Hospital ManagerJoseph Marshall
School: Cal State University San Bernardino, Bachelors of Business Administration
Joseph was born and raised in Orange County California. As a youth he was very active in his local 4-H club, raising and showing rabbits, swine and sheep. Joe always loved animals and always seemed to bring home stray animals, even snakes and lizards to his mother’s dismay. In 2001 as Joseph was attending Orange Coast College as an undecided major, he decided to take a Veterinary Assistant course with the Regional Occupation Program (ROP) during his summer break. He completed the course and an externship with the Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove. The Doctors and staff saw potential in Joseph and hired him as an assistant. Joseph learned very quickly and developed a love for veterinary medicine.
Together with his passion for animals and love for medicine; Joseph had found his career and calling in the Veterinary field. In 2006 Joseph moved to the Coachella Valley and became a Veterinary Assistant at Valley Animal Medical Center and Emergency Services (VAMC). It was there at VAMC that Joseph met his future wife. Joseph spent 5 years at VAMC during which time he advanced to Technician Supervisor.
Joseph Graduated from the College of the Desert with two Associate Degrees; one in Liberal Arts and the other in Economics. He then continued his education at California State University San Bernardino. Joseph continued to show strong leadership skills as he became the president of the school’s business club (the Alpha Omega Business Association) and as Vice President of the Palm Desert Campus. He graduated in 2011 with his Bachelors in Business Management.
In 2012 Joseph accepted his current position as Hospital Manager at VCA Valley Animal Medical Center & Emergency Hospital. Joseph hopes to continue to grow in his career and to better the field of Veterinary Medicine.
Office ManagerLaurie-Lynn, K
Laurie-Lynn’s position incorporates a multitude of duties including payroll, attendance and ensuring the daily reports and deposits are accurate. She maintains the accounts receivables, tracks the daily revenue and expenses and assists in the ordering of inventory. Laurie-Lynn feels her most important role in the hospital is to assist the hospital manager, support her fellow employees and most of all be there for our clients and their pets. She believes it takes a strong relationship between the veterinarians, the hospital staff and our clients to see that our pets stay healthy, happy and have a long life.
Laurie-Lynn started in the secretarial field after taking secretarial courses at Pitman Business College in Vancouver, B. C. She has worked as a secretary and a receptionist and many of her skills she learned from those she worked with as well as being self-taught.
In 2005, Laurie-Lynn decided to look for a position that was not your regular office environment. She applied for a receptionist position at a small animal hospital thinking it would be fun to interact with the clients and their pets, and work with people who shared her love of animals. In 2010, VCA Animal Hospitals acquired the hospital where she worked and she was transferred to VCA Valley Animal Medical Center and Emergency Hospital to assist the hospital manager and shortly thereafter she was promoted to office manager.
Laurie-Lynn enjoys being a part of such a caring, professional hospital which offers the highest quality of healthcare. She looks forward to seeing her hospital grow and be a vital part of the community.
Laurie-Lynn has a special interest in gardening and cooking. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Harley and Shadow and relaxing with her mother, watching nature run rampant in her backyard.
Office ManagerAnnette, L
Annette has been in the Veterinary field for almost 10 years. Originally form Arizona, Annette has been in the valley for most of her life. She started as a receptionist at VCA Desert Animal Hospital. Annette expressed interest to advance in her position and became a team leader which eventually developed her into the Receptionist Supervisor. Annette has been at VCA Valley for two years and is currently an Office Manager. Annette has an extensive list of duties in her position, she likes taking on different projects and learning new things. In her free time Annette loves spending time with her son, reading, watching movies/documentaries, vintage shopping and going to concerts.
Referral CoordinatorChris G
Chris was born and raised in California and has been involved in the veterinary industry for more than 20 years. After pursuing a Zoology degree at California State University Long Beach, she worked as a veterinary technician in Southern California for many years before transitioning to a field representative position for a major pet insurance company. She joined VCA Valley Animal Medical Center in May 2014 as the Referral Coordinator. In this role, Chris acts as a liaison between VCA Valley personnel and other veterinarians in the area, and is excited that she gets to be an advocate for ALL Coachella Valley pets.
Chris enjoys travel, golf, and exploring the desert. Empty nesters, she and her husband share their home with Joe the cat and 2 pool crazy dogs, Miles and Dave.
Inventory ManagerYvette, S
Yvette was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. She is a true "desert rat", and graduated from La Quinta High School in 2001. She attended College of the Desert for one year, but found that her gift for working with people was too strong of a calling.
Yvette worked at the JW Marriott Desert Springs for five years. She started as a boat skipper, then moved to the front desk where her people skills allowed her to assist guests, make touring arrangements and engage in concierge activities. Even though Yvette had a lot of diversity and growth in her job, she found that early love of animals tugging at her.
Yvette joined the Valley Animal Medical Center team in 2003, initially starting as a room nurse where all of her people skills came in handy. Her strong organizational skills earned Yvette a promotion to room nurse supervisor. Yvette was cross trained as a veterinary assistant and again promoted to the position of treatment coordinator, a position that has been vital to the care of the many Valley patients and their people. Her job spans almost all areas of the hospital.
Married since 2009, Yvette enjoys spending time with her husband, their beautiful senior dog Kona, and her many friends and family. You can sometimes find her boating or dirt biking...or fostering some of the homeless puppies that come through the hospital. Yvette LOVES puppies!