Dr. Dela Cruz was born and raised in Sacramento, California. The start of his veterinary career began at the age of 4 when his Newfoundland rescued him from drowning in the backyard pool. From that time on, he was fascinated with the outdoors and quickly developed a connection with animals. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and Physiology. After crossing the stage at SSU, he packed his bags for Indiana to start school at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While attending Purdue University, Dr. Dela Cruz was the Philanthropy Chair of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Association. During his second year of Veterinary School, he adopted a Labrador Retriever and still believes it was the best $17 dollars he ever spent.
After receiving his Doctorate at Purdue University his job search included 2 criteria. First, he wanted to work for a clinic that practiced a high level of medicine. Second, the clinic had to be in California. With those two requirements in mind, Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic was the perfect match.
Outside of work, Dr. Dela Cruz enjoys soaking up the sun with his wife, Allyson and their dog, Charlie. On the weekends the three of them are likely to be on the beach splitting a cinnamon roll from Old West.