Veterinary Support

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Sarah Nelson
    Veterinary Tech School: Foothill College

    Sarah received her undergraduate degree in journalism from CSU Chico and went on to enjoy a successful career at Hewlett Packard Company. During a downsizing period at HP, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to leave HP and pursue a career either in human or animal nursing. Her lifelong love of animals won out and she attended Foothill College's Animal Health Technology program. She graduated in 1995 and passed the California State Veterinary Medical Board exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician that same year. She began working with Dr. Mell at the Stanford Pet Clinic (now VCA Palo Alto Animal Hospital) in 1994 and enjoys developing long term relationships with clients and their pets. She has a particular fondness for senior pets and the challenges they can present. Sarah loves being a mom to her own cats who range in age from 4 to 16 years old. She also enjoys mixed media crafting, hiking and is an avid SF Giants fan!


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Janet Ronstadt
    Veterinary Tech School: Foothill College

    Janet received her undergrad degree in psychology and worked in mental health settings until she had children.   After they were launched, her life long passion for animals led her to join the Foothill College Veterinary Technology Program, from which she graduated  in 2001, passing the state licensing exam the same year and becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. About her second career Janet likes to say "If you love your job you never have to work a day in your life." She enjoys developing relationships with clients and caring for their beloved pets as if they were her own. Janet is especially interested in senior pet care as well as studying about vestibular syndromes. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling with her husband and spending weekends at the beach with her Pembroke Corgi, Cheerio, her Cardigan Corgi, Alice Rose and her Smooth Collie, Lad.  


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Pamela Warrior
    Veterinary Tech School: Foothill College

    Pam has been working with VCA Palo Alto Animal Hospital since 2009. Previously she worked for Stanford Pet Hospital for over 5 years. With over 10 years of training and experience she received her RVT license at Foothill College. Her and her husband, who is an Animal Control Officer for the city of Palo Alto, are the proud pet parents of a dog, four cats, and four gold fish. When Pam is not working at VCA she enjoys such activities as taking her dog Lily, a deaf double-merle Border Collie, to specialized training to heighten her other senses.


  • Veterinary Assistant Supervisor

    Josefina Ceja

    Information to follow…


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Tanya Phan

    Tanya joined VCA Palo Alto in 2012.  Previously, Tanya was an accredited dog training instructor through Petsmart for 5 years, specializing interest in both canine and feline behavior.  She currently resides in Milpitas, California with her 1 cat: Sprinkles and 3 German Shepherds: Peanut, Spartacus, and Danta.   Outside of work she trains her dogs in a sport called Schutzhund, loves outdoor activities such as running, hiking, and kayaking, and indulges her inner foodie by trying new foods and new restaurants.  What she loves most about her job is that she gets to interact with people and their pets on a daily basis and get the opportunity to get to know them on a person level, learning new skills and developing as a Veterinary Assistant.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Terri Silveira

    Five years ago, Terri made the decision to change her career from the hi-tech industry to following her passion and love for animals, so she became a volunteer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley as a dog walker and socializer.  A few months later, the Medical Center had an opening for a receptionist.  This position enhanced her knowledge and understanding of animal welfare and well-being.  To continue her desire to work with animals and further advance her career in the Veterinary fields, she enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at Carrington College.  In November 2015, she graduated with an AS in Veterinary Technology.  As of April 2016, she is taking the National Boards.  She has learned to never give up on her dreams because they're coming true starting with a new career at VCA. Terri loved gardening, scuba diving, camping, skiing spending time with family and taking walks with my miniature schnauzer, Charlie.  IN 2009, she became a published children's author with her book "Puppy Pen Pals."

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