Dr. Cristina Bonnelly was asked as a little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up, and the first answer she gave was “a doctor for the animals.” This desire only grew when she started volunteering in veterinary hospitals while still in middle school. Dr. Bonnelly is passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond and finds helping owners to care for the pets extremely rewarding.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Bonnelly attended the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, then attended Kansas State University where she earned her Master’s degree in Public Health, and finally the Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, where she earned her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from Ross, Dr. Bonnelly completed a one-year internship at Capital Veterinary Specialists in Tallahassee, Florida.
In her spare time, Dr. Bonnelly enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and traveling. New to Southern California, Dr. Bonnelly is enjoying exploring her new home. She has two pets, a 3-year-old mixed breed dog named Harper and an 18-year-old cat named Sandy, who has turned her into a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” over the last few years.