Registered Veterinary Technicians
Melanie has been part of the Mission Valley Pet Clinic family since 1998. As everyone who has met or worked with Mel agree, she is amazing! Melanie is a native San Diegan. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. Melanie has been the Head Registered Veterinary Technician for many years. Everyone around her appreciates her dedication, compassion for her patients and her friendly, cheerful attitude! Melanie attends continuing education meetings regularly, and her knowledge of veterinary medicine has enhanced the lives and treatment of many patients. She has expertise in many areas, including dentistry, cytology, medicine, nutrition, and behavior. Melanie discovered her love of animals at a young age and brought home every stray animal she could find. She has an Orange tabby named Jasper, a three-toed box turtle named Catrina (poof-poof), a flame point named Josie and Jerry a golden retriever mix she adopted after he was abandoned at MVPC. Recently Jerry and Melanie have become a certified therapy team! Melanie enjoys working at MVPC where she can put her love for animals to good use. In her free time, Melanie enjoys hiking, traveling,and spending time at the beach.
Jana Carrillo joined MVPC in 2014 and we are very proud to have her as part of our team! She comes to MVPC with many years of experience as an RVT. Jana has been working in the veterinary field since 1997. She attended Grossmont College and then continued her education at Mesa College. She graduated with a degree in animal health technology and has worked at several veterinary hospitals. She was the owner of “GotPaws RVT Care”, providing relief veterinary technician services for a number of hospitals in San Diego. Jana will tell you that “she loves what she does!” and her co-workers and patients are all enjoying her expertise and caring nature! Jana has had the opportunity to travel along with her husband to where his work has sent him. She has worked in South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. She is now happy to settle back in San Diego once again. Jana loves to spend time at the beach and watch movies with her husband and her young daughter. She has 2 dogs Kenny and Bunny, 3 cats Tiki, Hula, Charlie and a very cute bunny named Elvis. Jana’s favorite vacation spot is Kauai, Hawaii, which she and her family visit once a year! “Aloha!!” from Jana.
Sarah joined Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2003 as a receptionist. She took a brief absence in 2006 to travel but couldn't stay away long. Everyone at MVPC enjoys her enthusiastic, caring attitude and appreciates her drive for learning. Sarah had planned to study writing and language but has since fallen in love with the veterinary field and decided to become a veterinary technician in 2010. She is now in the process of becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Sarah and her husband have a large furry family consisting of a 4 year old Lab, Benson, who was rescued from Labrador Rescuers. They also have 4 cats, Masen (born to MVPC's Addie, when she ADDed to the population with 8 kittens), Henry, Zelda and Emmy. Sarah is a native San Diegan who enjoys cooking, working on her home, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sarah enjoys educating clients, learning and teaching about geriatric/preventative pet care and nutrition.
Eva is originally from Colorado and joined MVPC this year. She has lived in San Diego for more than a decade and recently graduated from San Diego Mesa College with a degree in Animal Health Technology. She will be taking her national board exams this fall, and will become a Registered Veterinary Technician. We are all very happy to have Eva as part of our team! Eva enjoys the beach and loves to surf and paddle board. She has 3 dogs and 1 cat. Her dogs love the beach too and can often be seen joining her in the surf. Eva also volunteers with several San Diego and Mexico animal rescues.
Melanie was born and raised in Imperial, California. In 2015, Melanie moved to San Diego to further her career as a veterinary technician. Melanie graduated from Platt College in 2013 with an Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and has been working in veterinary hospitals for the last few years. She is taking exams this summer to become a registered veterinary technician (RVT). Melanie has two fur babies, a 7 year old Boston terrier named Bailey and a one and a half year old cat named Zero. In her spare time she loves spending time at the beach, hiking or visiting home to be with her family!
Client Service Team
Melissa is one of the newest additions to the MVPC family. Melissa is attending Mesa College, working towards a degree in animal health technology. She plans to become a registered veterinary technician. Born in Juneau, Alaska, Melissa grew up in Topeka, Kansas. Two years ago she moved to San Diego. She has been involved with animals since she was a little girl. Her family pets include dogs, cats, ferrets, rats and rabbits. Previously Melissa was one of our kennel technicians and enjoyed caring for our boarding guests, giving the animal lots of love and attention. Owners, pets, and Melissa's co-workers appreciate Melissa's outgoing, friendly personality!
Melissa enjoys the beach, hiking, exploring nature, playing soccer, discovering great food, and watching a good Netflix show.
April joined MVPC in December 2017. She has several years of experience working in a veterinary hospital and we are very happy to have her as part of our team. April is originally from New Hampshire where she was an animal lover from birth. She is certified in therapeutic horseback riding and she volunteers her time to teach riding skills to people of all ages with disabilities. April is married, and has 2 canine fur babies named Dixie and Lilly. In her spare time she enjoys hiking all over San Diego and going camping with her family. April’s goal is too use her skills In therapy horseback riding to help disabled Veterans.
A San Diego native, Jennifer grew up with over 30 rescued cats. Her parents were always saving abandoned, feral and stray animals in their neighborhood. In college Jennifer studied philosophy, music, and cosmetology. In 2005, she took classes as a veterinary assistant and has stayed in the veterinary field ever since. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her family. Fun things they like do include camping, road trips, amusement parks and roller-skating at a rink. She has a rescued Doberman named Klaus von Count and 3 cats named Felix, Baron von Shush and Rx von Fuzzy Butt. Jennifer joined MVPC in April 2018. From day one she knew this was the animal clinic that was meant for her. Clients and her co-workers are very happy that Jennifer is now part of the MVPC family.
Kathy Meagher has worked with Dr. Green for many years and came with her to Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2002. She was born in Ohio and graduated from Green Mountain College. She then studied at UC Berkeley before obtaining her teaching credential from SDSU. In 1982 she received her Registered Veterinary Technician License from Mesa College. In addition to helping care for the animals, Kathy functions as the office manager of MVPC. She has one cat named OB, and a chihuahua mix named PD both of which she adopted from MVPC . She also volunteers at Flying Paws Rescue. In her free time she enjoys jogging, yoga, tai chi, kayaking, traveling and visiting her children and grandchildren.
Thom became part of the Mission Valley Pet Clinic Family in 2005. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, moved to Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas for two years. He made the transition to the United States Navy, got an A.A. degree from City Colleges of Chicago, and retired after 20 years as a Petty Officer First Class Photographers Mate. After retiring from the Navy, Thom tried his hand at various computer related jobs but eventually realized that his true ambition had to have something to do with animals. He worked at an upscale dog day play facility while completing a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) for Veterinary Receptionist. Thom has one pet, a 14-year old black domestic short hair feline named Kattle but if you were to ask her, she would tell you she has a pet named Thom. His hobbies include: anything to do with Harry Potter, gardening, photography, reading science fiction, travel, watching everything on HGTV and Planet Green, and trying to be green. Thom is very happy to be an asset to the OUTSTANDING Doctors and staff at Mission Valley Pet Clinic
Danielle Danielle is from Southern California and moved to San Diego four years ago. She is currently a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association on campus and she plans to attend veterinary school after she graduates. Danielle has always loved being surrounded by animals. She has volunteered with the San Diego County Animal shelter working with both dogs and cats. She has a one-year old miniature Australian Shepherd named Oakley. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to the beach with her dog, traveling, and
Annette is a native San Diegan who joined Mission Valley Pet Clinic in 2018 as a kennel technician. She recently graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. While at SDSU, she was the webmaster for the Pre-veterinary Medical Association club on campus. She also volunteered on Sunday mornings at Horses of Tir Na Nog, a horse sanctuary in Alpine. Annette has always enjoyed taking care of animals and has wanted to become a veterinarian. She is planning to travel to South Africa and Mexico this year where she will be doing volunteer work assisting veterinarians with their daily tasks. She plans to apply to veterinary school the following year. Annette has two toy poodle mixes. One is a male named Coco and the other is a female named Lady. She also has a turtle named Michelangela and a few African cichlid fishes. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs to Fiesta Island, hiking, and binge watching Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Cynthia
Cynthia is a San Francisco native who is majoring in Biology at San Diego State University. She is president of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association and plans to attend veterinary school after completing her undergraduate studies. Cynthia is one of our kennel technicians who takes care of the dogs and cats that are boarding at Mission Valley Pet Clinic. She gives our guests lots of attention and they enjoy Cynthia’s sweet disposition. Cynthia loves caring for animals. She has a ten-year-old Bichon named Bruce, whom she loves dearly. In her free time she enjoys running, trying new foods, and listening to music. Cynthia also likes learning more about photography and Photoshop. Ester Ester was born and raised in San Diego. She developed a passion for caring for animals after volunteering at the Chula Vista animal care facility. Ester is a junior at San Diego State University where she is a member of the pre-veterinary club. Ester would like to eventually become a veterinarian.
Ester enjoys traveling to South Korea and hopes to travel there again in the future.