Dr. Chris Bates


I always have loved animals and knew from a very young age that I would be working with animals as a career. However, I didn't quite know in what capacity when I was little.

I applied for a position at Newport Harbor Animal Hospital while I was in college at Cal Poly Pomona as a kennel assistant and was hired! From there, I realized that I loved veterinary medicine and stepped up into the role of veterinary assistant. I couldn't imagine doing anything else and applied to Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and was accepted.

I continued working at Newport Harbor while in school and was excited to accept the position of Veterinarian after graduation. Newport Harbor Animal Hospital has been my home in veterinary medicine since the beginning and I can't imagine being anywhere else. There is no better place!

When I get a little time for myself, I enjoy hiking with my dog Loki and photographing all the interesting wildlife I encounter on my treks. I take a special interest in native California plant species and dream of my future garden of native plants


Dr. Bates is a member of: AVMA and SCVMA