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CarlsbadVeterinarians

Ben Singh, DVM

Dr. Ben Singh is a General Practitioner and owner of Aviara Animal Health Center since August of 2010. Originally from Colonia, New Jersey, Dr. Singh says that since he was a child he has had a fascination with animals and their care, which naturally led him to a career in the veterinary medical field. As a practicing veterinarian, he enjoys making a significant difference in the quality of an animal's life as well as educating owners on how to make a difference in their pets' lives.

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Singh attended Kean University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology—Pre-Med in 1992 and earned distinction as a member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. During his time in college he also attended Yale School of Medicine for two summers for Medical Science Review. Following college, Dr. Singh earned certification in Chemical Engineering and attended a Master's program in Polymer Chemistry. He then worked in polymer research for a chemical company for seven years.

However, the desire to become engaged in the animal care field led him to enroll in St. George's University's School of Veterinary Medicine and then complete his clinical training at The University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, Dr. Singh received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He then performed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in San Diego, California in general surgery and medicine. Dr. Singh is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS.

Dr. Singh's areas of special professional interest are soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and abdominal ultrasound. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Singh has lived in Carlsbad for six years. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and is active in his local community church.

At home, he has a boxer mix named Lili, Yorkshire terrier named Tyler, and a Chihuahua/terrier mix named Pearl. Dr. Singh's interests include hiking, gardening, and taking care of his koi pond, fruit trees and two indoor fish tanks.

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Tracey Mendlen Herman, DVM

Dr. Tracey Mendlen Herman is a San Diego native and General Practitioner who has been with Aviara Animal Health Center since July of 2011.

Dr. Mendlen Herman has always had a love for animals, but did not focus on a career in companion animal medical care until college. "Originally, I was a Criminal Justice major in college," she says, "but then I saw a movie with the main message of do what you love, no regrets. The next morning I changed my major and entire life course."

She never looked back and now Dr. Mendlen Herman says she finds great satisfaction in getting to know our clients and their pets and being able to create preventative treatment plans that best meet that pet's and family's needs. She also says that after spending some time volunteering with Project Wildlife she has found a passion for working with injured wildlife.

Dr. Mendlen Herman attended the University of California at Davis for her undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a specialization in Companion and Captive Animals in 2004. During college, she routinely made Dean's List, received the American Society of Animal Science Scholastic Award, and graduated with honors.

In 2006, Dr. Mendlen Herman enrolled in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where she received the Exotic Animal award for 2010 and a Veterinary Leadership Scholarship. She was also inducted into the Sigma Delta Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Society of Phi Zeta. In 2010, she graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She has also completed emergency and small animal internships at the California Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Mendlen Herman's areas of special professional interest include internal medicine, ophthalmology, exotic and zoo animal medicine, and wildlife medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association and the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association. She is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS.

Dr. Mendlen Herman's interests include bird watching, jogging, dancing, and she is currently attempting piano lessons.

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Nancy Norell, DVM

We would like to welcome Dr. Nancy Norell to the Aviara Animal Health Center family. As the newest member of the team, Dr. Norell comes to us as an established, well-respected Cardiff veterinarian in the North County area, and has been providing excellent medical care to her patients for many years. Dr. Norell's love for animals, combined with a strong interest in biological science, physiology and medicine, led her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Growing up, her family had Siamese cats, and in her teenage years she raised hamsters, which stimulated an interest in genetics and animal husbandry. During high school she volunteered at a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, working with owls, hawks, raccoons, and opossums. In college she achieved her dream of owning a horse, and developed an interest in equine medicine and husbandry.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in animal physiology from the University of California, San Diego she pursued her lifelong ambition of becoming a veterinarian. In 1998, she received her degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Norell enjoys practicing high quality medicine, dentistry and surgery, with an emphasis on preventive care. Her areas of special interest are dentistry, feline medicine, and dermatology. Dr. Norell is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS. She is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • California Veterinary Medical Association
  • San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Feline Practitioners
  • American Veterinary Dental Society
  • Cornell Feline Health Center

Dr. Norell is a San Diego native and lives in Cardiff with her husband, Bob, and their three cats: an 11 year old classic dark orange tabby domestic shorthair named Babu, and 5 year old siblings Sven and Adelia. Sven is a solid gray domestic shorthair, and his sister Adelia is gray and white. The two new additions (Cardiff "bush cats") were rescued at 5 weeks of age, found orphaned in some local bushes, and are now happy, healthy, extremely boisterous cats. Dr. Norell's interests include hiking, gardening, and reading.

We are so happy to have Dr. Norell as part of the Aviara Animal Health Center family. We are absolutely certain she will continue to thrive as a well-respected veterinarian in the Carlsbad and North County community.

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