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Leslie Duarte

Veterinary Technician

When she was 13 years old, Leslie’s Labrador mix cut her leg on a broken mirror. Leslie didn’t mind the blood and cleaned and dressed the wound herself. The dog healed up very well, and the incident inspired Leslie to pursue a career in the veterinary world!

Growing up in Northridge, California, Leslie started her post-high school education at Cal State Northridge. She transferred to Pierce College in Woodland Hills where she received her veterinary technician’s degree—now she cares for pets regularly as the Head Veterinary Technician at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital!

Leslie particularly enjoys drawing blood and running the samples. Anesthesia and surgery are her other favorite parts of her day-to-day routine.

Leslie has three dogs and a hamster at home. 7-year-old Taiyo paws at Leslie when he wants a belly rub, 5-year-old Shiro loves to sleep on his back, and the youngest, 2-year-old Simba loves playing in water. Leslie’s hamster Nezumi enjoys rolling around the house in her roaming ball.

In her free time, Leslie likes walking her dogs, working out with “Just Dance” video games, and taking advantage of sales while shopping.