Hospital AdministratorRayna Faumuina, RVT, CVPM
School: Michigan State University, BS
Rayna Faumuina was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After moving to San Diego she eventually made her way out to Michigan State University on a full ride athletic scholarship for field hockey. She graduated in 1998 with a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Management. She started working at her first veterinary position as a receptionist in 1999. After being promoted to an assistant she then had the drive to become an RVT. After a short time she became an RVT and Technician Supervisor of a primarily exotic practice in Northern California. Then in 2002 she transferred to a sister hospital in Los Angeles. She quickly worked her way up to Hospital Manager and Technician Supervisor of a 3 doctor practice where she then wanted to add more challenges to her plate. She transferred to VCA’s flagship hospital, VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2005 as the Hospital Manager. Rayna has been with VCA WLA for eight years where she achieved her CVPM designation. As a certified veterinary practice manager she currently tries to juggle many hats. She enjoys the everyday unexpected challenges of being the Hospital Administrator in a brand new state-of-the art medical facility.
Rayna loves to spend her free time with her husband and son and their English Bulldog named Puka, their overweight cat Franklin and their California desert tortoise named Tug.
Assistant ManagerKathryn Egner
Kathryn Egner is a Co-Office Manager at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She started working in the Veterinary field as a Senior in High School. She completed OCROP (Orange County Regional Occupational Program) to become a Veterinary Assistant and worked at several Hospitals as both Front Office and Back Office staff in the Orange County area. While enjoying the technical side of hospitals, she really preferred helping the owners more directly and moved to the front office permanently. She was hired at our hospital as a phone operator in June of 2006, eventually becoming the phone operator lead and then moving to office management in 2011.
Kathryn has two nieces and two nephews who are the light of her life, and she enjoys spending her spare time with them. They frequent Disneyland and “Jurassic Park” (Prehistoric Pets Zoo and Rescue) in Fountain Valley. Kathryn also enjoys line dancing, horseback riding, camping and hiking. She has three pets at home, Mauby (a Miniature Australian Shepherd who is a trash compactor), Sulley (an English Yellow Lab who thinks he is a tiny Yorkie), and Chomper (a Red Eared Slider (turtle) who believes he is a dog).
Assistant ManagerSamantha Howe
Samantha Howe is a Co-Office Manager at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.
Facilities ManagerRodney Russell
Rodney is VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital’s Facility Maintenance Manager. He began working with our team January 2013 when we open our new building. He is responsible for the mechanical machinery and building maintenance: air conditioning, chiller systems, oxygen generators, medical vacuums, plumbing and electrical and day-to-day operations of our housekeeping.
Prior to joining our staff, Rodney worked with his father in their construction company for 15 years. He has also worked as a coppersmith/pipe fitter for a shipyard for five years and was senior building maintenance supervisor for the City of Torrance for 14 years. In addition, Rodney has owned his own bathroom and kitchen remodeling business since 1981.
While not at work, Rodney enjoys spending time with his son William and coaching little league baseball. He also enjoys go kart racing, billiards, shuffleboard, darts, and watching movies and television. Rodney has a 16-year-old black/lab chow mix named “Q.”