Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Sergio Chavez

    Sergio attended Professional Veterinary Assistant School in Garden Grove and has been a integral member of the VCA Petvile staff since 2007.

    He has a genuine passion for animals and expresses this passion through caring for every pet as if they were his own. Sergio lives in Long Beach with his 2 cats, Doll & Dolly, a rescued rat named Angelina and a rescued mix breed puppy named Xochilt.

    Sergio has recently picked up origami, but spends much of his time training Xochilt and watching just about any animal show on TV. Sergio is an artist, his favorite medium is water colors, he loves crafts, particularly crochet and now is learning French, his 3rd language. He hopes to travel to France in the near future, that is, if we can ever do without him here at Petville.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Maria Libonate

    Maria joined the VCA team in July of 2013, after moving across the country from Philadelphia. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2007, in both Pennsylvannia and New Jersey.

    Things are very different on the West Coast, but the love for animals is universal!

    When Maria is not caring for pets, she likes to spend time at home with her two sily kitties, "Twinkie" and "Nika", and her beautiful wife, Jamie.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Cheryl Sanderson

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Florinda Strimel

    Florinda joined our team after graduating from Pierce College of Technology in the Registered Veterinary Technician program in September 2012. She has been working with animals her whole life and loved it so much, she decided to make it her career!

    Florinda has been practicing in the veterinary field since 2007, and she really  cares about the well-being of all animals both domestic and wild.

    When Florinda is not working at VCA Venice Boulevard, she is either on the beach with her dog, "Bug" a newly acquired, feisty Chihuahua, riding her Harly Davidson, or relaxing at home with her longest companion, "Ditto", a domestic short haired, black cat.