Dr. Marchant was born and raised in Long Beach, New York. She was 8 years old when her mother took her to a local animal shelter to rescue her first cat. This is when she knew that she wanted to become a veterinarian. In High School, she participated in an externship at a local veterinary hospital on Long Island, and after graduating from SUNY Delhi with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Systems Management she worked for a veterinarian hospital.

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Marchant worked in the financial industry for 12 years in New York. In 2000, Dr. Marchant relocated to San Diego to pursue her passion for animals and medicine. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. In 2009, she graduated from Kansas State University with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Marchant believes the human-animal bond is sacred and it is necessary to take this bond into consideration when treating your cat. She knows this first hand by her connection with and care for her first childhood cat, Alley Cat. Knowing that many owners find it a struggle to take their cats to the hospital, she has started a mobile practice which provides at home care for cats, thus helping to maintain the human-animal bond.

She has an interest in preventative medicine, internal medicine, nutrition, and weight management. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and is a member of the Cat Friendly Advisory Council. She is also a member of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and part of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Marchant enjoys cooking, camping, rock climbing, yoga and hiking. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, her 3 cats: Dexter, Macy and Willow. Three years ago she adopted her first dog- Maddie a 13 year old Shih tzu mix.


Melissa has been in the animal medical field for over 17 years. She graduated from Becker College in Massachusetts with high honors as a Veterinary Technician. She has extensive experience in general practice, shelter medicine, as well as, emergency and critical care. She has also enjoyed time as a kitten nursery caregiver. She shares her home with 2 cats, Bug and Brady (yes, named after Tom Brady) both hand raised by Melissa. And a Chihuahua mix named Gunner, who has so much energy, he could make Richard Simmons stop sweating to the oldies!

In her free time she loves going to the beach, beachcombing, biking with Gunner, long walks with good company and when able, fostering neonate kittens.