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.
Assistant 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.
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.
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 ManagerJanet, RVT
Veterinary Tech School: Pierce College
Janet comes to us most recently from VCA Desert Animal Hospital where she was working as a surgery, dental and critical care technician since relocating to the desert in 2007. Janet is originally from Washington State where she attended the Pierce College Veterinary Technology program graduating in 1995 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She acquired LVT status in Washington State by passing both the state exam and the national board exam for veterinary technicians and maintains current status. Janet acquired her California RVT status while working at VCA Desert Animal Hospital.
Janet brings with her a broad range of knowledge and experience acquired since beginning her career in the veterinary field in 1989 as a kennel attendant in a mixed animal practice. She has also been a receptionist and was a veterinary assistant prior to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. She owned horses for 20 years prior to moving to the desert and went trail riding whenever she could. Now, in her spare time, Janet enjoys spending time with her husband attending car shows, relaxing with their two cats, Roadrunner and Sammy, and gardening.