Registered Veterinary TechnicianManda French
Veterinary Tech School: Foothill Community College
Manda has just recently joined the VCA South County team after graduating from Foothill College in 2012. She has been working in the veterinary field for the past four years, and looks forward to growing with the VCA team. In her free time Manda enjoys being artistic through drawing, crocheting, sewing and playing piano. She also enjoys spending time outside in her garden, and grooming our blind resident dog, Dave. Manda's furry and scaly friends consist of three dogs (Betty-Boop, Gretschen, and Phoebelynn), a cat named Madasyn, a bunny named Zoe, and a snake named Charlie.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianTeri Tosdale
Teri has been in the veterinary field since 1998 and became licensed in 2009. She has broad animal experience with a knack for soothing the most challenging patients from frightened cats and aggressive dogs to numerous wild species. She has taken special interest in working with Pacific Wildlife Care handling songbirds, seabirds, raptors, and mammals including skunks, opossums, coyotes and raccoons. Her furry and not so furry family includes CeeCee her calico kitty, Annie the Rat Terrier, Harold the Hairless Chihuahua, fat cat Ming, and many loyal egg laying chickens. In addition, Teri has an enthusiastic personality, takes a special interest in greenhouse herb gardening, worm composting, and dabbles in aromatherapy.
Veterinary AssistantJennifer Conner
Jenni has been working in the veterinary field since 2007. She started out in Virginia working at a large eight doctor practice, after ending her career training horses. While Jenni has an interest in equine medicine, she has always worked for small animal practices. Due to her own horse having a neurological condition, Jenni took an interest in neurology and worked in a surgery and neurology department at a specialty referral veterinary hospital located just outside of Washington DC as a pain management nurse. She joined the VCA South County team in the summer of 2011, after relocating with her two daughters across country.
Jenni’s family includes her two daughters, Skylar and Claire, her two dogs, Lola and Brutus, her mare, Wynny, and cat, Dylan. She also provides a foster home for rescued Pit Bulls, through a rescue based in Lompoc called Shadow’s Fund. Between kids and pets, Jenni spends what little free time she has doing some freelance writing, or studying for her Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Her long-term goal is to work in public relations and social media for 5013 (c) nonprofit groups that specialize in animal welfare.
Veterinary AssistantThomas McBride
Tommy joined VCA South County in early 2014. He started with VCA in 2011 at an emergency hospital in Redding, CA. He moved to San Luis Obispo in 2013 to attend Cal Poly. He enjoys taking his animal science class and is currently applying to Veterinary Schools all around the world. While not studying or working, he enjoys volunteering at The Marine Mammal Center, in addition to hiking, climbing and surfing. Back home in Redding, he has an extremely energetic, very sweet McNab named Buddy. He also enjoys taking Dave, a blind VCA resident, on weekend vacations to the beach and to stay at his house.
Veterinary AssistantSavannah McCurdy
School: Cal Poly State University, BS
Savannah is one of the newer members of the VCA South County team who recently graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. While completing her degree, Savannah worked at both the Cal Poly Equine Center and the Swanton Pacific Cattle Ranch. Needless to say it is no surprise that she eventually wants to pursue veterinary school. In her free time, Savannah likes to go hiking, play beach volleyball, sing, crochet and go horseback riding. Savannah's four legged and feathered family members consist of her dog, Ari (a Labrador/Dachshund mix) and five cockatiels: Eve, Sinbad, Zeus, Athena, and Venus.