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4329 Twain Ave San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 281-2934
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Registered Veterinary Technicians

Melanie Savary, RVT

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, RVT

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.

Veterinary Assistants

Sarah Britt

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.

Emily Svec

Originally from Ohio, Emily and her family moved to San Diego 13 years ago. Currently she is a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Biology. Emily has always had an interest in working with animals, and she is a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association at SDSU. She plans to attend veterinary school in the fall of 2018.

Emily has a Chihuahua-papillon mix named Laika and 2 cats Mooshie and Calvin.

Emily plans to travel to Thailand where she will be working at an animal shelter assisting with many aspects of veterinary care of dogs and cats. She also will be volunteering at an elephant sanctuary, helping with the elephants daily needs.

Giving the animals at MVPC lots of love and attention is something Emily really enjoys. The animals and their owners appreciate Emily's outgoing, friendly personality as well!

Eva Nielson

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.

Client Service Team

Noelle Dunahoe

Rebecca Teller 

     

         

      

Thomas Portis

Melissa Walkeford

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 also continues to enjoy working at a doggy day care. 

Melissa enjoys the beach, hiking, exploring nature, playing soccer, discovering great food, and watching a good Netflix show.


Office Manager

Kathy Meagher, RVT

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.

Office Staff

Thom Lindgren

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

Kennel Staff

Cassidy Chiu

Cassidy is one of MVPC’s kennel and tech assistants. She is a native of northern California and is enjoying San Diego very much. Cassidy is a senior at San Diego State University, majoring in Biology. She plans to attend veterinary school after she graduates.

Cassidy loves working with animals! Her caring attitude and attention to detail makes her a fantastic caretaker of our boarding guests! Animals and co-workers, too, enjoy Cassidy’s kind and friendly nature.Cassidy has a 13-year-old boxer-rottweiler mix who is the love of her life.

Cassidy would like to travel, especially to Japan and New Zealand. She also enjoys reading, singing, baking and playing board games and cards.

Emily Jachec
Emily is a senior at San Diego State University, majoring in Biology. She volunteers on campus through the Associated Students organization and is a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association. Emily plans to attend veterinary school after she graduates.


 Emily has volunteered for the San Diego Humane Society kitten nursery, animal care center, and Project Wildlife. Animal behavior is a topic she is very much interested in. Emily has experience as a dog handler and she enjoys interacting with a variety of animals with many different personalities. The animals boarding at MVPC benefit from Emily’s experience and caring nature and have fun during their playtime, too.
In her free time, Emily enjoys going to the beach, watching hockey, and going for hikes. 

Danielle Renze

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