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. Susan Garlinghouse
Dr. Susan Garlinghouse joins Goldorado Animal Hospital after having recently moved to the Sierra foothills from Southern California. ‘Dr. G’ attended California State Polytechnic University Pomona to earn her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. As an undergrad she was selected by USA Today as one of the top forty university students in the United States, based on scholastics, extramural and leadership activities and a senior research project that was later utilized by NASA to help solve the problems of muscle atrophy in zero gravity environments.
After earning Masters of Science degrees in both Clinical Nutrition and Equine Exercise Physiology, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2003. She returned to Southern California to practice and eventually owned her own animal hospital until 2015, treating companion and pocket pets, horses, and on one occasion, even a baby moose! She also returned to academia as an adjunct professor, concurrently teaching via a Distance Learning program at four California universities, including UC Davis. In 2016, she and her husband David followed a longtime plan to move to Gold Country.
An avid horsewoman, Dr. G owns five horses, with which she competes in endurance riding—cross-country marathons on horseback covering 50 to 100 miles in a single day. She has completed the famous "Tevis Cup" 100 Miles in One Day ride from Squaw Valley to Auburn three times on her favorite horse, an opinionated Tennessee Walker named "John Henry".
Dr. Erin McCarty
Dr. Erin McCarty has been working in the veterinary field since the age of 13. When she was 5, she watched a colic surgery on a horse and knew without a doubt that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She earned he Bachelor of Science in Genetics at UC Davis and went on to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine there as well. While attending school, she worked as a veterinary technician and as a tutor to other veterinary students, graduating with Honors in 2010. Her veterinary interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine to name a few. While in school she donated many weekends spaying feral cats for "Fix our Ferals" in Fairfield and Oakland. Volunteering at the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek she gained internal medicine and surgery experience. Dr. McCarty enjoys spending time with her husband and their numerous rescue animals. She has a passion for horseback riding and has developed a special bond with a rescued palomino Morgan named “Ashwin.” As a team, the two have accomplished so much. Other hobbies include hiking, gardening, home improvement, and traveling. She is excited to rejoin the Goldorado family and offer high quality medicine and friendly service as one of their "other family doctors.
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.