Technician ManagerLeandro Baiz
Leandro was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has over 15 years experience and has been with VCA for 8 years. He's recently been promoted to Co-Technician Manager.
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 Tanimoto is a Registered Veterinary Technician who is a Co-Technician Manager with VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.
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.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianMichelle Lima
Michelle Lima, LVT, is a veterinary technician with the Zoological Medicine and Surgery Department.
Biography and photo coming soon.
Veterinary AssistantDonald Schultz
Donald was born in South Africa"he completely and passionately embraces life! He is a filmmaker, an animal enthusiast, a writer, a photographer, an extreme adventurer and a world explorer.
He has been a guest on Animal Planet called, “Wild Recon”; featured in “Venom in Vegas”, where he was camped out in a glass box full of 100 snakes, some were venomous. He often times appears as a guest on Chelsea Lately where he introduces Chelsea to variety of exotic animals. He also co-hosted, “Animal Intervention” with Allison Eastwood on Nat Geo Wild; he often appears on the Jason Ellis Show on Sirius/XM to discuss extreme falling, animals and tribal rituals among other topics of interest.
Donald began his infatuation with reptiles at the age of 13 and was fortunate enough to receive an internship at the world-famous Fitzsimons Snake Park, in Durban Beachfront, where he received schooling in herpetology. His love affair with dangerous activities extends beyond just his work, and he tries to incorporate the two whenever possible. He is an avid Skydiver, BASE jumper and a highly specialized scuba diver. Donald currently calls Los Angeles his home, when he is actually--home.
Donald is the assistant to Dr. Laila Proenca and works in the Zoological Medicine and Surgery Department at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. He recently married his life long sweetheart and owns a plethora of reptiles.
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.