VCA Venice Boulevard Animal Hospital

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.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.