VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Veterinary Tech School: Western Career College
    School: College of Notre Dame, BA

    As far as Bonnie can remember, she has always been passionate about animals. She has been in the veterinary field since 2000 and loves every aspect of her job. Bonnie feels blessed to have a career that she thoroughly loves.

    Bonnie shares her home with her six four-legged children.: Marcus the Doberman, Jada the German Shepherd, JJ the tuxedo cat, Halle the Terrier/Chihuahua mix, Eddie the dilute orange tabby cat a.k.a. "the kisser", and Bella the Chihuahua. ruler of the roost.

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Veterinary Tech School: Western Career College

    Kim graduated in 1999 with an AS degree in Veterinary Technology. She received her California RVT license in October of 1999. She has been working for VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists for 12 years, working primarily in emergency and critical care. Kim enjoys the physical and mental challenges of trauma medicine and is consistently pursuing up-to-date treatments and information to improve her knowledge and a high standard of care. Kim attends 75-100 hours of continuing education every year. Kim is also a member of CaRVTA (California Registered Veterinary Technician Association) and VECCS (Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society).

    Kim's personal interests include photography and traveling. She enjoys going to the beach, loves the San Francisco Giants and is a season pass holder to Disneyland. Kim currently shares her home with an umbrella Cockatoo named Erin and a spoiled diabetic cat named Baby. She loves working as a technician - it is truly her passion.

  • Registered Veterinary Technician


    Laura has been in the veterinary field since 1993. She obtained her RVT (registered veterinary technician) license in 1997. She started working in general practice but moved over to specialty. She began working for VCA BAVS in 1998 where she started as an Internal Medicine technician but soon moved over to Oncology.

    Laura left VCA BAVS for a few years to get married and have a child and returned to VCA BAVS in 2008. She has been working in veterinary oncology for 13 years. She loves the clients, the patients and everything in between. She is very passionate about her profession and has applied to take the VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) in Oncology for 2012.

    Outside of work, Laura's hobbies include taking care of her family, watching her daughter excel in gymnastics and cuddling with her two cats (Anton and Spike). She can empathize with Oncology clients due to the fact that her cat Anton was diagnosed with small cell Lymphoma. Anton is receiving chemotherapy and is now doing GREAT!!!

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Veterinary Tech School: Western Career College

    Melissa has had pets all her life and knew she wanted a career taking care of them. As soon as she graduated from high school, she enrolled at Western Career College. She has been a technician for 19 years. The best part of her job is nursing sick pets back to health and returning them to their families.

    Melissa believes that in veterinary medicine, one become very attached to many of the animals. Because of this, she has adopted many pets over the years. She currently has three dogs and two cats - all of whom were sick and need a home.

    Aside from her four-legged family members, she has three children of her own. They have grown-up with pets from the day they were born and one of her daughters has already decided she would like to become a veterinarian.

  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Veterinary Tech School: Foothill College

    Michele's passion as a veterinary technician in the radiation oncology department is to make every animal and their family feel comfortable and secure. Her love for animals started as a volunteer for a local animal shelter where she walked dogs and fostered cats in high school.

    After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in music, she returned to school and graduated from Foothill College in 2003 with her degree as a veterinary technician. She spends her free time with her husband, Shaun, and her two dogs and three cats.

  • Registered Veterinary Technician


    Nicole has been working the veterinary field since 2007. She loves being able to help animals and make their owners feel better. Nicole enjoys emergency medicine because it requires her to work quickly and efficiently.

    On her days off, Nicole likes to spend time with her friends. She especially loves spending time with her husband, Sam, and daughter, Kaliyah, and the family's two little dogs, Zeus and Peanut.

  • Veterinary Assistant


    Alyse has been working in veterinary medicine for 15 years. As far back as Alyse can remember, animals have always been a part of her life and knew she wanted to help them. She made this her career because she could not imagine not seeing the patients and their owners everyday. Knowing that she has even a small role in their lives makes her feel good about her career choice.

    Alyse has two daughters, Mia and Kylie and two dogs, Tonka, her big cuddly boy, and Modena, her more sophisticated older lady who pretty much tolerates the big cuddle bug. She enjoys taking her family to the beach and on hikes and exploring the outdoors.

  • Veterinary Assistant


    Brandon began working at VCA BAVS as an instrument technician in 2004. He is now a surgical veterinary assistant. He enjoys live music, sports and the company of his dog, Panzer.

    Brandon looks forward to Dog Days at the Oakland Coliseum when owners can bring their dogs to the A's game.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jennifer Rodrigues
    Veterinary Tech School: Western Career College

    Jennifer has been working in veterinary medicine for 6 years and has yet to become tired of coming to work and helping animals. When not at work, Jennifer loves spending time at home with her husband and their three cats (Sebastian, Gabriel, and Ruby) and two dogs (Bella and Jiby).


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

If your pet is having a medical emergency, please do not hesitate to bring your pet in. If you need to contact us, please call:

(510) 483-7387

We offer emergency and urgent care and critical care services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays, allowing us to carefully monitor your pet and provide continuous medical care. We accept walk-ins as well as transfer cases from area veterinarians.

The Emergency Service is available exclusively to treat pets in an emergency, when the family veterinarian is unavailable. Once the pet's condition is stabilized, the patient will be released or returned to the regular veterinarian for continued care.