We value our clients' experience at Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital. If your pet or animal is currently a patient, please feel free to complete the following Client Experience Questionnaire. The Questionnaire is in Adobe Acrobat format, and requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.

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Patrick Echolds

  • "Dr. Echolds saved my Shih Tzu's life when another vet put him on a medication that should never been given to a dog with an enlarged heart. My dog collapsed at the groomer and was rushed to Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital, Dr. Echolds was alerted by the groomer that my dog was on his way, he was waiting at the door and actually saved his life. Then he went a step farther by contacting a top cardiologist discussing the options available for my dogs particular needs. He was given new medications and since that time (6 months ago) my dog has been fine!!! In fact my dog likes to visit Dr. Echolds office when we go for car washes (in the same shopping center)."
    Charlie C.
  • "I would highly recommend Dr.Echols he is caring and tries to keep your costs down where possible.My husband and I took our dachshund to Dr Echolds. Our dog was well taken care of and Dr Echolds was very attentive to our dogs needs and very personable. We highly recommend this animal hospital to anyone looking for a great vet in the area."
    Jade H. from Aliso Viejo, CA
  • "Pat Echolds has been my vet for five years. I followed him to his new practice in Laguna Niguel because I think he's the best vet around! He took loving care of my previous two dogs, a Golden Retriever and Boston Terrier. They both had illnesses and required lots of knowledge and TLC before they died. Dr. Echolds was always there, expressing his concerns and sharing his insights about the best thing to do. I have a new puppy now, another Boston Terrier, and just had her spayed with Dr. Echolds. A new beginning, and I'm happy to be able to continue the great relationship with Pat and his Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital!"
    Vickie Betzler from San Clemente, CA
  • "My husband and I just bought a Boston Terrier puppy and we took him to Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital to finish up his vaccinations. Dr. Echolds was very nice and caring, answering all of our questions. We will definitely be taking our puppy here for his future needs."
    Susie P. from Tustin, CA
  • "We had Coco spayed at RNAH. Pat was great and Coco came out fine. She wags her tail whenever she sees him. Pat's genuine love of animals is a blessing!"
    Dale Z. from San Clemente, CA
  • "The people at Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital are super friendly. We followed Dr. Echolds to his new office from his previous location in San Clemente because we knew that he would continue to take excellent care of our pets. Recently, one of our dogs started limping around for no reason. Dr. Echolds saw us right away and offered us some options going forward. He always explains both the conservative option (ie lower cost), and the more comprehensive care plan. In the end, we decide and he supports us either way. Our dog? As it turns out, she has elbow displasia, and Dr. Echolds' treatment plan is working well. Her inflammation is under control and she is able to take longer walks once again."
    Kim A. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • "I took my dog Tyson to see Dr. Pat Echolds last week. Referred by a friend, I was impressed with this new young doctor whose quiet but friendly demeanor put my dog at ease immediately. Dr. Pat sat on the floor and chatted with me until Tyson was calm enough to examine, then did so with confidence and concern. By the end of our visit, Dr. Pat had become one of Tyson's best friends. The office is pristine and filled with state of the art technology. Dr. Pat's assisant, Amanda, is also his wife. She is warm and friendly and greets everyone with a smile. Thumbs up for this new husband and wife veterinary team. Go see them. Your pets will love you for it! Walk-ins welcome!"
    Sue Parker from Yorba Linda, CA
  • "Dr. Echolds and Amanda at Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital are personable and genuinely caring people. You can tell that they are passionate about their work and animals. Our pets have been clients of Dr. Echolds for about two years. During this time, our animals have received quality care and effective treatment plans when needed. We also like their business hours as they fit with our busy work schedules."
  • "Our experience with Dr. Pat at Rancho Niguel was excellent. We took our puppy in for shots and a microchip. The doctor was kind and professional, and the prices were fair. Before coming here we had gone to another doctor in Irvine who wasn't nearly as good. Highly recommend."
  • "Dixie and Scotty belong to me and they just LOVE Pat and Amanda and race into their office without looking back as they used to at their former vet's office. I am so thankful to have found this wonderful Doctor --- I have to pinch myself to believe that I have actually found such a personable caring vet who will actually spend as much time as you need to understand what can be done for my pets ---- this believe me is almost non-existent in today's fast pace life where "quantity not quality" is the norm rather than the exception. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. PAT --- YOU WON'T REGRET THE TRANSITION TO THIS AMAZING GENTLEMAN."
    Mary Lou
  • "Dr. Echolds goes above and beyond for his patients, clients and for medicine. His patient care is impecable and his ability to explain medicine to the client is idyllic. Pat is not only a fantastic practitioner and teacher, but a genuine person. I HIGHLY recommend him to any animal lover looking for a quality care doctor for their pet"
    Ashley Van Kurin
  • "Pat is an awesome vet who really takes the time to connect with and treat your pet! I drove an hour just for him to take care of my 2 chocolate labs! Would highly recommend him as your pets vet!!!"
  • "They are very friendly, knowledgeable, and great customer service"
  • "Dr. Echolds came highly recommended and after my appointment today I agree- he's great vet! Super friendly (and so is his wife who runs the front office), super down-to-earth, willing to spend TIME explaining things and obviously in the vet business because his of love animals (and not just money). I will be recommending them."
  • "I have been searching for a very long time for an excellent doctor for our little dog Charlie. I have finally found one - Dr. Echolds."
  • "I highly recommend Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital. My dogs & cat were well taken care of, thank you so much."
    Lori B.
  • "I highly recommend Dr. Echolds at Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital for all of your veterinary needs. I noticed he had recently opened his practice in the local neighborhood, so when my dog became ill I thought I would give them a try.
    I couldn't be happier with the decision. I can say without a doubt that my pet has received the gold standard of care for a reasonable price. He is not only gentle and caring with our furry friends but he is also very good at keeping you well-informed about your pets health status and available diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Echolds has proven to be extremely knowledgeable and very thorough with my pets care. He is not only an expert in veterinary care but is also very familiar with common homeopathic remedies. He is also an expert surgeon and has on site surgical facilities. I feel better knowing my pet's health is in the caring hands of Dr. Pat Echolds and Amanda at Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital."
    Scott O.
  • "My husband and I recently moved to Laguna Niguel, and were in need of a new veterinarian for our beloved cat. After reading what some Yelpers had to say about other vets in the area, I decided to give Dr. Echolds a shot.
    I will certainly be returning to Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital for all of my veterinary needs, and I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a new vet!"
    Sunny A.
  • "Wow, did I get lucky! Moved from the Bay Area and soon after got a card in one of those promotional mail packets. Was looking for a "non-corporate" animal hospital for my pooch and kitty. Looking at the website I realized RNAH is a solo practice, so I thought I'd give them a try when it appeared kitty might have a bladder infection. What did I get? Amanda answering the phone! An appointment the same day! Pat who was personable, great with the kitty and didn't charge me an arm and a leg or suggest wild diagnostics or anything! He explained the plan clearly andhandled a b----- cat with ease! When I went back to get the pills, I brought my boxer along and they were thrilled as all get out to meet him. Never thought I would find a vet "like the one I had at home" so quickly. I wish I knew more people so I could recommend this place. Support this great young couple who are doing it the right way..."
  • "Dr. Pat and Amanda, thank you for taking such great care of Truman....and for always being willing to answer any questions or concerns we may have. We are thankful for your expert, and loving care."
  • "Love Dr. Pat, so do all 4 of our cats!! Took our Newman in due to weight loss and excessive urination. Dr. Pat handled him with such care and has brought down his blood sugar to almost normal. WE are still in the process of figuring out his dosage of insulin. Thanks for the excellent care!! Highly recommended. My friend and daughter now take their pets there also!!"
  • "Dr. Pat is fantastic. I was visiting my parents and brought my puppy in for some shots and neutering. He takes great care in making both the pets and owners feel comfortable, while also sharing his extensive knowledge on what's best for your pet. Highly recommend!"
    Scott C.
  • "Our non profit group, DAWG, has used Dr. Echolds for more than a few pretty sick orphaned felines and K9's and we remain extremely impressed by his expert care. One of our recent Newfie's (rescued from an overcrowded shelter) had pneumonia. With Dr. Pat's help this dog is now feeling great. Sherman has been adopted to a super nice family and we hear our big love bug is acting like a pup now that he has gotten well. Amazing, with dozens of animals coming to him for care, he remembers each by name and asks for updates when we visit with a new K9 or feline friend in need of care. We have thrown some pretty complicated cases his way and he has met the challenge every time. He has also been great with all of our new pet owners we send his way. And. . . . guess we should mention, the animals love him too."
  • "Dr Echolds recently opened this veterinary clinic in 2011. When my new dog needed her shots we took her to their office. With no recommendation or review about this office or doctor, we were a little shaky at first. Dr Echold kind actions and caring demeanor quickly put our minds at ease. Running this office with his wife, he showed us and our dog the utmost respect and care. Her problem got worse and Dr. Echolds told us, after X-Rays and further examination, that she had completely torn her ACL. He gave us a complete guide to each and every option we had, the most logical option being surgery (although surgery could be avoided if we had wanted...). He gave us quotes and honest recommendations on procedures. After shopping around we returned to Dr. Echolds for the most economical choice. We are still very pleased with his results. Would recommend him to all pet owners!"
  • "Dr. Pat, It’s always a pleasure to see you. The pups have always been in the best of care with you and we are so grateful for that. You are one of the most compassionate people I’ve met and I’m so sad that we are moving and have to find a new vet. I doubt that we will find one as good as you…but we’ll try."
  • "I’m very fortunate that I came across Dr. Pat. I love him and his staff to death. You’re lucky to have him working with the shelter. He truly loves and understands animals, and treats each one as if they were his own."

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Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital


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