Dr. Melody Aitchison-Steed



Small animal veterinary medicine.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
UC Davis Veterinary School, 2001-2005

Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology
University of California, Davis, 1997-20012

About Dr. Melody Aitchison-Steed

Dr. Melody Aitchison-Steed graduated with her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of California at Davis in 2005. Following graduation, she completed a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency care. After completing her internship, Dr. Aitchison-Steed has practiced small animal general medicine in Southern California. When she’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Aitchison-Steed is usually with her family (a husband and two sweet daughters, two dogs, and a cat!) enjoying the outdoors by hiking and camping, reading, or attending the kids’ sports events.

Current Work

– Relief Veterinarian, Melody Aitchison-Steed, DVM
– Freelance veterinarian medical writer

Previous Work

– Veterinarian, Care and Comfort Veterinary Hospital for 12 years
– Veterinarian (Intern), Emergency and Specialty Center for 1 year 1 month

  • Dean’s Honor List- UC Davis
  • School of Veterinary Medicine General Scholarship
  • Westminster Kennel Club Scholarship
  • Betsy Arminger Scholarship
  • Pinki and Frank Mathews Scholarship
  • Davis Dog Training Club Scholarship
  • Beail Memorial Scholarship

American Veterinary Medical Association, San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association


Articles by Dr. Melody Aitchison-Steed

The Best Automatic Dog Feeders

The Best Automatic Dog Feeders

Corgi sniffing a dog snuffle mat

The Best Snuffle Mats for Dogs

Puppy in litter substrate in a dog litter box

The Best Dog Litter Boxes

Small dog stepping out of a cozy indoor dog house

The Best Indoor Dog Houses

Dog bowl filled with zucchini, veggies, and meat

Can Dogs Eat Zucchini? Yes, And…

Hand holding a pecan in front of two dogs

Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Yes, But…

White dog eating a sliced bell pepper from a bowl
Bowl of pickles on a table

Can Dogs Eat Pickles? Yes, But…

Person offering small dog a shrimp on a fork

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp? Yes, But…

White dog sits near a basket of peaches in the grass

Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Yes, But…

Yorkshire Terrier eating wet food containing tuna

Can Dogs Eat Tuna? Yes, But…

Person holding watermelon slide in front of dog

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon? Yes, But…

Two dogs on bed in indoor dog house
Yorkie being blow dried at a grooming shop

The Best Dog Hair Dryers

Blow drying a dog after a bath

Is it Safe to Blow Dry a Dog?