Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Tania N.

    Tania started with VCA Animal Hospital of Santa Cruz in 2000, a year out of high school. She worked at several hospitals around the bay area while taking college courses and in 2010 she took a year off to stay home with her daughter. She re-joined the VCA family a second time in 2011.
    Tania continues her education by attending C.E. on pharmaceuticals, prescription diets, controlled drugs, radiology, veterinary products, and parasitology. She has received on-site training as a veterinary assistant.
    Tania was born here in Santa Cruz but was raised primarily in Berkeley; Spending her school years in Berkeley and her summers in Santa Cruz. She likes to watch movies with her two kids and enjoys going to the beach and discovering new and ever changing activities that Santa Cruz has to offer. She shares custody of her Chihuahua, Lolita, and blue nose pit bull, Blu Dogg.
    Aside from her obvious love of animals, she continues to made lifelong friendships through VCA, with fellow employees and even clients.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Lauryn S.
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute

    Originally from the Santa Cruz area Lauryn joined VCA Santa Cruz in September of 2014 after receiving an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute. “Learning will always be an interest of mine,” says Lauryn, “with this growing field new things will always come up.” Her favorite part of working at VCA Santa Cruz is sharing her knowledge with the owner in how they can give better quality care to their animal companions. She also believes in being the voice for the animals that can’t speak for themselves. She shares her home with two English Staffordshire Terriers, named Ozzy and Penny and one domestic short hair cat named Mister Wayne. In her spare time she takes her dogs to the beach and watch’s football. Go Broncos! She recently picked up golfing and spending time with her family and friends is always a must.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Tracey W
    Veterinary Tech School: Hartnell College

    Tracey Whitcomb graduated from the AVMA approved program at Hartnell College in 1999 with an Associates Degree in Animal Health Technology. She has worked full-time in professional veterinary medical assisting ever since earning her degree, and for 23 years total in the veterinary field. During her career, Tracey has worked with many species of large, small, and exotic animals, as well as some wildlife rehabilitation cases. She has raised many types of pets herself over the years, her favorites being her dogs, horses, goats and ferrets. Tracey currently shares her home with three dogs, Dylan and Jersey, both Long Coated Chihuahuas, and Fez, a large mixed-breed senior citizen.