Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Amanda Gaffagan

    Amada joined VCA in 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant.  She currently is a student majoring in Animal Biology.  Amanda owns 6 pets at home; 2 dogs- Roxy the Boxer and Sport the Jack Russell Terrier Mix, and 4 chinchillas - Cheech, Alfie, CJ, and Gus Gus.  Outside of work, she enjoys vegan cooking, baking, and reading.  What she loves most about her job is the opportunity to learn something new everyday and to make patients feel better.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jackie Rivero
    School: UC San Diego, Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience

    Jackie began working for VCA in 2011 while completing her undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience, and is currently pursing a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.  Jackie has been involved in animal rescue since the 7th grade, and has managed the feline division of her mother's local dog rescue since 2010.  She plans to continue her involvement in shelter medicine, and with the rescue community, as a licensed veterinarian.  She is an advocate for shelter pets, and promotes responsible pet ownership through spaying and neutering.  She has four cats name Boo Boo Kitty, Sebastian, Dior, and Nugget.  Her favorite dog breeds are pit bull and Rottweiler, and she hopes to adopt her own once she is finished with school.  Outside of work, Jackie enjoys nights in with family and friends, cooking/backing, and staying active with hiking, yoga, and weight training. 

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