Celebration of Life - In Honor of Dr. Mike Zareski

If you plan to attend, we ask that you please RSVP "Going" on the Facebook Event created by Dr Mike's family to assist them in planning for the amount of guests that will be in attendance.

We ask that anyone that would like to share photos, videos or memories of Dr. Mike to please email them to the following email: drmikezmemories@gmail.com.



Dear WVG Friends and Family,

I am so terribly saddened to share with you that my husband, Dr. Mike Zareski, was involved in an accident and did not survive. Our WVG staff and families know that Mike touched a tremendous number of people with his overwhelming compassion, generosity and kindness. His legacy will live on in our four beautiful children and in Western Veterinary Group. Mike poured his heart, soul, and sweat into making WVG a family practice, not only in the sense of including myself and our kids but also as a place where he cared for and considered each one of his patients and clients family as well.

I intend to carry on and grow WVG as I know Mike would want, and I want to assure you that our veterinarians and support staff will continue to offer the exceptional level of compassion and care that Mike showed everyone. It is my greatest heartbreak to be on this earth without Mike but also my honor and that of our WVG staff to continue his legacy. I sincerely hope you all will share in Mike’s legacy too.

Mike’s associates include Dr. Eileen Ng, Dr. Anne-Marie Reikes, Dr. Tiffaney Higashi, and Dr. Lisa Mori. They have all exceptional veterinarians and have been personally trained and influenced by Mike. They will continue the ever-increasing level of veterinary care that Mike established at Western Vet Group.

On Saturday, Mike was returning from a veterinary conference with long-time friends and colleagues when the aircraft experienced catastrophic engine failure and was unable to land safely. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the accident. Once arranged, we will announce upcoming services.

Mike personified everything a veterinarian should be - kind, loving, compassionate. He had a heart that never stopped giving. Mike was even known to extend his help to those who didn’t know they needed help at the time.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out in recent days. The WVG family and I am truly grateful for your support, and I know Mike would have been too. If you feel a contribution is appropriate at this time, in lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation in Mike’s memory to the 4Ever Foundation (www.4EverFound.org) - it was yet one more way Mike gave back to the community.

Shanna Zareski


Our new Torrance location is open for business! Stop by, we look forward to showing you around our new amazing facility.

We are a full service veterinary hospital in Torrance, committed to keeping your pets healthy and happy with state-of-the-art preventive care and early disease detection. Our professional and caring staff provides the best possible medical care. We look forward to helping you care for your beloved pets.

Western Veterinary Group in Torrance

24260 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310.326.0000

Monday-Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm

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Preventative Veterinary Care Keeps Your Pet Healthy and Happy

Preventative veterinary medicine is the key to keeping your pet healthy and happy. At Western Veterinary Group, our goal is to provide your pet with the specialized care he or she needs to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Our veterinary hospital in Torrance offers state of the art veterinary medicine for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. Our animal hospital was voted as the best vet in Daily Breeze's South Bay's Best in 2011 and 2013, and we strive to maintain that reputation among our furry clients and the people who love them.

Educated Animal Doctors and Vet Technicians

When you entrust your pet to a veterinarian at Western Veterinary Group, you can feel confident that your pet is in good hands. Our doctors have years of experience and will care for your pet with love and professional integrity. Dr. Mike Zareski, who most clients know as "Dr. Mike," has a passion for treating all sorts of animals, and his doctors and technicians share his love for treating pets. The veterinarians at our hospital have experience in preventative care, surgical procedures, dental health, and reproductive issues.

Veterinary Treatments and Services

Our vet hospital offers routine exams, vaccinations, blood work, spay and neuter clinics, and disease prevention services. We can supply you with the necessary preventative treatments to keep you pet healthy, such as heartworm pills and flea and tick preventatives. Our technicians can even recommend the correct diet for your pet based on its current age and health condition. We also offer specialized dental services to remove built up plaque or an abscessed tooth.

When you visit our office, your pet will receive top-notch treatment at a facility that houses an on-site lab, radiology equipment, and ultrasound services. Our doctors and technicians are happy to answer any questions about your pet's health, and we work hard to make you and your pet feel comfortable. If you live in the South Bay area, we invite you to make an appointment to experience our veterinary care for your pet.