Meet Our Doctors

You will find the most caring and professional doctors at our animal hospital. Providing top veterinarian care for your pet is our first job. Offering helpful information on animal care is and always will be a priority for Carter Animal Hospital, your desert animal hospital.

To help provide the best care for your pet, our family includes a full range of Veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Technicians, Nurses, Receptionist, Kennel Attendants and hundreds of pet lovers like you.

Everyone has an important role to play in assuring the health and well being of the hospital’s patient and the owners who care for them.


palm springs veterinarianSteve Carter, DVM

Veterinary School: Colorado State University, School of Veterinary Medicine / 1981

Dr. Steve Carter received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1981.  In 1982, he interned at a private mixed animal practice in Park City, Utah.  He has since owned several veterinary hospitals in Southern California, Utah and Wyoming.  His experience includes small animal medicine and surgery as well as equine sports medicine and surgery.  Dr. Carter is certified to perform the Slocum Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure to repair ruptured cruciate ligaments in dogs, as well as experienced in small animal orthopedics and neurosurgery. In addition, he was also one of the first general practitioners to employ CO2 surgical laser during surgery in 1996.  Dr. Carter is a member of the AAEP, AAHA, CVMA, AVMA, and fellow of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society.

In his spare time Dr. Carter enjoys riding his mule “Wanda” and utilizing his private pilots license.


Carter Animal Hospital, conveniently located in Cathedral City, providing professional caring veterinarian services to Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage.