Our History

Carroll Hare DVMDr. Walter Irving Dill served in the Veterinary Corp of the Canadian Army during World War I. After the war he moved to Los Angeles and practiced for two years with Dr. Cook. He then started his own practice in San Fernando and worked from his garage located at 415 Mission Boulevard in San Fernando. This was the first veterinary practice in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1941 construction began on the Dill Veterinary Hospital at its present location. It was delayed by the beginning of World War II. The building materials had already been purchased and were stored on the property. Permission to finish the building was granted and the hospital was completed in 1942.

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From 1920 through 1930 population increase in the San Fernando Valley was slow, but from 1940 forward, and particularly after World War II, the valley experienced a rapid growth rate. Land once covered with orange and olive groves, and other form of agriculture was now being subdivided to accommodate new industry.

As recounted By Dr. Carroll Hare (1920-1997)
At this time, veterinary practice was almost entirely concerned with large animals. The valley was the milk-shed for Los Angeles and was the location for dairies such as Adhor, Knudsen, Golden State, Laura Scudder, Silver Shield and many small dairies. As a matter of interest, the area now known as Panorama City did not exist. This was the home of the Golden State Dairy and the famous Golden Guerney. Many dairies milked just one breed of cows such as Holstein, Jersy and Guernsey. The dairies, along with horse and beef cattle ranches, goat dairies, hog farms and small farms with a family cow and other livestock, all required the services of a veterinarian. Dr. Walter Dill had two associates also. Leslie Burns and Carroll Hare practicing large animal medicine and on twenty four hour call. Eventually Drs. Ralph Reese and Sidney Clark joined the practice.

Housing property became too expensive for dairy use and the daily industry began to move to the San Joaquin Valley. As a result, the practice of veterinary medicine gradually became small animal oriented, and large animal practice was discontinued with the retirement of Dr. Dill in 1964.

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Dill Veterinary Hospital

San Fernando, CA

Phone: 818-899-5287

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