585 Walnut Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 | (805) 684-3617

Veterinarians

Justin Fischer, DVM

Justin Fischer, DVM
Justin Fischer, DVM

Dr. Justin Fischer was born and raised in Santa Barbara County and worked at several local veterinary hospitals while obtaining his undergraduate degree in Physiology from UCSB. In 2009 he received his veterinary degree from UC Davis followed by a 12 month internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura where he received advanced training in small animal Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Surgery, Oncology and Radiology. Following his internship, Dr. Fischer worked as an emergency clinician and at the Santa Barbara Humane Society. In 2012, by a stroke of good fortune, Dr. Fischer was asked to perform relief veterinary services at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital while Dr. Putnam was on maternity leave and immediately fell in love with the staff, clients and community. In July 2013 he realized his lifetime goal of owning a veterinary clinic when he purchased the hospital with Dr. Putnam.

Dr. Fischer currently lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and two children. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing, golfing and camping.

Dr. Fischer cannot imagine himself in any other profession and feels incredibly fortunate to be able to live in his hometown and work at such an amazing hospital with the best colleagues, staff and clients in the world!

Laura Putnam, DVM

Laura Putnam, DVM
Laura Putnam, DVM

Dr. Putnam has been part of the CVH family since 2006 and owner since 2013. Dr. Putnam spent her early years in Scotland, immersed herself in her pets, horses and horseback riding and always knew she was going to become a veterinarian.

After moving to Santa Barbara at age 13, she attended Santa Barbara High School then went on to obtain her B.S. in Biological Sciences from UCSB while working as an emergency technician at Pacific Emergency Pet Hospital as well as volunteering her time at the Animal Shelter Assistance Program. Dr. Putnam graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and then completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Pet Care in Santa Rosa, CA.

In addition to working at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Putnam has spent hundreds of hours volunteering her time for spay/neuter clinics in Mexico and helping local rescue organizations.

Dr. Putnam currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, three children, one dog, two cats and two guinea pigs. During her time off, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family at the beach and hiking or camping in the local mountains.

Kristin Unverferth, DVM

Kristin Unverferth, DVM
Kristin Unverferth, DVM

Dr. Kristin Unverferth joined the CVH family in 2007. For as long as she can remember animals and nature were her biggest passion. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio where she spent as much time as possible with the family pets and exploring the outdoors. Since she spent so much time monkeying around high up in trees, her parents enrolled her in gymnastics at a very young age and she competed through the collegiate level as a member of the OSU women's gymnastics team.

Dr. Unverferth attended the Ohio State University where she earned a BS in zoology, then graduated from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After graduation she moved to the beautiful mountains of Aspen, Colorado. There she practiced for 9 years at a very busy small animal hospital and emergency clinic where she gained extensive experience in all aspects of medicine and surgery, including after hours emergency care. She has volunteered for Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute, and spent a summer in Guatemala volunteering at a wildlife rescue and rehab in the middle of the rainforest.

Dr. Unverferth lives in Summerland with her dog Lexi and cat Andy.  She spends her free time cycling, and beach walking, running, and hiking with her little buddy Lexi. She also enjoys camping and backpacking, travelling far and near, and trying to grow a garden. Several years ago she fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda.

Dr. Unverferth loves being a veterinarian, having the opportunity to care for animals every day, and educating people who love their pets to help give them the best care possible. Her love and bond with her own furry children, past and present, drives her desire to practice the highest quality of medicine that she can.

Maribel Munoz, DVM

Maribel Munoz, DVM
Maribel Munoz, DVM

Dr. Munoz joined the Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital team in 2014. She is a southern California native, born and raised in Oxnard. She has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian ever since she could remember. Her career in the field started while she was still in high school, working at her local neighborhood veterinary clinic.

Dr. Munoz attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She worked as a veterinary technician while attending college. She went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis. Following veterinary school, Dr. Munoz gained advanced training through a 12 month rotating internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura. She worked alongside specialists in emergency and critical care, internal medicine, oncology, radiology and surgery.

Dr. Munoz feels so lucky to call beautiful Santa Barbara her home. She loves the beach, the waves and the sun, paddle boarding and surfing. She enjoys international travel, tasting new foods, and spending as much time in nature as possible. Some of her favorite activities include backpacking, fishing, biking, yoga, skiing, and running.

She absolutely loves being a veterinarian and cannot imagine herself in any other career! Her primary interest is in providing the best possible care for her furry patients and educating the pet owners who love them.

Megan Thomas, DVM

Megan Thomas, DVM
Megan Thomas, DVM

Dr. Megan Thomas grew up in southern California, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from Cal Poly, Pomona. During college, she worked for a small animal veterinary hospital, and became a licensed Animal Health Technician. In 1984 she graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and went on to a one-year internship at an Orange County equine practice, where she did everything from farm calls to colic surgeries. She then spent six years working full-time at southern California racetracks. 

Following a back injury in 1991, Dr. Megan retrained for small animal medicine and surgery, and relocated to Washington State. After working as a full-time emergency veterinarian, she returned to California in 1993 and began working at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Megan has had some advanced training in ultrasound and dentistry, actively pursues many hours of continuing education each year, and has a special interest in feline medicine.

She can attest - after more than 23 years at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital - that being a veterinarian is a wonderful career - and it is never boring!

Jeanne Tutor, Business Manager

Jeanne Tutor, Business Manager
Jeanne Tutor, Business Manager

Jeanne Tutor has been "a fixture" at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital since June, 1986.  Jeanne grew up on a farm in Ohio and was the eighth of nine fabulous siblings.  

She moved to the Santa Barbara area and settled into Carpinteria 28 years ago.  She attended SBCC, UCSB and completed her studies in business at CSUN.

After raising her children, she now spends time with her husband, Gregg, and playing with grandchildren and her French bulldogs, Bert and Opal.  She enjoys riding their motorcycle, watching sports and visiting friends and family.

Erin Milne, Human Resources Manager

Erin Milne, HR Manager
Erin Milne, HR Manager

Erin Milne joined the Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital team as HR Manager in 2016. She grew up in rural Northern Michigan surrounded by animals of all kinds, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2007. Erin spent several years traveling and working overseas before landing in New York, where she earned her Masters degree from the University at Albany in 2012. She moved to California the same year and has been in love with this coast ever since.

Erin has served as educator, trainer, operations manager, and HR representative for a broad range of companies, but is so grateful to have finally found her home at Carp Vet. It is a constant pleasure to combine her deep love of animals with her passion for mentorship and professional development. She is focused on hiring exceptional staff and providing them with the best training and resources, which in turn ensures the highest quality care and customer service for our wonderful clients and patients. It is a rewarding and challenging job that keeps her smiling every day.

Erin is a proud (and lucky!) resident of Carpinteria, where she lives with her boyfriend, Troy; her rabbit, Mitten; and her dog, Birdie. She loves travel, spicy food, sunny skies, the mountains, and the beach.

Testimonials

Dr. Fischer and staff are incredible. Their kindness and compassion to our family when we thought we were going to have to make a difficult decision for our beloved dog was amazing. Words can't express how grateful I am to Dr. Fischer with not only for the care he gave our dog who fortunately has recovered, but also for the way he touched our family. The medical care was excellent with only the necessary procedures suggested to diagnose our pet. Dr. Fischer's personal follow up call to check on the status of our dog was so appreciated. Highly recommend this office and staff.
Ann D.