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When she was 13 years old, Leslie’s Labrador mix cut her leg on a broken mirror. Leslie clearly did not mind the blood as she took it upon herself to clean and dress the wound. When she saw that her dog healed up very well, Leslie became inspired by this incident and decided to explore a career in the veterinary world.

Growing up in Northridge, California, Leslie started her post-high school education at Cal State Northridge originally as an electrical engineer—something that was expected given her family’s long line of relatives in the engineering field; however, Leslie felt her interests still were towards veterinary medicine, so she then transferred to Pierce College in Woodland Hills to receive her veterinary technician’s degree. She now cares for pets regularly as the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital! Leslie thrives on the fast-paced environment that the field of veterinary medicine brings to the job. Some of her favorite parts of her day-to-day routine are anesthesia, blood drawing, running laboratory samples, and surgery.

Leslie has three dogs to come home to after a long day at work. 11-year-old Taiyo paws at Leslie when he wants a belly rub, 9-year-old Shiro loves to sleep on his back, and the youngest—6-year-old Simba—loves playing in water and chasing all the tennis balls the world has to offer.

In her free time, Leslie likes walking her dogs, working out with “Just Dance” video games, and taking advantage of sales while shopping. Even outside of the workplace, Leslie still remains a hardworking and dedicated individual as she regularly works out at her local gym with her personal trainer. As a Disney fanatic, Leslie enjoys going to the Disneyland resorts and singing along to every Disney film soundtrack—especially the Lion King and Frozen.