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Welcome to Central Animal Hospital

Your Veterinarian in Petaluma, CA
Call us at 707-762-2693

At Central Animal Hospital we are dedicated to supporting cutting edge research. Did you know, you can enroll your pet in clinical trials through the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine? The link below is designed for clients to get information about and potentially self enroll in clinical trials that are currently being done at UC Davis. Central Animal Hospital supports some of these trials with donations and we have clients that have participated.  Please visit the link below to learn more and be apart of furthering advances in veterinary medicine. 

UC Davis Trial Studies

We have Preventative Care Plans! 

We believe in offering gentle, quality care for your family pets. At this site, you will find information about

If you are an existing client, you can access your pet's medical records here

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to give your pet the best possible care. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 707-762-2693 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Petaluma veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! 

At Central Animal Hospital, we are proud to provide gentle, quality care for your family pets.

Dr. Matthew Carter, Dr. Tim Helms, Dr. Lindsey Alman, Dr. Sharon Zweiter 
 | Central Animal Hospital | 707-762-2693 
 | 203 D Street | Petaluma, CA 94952 

Thank you to all who have voted for us! We have been honored with the following recent awards:

Petaluma People's Choice for "Best Veterinarian"

2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

   Best of the North Bay - The Bohemian "Best Veterinarian"

2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

 Petaluma People's Choice Awards Small Business of the Year 2007

Petaluma Chamber of Commerce and Petaluma Argus-Courier

Meet Our Team

About US

Central Animal Hospital's roots go back to the 1920’s and the building to 1950, we are still a highly modern veterinary practice. Today, we use computers to maintain our paperless medical records, we use digital X-rays and have lasers in our laboratory equipment. Many things have changed but we’re still most proud of being a part of this great Petaluma community.

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Meet Our Doctors

  • Dr.
    Matthew Carter
    DVM - Practice Partner

    Dr. Carter loves to be outdoors.  He is always active in various community groups and events and especially enjoys volunteering alongside his spouse Jennifer with the Petaluma Valley Rotary Club. He has been known to play the violin, help with local harvesting to make various beers and wine, ride his bike in numerous fundraising events and spend time futilely trying to create amazing meals. He purchased Central Animal Hospital in April of 2002 and lives in Petaluma with his wife Jennifer and twin daughters Lillian and MaryBeth. The Carter's also share their home with Mylo the cat, Elsie and Alice the dogs, Sugarbomb the rabbit and a few chickens and fish

    Degrees and Achievements

    • DVM - UC Davis Veterinary School of Medicine 1995.
    • He has worked in hospitals in London, England; the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley of California.
    • Past President of the Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Dr.
    Tim Helms
    DVM - Practice Partner

    Dr. Helms grew up in San Diego, and then spent 11 years in Davis, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in 2004 and DVM in 2010. In 2003, he received All American honors while racing for UC Davis, placing fourth in the 3000 meter Steeplechase at the 2003 NCAA National Championships. He currently races off road triathlon and cross country mountain bike races. His first 4 years in the profession were spent in Mendocino County, practicing all aspects of Veterinary Medicine due to the rural nature of the area. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing with his son and any outdoor activity with his family. Dr. Helms professional interest lies in surgery, specifically Orthopedics. Dr. Helms lives in Santa Rosa with his wife Jessica and their three children, Jackson, Ryder and Maeanna. 

    Degrees and Achievements

    • DVM - UC Davis Veterinary School of Medicine 2010.
    • He conducted research at UC Davis and was published in JAVMA in 2009.
    • He enjoys abalone diving/spear fishing, and triathlons.
  • Dr.
    Lindsey Alman

    Dr. Alman received her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in 2013. She grew up in Santa Rosa and spent her first two years in practice working with large and small animals. She has a passion for travel and volunteer work, and is currently working with Homeless with Pets during her spare time. Dr. Alman lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Alex and daughter Layna. They have a cat named “Simon”, a rabbit “Peanut”, and a dog named 'Madison'. In her spare time she enjoys running, camping, and spending time with her family.

    Degrees and Achievements

    • BVMS- University of Glasgow 2013

    Fun Facts

    • 50K trail running
    • Volunteering 
    • Traveling
  • Dr.
    Sharon Zweiter

    Sharon was born in New York, and attended University of Pennsylvania for undergrad and  Cornell.  After interning at The Animal Medical Center in NYC and practicing in the city and Scarsdale, she decided to find a bit warmer climate. Sharon decided to move to the Peninsula and eventually started working at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos where she practiced for about 25 years.  As her daughter approached high school, she felt they were due for a change. Petaluma has welcomed her with great food (goat cheese is one of her favorite food groups), great community, PHS and a new job with the hospital voted Best Veterinarian! Sharon and her daughter share 2 kitties named Bella and Oliva. 

    Degrees and Achievements

    • BA from University of PA, 
    • DVM from Cornell
    •  AMC internship
    • Adjunct professor at SRJC

    Fun Facts

    •  Hiking
    • Baking
    • Dark chocolate connoisseur


  • "Dr. Carter and Dr Helms have taken care of all our pets for over 15 years. Everybody at CAH is wonderful, friendly and caring."
    Marc C.

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