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 SupervisorEsmeralda Hilario-Velazquez
Esmeralda Hilario grew up in Los Angeles. In 2010 she graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona with a BS in Animal Health Science. She joined the staff at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital shortly after graduating. She soon earned her RVT license from the Veterinary Medical Board of California. After working in various departments she was promoted in 2013 as the CCU/ICU Technician Lead where she utilized her technical skills to train and motivate personnel, as well as improve patient care. In 2015 she was promoted to Co-Technician Supervisor and is eager to continue learning and growing in the field.
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.
Registered Veterinary TechnicianAmy Sturlini
Amy Sturlini is a Registered Veterinary technician who graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science. Right out of college she started working in one of the largest emergency clinics in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago as an emergency/critical care technician. She worked there for six years, working herself all the way up to a supervisor position. Along with one of the staff veterinarians she started a charity walk-a-thon to benefit a local rescue group.
Amy moved to California to pursue her other passion acting. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts the oldest drama school in the country. She continued to work in the veterinary field while pursuing acting roles and after her pilot for “Police Soldiers” never made it past development Amy decided to return to the veterinary field full time.
Amy has worked as a Critical care technician and as a specialty technician in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology and currently works at VCA WLA in the Behavior department. Amy has long had an interest in behavior medicine starting back in college where she worked in the behavioral department and continuing through her internship at the Cincinnati zoo and her work at the LA Zoo’s behavioral enrichment program.
Amy has an interest in Disaster Medicine and Preparation and serves on the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Steering committee board as the Major Urban Coordinator for Los Angeles. Amy’s hobbies include screenwriting, watching movies and spending time with her three cats Spitfire, Clarice, and Olympia.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianCarly Crowell
Carly Crowell was born and raised in California. She became a certified dog trainer in 2006 and continued to work with larger animals such as lions, tigers, and bears. Carly also obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license and merged her love for veterinary medicine with animal behavior by working in both hospital and shelter settings. She used her combined skills to help pets become adoptable and assisted puppy socialization classes.
Carly is currently working towards her veterinary technician specialty in behavior under veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Karen Sueda. She shares her full home with three dogs, two cats, a husband, and child.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianMichelle Lima
Michelle Lima, LVT, is a veterinary technician with the Zoological Medicine and Surgery Department.
Biography and photo coming soon.
Surgical SupervisorBrynn Schmidt, BA, RVT, CVT, LAT, VTS (anesth/analgesia)
Brynn started her career as a research specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She changed careers in 2008 when she started working at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s teaching hospital in the anesthesia department. There, she anesthetized both small and large animals, from finches to bulls and everything in between. She also discovered her love of teaching, guiding veterinary students through their clinical rotations and overseeing veterinary technician student externs. In 2014, she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Anesthesia and Analgesia -- 2014 also marked her term as President of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association. In early 2015, she relocated to Los Angeles and is currently the surgical supervisor at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.
Her interests outside of work include spending time with her husband and dog as well as hiking, traveling, reading, film and exploring L.A.’s vast restaurant scene.