Technician SupervisorAmanda D
Amanda started at VCA Valley Animal Medical Center in April of 2014 when she relocated to the Coachella Valley from the Florida Keys. She holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology, which she obtained in her home state of Michigan in 2011. She is a licensed veterinary technician in both Michigan and California. Her experience as a vet tech includes emergency, exotic, zoo, wildlife, and small animal medicine. In September of 2015, Amanda joined the leadership team here as a technical supervisor. She currently has two cats named Dennis and Merlin.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianTeresa, D
School: Mt. San Antonio
Teresa grew up here in the Coachella Valley where she has always had a love for animals. She started in the veterinary field in 2000. Teresa started school for her R.V.T license in 2005 and completed the program in 2007. She became licensed in 2007 with both her R.V.T and C.V.T licenses. Teresa is expanding her skills and knowledge by taking part in a veterinary technician specialists program focusing on Dentistry. Upon completion, Teresa will be the first V.T.S (Dentistry) in Southern California. From there Teresa hopes to pursue the V.T.S (Emergency and Critical Care).
In her spare time Teresa enjoys spending time with her friends and family which includes 3 dogs (Gobbles, Chopper and Dozer), and 5 cats.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianJeannette, H
Veterinary Tech School: Cal Poly Pomona
Jeannette started taking care of animals at a very young age, when her family became accustomed to the many injured and sick animals she would find and bring home. After high school graduation, she got her first veterinary assistant job where she stayed for three years and was promoted to lead assistant.
Continuing on her chosen career path and working at a spay/neuter clinic and an emergency clinic, Jeannette went to Professional Veterinary Assistant school and became a registered veterinary technician in 2004. Her advanced training made her eligible to become a veterinary technician at Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Tustin, where she worked alongside board certified surgeons for five years, monitoring surgical patients, assisting with surgeries and providing intensive post operative care.
While still working as a technician, Jeannette pursued her Bachelor's in Animal Science at Cal Poly Pomona and graduated on June of 2010, making the Dean's list her final quarter. The last year of her schooling involved commuting from her new found home in the Coachella Valley, where she moved to in 2009.
Jeannette joined the Valley Animal Medical team in January of 2009 as the hospital's first registered veterinary technician. She has been instrumental in increasing the level of professionalism and state of the art care that has become the hallmark of Valley.
When not caring for hospital animals, Jeannette spends her spare time with her husband, son, and daughter, multiple friends, a large family and running...which she apparently doesn't get enough of at work.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianTerri, W
Terri grew up in southern California with a large variety of pets, ranging from dogs and cats to birds, fish, and multiple reptiles. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with and assist animals.
She began working at a feed, tack and small animal supply store while in high school and was promoted to a managerial position within a year. Two years later she began working at her first veterinary hospital, taking her interest in working with animals to the next level. After a year as a veterinary assistant, she moved to the Coachella Valley where she continued her career at a local veterinary practice, as well as occasional emergency work.
Terri became part of the Valley Animal Medical Center team in May of 2009, where she has worked as a veterinary assistant. Terri completed an intensive online veterinary technician course in December of 2011 and she became a licensed veterinary technician in June 2012. Expanding her skill set and responsibilities is important to her, and allowing her to do more for the animals she cares for and is committed to.
When Terri is not furthering her education or at Valley Animal Medical Center, she is busy as a first time homeowner and enjoying the company of her four large dogs, three cats, 9 foot red tail boa and fish.
Veterinary Assistant SupervisorYolanda, C
As a little girl Yolanda always showed an interest in animals. She started bringing home stray, injured animals, which her parents were not always too fond of. In her home town she was called the dog healer. Yolanda, at the request of her neighbors, performed burial ceremonies for their fury little friends. As a side job Yolanda walked, bathed and took care of her friends’ and family’s pets. Yolanda took this love for animals very seriously and became an animal advocate. As an adult she volunteered her time to rescue and rehabilitate ill animals then found them good homes. That passion drove her to get involved with training and showing dogs.
Yolanda joined VCA Valley Animal Hospital in September of 2002. Since coming to VCA VAMC, she has been a receptionist, room nurse, lab technician, veterinary assistant and treatment coordinator. Currently she enjoys the daily challenges as a room nurse/veterinary assistant supervisor, she is passionate about and takes great pride in her work, loves the opportunity to work with animals and learn new things.
Yolanda is currently attending College of the Desert, pursing her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.
Yolanda is very dedicated to her family; she enjoys spending time with her parents, family and friends, loves to cook and go jogging with her dog Bolo. But her greatest joy is staying at home being a mommy and spending time with her husband.
Veterinary Assistant SupervisorSeth, L
Seth is from the Coachella valley. He has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years. Seth’s favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is emergency & critical care, and radiology. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, fishing, and spending time with his niece, and nephew. He has a black lab named Sage who has received extensive training as a field trial dog.
Veterinary AssistantDanielle, A
Danielle has been in the veterinary field since 2002 where she started as a kennel tech. Danielle loved working with dogs so much she went to pursue a degree and became a Certified Dog Trainer and Behaviorist from Triple Crown Dog Training Academy in Hutto, TX. Danielle is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at College of the Desert.
When she is not busy tending to the pets at work, she is busy with her family and pets. She also enjoys traveling, tennis, snowboarding, photography; making cupcakes with sprinkles, spending time with her family, and of course, the highlight of her life, being a mom.
Veterinary AssistantKim, A
Kimberly has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Her love for animals started at a very early age. She grew up on a 10 acre farm located here in Southern California with a menagerie of animals. She moved to the Coachella Valley in her early teen years and soon after she landed her dream job in veterinary medicine and she has been hooked ever since. She has worked in every department of small animal veterinary medicine. She loves all aspects of her job but working one on one with the patients is where her heart is. She is married with three children ages 2, 15 and 21. They have 2 dogs and 4 cats. On her down time she enjoys spending time with her family (fury ones included), snuggling up to read a good book, watch movies, and creating new recipes because her other passion is cooking.
Veterinary AssistantPatricia, E
Patricia emigrated from Mexico in 2005; her first employment opportunity was with VCA Valley Animal Medical Center Emergency Hospital in the housekeeping department. Patricia didn’t stay there long, within six months she was given the opportunity for advancement working with the patients and having the opportunity to learn from the doctors and their assistants.
Thanks to the training she has received here at Valley, she has developed a great respect and love for our patients. She enjoys the work that she does with our emergency and critical care team; every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
Patricia loves to spend time with her three children and her very first pet, their adored Yorkshire Terrier, Andy.
Veterinary AssistantTurk E
Turk moved to the Coachella Valley in 2006 and soon after joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After 6 years in the Marines, Turk adopted his first dog Ziggy. In 2013 he married his wife Sonia and adopted their second dog Bourbon. Later that year Turk and his family moved to San Diego, Ca so he could go to PIMA Medical Institute to become a Veterinary Assistant. While in San Diego, Turk realized how much he loved animals, and adopted his third dog Bruiser. After school, Turk worked for a private practice and eventually ended up moving back to the Coachella Valley where he was soon after hired at VCA Valley Animal Medical Center Emergency Hospital.
Veterinary AssistantArlene, F
Arlene was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. She left for awhile and lived in Texas and Arizona, but realized that this is where her home and heart are. Arlene graduated high school in 1999. Even in high school while everyone else enjoyed their summer breaks, Arlene was busy being a lifeguard. She has a very diverse employment background that includes three years as a pharmacy technician and three years as an early childhood education pre-school teacher, both of which gave her excellent people skills. Arlene came to Valley Animal Medical Center as a receptionist in 2007. Within six months of being in that position, she had exceeded all expectations and at the request of the Medical Director was promoted to the position of room nurse, where she has excelled since. Recognizing her desire to grow and expand her skills, Arlene has once again been promoted to work with the emergency staff and become a veterinary assistant.
Arlene has three amazing sons, ages 12, 11 and 7 years. All of her spare time is devoted to them, whether it's watching them participate in football, baseball, or other community youth sports. Arlene takes an active role in their lives and feels very lucky to have such a wonderful family, a job where she can help animals and continue to improve herself and be part of the Valley team.
Veterinary AssistantTanya, H
Tanya has been working for VCA Valley Animal Medical Center since July of 2012. She has over 23 years experience working in the pet health care and pet retail industries. From a very early age she wanted to work with animals and was always the go-to person in her neighborhood for pet sitting. She grew up here in the Coachella Valley and actually worked here at Valley Animal Medical Center from 1998-2000, before moving out to the San Diego area for several years. She has enjoyed having different pets over the years, but now spends much of her time with her little terrier mix, Millie.
Veterinary AssistantDiana, M
Diana has been a receptionist with VCA Valley Animal Medical Center and Emergency Hospital since 2010. For the first year she enjoyed working with her fellow receptionists and interacting with the clients and patients. She is currently working with our veterinary team in treatment training to become a veterinary assistant. Diana enjoys taking care of our patients
Diana graduated from the Milan Institute, she is a certified Medical Assistant. While studying at Milan Diana's favorite course was phlebotomy and hopes to continue her education in the medical field.
She is married, has two children, Bruce and Dayanara. Her son is very active in sports which are Karate, Soccer, Hockey, Baseball and Basketball. Her daughter is active in Beauty Pageants and was crowned Royal Queen. They also have 5 pets, 3 dogs, Duke, Peanut and Paco, a cat, Kita and a turtle named Lee.
When Diana is not busy with work, sports and beauty pageants Diana enjoys spending quality time shopping. She Loves the latest trends and keeps up with her nails.
Veterinary AssistantJose, M
Jose grew up here in the Coachella Valley. He is the middle child in a family of six children. He graduated high school in 2004. Jose worked in food service for a year before realizing he wanted to work with animals. In 2005 he began his employment at Valley Boarding Kennel as a kennel attendant. Jose's natural touch with animals became quickly evident and he was promoted and trained to be a veterinary assistant at Valley Animal Medical Center's Emergency facility in 2006, where he has been employed and appreciated since.
Valley Kennel is home to many of the Border Patrol dogs. With constant exposure to the important work these dogs do, Jose began taking classes in Administration of Justice at College of the Desert. He is hoping to become a member of the Border Patrol. We are proud to have him as part of the team. When Jose isn't working or taking classes, he spends time with his wife, son and sweet, big Rottweiler.
Veterinary AssistantMichelle M
Michelle has always had a love for animals and when she was in middle school decided she wanted to work with marine mammals. She graduated from UC Davis in 2007 with a degree in Animal Science and then went to a vocational school for two years to learn and gain experience in exotic animal training and management. After graduating she got a job training dolphins for the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. She was there for four years before she and her husband decided to move to the desert to be closer to family. Michelle started working at VCA Valley near the end of 2014 and has loved learning all of the medical aspect of caring for pets.
During her spare time she loves cuddling with her dogs and spending time with her husband. They enjoy going on mission trips and helping those in need.
Veterinary AssistantGloria P
Gloria has been in the veterinary field for 11 years (2004), she started as a receptionist with no experience. Gloria loved the field she was working in, so she started helping the back office and became a veterinary assistant. Gloria then, was promoted as the office manager. Gloria has loved every moment that she has been in the field. She loves the patients and has a great rapport with clients.
Veterinary AssistantJonathan, R
Jonathan has grown up with animals since childhood and always wanted to work with animals. He first started in the veterinary field at VCA All Care Animal Referral Center; he spent 8 months there before moving to the Coachella Valley. Jonathan has been with VCA Valley Animal Medical Center for seven years, he currently works with our emergency and critical care team.
In his free time Jonathan likes to go hiking, fishing, camping, and enjoys the company of his friends and family. He currently has three dogs and two parakeets.
Veterinary AssistantJuniper, R
Juniper has always loved animals. Growing up, her family bred rabbits, chickens, and lovebirds. Juniper learned to train the lovebirds with simple voice commands and hand signals. Starting at the age of 11, she did pet sitting for friends and neighbors.
Right after high school, she started a Veterinary Assisting program and started working as a kennel assistant. Over the next 5 years she worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist while earning a degree in Biology.
Juniper decided to take time off to stay home with her children. After 15 years as a stay at home mom, she has returned to veterinary medicine as a Doctor's Assistant and is returning to school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Juniper loves spending time with her family, her husband of 18 years, and their 4 children. Together they have 8 pets: A dog named Domino, two cats named Tiger Lily and Charbonet, two Crested Geckos named Lightning and Marmelade, a rabbit named Da Vinci, and two goldfish named Cow and Creamsicle. Juniper also enjoys cooking, camping, and hiking.
Veterinary AssistantMayra R
Mayra Ruiz was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Pomona Ca where she attendented AUMT Institute where she became a certified phlebotomist. She recently moved to the desert where she got the opportunity to work at VCA Valley Animal Medical Center as a doctor assistant. Working in the medical field and with a strong passion for animals was dream come true for her. Mayra hopes to grow and learn more at VCA and is taking every opportunity to become a veterinarian in the future and thinking of going back to school.
Veterinary AssistantAlberto, S
Veterinary Tech School: University of Ciudad Juarez
Alberto was born and raised in Juarez, Chihuahua. He grew up in a restaurateurs and farm family, on 20 acre propriety full of fruit and nut trees; he liked to spend his free time with the animals his family raised on their farm. Thus began his passion for animals.
After completing high school Albert went on to study agricultural and animal science, he graduated with a technical degree in animal science. Alberto went to the University of Ciudad Juarez where in 1987 he was granted his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. While studying at the University Alberto was an assistant to the doctor instructor in microbiology, pathology and surgery. Since graduation, he has worked in several areas of the veterinary field. After graduating Albert spent the next two years working at a private clinic in Juarez, Mexico.
Alberto became a resident of the United States, where he worked in a small animal practice in El Paso, Texas. Here he learned about the treatment of exotic animals from small birds and rodents to large reptiles and snakes. He continued his education by attending a six months course in the specialization of small animals at the University of Ciudad Juarez.
Alberto moved to California in 1996 after his mother suffered a massive stroke to take care of her with the help of his family. In 2000, Alberto moved to the Coachella Valley, he has spent the past twelve years working at Valley Animal Medical Center and Emergency Hospital working in treatment. Alberto’s interests in diagnostics lead him to taking courses in Ultrasound. In 2008, Alberto received his diploma in diagnostic medical sonography of humans and in 2010 he completed a course in advanced ultrasound on small animals.
Someone once asked him, “What is it you like most about your job? Simple he answered, everything, I like to comfort a very ill pet, help calm an aggressive one or talk to the surgeon while assisting them. I like helping in an emergency situation, or taking the best x-ray. Simply, I like everything, but most of all I like taking ultrasounds.”
Veterinary AssistantClarissa V
Clarissa grew up in the high desert area of California, where she attended Westech College to become a certified veterinary assistant.
Clarissa hopes to grow and learn more at VCA VAMC and is taking every opportunity to increase her veterinary knowledge.
On her off time she likes to spend time with her 5 sisters and new kitten Sebastian and exploring her new home in the Coachella Valley.
Veterinary AssistantLyndon V
Doctor AssistantAlonzo B
I am a veteran of the United States Navy. After completing my enlistment I went to College of the Desert where I received an Associates of Arts Degree in History. After that I transferred to California State University where I earned a Bachelors Degree in History as well. After graduating, I decided to move up to Tri-Cities, Washington where I served as a Wild-Land Firefighter with the Department of Fish and Wildlife service. I have since worked as a Wild-Land firefighter for other Agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management. I have had animals in my household for as long as I can remember which is what initially drew me to work here at VCA.
Doctor AssistantBianca, D
Veterinary Tech School: Kaplan College Phoenix, Arizona
Bianca has been interested in the veterinary field since her childhood, she's an individual; with a strong passion for animals.
After graduating from high school in 2008, she decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician and attended Kaplan College in Phoenix, Arizona. Bianca graduated in 2010 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technician.
Bianca joined VCA Valley Animal Medical Center in 2013, as a Veterinary Technician Assistant, she is proud of her job in the animal field and would love to advance further.
Bianca loves to spend time with her family and friends, but especially with her adorable poodle mix, Fifi.
Doctor AssistantAshley, G
Veterinary Tech School: Pierce College
Ashley became interested in the veterinary field in high school, when she volunteered at a small daytime clinic in her hometown of Twisp, WA.
After that experience, she decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician and attended Pierce College. Ashley graduated in 2007 with an associate's degree in Veterinary technology and has been working for VCA ever since.
After 5 years of working in Seattle, WA as a licensed veterinary technician, Ashley decided to move back to Palm Desert, where she recently joined Valley bringing her experience in emergency and critical care to our practice.
When she's not working she loves hanging out with friends and family. She also enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking. She has a 3 year old cat named Lilly.
Doctor AssistantJuan G
Juan has been working with pet's since the age of 16. While attending college of the desert he worked part time in animal care. He graduated in 2010 and has dedicated his life to animal care since then. Juan is a great team player and very knowledgeable when it comes to pet care. Juan is the oldest son in his family and works hard to provide to his family. Juan interest off work is spending time with his family and working on cars.
Doctor AssistantBeth, R
Hello to all pet lovers,
My name is Beth; I am a doctor’s assistant here at VCA Valley Animal Medical Center.
I have been here at Valley since 2011. Although I have a medical degree on the human side, working with animals has been my passion since I was a little girl.
I got the opportunity to live my dream when I met with a veterinarian here due to my own dog having to come in on an emergency. She saw my love for animals and offered me a chance to come work with an amazing team. When I am not working,
I spend time walking or playing with my daughter as well as my English mastiff Khloe Bug, my spunky Rottweiler D-Soul, and my 3 furry felines. I couldn't imagine my life without my pets who I consider family.