Registered Veterinary TechnicianErin Breck
Erin joined VCA Tender Care in 2015. She had graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Animal Biology from UC Davis in 2005 but took a slightly different career path after graduation. Erin had found a special fondness for the nursing side of veterinary medicine earning her RVT in 2012. She began her veterinary journey when she was in high school as a kennel attendant and began working as a technician after college. In 2016, she celebrated 10 years of working as a technician. She was born in San Francisco but was raised in the rolling hills of Marin (Lucas Valley) where she developed appreciation for nature and Marin's Open Space. Erin currently does not have any pets but she does have a rambunctious 2 year old son! Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and photography. Her special interest in this field is preventative care such as dental prophylactic cleanings, as well as radiology. What she likes most about VCA Tender Care is it's philosophy of low-stress care, as well as building life-long relationship with people and pets.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianJulia Hamaker
Julia has been working in animal hospitals for 15 years. She started as an assistant, then earned her RVT license in 2003, and has been at Tender Care for the last 5 years. She has one old, crunchy cat (whom she met at Tender Care) and one old, lumpy rat (whom was a rescue by way of UC Davis). Julia is from southern California and grew up in a house full of animals including horses, chickens, dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, and fish. Her special interests outside of work are of course, luring random animals she comes across on the streets to look at their dental health, but also vegan eats, surfing, and traveling. She is applying to school to be a human nurse in hopes to one day be able to take care of all mammals in need.
Veterinary AssistantKate Buckley
Kate began working with our team in September 2015. After taking college courses towards a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, she found that her true calling was to work with animals. She changed course and has since graduated with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Carrington College. She feels that working with animals is her life's calling. To say she loves working with animals would be a major understatement. She has had some fantastic experiences such as working with Asian Elephants in Thailand. In the future she would love to work with orangutans in Borneo. Kate greatly admires the work of Jane Goodall and hopes to someday follow in her footsteps working towards great ape conservation. When she isn't working or planning for her future work with animals, she enjoys spending time with her dogs Lola (a blue nose Staffordshire Terrier) and Mario (a Chihuahua).
Veterinary AssistantJuanita Dudley
I joined the VCA Tender Care team in December 2013, and this time has been the best of my work life, which includes stints in retail, banking, human medicine and with the U.S. Postal Service. I’ve been in the veterinary industry for 17 years, but never lived a day of my life without at least one pet. Currently, I am “mom” to 3 dogs"Ryan, a Papillion, CC, a miniature poodle, and the love of my life, Carson, an Australian shepherd. Also in residence are 7 cats and 1 parakeet. All of my kids are rescues. My birthplace was Santa Monica, but Marin has been my home for 55 years in the little slice of paradise called Forest Knolls, where I enjoy spending time reading or gardening. Working at Tender Care has been wonderful. The atmosphere is pleasant, the people are fun, and the opportunities to learn are abundant. Our doctors practice excellent medicine. I’m proud to be part of this team, and hope to be for a long time to come!
Veterinary AssistantFrancisco Martinez Cruz
Francisco, a native of Mexico, began his journey with VCA Tender Care on April 2015. He attended College of Marin and is currently a Veterinary Assistant. Outside of work he enjoy hiking, running, and playing soccer. He currently has one 4 yeare old Chihuahua Mix, Simba. What he loves most about his job is being able to help and cure patients that come to VCA.
Veterinary AssistantJulia Riviello
I started in the veterinary field because I wanted to help make a difference in animals and people's lives. I love working in a hospital because I get to do that every single day. When I'm not at work, I'm furthering my knowledge through the SRJC Vet Tech Program. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats total in my life currently, and I love them all so much. On my days off I like to frequent the beach or go hiking. I feel incredibly lucky to work in a VCA hospital.