Dr. Mariana Pascucci was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her family relocated to Southern California in 1992. Dr. Pascucci earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a minor in Spanish literature from the University of California, Irvine before attending the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Pascucci completed an internship at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine, where she focused on internal medicine.
I have always been interested in science and medicine in particular. Animals have been a part of my life growing up and as a college student volunteering my time at an animal hospital I realized I could put my love for animals and passion for medicine together in one career.
I was always drawn to dogs but in vet school I got to share my life (and food plate) with a cat named Trouble, who definitely lived up to his name. Cats are more independent, but both dogs and cats depend on you to care for them and love you unconditionally. I believe pets enrich every aspect your life. They are companions, emotional support, exercise buddies, friends and family members. They are there for you even when you are having a bad day. It is an honor to be able to be their voice when something ails them and try to help them.
One of my favorite things about veterinary medicine is helping pets and their families share a healthy and happy life together. I feel invested in my patient’s care and I am passionate about improving their quality of life. My most memorable moments in veterinary medicine are times I know I’ve made an impact in a pet’s life and the people that love them: whether it is helping through a tough situation, sharing their happy moments during a routine annual exam, or supporting them during the last moments of a pet’s life. I am driven to continue to learn the latest and best ways to diagnose and treat our companions to help them lead a healthy life. This is where my interest in ultrasound comes from. It gives me the opportunity to gain an immense amount of information in a non-invasive way to figure out how to best help a patient.
I am happy to be part of the IVS team. We have great equipment such as laparoscopy and ultrasonography, which lets me practice the kind of high quality medicine I enjoy. I also love having the opportunity to work as part of a team, able to collaborate with the other veterinarians and share our knowledge to ensure we are giving the best care possible to our patients.
Dr. Pascucci’s areas of interest include ultrasonography and dermatology.
When Dr. Pascucci is not practicing medicine, she enjoys the beach, biking and hiking. She is an avid sports fan and loves spending time with her family. She lives with her dog Leo and husband Robby in Mission Viejo.
Dr. Pascucci is fluent in Spanish.