South Shores Pet Clinic has two veterinarians with over 63 years of combined experience in veterinary medicine to care for your pet. Click on the names below to learn more about our doctors. If you have any questions about our team or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to Contact Us.
Van P. Steed, DVM
Dr. Van P. Steed was born into a farming, ranching family in Texas and was raised with a love of animals. His family has farmed and ranched in the Texas panhandle since 1896, so his familiarity with and love for animals came naturally and inspired him to excel. This love led him to choose veterinary medicine for his life's career.
He graduated magna cum laude from Texas A & M University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in animal science. In 1980, he received another B.S. in veterinary science. He was also named in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and was awarded the Senior Merit Award from the College of Agriculture. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A & M College of Veterinarian Medicine in 1981 and began practicing veterinary medicine the same year.
Dr. Steed is licensed for surgical and general animal health care in California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. He was fundamental to Interferon Research at Texas A & M University Agriculture Extension Services, after he and his group published "Improved Survival of Four Cats Infected with Feline Leukemia Virus: After Oral Administration of Interferon" (May-June 1987).
Prior to joining the team at our clinic, Dr. Steed cared for animals in a mixed animal practice, including Quarter Horse breeding and cow and calf herd health, as well as medical and surgical care for cats and dogs. In 1987, he moved from Texas to California and started delivering expert medical and surgical care to dogs, cats, and avian and exotic species as an associate veterinarian at our clinic. In 1994, he formed a partnership with Dr. Mark J. Weimer, with whom he officially took co-ownership of South Shore Pet Clinic. Since then, both doctors have delivered unsurpassed quality, state-of-the-art veterinarian services to dogs, cats, and other small domestic animals and exotics to the San Pedro and surrounding South Bay communities.
Dr. Steed's skills were recognized by the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, when he was asked to deliver comprehensive medical and surgical care to sick and injured seals, sea lions, and cetaceans. During that time, utilizing his marine care experience, he was one of the consulting providers of comprehensive veterinary services for all species of marine mammals, reptiles, avian, and aquatic life at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.
In addition to providing health care, Dr. Steed belongs to numerous professional organizations including The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, and the Lions Club of San Pedro since 1987, serving as president from 1992-1993.
Dr. Steed is married to Gina and has two sons, a daughter, three step daughters, one step son, and four dogs. In his spare time, he flies private aircraft. His mission at South Shores Pet Clinic and for his life is to combine his education, experience, talent, and energy with a heart the size of his birth state to better the lives of others. He delivers unsurpassed veterinary care to furry legged family members.
Mark J. Weimer, DVM
Dr. Mark J. Weimer is a fourth generation California native. Born and raised in Northern California, he spent a lot of time on the family ranch in the San Joaquin Valley. He still remembers his first veterinarian experience from the age of 7, when he assisted his veterinarian uncle in the spay and neuter of many ranch cats. Born with a mind to learn quickly, he chose veterinary medicine for his life's profession.
He was introduced to Southern California when he attended USC and graduated in 1982 with a degree in biology. In 1986, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a member of Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and received The Schneider Honors Award as well as the Sheidy Prize for Pharmacology.
In 1986, Dr. Weimer began practicing veterinary medicine in Chatsworth, California. He then relocated to Bear Valley Animal Hospital in Big Bear Lake, California, where he served as hospital manager and provided veterinary services to various indigenous species at the local zoo. Two years later, he began serving the Long Beach and surrounding community at the Mercy Animal Medical Center, as the hospital manager and providing veterinary medical and surgical services to small animals and exotics. In 1992, Dr. Weimer became an associate veterinarian at South Shores Pet Clinic, providing veterinary medical and surgical care to small animals, avian and exotic species. This led to his to co-ownership with Dr. Steed in 1994.
During his time as an associate veterinarian at our clinic, the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro selected Dr. Weimer in 1993 to provide comprehensive veterinary medical and surgical care to sick and injured marine mammals including seals, sea lions, and dolphins. Together with Dr. Steed, Dr. Weimer continues his veterinary responsibilities to sea life at the Marine Mammal Care Center. Capitalizing on the Marine Mammal Care's confidence with Dr. Weimer's veterinary skills, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific entrusts him to provide veterinary medical and surgical care for the fish, reptiles, birds and various marine mammals at the aquarium.
In his efforts to stay up-to-date with the latest in veterinary medicine, Dr. Weimer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, and The California Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Weimer is married to Christine and has twin boys, Wills and Harrison. They also have a daughter named Ava. When he’s not working at our clinic, he enjoys spending time with his family and driving in amateur and professional auto racing. Dr. Weimer's mission at South Shores Pet Clinic, and for his life, is to use his talents, education, and training, to benefit others. Whether responding to a late night call to care for a sick sea lion, a cat that's been hit by a car or some other lifesaving procedure, he always strives to provide the highest level of veterinary medicine to his clients and their pets and plans on doing so for many years to come.