Technician SupervisorSylvia Gottfried
Veterinary Tech School: Mesa College
Graduated from the AHT Program in 1996, was recipient of the California Veterinary Medical Association's RVT of the Year in Private Practice in 2003, became certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2004
An active member of the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, CaRVTA (California Registered Veterinary Technician Association), VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society), and AVECCT (Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians). I have been employed at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center since 1995. My area of interest is emergency/ critical care and trauma. I live with my husband, three children, two dogs, and three cats. My hobbies include gardening and baking (especially cakes).
Technician SupervisorDebbie Hannis
School: California University of Riverside, Biology
Debbie Graduated from California University of Riverside with a degree in Biology. She joined VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center in 1999, she has more than 20 years experience in veterinary emergency medicine and always strives to provide the best possible care to all our patients. She is currently our grave yard supervisor and enjoys the variety and fast pace of emergency medicine. In her time away from the hospital she enjoys swimming, riding on the beach and taking care of her horses and dogs.
Technician SupervisorJoy King
Veterinary Tech School: Los Angeles Pierce College
I've been with the Internal Medicine team for nearly 10 years. I enjoy working closely with the doctors and nurses, developing relationships with our patients and clients over the course of the pet's therapy. Our team creates a wonderfully nurturing environment where many of our nurses go on to veterinary school. With the leadership of our doctors and study-oriented nurses, we are consistenly pursuing up-to-date treatments to improve our knowledge base and standard of care. In my time at VCA, I participated in a double-blind study for Pimobendan, a cardiac drug, now approved for use in the United States. As a nursing supervisor, I have been involved in training the staff on some of the Internal Medicine procedures within the hospital including endoscopy and chemotherapy. Some of my personl interests include photography, playing with my dog, Alina, and I've been a life-long passmember at SeaWorld.
Technician SupervisorKaren Recabaren
Veterinary Tech School: Mesa College Animal Health Technology 1987
After obtaining her RVT degree Karen was hired by the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital & Referral Center. I worked with the emergency service for 7 years. I have been with the surgery department since 1995 and am currently the supervisor of the surgical technician staff.
Karne's hobbies include gardening, photography, animal care, and Disneyland. Karen lives with her husband Warner, and daughter Kyra who help care for their many pets: cats, birds, chickens, ducks, turkey, and fish.