Meet Our Team


Dr. Judith McClure DVM

     Judith McClure graduated with an Honors Degree in Biology from Trent University in Ontario, Canada.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  She started her veterinary career in Chicago and spent much of her time working as an emergency veterinarian at a 24 hour critical care facility on the north shore of Chicago.  She also enjoyed part time general practice relief work and feline house call practice.  She moved to San Diego in 2004 and continued to work as an emergency veterinarian.  When she was not doing emergency work she enjoyed contract surgery work for the San Diego Humane Society in addition to relief general practice.  She hopes that Sandy Paws Animal Clinic will allow her to foster longterm relationships with clients and their animal family members by providing advanced and affordable wellness care for a lifetime and emergency care when necessary.


Dr. Joe Ecker, DVM

Dr. Ecker is a San Diego native and a graduate of Western University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Barbara. Following veterinary school he completed a rotating internship followed by a specialized surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Ecker enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with particular interests in small animal surgery, general medicine, and emergency medicine. In his spare time he volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society providing veterinary care for dogs, cats, and pocket pets in preparation for adoption. Dr. Ecker is happy to be back in his hometown of San Diego where he has the opportunity to provide top quality veterinary care for his community.

Support Staff

Dona Bruening RVT

     Dona moved from the Philippines to San Diego when she was a year of age. She does not remember much about the Philippines, but she considers San Diego her home and she loves it! She started her career at San Diego Mesa College. She graduated in May 2010 with an Associates Degree in Animal Health Technology. After completion of the program, she sat for her boards and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

     Dona has been with Sandy Paws since we opened our doors July 2010. She loves working with both dogs and cats. She currently has two cats of her own, "Miss Kitty" and "Tiger Lily".