Dr. Lindsey Porterfield attended the University of California, San Diego, graduating in 2008 with degree in Physiology & Neuroscience. She then attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary medicine and graduated in 2013 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
From there, Dr. Porterfield completed an internship in emergency and critical care with Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (VE+CC) in Las Vegas, NV from 2013-2014, including specialty rotations through Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center.
She obtained a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) through University of Tennessee and conferred in December 2019.
Prior to joining VSH, Dr. Porterfield worked doing externship and relief work in rehabilitation at Animal Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Center; was an associate veterinarian at Morena Pet Hospital; was a self-employed relief veterinarian that included ER at major multispecialty hospitals in San Diego, as well as general practice and shelter medicine; and was an ER veterinarian at Utah Veterinary Center.
Her clinical interests include regenerative medicine (stem cell and PRP), open wound management, improving post-operative recovery and standard of care, maximizing survival in degenerative myelopathy, intervertebral disc disease and any other opportunity to help a patient regain or maintain mobility.
Dr. Porterfield lives in Ocean Beach with her boyfriend, Adam, and their dog, Clutch. Her hobbies include snowboarding, split boarding, stand-up jetskiing, canyoneering, climbing, camping, and hiking.
She volunteers for San Diego Humane Society’s (SDHS) Emergency Response Team (ERT) and serves specifically on the technical rescue team which assists rescue of any animal from a situation which it would otherwise be unable to extricate itself from. Examples include flood water and fire rescue as well as using rope access skills for small or large animals (horses) in high angle situations (cliffs, ravines, wells, sink holes, etc).