Harbor Veterinary Hospital Santa Cruz, California

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Reviews: Harbor Veterinary Hospital (Santa Cruz)

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Matt Shelton

2 years ago

I know there are other great vets out there, but why look? I love her communication and her experience is amazing. Matt

Raneta Pomeroy

2 years ago

Excellent care and service. I'm always comfortable trusting them with my wee companion Olive!

Roanne Wilson

2 years ago

Dr Hoban takes the time to really talk to you about your pets, and your options for helping them. She also saved my cats' eyesight and did a great surgery on removing my small dog's tumors. I definitely recommend Dr Hoban!

Ashley Contenta

2 years ago

I've always had a very positive experience at Harbor Vet with the veterinarians and front desk staff! Dr. Wells is a wonderful intelligent vet who really cares about her patients. When my dog has been sick, she gets back to me promptly and fits us into the schedule. I started going here when I saw good reviews on Google and I'm so glad I did, highly recommend.

Lexe B

2 years ago

One of the best pet hospitals in the region. Dr.Hoban takes care of my pets for over 9 years now.


3 years ago

Everyone works so hard here!! Very kind, and compassionate people! Dr. Hoban is awesome too!!

Nalini Amore-Broccoli

3 years ago

We Love Dr. Hoban and the Staff!!!


3 years ago

First, the nice vet techs deserve some kudos, good suggestions re food and GI pills The VET: she’s a piece if work!! 1.5 hour wait. We adopted an amazing dog from rescue. We were shocked by how awful Dr. Hoban was with our dog; all business, no connection, no patience, no kindness, all grumpy, and she complained that our dog was” big, he’s big “ no follow through at the end of the appt. No professionalism . Does she dislike big dogs?? Did she know his name??? Big Dog owners, stay away

Lizanne Reynolds

3 years ago

This is the best veterinary clinic I have ever been to. My cats have both had advanced kidney disease requiring multiple medications and treatments. Dr. Hoban has been amazing to work with. She is extremely good at explaining complex issues in an understandable way. I highly recommend this practice.

Kat Paine

3 years ago

We have just had our first visit to Harbor Vet and we're impressed with Dr. Wells and the attention and care given our senior pooch by the entire team. We will continue with them.

Francine Besson

3 years ago

Such a great place ????

Diane Bloch

3 years ago

Dr. Hoban has been caring for my beloved cat-companions for 24 years and I can hardly find the words to express my gratitude and appreciation for her and her entire staff. My current cat is a "frequent flyer" who has regular episodes of mysterious illnesses, and I am an overprotective-cat mother; I frequently call in a panic and need to be talked down as I decide how to respond to her latest episode of barfing and drooling. The staff is incredibly kind and patient with me, and Dr. Hoban always gets back to me by phone to talk through options with her directly. When I bring my kitty in, everyone handles her very sweetly and gently (they tell me she's the best kitty in the world, but I suspect they tell everyone that), and Dr. Hoban always takes time to explain possible diagnoses and treatment options. Dr. Hoban is smart as a whip and loves a good puzzle, so when something is going on that she can't diagnose right away, she researches it and gets back to me with an explanation. During the pandemic, I've been even more impressed and more deeply appreciative of Dr. Hoban and her entire staff. They have developed impeccable protocols for seeing animals without exposing pet owners (or themselves); you can call from outside and they'll come retrieve your animal from the car, or you can go in a treatment room where they have worked out logistics so that you're never in the same room with the vet or techs, yet can talk to them while they're in the adjacent hallway. I've been strictly quarantined for months as I care for my elderly mother, and I felt safe being in the office. This Spring my kitty had two of her usually annual GI episodes while I was going back and forth to Marin to care for my mom. The first episode yielded lab tests that required an internist, and Dr. Hoban referred me to a vet specialist in Marin who was every bit as wonderful as she is, if that is possible. That vet diagnosed my cat's condition (right in line with the three possible diagnoses Dr. Hoban had outlined) and over the next three months I was able to bring my cat to whichever vet I needed depending on which town I was in and they shared lab results. And today Dr. Hoban's staff took extra time to demonstrate how I could administer fluids to my cat instead of taking her to the cat ER the next time she crashes. Dr. Hoban and her staff made a video of themselves administering fluids to a cat they were treating, shared it with me, then did a demo on a towel, and sent me home with supplies to use on my own. All of this, and they only charged me for a regular office visit and supplies. I'm sorry that Ms. Close in the review below had a difficult experience with her dog, but can only imagine it was a day when Dr. Hoban was responding to myriad emergencies while operating under pandemic safety protocols. Pure and simple, Dr. Hoban is an amazing vet, incredibly good with animals and and people alike, who gives her all and then some to compassionately support animals and their people in our community. (She does great community service with kids and horses, too.)

Alycia Kennedy

4 years ago

Staff and Dr Kawano are the best

Susan Pankratz

4 years ago

Dr Kawano and all the folks who work at Harbor Vet are a pleasure to work with - responsive, friendly, and efficient. 5 stars, no question.

Barbskee LCSW

4 years ago

Dr. Hoban really knows her stuff. Been at it for 30 plus years, I believe. I could easily add excellent comments for other 2 vets who have taken care of my “ babies” over the years however, one recently moved and the other had the nerve to retire. Humph. My 12 year old bichon mix was somewhat agitated when she realized they had left the practice without consulting her but we talked about it and she eventually came to understand that it wasn’t personal.

becky olker

4 years ago

Love the vets and the staff. Wonderful place.

Calliope Taylor

4 years ago

Lovely staff, excellent vet care

Doc Smiley

4 years ago

Wonderful vets. Been going to them for years

ElizaBeth Link

4 years ago

It was a positive experience. Staff and vet very professional and supportive.

Frances Breen

4 years ago

Vets are great here, but not so the support staff at the front desk. Really incompetent and often quite rude.

Fred Heitz

4 years ago

Have taken great care of Jake.

Gary B

4 years ago

Great clinic, Dr. is the best. Courteous staff. Clean clinic

Leah B.

4 years ago

This office is wonderful!. My cat had to have tail surgery and Dr. Kawano was so kind and helpful with every step through the process. The front desk staff and vet assistance are great too!

Mathew Jenkins

4 years ago

Awesome people this place is truly amazing

AC Smith

5 years ago

We have used Dr. Hoban for all our animals for many, many years. There are other vet practices with "lower prices" I suppose, but it's hard to imagine anyone out there cares for their patients (and associated humans) with more honesty, integrity, and heart. We certainly never found them before we discovered Harbor Veterinary Hospital.

Ted L. Johnson

5 years ago

Dr Kawano is the best vet ever!!

augie alfaro

5 years ago

Very nice people with the best animal care. Dr. Abraham is always thorough and informative. Not only that but my little Hannah loves going there.

Diane K

5 years ago

These guys are great. They really care about their patients and family. Top notch vets!

Galen Clarke

5 years ago

My favorite vet I have been seeing Dr Hoban and Kawano for over 10 years for all my animals.

Julie Byrd

5 years ago

They treat my babies like the precious kids that they are! Thanks Harbor for loving my fur-babies!

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Harbor Veterinary Hospital, California, Santa Cruz

2450 17th Ave

Business Hours


7 AM - 6 PM


7 AM - 6 PM


7 AM - 6 PM


7 AM - 6 PM


7 AM - 6 PM


8 AM - 2 PM



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