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Meet Michael Lesser , DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

Michael Lesser , DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) <br />Cardiologist

Dr. Michael Lesser graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery; and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Upon completion of his residency Dr. Lesser took over as head of the clinical cardiology service until 1991.

In 1991, Dr. Lesser moved to Southern California. Shortly thereafter, he achieved diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and continued to grow his private cardiology referral practice. In 1998, Dr. Lesser and his wife Dr. Bonnie McGarr, also a veterinarian, established Advanced Veterinary Care Center (AVCC). Over the years, what began as a cardiology specialty practice developed into a full service, multi-specialty referral and emergency hospital.

As a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Lesser's expertise includes non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, color flow Doppler ultrasound, electrocardiography and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring. Dr. Lesser also performs interventional cardiology including pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, angiography and transcatheter occlusion for patent ductus arteriosus.

As the head of the cardiology department at Pet Specialists of Monterey, Dr. Lesser's philosophy is to help provide animals with a good quality of life for as long as possible. This is best achieved when there is a team effort which includes the owner, referring veterinarian, Dr. Lesser and his staff all working together to achieve a common goal. In his free time, he enjoys working on the family ranch where they have dogs, cats, donkeys, alpaca and tortoises!


  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy of Science), SUNY Binghamton
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
  • Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA)
  • California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • Monterey Bay Area Veterinary Medical Association (MBAVMA)