Brenda has lived in Burbank, California her entire life and has an older sister. Since as early as 3 years of age, little Brenda had developed a fascination with animals as she grew up around all types of animals and knew that she wanted to work in the animal field. She loves all kinds of animals and was completely fearless no matter the size or specie of the animal—whether it was a big Mastiff dog or a snake. Growing up, Brenda enjoyed watching Animal Planet and thought how cool it would be to have a job like Steve Irwin and other animal conservationists.
When she entered elementary school, Brenda proudly stated to her parents: “I want to become a veterinarian” and around 11 years old, she asked to have her own dog. After many years of convincing, it finally happened and her dreams came true as she got her Labrador/Pitbull mix named Hershey. Hershey, who loves to get herself into trouble, is her sidekick and #1 fan. Brenda also has two slider turtles and couple of Tropical fish who love to eat! During her junior year of High school, she took an Animal Care class at the Burbank Animal Shelter and landed a job there during her senior year at Burbank High as a kennel attendant. Currently, she is a Veterinary Technician student at Platt College and has taken classes at Glendale Community College and Pierce College in hopes of pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
In her free time, Brenda loves swimming and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys watching some of her favorite TV shows like Pretty Little Liars and going on adventures with friends. She likes to eat sushi and is always making people smile and laugh.
Christina grew up in the Glendale area with her parents, her one special needs sister, and her Australian Shepherd named Lucky. Growing up, Christina’s family had many different types of pets–from guinea pigs, to dogs, cats, even parakeets! Being surrounded by all these different animals as a kid and getting to take care of them, Christina was inspired to pursue a career in the veterinary field!
Christina initially did not know how to get involved in the veterinary field until she did some research after graduating high school. She later became involved in different types of rescues like Happy Strays. This is where she fell in love with taking care of the cats at the various kitten rescues. Christina also learned how to work with horses at the therapy facility for special needs children.
Once she gained some experience with these animals and felt assured in her pursuit of becoming a future veterinarian, Christina knew that she wanted to see what it is like working for a veterinary hospital. After searching for many months, she finally was able to volunteer at Rainbow Veterinary hospital in the summer of 2014 and has been here since after volunteering for 3 years. This experience lit the fire underneath her and she realized that becoming a veterinarian is what she really wants to do. Seeing all the different animals go home happy and healthy after giving them their treatments is an indescribable feeling, says Christina. She has volunteered at this hospital while also completing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of California, Irvine, from which she graduated in 2015. Currently, Christina has had the honor of being hired as the hospital’s receptionist as she continues to work on her applications for veterinary school!
When she is not working at the hospital, Christina enjoys taking her pet Lucky on long walks in her neighborhood. She also loves to go hiking with her boyfriend at Brand Park in Glendale and see the amazing view of the city. If she is not out walking, she likes to play video games on the PS3 such as Far Cry or GTA or look at photos of Huskies that she wants to adopt in the near future!
Jennifer grew up in the Hollywood / Los Angeles area with her parents and other family members. Being an only child, she often felt that pets were her brothers and sisters, even though she argues with her cousins as if they were her siblings. Jennifer always wanted to keep her pets happy and healthy, which is why she got into the veterinary field. Now she cares for pets every day as a Veterinary Assistant at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital!
During her senior year at Hollywood High School, she started volunteering at different rescues from dogs and cats to even pocket pets. After high school, Jennifer started volunteering at the Burbank Animal Shelter while attending college classes. She’s currently attending Pierce College and Los Angeles Valley College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After volunteering at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital, she was hired on—she loves seeing a pet leave the hospital happy, and especially enjoys when a healthy animal licks her face as a thank-you!
Jennifer’s family has many pets. Oscar is her 4-year old Doberman that lives an active lifestyle since he loves going hiking and running. Mia—her 8 year old Pitbull that loves going on car rides and sleeping—is the only female dog in her house. Blue is her 5-year old blue Doberman that loves playing in the water, especially jumping into the pool. Max, who is the smallest and second oldest dog of the household, shows that he owns the house and is still a youngster that loves swimming, going camping to Yosemite, and going on the jet-ski although being 8 years old. Jennifer also has three rabbits that are well behaved and have been trained to be play around her yard with her dogs, three guinea pigs, a few goldfish, and birds!
In her free time, Jennifer likes being with her family and friends. She likes going hiking with her dogs, attending Dodger games, and going to theme parks for fun. She does like to go shopping and eat at different places, especially eating dessert!
Raised in Huntington Park, California, Karen is the middle child out of 4 siblings. Her hobbies include gardening, arts and crafts, cooking, and hiking. When she is done with the work day, her two dogs Chabela and Chica welcome her home and cuddle up beside her.
Growing up, Karen always had dogs in the family as well as birds, fish, and small pocket pets like mice. She has always loved animals since youth but there was one experience that sparked her curiosity in the field of veterinary medicine. Her Dalmatian puppy Minnie had parvo virus—a disease that is often fatal to puppies—and Karen was deeply saddened because she did not understand how her dog had gotten sick or why she passed away. Karen, although initially upset, was also intrigued by what had happened and she took it upon herself to learn more about animal diseases and treatment. This experience, in other words, impacted Karen in ways that would eventually lead her to the veterinary field.
Karen initially was studying business in college since she was given an opportunity to work in the banking industry; however, she had a feeling that this career path was not aligning with her interests. She reflected on other options and confirmed that she wanted to enroll in the Veterinary Technician program at Pierce College instead. During this time, Karen worked at a doggy daycare facility and learned more about animals and particular breeds. During work and school, she was able to receive hands-on experience/training with various species like cats, dogs, livestock and small exotics. Karen is now part of the Rainbow Vet staff and recently received her associates’ degree from Pierce College in 2017. Karen enjoys assisting in surgery because she feels every day is a new learning experience and she likes seeing pets leave the hospital in good health. She is currently preparing for the national exam to get her RVT license.
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.
Before working in the veterinary field, Mary was a bookkeeper in a downtown office. The commute and the office environment pushed her to look for another job. Without knowing anything about the veterinary world, she secured a job at a clinic, and it did not take long before she fell in love with the work! She has worked as a Customer Service professional in the veterinary field for more than 25 years.
Mary was born and raised in Manila in the Philippines. She moved to the U.S. to be closer to relatives and she has established a lovely home in North Hollywood with her two sons and one daughter. The family has a Poodle named Snoopy and Mary is a proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren, all of whom she loves very much.
Mary is kind and she always tries to brighten up people’s day with her infectious smile and laughter. She is one of the first few faces you meet here at Rainbow as she is the Head Receptionist. She truly cares for the well-being of all our clients and their pets as she does callbacks days after their appointment.
In her spare time, she likes reading and cooking, and she especially loves trying out new dishes that she thinks her family will like. Her cooking is very popular with her children’s friends since most of them choose to eat at her house!
Since she was a young child, Samantha has always loved everything and anything to do with animals. Her favorite shows growing up were the Crocodile Hunter and the Jeff Corwin Experience because it was fascinating to see and learn about all the different creatures on our planet. She was inspired by the compassion and respect that these shows expressed for animals and it convinced her that she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. One day, while visiting family, she found a bird with its feet stuck in a glue mouse trap. When she saw the bird flapping around helplessly trying to get free, Samantha knew she had to do something to help. Without hesitation, she jumped to the aide of this bird by gently wrapping it in a towel and slowly trying to pry its little feet from the glue. Once it was free, she felt a great sense of satisfaction when the bird was able to fly away. This experience reinforced her desire to pursue veterinary medicine later in life.
After graduating from high school, Samantha initially decided to major in Biology at the University of California Riverside. By the end of her first year, she knew Biology was not the path for her. When Samantha learned about the pre-veterinary program at Pierce College, she swiftly left Riverside and attended her first pre-veterinary courses at Pierce College in the Fall of 2013. She loved all the hands-on experience working with the sheep, goats, chickens, and cattle at the Pierce Farm. Samantha then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona in the fall of 2016 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She is in her second year at Cal Poly and will be graduating in 2018.
Samantha has had a variety of pets since her childhood—everything from geckos, snakes, dogs, birds, cats, and rabbits. Currently she has 2 miniature schnauzers named Sasha and Ebony, 1 cat named Meow Meow, and a fat rabbit named Charlie. Her favorite pastimes include drawing, hiking, going to the beach, and watching Netflix.
Stefani grew up in Inglewood, California and moved to Burbank back in 2012. She attended the all-girls Catholic high school Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles and then got her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017. During her free time, Stefani likes to go shopping, hiking with her dogs Dobby & Piper, draw, and spend quality time with her family and college buddies.
Stefani’s innate curiosity to understand animal biology and to improve their welfare has been fostered since childhood. The earliest memories of her youth were all animal-oriented—from caring for stray cats’ litters to taking in malnourished stray dogs. She confirmed her dream to be a vet at age nine when she took a family friend’s dog to a vet after noticing it was lethargic and the rear was heavily soiled and lacerated. With no prior knowledge of its preexisting condition, the vet told her that the dog had a severe maggot infestation and required immediate treatment. Although the dog did not survive, Stefani remembers how sincere and compassionate the vet was as she explained thoroughly how this dog—which was not even her pet—ended up in this horrible state. The vet educated her on preventative medicine and was mindful to disclose her concerns and observations to Stefani. Stefani then realized the importance of initiating interpersonal relationships between doctors and pet owners since their mutual interest lies in the health of our beloved animals. Not only did this moment shed light on what the field entails, but also it revealed that it requires a lifetime commitment of continued learning—something that Stefani found intriguing ever since.
From the moment she enrolled in college as an Animal science major at Cal Poly Pomona, Stefani knew she had to work extremely hard to achieve her goal of entering the profession. She received hands-on experience on both companion and livestock animals and furthered her knowledge in laboratory procedures, all of which prepared her for clinical settings. Once she started getting clinical experience here at Rainbow in 2015, she has benefitted immensely from the mentorship of Dr. Metzger and his staff as they have strengthened her knowledge of veterinary diagnosis, surgical skills, and approaches to routine exams with regard to nutrition and breed predisposition.
Stefani has been accepted into the class of 2021 of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She is very excited to embark on this career path and hopes to open her own private practice in the future. She wants to pursue small animal medicine with an interest in small exotics. She also wishes to explore the specialties of Radiology and Pathology. Although aware that veterinary school will be challenging, Stefani knows she is capable of making a difference in the world and intangible rewards await her.