VCA Orchard Plaza Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Stephanie Meurell
    Veterinary Tech School: Veterinary Allied Staff Education

    Stephanie has been with VCA Orchard Plaza since 1990. She currently manages our team of RVTs and Veterinary assistants.  Stephanie says what she enjoys most is working with people in order to help animals receive the best care possible. She manages the treatment room with the motto "Life is too short - Be happy!"

    Stephanie's family includes her husband, two children, and her maltese Tesla. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming at the beach, and riding her horses.

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Katie Pefferle

    Katie has been with VCA Orchard Plaza for close to two years now (she left briefly to explore large animal medicine). Katie graduated from Carrington College in 2012 and shortly after took her state boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Most of her time is spent helping with routine and emergency procedures but you will also find her assisting in rooms as your "furry kid's" nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys everything outdoors, riding her horses, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jeanivic A.

    Jeanivic started working at VCA Orchard Plaza as an intern in the spring of 2014 and became part of the team as a Kennel Assistant a few months later. She is currently in her second year of the Veterinary Technology Program at Foothill College to pursue her career as a Registered Veterinary Technician. When she has some spare time outside of school and work, she reads, watches movies and spends time with family and friends.   

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Idalia C.

    Biography coming soon.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Cassandra G.

    Cassandra is new to the VCA technician team but has proven to be a great fit. She graduated from Carrington College last year and is planning on taking her state boards soon to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, Cassandra loves spending time with her four year old daughter and her two little white dogs.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Kara K.

    Bio Coming Soon.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.