Techs, Assistants and Receptionists

Tyler McGuckin, RVT

Tyler originally started with KMVC in July of 2004 as an assistant. He grew up in South Lake Tahoe, where his growing intolerance of constant snow pretty much destined him for a life in Southern California. He escaped to UCSD, earning his bachelor’s degree in animal physiology and neuroscience in 2004. Tyler was a great employee, quick learning and thorough. Then in September of 2006 he was forced by circumstance to move back to Lake Tahoe. Once there, he worked at a very busy multiple doctor practice, and got his Veterinary Technician license in Nevada. Our loss was their gain, and we whined a lot when we heard. But wait, the saga continued to unfold and lo, he came back to us in April of 2007, having found the snow no less annoying and the small town pace stifling. Shortly thereafter he passed his boards and became Registered Veterinary Technician in California. Lucky us, and no more whining! He is now our lead technician and no one cares more about the little beings under their care than he.

He lives with his two cats Phoenix and Sphinx and he couldn’t be happier. A technophile, Tyler understands computers, MP3 players, and anything digital and is willing to share his knowledge freely with the rest of us. / tyler.m@kmvet.com

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHABruce Lim, RVT

Bruce was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in El Cajon, California. He graduated from Grossmont Community College with an Associates of Arts and Mesa Community College with an Associate of Science. He majored in Animal Health Technology. He has volunteered at Animal Medical Center and Pet Emergency Specialty Center. He has also worked for VCA Grossmont as a technician for about two and a half years. He joined our team in July 2009, and is now a Registered Veterinarian Technician. He not only has a love for animals but for electronics, computers, anime, cartoons and Disney. He has played online gaming for years and loves it. You can often see his dog Pocky up front happily greeting clients./ bruce.l@kmvet.com

Charlotte Flam

Charlotte was born and raised in San Diego and always had a deep love of animals. After studying at UC Santa Cruz she was eventually able to start off her animal career, putting in all her effort into caring for various kittens and puppies. She was often the one fostering kittens that were too young to go to homes, or caring over night for sick puppies that needed extra TLC. From knowing Dr. Marvil through her work he took notice of her unwavering devotion to animals and offered her the opportunity to join us here at KMVC. She is overjoyed to be here and continues learning all she can in the veterinary field. She is now our current cat lady, having a special fondness and way with our feline patients. Her own kitties thankfully put up with her array of foster kittens that come to her home. She is also a recent graduate of the CVMA assistant program. / charlotte.f@kmvet.com

Wendy WakefieldKearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHA

Wendy has lived in San Diego most of her life and has spent it giving her love to both her children and her animals. She dedicated most of her time volunteering at her children’s elementary school when they were small and then spent the rest of her time aiming towards animal care. She has a special fondness for the physically challenged ones, owning Samson a blind dachshund who is her best friend and constant companion, and Lilly a very sweet three legged cat. During her many years in animal care she found her way to us here at KMVC under the care of Dr. Marvil whome she respects and admires greatly. Dr. Marvil’s positive nature and the other staff’s encouragement have made it a delight for her here. / wendy.w@kmvet.com

Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center, KMVC, veterinary, vet, clinic, pet, dog, cat, San Diego, groom, grooming, kitten, puppy, AAHAShana Pellegrini

Shana is an enthusiastic technician and a graduate of the PIMA Medical Institute’s veterinary assistant program. She hopes to one day get her RVT license and even own her own rescue. She has a large family of animal friends; 4 dogs, 1 cat and a leopard gecko. The dogs are Beauty Queen, Dalila, Mr. Socks and Lightning. The cat is Kiwi and the gecko is Alfred. We all appreciate her bubbly nature and willingness to help both in the back and up front with the receptionists. / shana.p@kmvet.com

 

Rena Jolene Kennedy

Rena just moved to San Diego from Florida with her husband Quinton and two rescue dogs, Fidget and Sweet Pea. She has always loved working with animals and was a professional pet groomer for years before she moved. She couldn’t be happier being here at KMVC and is filling in for everything here! She’s a receptionist, a technician and also does our grooming! Rena and Quinton just had their first baby in September of 2012; a beautiful little girl. / rena.k@kmvet.com

 

 

 Samantha Virginia Hochule

Samantha was born and raised in southern Calfornia. She recently graduated from Foothills Christian High School. She isn’t sure yet what she wants to do after college but is enjoying her time spent in the animal field. She has two pets; one kitten named Nala and a miniature pinscher named Coach. Sam enjoys reading, rock climbing, surfing and taking her dog to the beach. / samantha.h@kmvet.com

 

 

KeiyahnKeiyahn Williams

Keiyahn is another San Diego native. He graduated from Pima in 2003 and is very knowledgeable with in-house laboratories. His passions are football, being a huge Chargers fan (go Bolts!), and music. He is an aspiring music producer and songwriter.  While he doesn’t have any pets just yet he enjoys being around the many types we see here. He especially likes boxers and hopes to own one some day! / keiyahn.w@kmvet.com

 

 

 

Georgia RealGeorgia
Georgia was born and grew up in sunny San Diego. She has loved animals and nature since she was a little girl, always having been especially fond of marine life, and recently graduated from UCSD, where she got a degree in Ecology. During her free time she enjoys biking, swimming, and hanging out with her adorable ragdoll cat Mimi. Georgia is still learning the ropes of the veterinary field and loves her experience so far. She hopes to learn as much as she can and grow here at KMVC! / georgia.r@kmvet.com

JasmineJazmin Hopkins

Jazmin says that since the beginning animals have been a necessary part of her life. She’s worked in the animal industry for the last 9+ years, mainly at the front desk and as a customer service representative, but also as a bather-brusher, assistant, dog walker and more! She is mother to her beautiful daughter Jessa and their furry/fishy family; two cats Storm and Gizmo, Mary the rottweiler, Bubbles the goldfish and Mr. Blue the betta fish. She’s engaged to her fiancee Steven and is planning for a wedding next year after being together 6 years! / jazmin.h@kmvet.com

 

 

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