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Dr. Alice Villalobos is 2005-06 President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAHABV). She is a well known pioneer in the field of cancer care for companion animals and a founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society. A 1972 graduate of UC Davis, she completed Dr. Gordon Theilen’s first mock residency program in oncology and has served the profession by consulting, writing and lecturing in the rapidly growing field of veterinary oncology and end of life care . She was awarded the UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award in 1994, and the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1999. She is Editor-in-Chief of the AAHABV Newsletter, Secretary of the Animal Health Foundation of the SCVMA and Founder of the Peter Zippi Memorial Fund for Animals, with over 10,000 rescued and placed pets.
Dr. Villalobos is serving as President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) for 2010-2011. She will raise discussions about the ethical obligation that veterinarians have to communicate compassionately yet frankly with clients regarding options for pets with cancer and other terminal diseases. She believes that attending doctors are obligated to offer palliative and end of life Pawspice care options for terminal pets in addition to the standard options offered for either top cabin treatment, no treatment or euthanasia. She believes that pet owners have the right to be informed that palliative or Pawspice care is a viable option over no treatment or euthanasia especially when the family cannot afford the cost of top cabin treatments for their pet. Veterinarians, veterinary nurses, staff and professionals from allied fields who care for animals and their families and concerned pet owners who would like to provide their input are invited to join the SVME at www.svme.org.
Carreen Lynch, RVT,graduated from Harcum Jr. College in 1985, and completed her internship at the University of Pennsylvania's Veterinary Hospital. She is also a member of the Veterinary Technician Cancer Society (VTCS). Specializing in oncology with Dr. Alice Villalobos for the past 30 years, she has supervised, managed and trained doctors, veterinary technicians and support staff for many hospitals in Southern California. Carreen says, "I also received an outstanding education from pet care giver families. This is the part of my education which has strengthened my commitment to this field. I have repeatedly witnessed the devotion, compassion and heartfelt love that honors the human-animal bond when working with my pet patients and their families. Dr. Villalobos and I are rewarded each day by the gratitude we receive from families who appreciate the help we provide to their animal family members."
Roni Miyashiro joined Dr. Alice Villalobos in 1994. Beginning her career in veterinary medicine as a receptionist, she is now the Office Manager for both PAWSPICE and Animal Oncology Consultation Service. Roni’s work experience for the past 21 years has given her the skills and professionalism to confidently reach out and assist our clients during an emotional and difficult time. Roni says, “PAWSPICE offers the Human-Animal Bond care that our clients are looking for. We provide for their best friends quality of life and comfort. I am thankful to be working for wonderful doctors and a great clinic."
Jamie started her career in veterinary medicine as a technician 15 years ago. She joined Pawspice and Animal Oncology clinics soon after. Continuing her education in the classroom, she completed an RVT program and became a licensed Veterinary Technician after passing her RVT boards. Jamie's vast professional experiences over her veterinary career have included managing, supervising and training technical staff and assistants in several large specialty hospitals in the South Bay area. As our Head Oncology Nurse, Jamie's technical skills are of the expert level. Paired with her knowledge base and extensive experience she provides each and every one of our patient's with exceptional care.
Don started his career in veterinary medicine in 2009. Working over the next 6 years at various specialty hospitals gaining a knowledge base and technical skills experience. Don is a well rounded technician working in all departments including critical care, surgery and anesthesia. He has now joined our oncology teams at both our clinic locations. Don has committed to furthering his career in veterinary medicine and has enrolled in veterinary technician school. He is a perfect fit for our oncology practices. His dedication to our clients and care for our patients is recognized and appreciated by all our staff, clients and patients.
Denise Cansino started her career in veterinary medicine in 2007. Denise works full time for the veterinary hospital located within our Tuesday clinic. Working side by side with her over the past several years Denise has now joined our Pawspice and Animal Oncology teams as our permanent relief technician. Denise's professionalism, knowledge and compassion for both patients and clients are assets that enrich the spirit of our clinics when our staff technicians have scheduled time off.
Geneses started her career in veterinary medicine only a few years ago. Realizing her compassionate nature and her love for animals she enrolled in veterinary technician school immediately. Graduating in 2013 she earned her Associated Degree in Veterinary Technology. Having completed her academics she is currently waiting for the opportunity to take her RVT Boards. Geneses has an easy going personality that combined with her knowledge and technical skills of veterinary medicine has an exciting RVT career ahead of her.
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