David C. Carroll, DVM was born in San Francisco in 1950. He is the son of Howard F. Carroll DVM, one of California's pioneers in small animal practice. He loved working in veterinary medicine so much that upon graduation from high school he went to UC Davis where he graduated with a Bachelors in Biology (1972) and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (1976). He then interned at West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group, California's largest 24 hour emergency service and then worked at Crocker Animal Hospital, an emergency hospital in San Jose. Late in 1978 he moved to Watsonville to be near the coast and run his own veterinary practice at East Lake Animal Clinic. He planned on semi retiring but couldn't quite help himself and started a new project: Napa River Pet Hospital.