Technician ManagerLeandro Baiz
Leandro was born and raised in Los Angeles. He started as a technician at a general practice and provided relief work for VCA. Eventually he committed fully to VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and was recently promoted to Co-Technician Manager. He truly enjoys helping all departments within the hospital and fills in any position when needed. Leo has over 15 years’ experience and has been with VCA for 8 years. He enjoys snowboarding and is a loyal Dodgers fan.
Technician ManagerAlana Jennings
Alana originally began her career in the veterinary field in 1997. She started as a receptionist at VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital in Santa Monica, California, and was trained as a technician starting in 2000. She continued at VCA Wilshire for another 5 ½ years as a technician and decided to transfer to VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital to further her knowledge in an emergency and critical care setting. In 2009, Alana passed the California Veterinary Technician examination and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is currently working in the surgery department as a surgeon’s assistant and has special interests in exotics and neo-natal care. She is Co-Technician Manager at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.
When Alana is not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, designing jewelry, spending time with her family and singing. She is a pet parent to a Miniature Pinscher mix and 4 fish.
Technician ManagerEisanne Tanimoto
Eisanne was born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area. She attended Columbia University for 2 years and then transferred in her 3rd year to UC Berkeley. She graduated in 2000 with a BS in Integrative Biology and a concentration in Developmental Psychology. At a very young age, she always knew that she wanted to work with animals in some capacity, and realized that veterinary medicine was her calling when she started volunteering at a veterinary hospital while attending college. Eisanne has worked at several general practice, exotic, emergency and specialty hospitals in the Bay Area and Los Angeles Area as a Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician Supervisor. She obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2006 and joined the management team at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2007. After all of these years, Eisanne is still impressed with the quality of medicine that VCA West LA provides and continuously strives to ensure that the entire staff delivers excellent client service and patient care on a daily basis. She is proud to be a part of such an amazing establishment.
Outside of work, you can find Eisanne enjoying time with her husband, two sons and a house full of animals. All of the humans in her family are usually out snowboarding, playing at the beach, traveling, or just running around having fun.
Technician SupervisorCindy Ziegler, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Cindy is a California native and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) for over 25 years. She began working at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital after graduating from Los Angeles Pierce College and receiving her RVT license in 1987. She then completed a zookeeper course and did fieldwork at the Los Angeles Zoo. While at VCA, Cindy worked at a variety of general, emergency, and specialty practices, including an exotic animal hospital. In 1999, she completed the rigorous requirements and was accepted to sit for the first Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) exam in Emergency and Critical Care. After passing and receiving her VTS (ECC), she briefly worked in the Critical Care Unit at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She returned to VCA WLA and worked as a Co-Technical Supervisor. She is now Director of Training and Continuing Education for the Veterinary Support Staff and is in charge of training employees, veterinary technician students, and giving continuing education lectures. Her interests include anesthesia, CPR, emergency/critical care, lecturing, nursing care, pain management, teaching, toxicology, transfusion medicine, trauma, and triage.
She has three scruffy dogs (Penelope, Madeline, and Harold), a seriously handsome Maine Coon mix (Yoshi), an adorable dwarf hamster (Dora), and a magnificent Betta fish (Orlando). Her hobbies include hiking, reading, spending time with her critters, and family.
Surgical SupervisorJesse Roberts, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
Veterinary Tech School: Harcum College
Jesse Roberts obtained his RVT degree from Harcum College, an AVMA accredited school in Pennsylvania. He went on to start his career at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the emergency room before transitioning to the anesthesia department where he found his place in veterinary medicine. After working there for 3 years he moved across the country and joined the anesthesia department at the University Of Minnesota School Of Veterinary Medicine. Following specialized training under the guidance of veterinary anesthesiologists, Jesse successfully achieved his Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in anesthesia in 2013. In 2014 he joined VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and is currently the surgery supervisor. His interests are playing rugby, lecturing on anesthesia and spending time with his wife and child.