About Us

Who We Are

San Tan Animal Hospital was created with a very unique goal: we believe in providing veterinary care in a manner that honors the family-pet bond. Serving the needs of the pet owning communities of the San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and surrounding areas, our goal is to work in partnership with the client to provide optimum pro-active, preventive health care in a friendly, compassionate environment. Our experienced animal health care team has been carefully selected for their commitment in providing exceptional professional care for the pet and the pet owner

San Tan Animal Hospital was founded by Dr. Scott Darger, who received his bachelor's degree from ASU in Zoology and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1995. Shortly after graduating, Dr. Darger opened his first animal hospital in Mesa, Arizona, where he practiced as the medical director for 18 years. His passion for compassion for animals and commitment to the growing community in Queen Creek, Arizona, led Dr. Darger to the decision to open San Tan Animal Hospital in November of 2015. The talented and attentive animal health care team of San Tan Animal Hospital has been providing excellent veterinary care in the east valley for a combined total of 60 years. We would love to meet you! Please call today to schedule a tour of our hospital and learn what makes San Tan Animal Hospital distinctive, caring and inimitable.

Mission Statement

To provide each client and pet with exceptional veterinary service in a professional and efficient manner.

We promise to be honest in our communication with our clients and each other. We will never take for granted the trust you place in us to care for your pets.

Communication is the cornerstone of our practice. Our team is dedicated to listening, understanding, educating, and responding to your family needs.

We honor your special relationship with your pet and treat them as if they are a member of our family.

We value each of our team members unique contributions to our practices’ success. We are grateful for your trust in allowing us to care for your pets.

Our goal is to create value for our clients and exceed their expectations in all that we do.

Hospital Philosophy:
It is our desire to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to our patients and offer the best possible service to our clients.

Rescues we work with:

What our clients say

Dr. Scott Darger has been my vet of choice for 20 years. Besides the fact that he is, hands down, the best vet in Arizona, he is also very loving, compassionate and kind to all animals and their parents. Dr. Darger has always consistently provided superior care to all of my animals over the last 20 years. In addition, he has always helped me to make the most compassionate choices for my babies, even when those choices were hard. His office is top-notch clean, efficient and organized. He has always been there when I needed him, even coming in late at night when necessary. I can’t say enough positive about him. Just one visit is all it will take. You and your animals will be as in love as we’ve been for the past 20 years. Dr. Darger, I would follow you to the moon. Your friends, Marni and all her furry kids.

Marni S.

Our family has been clients of Dr. Darger for over 18 years and wouldn’t trust our pets care to anyone else. This hospital is beautiful and clean and the staff are kind, caring and professional. We highly recommend Dr. Darger and his staff.

J R.

This is a first time that I am writing a review in my life. And the reason:
Dr. Darger and his team are the BEST.
The amount of attention, care and devotion given to every single person and their pet, is more than you can imagine. They really go out of their way to help in anyway possible.

Miad V.

If you are looking for a vet with compassion, respect and love for your furry family please consider Dr. Darger at San Tan Valley Hospital . You’ll never be disappointed and I promise your furry babies will never be in better hands. I’ve known Dr. Darger for over 7 years. He always goes out of his way to help me with my own or my my rescue furry babies. Without his help I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. He is a Guardian Angel to my furry family and me. His TEAM is amazing; they are all patient and caring. They make us feel welcome whenever we step in.

In my opinion a good deed is a reflection of a person’s soul. Here is a story I want to share with everybody. A few years ago one of my dogs was hit by a car just before Christmas. I had no money to take her to the Emergency Clinic because a few months earlier I took a rescue kitty to the Emergency Clinic and paid $4,000 out of my pocket. I called Dr. Darger and he came from home in the middle of the night and opened his practice to help my dog. His concern and care were aboveboard. That’s truly a genuine doctor who cares for the animals and his ethical practice. I will never forget his kindness and compassion. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Cristina P.

Myself and my animals are beyond thrilled to have Dr. Darger so close to our home. The care that he provides is unlike any I’ve seen in all the vet visit I have had with my personal and other rescued animals. Queen Creek is very lucky to have such a special guy caring for our pets!

Cara R.

Best vet around!!! We just love Dr. Darger. He’s the best!

Jodi B.

You won’t find a better Vet or more caring and honest guy around! I’ve been taking my dogs to Dr. Darger for 17 years and trust he and his wonderful staff.

Jeanne R.

For the last 8 years I have driven by countless other vet offices to go to Dr. Darger. ( At his last location. ) We have had conversations in the past about him opening another location closer to home. And he did!!!!!! I am ecstatic for my babies having their amazing DR closer to home. And am super excited for Dr Darger on his new adventure closer to his home as well! You can’t go wrong in bringing your fur babies here. 5 stars for sure!

Kelly V.

For my friends with fur kids……If you’re looking for a new Vet, or need a change, go see Dr Darger at San Tan Animal Hospital located at Ocotillo and Rittenhouse. He is without a doubt one of the most caring and knowledgeable Veterinarians I’ve ever been to. Trust me when I say, you’ll never want your babies to see anyone else!

Linda D.

Great hospital, amazing Doctor! Dr Darger is simply the best vet we’ve ever had. Honest, great at what he does and extremely knowledgeable and the fur kids even like him. Brand new office, clean and bright! I would recommend him to anyone, if you think you’ve got a good vet, try Dr Darger, you’ll never want to go anywhere else again. So glad he’s closer now!

Abby G.

I called for an appointment this morning. My daughter was able to take our little Sugar in this afternoon (same day!!) and she couldn’t say enough about Dr. Darger and his staff. They were friendly, compassionate, and thorough. Dr. Darger explained each step of his examination of Sugar, made an accurate diagnosis, and gave us the meds that will get her back to 100%. We have been searching for the perfect doctor for our menagerie and we finally found him! Thank you San Tan Animal Hospital.

Theresa S.

One of the most kind and caring doctors you will ever meet! So easy to talk to, and very informative. I have seen him work miracles on animals thru rescues! He calmed all my fears with my dog that is deaf and aggressive when he is unfamiliar with places. Look no further for a great doctor, you have found him!

Shelley H.

Amazing group of talented individuals who truly care for your pets. Highly recommend San Tan Animal Hospital!

Joshua W.

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