Heidi has been working with animals for many years but she’s been in love with them for as long as she can remember! Heidi has had the pleasure to work at a vet that treated Pacific Wild Life animals and had hands-on experience with owls, eagles, pelicans, etc.
Heidi has also spent time in the Philippines volunteering at a wild animal rescue for fruit bats, brown long tail macaques, and bear cats. Heidi’s favorite experience in the Philippines was a whale rescue she participated in and she spent 8 hours with a Dwarf Sperm whale! As exciting as this experience was, Heidi missed small animal practice and is so happy to be a part of the team at Pismo Beach Vet! She has a special passion for veterinary dentistry and enjoys educating our clients about the importance of dental health.
Cassidy recently moved here from Austin, Texas after living all over the United States due to her dad being in the U.S. Navy. She joined the PBVC team in February of 2019 to earn some more experience in the veterinary field as she is studying nursing but considering changing her major. Cassidy is one of our kennel assistants, helping out our doctors and technicians by running blood work, cleaning up, and holding patients. She is always a smiling face in the clinic and ready to help on busy days! Cassidy’s favorite patients to see in the clinic are pugs.
On Cassidy’s days off, you can find her playing with her pug, Cochina, at the dog beach, playing roller derby, bowling, or doing her homework at the last minute. She loves all things honey bees and the color yellow. Animals have always been a huge part of who she is, and she is very excited to be able to take care of your best friends!
Gabbie has worked with many animals on the central coast as a groomer, a kennel technician, and now as a veterinary assistant at PBVC. Her favorite part about working here at Pismo is the unpredictability of the days. She loves being able to help ease the worries of owners and help their sick pets. Gabbie enjoys learning about medicine and understanding why we do what we do! This inquisitive nature led her to be interested in emergency medicine. Once a week, Gabbie helps out at our sister clinic PETS Hospital, a 24 hour busy emergency clinic. Whether it’s a routine check up or a true emergency, Gabbie is always ready to help you and your pet.
Gabbs joined the team at PBVC in October of 2016. She enjoys spending her free time outside of work with her trusty pooch “Hooch” and her cat “Oliver” lounging at home watching Netflix. She loves traveling to new places to find the best local foods and wines. Gabbs also has a super obsession with Boxer dogs! Currently, Gabbie is planning the wedding of her dreams, with her best friend Carlos. Congrats Gabbie!
Elaine, like many, was initially interested in working in the veterinary field because of her love of animals. As she started to work and learn, she became more interested in the medicine and helping with difficult cases and emergencies. Her favorite cases to assist with are blocked cats because of the intricacy of the medicine involved. Elaine loves to share her knowledge from getting her registered veterinary technician license. She takes pride is being able to mentor those who are new to the field. As a supervisor here at PBVC, she is always happy to answer any and all questions our clients or staff may have.
Elaine joined PBVC in May of 2016 (Happy 3 year anniversary!) after working 8 years in veterinary emergency medicine. She has worked in the five cities area in the veterinary field over 10 years. Elaine and her husband share their home with their two cats, Indira and Shaka. Elaine likes to spend time with her animals, crafts, gardening, and hanging out with her husband. She loves to travel to many new places in the world and experience new cultures. Next week, Elaine will actually be exploring Spain!
Debbie is a native Californian who has worked in the veterinary field for 16 years. Before settling on the central coast, she lived in San Diego and worked as a Personnel Recruitment Clerk in North Island Naval Base on Coronado Island. She has had love and compassion for animals since she was a child. If you’ve been to PBVC lately, it’s likely you’ve seen her up at our reception desk with a big smile on her face!
Over the years, Debbie had many different pets such as ducklings, canaries, cockatiels, turtles, cats, a lamb, rabbits, her beloved German Shepherds (Dapper and Lady) and the love of her life: Boogie the Chihuahua. Debbie enjoys the simple things in life that the central coast has to offer. She enjoys whale watching, walks on the beach, biking, hiking, kayaking and yoga.
Debbie loves listening to local bands, reading, cooking, watching movies, and traveling. Debbie has enjoyed meeting all the wonderful and interesting clients along with the loves of their lives since April of 2016 and is looking forward to meeting many more. Next time you’re in, say hi to Debbie!
Carolina has been at PBVC for over 13 years caring for client’s pets as if they were her own. Carolina enjoys helping out our doctors in the exam rooms, monitoring anesthesia, performing dental cleanings, and loving on our patients. If there’s a cute puppy around, you’ll find her nearby with a camera! She is always a smiling face and ready to help where needed!
She has three dogs of her own (Mikayla, Chula, and Diego). In her spare time she loves to go shopping and spend time with her son, Mikey.
Olivia is a fourth year student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who joined our team in July of 2018. She is a pre-veterinary Animal Science major who is also pursuing a minor in Studio Art just for fun. Olivia loves to work with all sorts of animals, ranging from companion animals such as cats and dogs to exotic ones like tortoises and parrots. She hopes to eventually specialize in exotics in veterinary school, a passion which led her to become an avid member of Zoo and Exotic Animal Careers Club on campus. She served as President for the club last year, and will continue to play a major role in the leadership of the club this year.
When not at school or working, you can expect to find Olivia painting watercolors or practicing her photography. She loves to visit the local beaches and to go on hikes with her friends. Since she doesn’t have any animals of her own, Olivia fulfills her love of animals by volunteering her time at the Charles Paddock Zoo and Pacific Wildlife Care.
Yvette joined our team in August 2018. She was born and raised in San Luis Obispo county. This past June, she graduated from SLO High School. While there, she took 1 year of small and large pre-vet classes, 1 year of vet science, and showed animals for 4 years at the California Mid-State Fair.
Yvette has a 5 year old Belgian Malinois named Tali, an American quarter horse named Critter, and a rescue bunny named Brier. In her free time she likes to barrel race, ride quads at the dunes, train dogs, and travel.
Keiko joined the PBVC team in Summer 2018. Originally from Santa Barbara, her experience with animals extends to her childhood riding horses, spending countless hours at the barn, and working for her trainer up until she graduated high school. She’s had dozens of pets ranging from reptiles to chickens, and of course dogs, throughout her life. In 2015, she moved to SLO to attend Cal Poly, where she is currently in her fourth year of studying animal science.
In college, she decided to pursue veterinary medicine and plans to apply to vet school next year. Last summer she volunteered in Ecuador providing families with medical care for their pets and wishes to continue non-profit work throughout her career. She currently has one rescue chihuahua named Nova and plans to rescue many more in the future!
Here at the clinic, Keiko is a kennel assistant, helping out with blood work, cleaning up and prepping for procedures, and keeping the clinic organized in general. Keiko is always ready to help out and loves learning about the science behind the medicine. She treats each and every pet like they are her own!
Brittani was born in Ventura, but grew up in San Luis Obispo County. She grew up with animals always being a part of her life. It wasn’t until her father became a farrier that she realized she wanted to work with animals in some way. Growing up, Brittani volunteered at Equine clinics along the coast and with her father’s Farrier business. She was involved in FFA and sports throughout high school. Once graduating high school, she worked for an Equine breeding farm called Varian Arabians in Arroyo Grande. After gaining more experience with large animals, she wanted to expand her knowledge with small animals and is currently going to school to become a Veterinary Technician.
Brittani is one of our customer service representatives. She loves to be able to make bonds with our patients and their owners! When Brittani isn’t working or at school, she enjoys riding her horse on the beach, going on hikes with friends, making trips to the lake, and traveling when she can.