to her profession and adaptability to new environments.

    Her dedication to Fear Free practices and AAHA accreditation underscores her commitment to reducing stress and providing the highest standards of care. Dr. Fife’s expertise spans various areas of veterinary medicine, including preventative care, dental health, internal medicine, and surgery. Her comprehensive approach to managing conditions like skin allergies and arthritis reflects her desire to explore all available options for her patients’ well-being.

    Dr. Fife’s emphasis on clear communication and client education ensures that pet owners are empowered to make informed decisions about their pets’ healthcare. By providing educational materials and explaining diagnostic and treatment options thoroughly, she fosters trust and collaboration between herself and her clients.

    Outside of her veterinary practice, Dr. Fife enjoys the coastal climate of California with her husband, relishing the milder weather compared to their previous experiences. Their love for travel allows them to connect with family across different regions of the United States, enriching their lives with diverse experiences.

    With two beloved dogs of their own, Dr. Fife and her husband understand the importance of the human-animal bond and treat their pets as cherished members of the family. Her passion for reading reflects her intellectual curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning, qualities that undoubtedly enhance her skills as a veterinarian.

    Dr. Rebecca Fife’s dedication to excellence, compassionate care, and continuous learning make her a valued member of the veterinary community in Carlsbad, California, and beyond.

  • Dr. Elkayam, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Anat Elkayam, originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Beginning her career in Yuma, Arizona, she refined her expertise at a local animal clinic while devoting her spare time to volunteering at the Humane Society.

    Intrigued by the charm of San Diego, she and her family made the city their home in 2022. Now, proudly joining the La Costa Animal Hospital family in 2024,Dr. Elkayam’s passion lies in internal medicine, preventative care, and dermatology. Beyond her veterinary practice, she finds fulfillment in reading, exploring new destinations, and immersing herself in music. Dr. Elkayam resides in Encinitas with her husband, son, and their four beloved fur babies.