Registered Veterinary TechnicianChelsea Fierro
Ever since she was a little girl, Chelsea has loved animals and knew this field was perfect for her. We have had the pleasure of having Chelsea work at VCA Benicia Since April 2016. Chelsea graduated Carrington College with her Associates in Animal Science. After passing her exams, she has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, attending sporting events and being with her family. She is a huge SF Giants and Oakland Raiders fan. Chelsea is owned by her 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a duck; Kheba (Shepherd Mix), Henny (Labrador Mix), Mammas (Sassy Miniature Pinscher), Hazel-nut (Teacup Chihuahua), Amora and Josiephine both calico kitties. Chelsea enjoys working to ensure that her animals have amazing lives and to broaden her education in this field! She is excited to start this adventure with her new VCA family
Veterinary AssistantAmanda 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 AssistantMeaghan Horel
Meaghan joined us early in May of 2015 as the new kennel attendant. She enjoys all aspects of her work, especially being able to play with the dogs and cats that board with us. She loves all animals, and hopes to one day help run a rehabilitation and rescue center catering towards military dogs. In her free time Meaghan enjoys reading books, cuddling with her family's grey tabby cat, Cinders and their Bichon Frise, Max. To stay active, she enjoys swimming, hiking with Max, and golfing.
Veterinary AssistantJackie 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.