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Welcome to Central Animal Hospital

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

We are now offering Proheart 12

This 1 injection offers 12 months of heartworm prevention for your canine family member. Call us today to find out how to get your pet protected.

We have Puppy and Kitten 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

 | 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

 Spirit of Sonoma County Award for 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 joined 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. 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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