Julie Dizon, Practice Manager
I have been a manager in the Veterinary Field since 2003 and I have been the manager at Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic since February of 2006. I am a member of the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association. My furry family consists of a lovable, rescued mutt Dottie and 2 wonderful cats, Lily Belle and Raisin. My love for animals and knowledge of their care continues to grow and I look forward to building on my experience with the clients and staff of Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic.
Stella Vargas, Lead Veterinary Nurse
I have been at Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic since November 2014. I have been working in the field for over 6 years and hold a passion for exotic animals. Most of my veterinary experience has been in specialty and emergency care. In my spare time, I love to paint and spend time at music festivals. My future plans include visiting the Buddist Temple in Thailand and receiving my RVT license. I dream to one day work at an exotic animal and bird rehabilitation unit in Guatemala, where my family is originally from.
Andrew Paratore, RVT
I graduated from Carrington College in May of 2014. My interest in working with animals began when I was young from helping my aunt with grooming. Being Deaf does not stop me from giving quality care that your pet needs. I aim to improve communication between doctors and deaf clients. During my off-hours, I enjoy reading, studying Japanese and watching shows online.
Cathy Dutra, Veterinary Assistant
I began working at MVVC, on a part-time basis in July of 1996. I enjoy my work very much, working with a great staff as well as interacting with our clients, as together; we care for their pets.
I am very involved in training and showing my dogs in obedience, conformation, and agility. I am a member of Fremont Dog Training Club and have been their trainer for many years, I teach basic obedience to new dog owners and competition obedience to people who want to train and compete with their dogs.
I am also very involved with a local agility club located at Swiss Park in Newark where I take agility lessons to prepare my dogs for competition. I am actively showing 3 dogs in obedience and agility trials and love training and competing with my k9 partners.
Angel Hayes, Front Office Manager
I have been in the veterinary field since 2010 as both a veterinary technician and a receptionist. I graduated from Western Career College in 2008 where I received my AS degree in veterinary technology. I have always had a love for animals, especially cats. I have been employed with Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic since 2012 and I am grateful to be a part of this amazing family. When I am not at work enjoying our wonderful clients and their furry babies, I am at home relaxing with my hubby, our MANY crazy kitties, and our funny little dog Daxxis. My next goal is to someday get my RVT license. Until then, I look forward to meeting you and your furry, four-legged babies.
Makayla Russell, Customer Service
I have been working at Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic since November 2018 and I have learned something new every single day. I have been working with animals for the past few years and I have loved every second of it. My goal is to attend school to learn more about the animal field. Meeting new clients with their pets and watching then grow or heal from an illness has definitely been my favorite part of working in this field. I have2 crazy pets of my own; a Chihuahua named Gigi and a cat named Monkey whom we fostered but fell in love with. Because of my love for my own furry family, I know how much the clients coming to Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic care about their pets. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!