Expert Care, Compassionate Service
At Goldorado Animal Hospital, our experienced team of professionals is committed to providing high-quality, individualized care. We serve with passion and a dedication to excellence. When you choose our hospital, you’re choosing the best care possible.
Meet Our Team
Dr. David Barnes
Dr. David Barnes knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was nine years old, when he and his brother rescued and tamed snakes, chipmunks, and even a magpie. He later worked for local veterinarians while attending high school. Dr. Barnes earned his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis in 1979, where he was awarded a University of California Regents Scholarship for highest honors. Dr. Barnes spent two years on a Christian mission in Spain, where he had also attended most of high school while his family lived there. In 1983, Dr. Barnes earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis and moved to Cameron Park. After working at the San Francisco Zoo for a year, Dr. Barnes practiced at other veterinary clinics in the area. He established Goldorado Animal Hospital in 1989.
With over 30 years of medical and surgical experience, Dr. Barnes is often sought out to consult on difficult cases and to provide second opinions. He raised five sons in Cameron Park, and now has six stepchildren. He is passionate about a life dedicated to curing animals, enjoying his grandchildren, and traveling. Dr. Barnes has become an avid road biker, putting in hundreds of miles every month. He enjoys gardening, golf, and seeing the world with his wife.
Dr. Brandon Prince
Dr. Brandon Prince was born in Idaho and raised on a small family farm in Alberta, Canada. A third generation veterinarian, he often spent his childhood days joining his dad on calls to local farms. After high school, Dr. Prince spent two years on a Christian mission in England and Wales before attending Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where he met and married his wife. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science in 2010, Dr. Prince convinced his wife to sell their belongings and move to the island of St. Kitts, where he attended veterinary school at Ross University. For his final year of education, he attended Colorado State University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.
Dr. Prince joined Goldorado Animal Hospital soon after graduation and brings a wealth of knowledge. From nursing baby calves to tracking Leatherback sea turtle nesting behaviors, these experiences have helped him understand the strength of the human-animal bond. Dr. Prince and his family, which now includes two active boys and several red foot tortoises from St. Kitts, reside in Cameron Park. They enjoy hiking, swimming, fly-fishing, skiing, and just about anything else you can do outside in the sunshine.
Leah has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years and loves the industry. She has worked as a technician, as well as an office manager for over 13 years, where she oversaw all operations in a large and small hospital with multiple doctors. Goldorado Animal Hospital is lucky to have her energy and enthusiasm as she leads our team of employees. Leah helps foster our family environment, where clients and employees feel at home with our collective love for patients.
Leah has lived in El Dorado County since 1985, where she raised her children and filled her life with a love for animals and outdoor activities, including swimming, camping, BBQ’s, and bowling. Her family resides on a little ranch in Garden Valley with horses, dogs, and cats; she is always happy to answer animal care questions for her neighbors. Currently, Leah has added a parrot to the menagerie.
Head Veterinary Technician
Julie has been at Goldorado Animal Hospital since 2003 and has worked professionally with animals for the past 32 years. She is a true team player and is great at getting along with clients, pets, and the entire hospital staff. “I think our staff works really well together,” says Julie when asked what makes the pet care at Goldorado so unique. Her hobbies include snowboarding, Frisbee golf, and spending time with her family and three cats, Toby, Tucker, and Mr. Magoo.