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Stella Vargas, Lead Veterinary Nurse

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

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

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.

Izabella Mendez, Veterinary Nurse

Izabella Mendez, Veterinary Nurse

I found my passion for animal medicine amidst the start of the pandemic in 2020. Since a young girl, I have always believed in valuing the life of every animal, regardless of their size or species. My goal at Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic is to ensure your that your “fur baby” is healthy, happy and full of life.

Makayla Russell, Front Desk

Makayla Russell, Front Desk

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