About Our Staff

Robin San Carlos Animal HospitalRobin

Hospital Manager, R.V.T.

My name is Robin and I am a registered veterinary technician and the hospital manager here at San Carlos Animal Hospital. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Acosta since 2008, when he was practicing in Ocean Beach. That's also where I met my husband. I am originally from Toledo, Ohio. I grew up with cats and dogs and my grandma had a farm full of sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and horses. I loved helping her take care of all of her animals and always wanted to learn more about them. One day I saw a commercial for a veterinary technician program and it hit me, that's what I was going to do. I got my first job at an animal hospital back in 2001 and have never considered doing anything else. I've heard the saying, if you love your job then you'll never work a day in your life. Well, that's not entirely true in this field. I do love my job, but it's hard work. It can be stressful, tiring, happy, sad, exciting, challenging, and incredibly demanding. It's an emotional rollercoaster on some days. I wouldn't change a thing. Not many can say they love their job, even less can say they love their boss and co-workers, but I can. Where else can you play with puppies and kittens, help bring a dog back from near-death and watch them walk out the door later that day, monitor anesthesia during a routine or incredibly interesting surgery, get peed on, express anal glands, clean up vomit, and get to know some really great people who truly love their pets? There is nothing more rewarding than saving a life. For me, there's no better job than being a vet tech.

JoshJosh San Carlos Animal Hospital

Lead Veterinary Assistant

My name is Josh, and I was lucky enough to have grown up in the mountains of northern California, where we had cats, dogs, pigs, horses, cows, and chickens. My love for animals started at a very young age, and I even started my own dog walking and pet sitting business when I was 12 so I would be able to spend time with other people’s pets, and not just my own. Now being able to care for pets as an everyday job is a dream come true. It is so rewarding not dreading to work, but rather to be excited to see what the day will bring; from puppies and kittens to emergencies and sad days, every day is exciting and you can never anticipate what the day will bring. I get a kick out of the daily sniff-down I get from my two dogs at home after a dog-filled day at work. They get so excited to smell what I did all day. I feel very lucky to have such an amazing job and to have great coworkers is just icing on the cake.

Mac San Carlos Animal HospitalMac

Surgery Assistant

My name is Mac, and I was born in New Jersey, where my family always had pets around the house. I grew up around dogs, fish, lizards, rabbits, and even had a chinchilla for a while. It wasn’t until I saw “Animal ER” on Animal Planet that I really began to think about getting into the veterinary field, but at the time it wasn’t a true serious thought. However, in 2009 I realized how passionate I was about animals. While visiting the new elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, the keepers were talking about the care that it takes to maintain the elephants, and it made me realize that I wouldn’t mind working with animals. Thankfully, a friend that I had who was working with Dr. Acosta was about to move away for college, so a position was available working under both Dr. Acosta and Dr. Altman. Since then, it has been an exciting few years learning and growing under them and being able to apply the knowledge I obtained while getting my bachelors degree. I never expected to have a job that I am excited to go to, much less so early in life, but every day I wake up excited to see not only the people I work with, but also the smiling faces and wagging tails that the day will bring.

JanelleJanelle San Carlos Animal Hospital

Receptionist

Hi there, I'm Janelle. Born and raised here in sunny San Diego. I started my amazing journey into the veterinary field my senior year of high school. I completed some courses and volunteered at a couple hospitals. Right then I knew I found my passion. I have been a customer service representative and veterinary assistant for almost 15 years now and I couldn't be more happy enjoying what I do! Being part of such a wonderful hospital, helping out people and their fur babies is such a great, rewarding feeling and I look forward to it each and every day. In my free time I love spending time with my family, friends, my four legged feline child Spike. Going to concerts, amusement parks and participating in 5k Runs all around beautiful San Diego.

Somer San Carlos Animal HospitalSomer

Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Somer, yes it is pronounced like the season :). I was born and raised here in San Diego. I graduated from El Cajon Valley High. I only left San Diego to attend College- I came back as soon as I could! I went to California Polytechnic University, Pomona for four years and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Animal Science- Pre- Veterinary Science/Graduate School option. Man that is a mouth full I know. My passion for animals began very young. I rescued my first cat at the age of four when I begged my mom for the cutest black kitty ever; she had been living in the laundry room of the apartments I was living in at the time. It all started with the little black kitty named Leona, I owe my passion for animals to her. Since Leona I have rescued over ten animals, most of which I ended up keeping. I currently have five cats (yes I know five is a lot), four of which are rescues from the street and the animal shelter. During my summers off while I was in college I also spent a lot of time volunteering at the San Diego Humane Society, the El Cajon Petco location and some hours in the veterinary office downtown. I have currently accumulated over one hundred hours and can’t wait until I can continue my work there; it is the most rewarding feeling to work for a non-profit. I also interned at another local non-profit, the San Diego Zoo. I was a hospitality intern and I learned so much about the Zoo and everything they are doing to help end extinction. All of these experiences have lead me to become the cat crazy animal loving woman that I am today. I can’t wait to meet and love on all your fur babies! Sorry my bio is so long! I get a little carried away, but I hope you enjoyed the read.

SarahSarah San Carlos Animal Hospital

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Sarah, and I am from a small town in Louisiana. Growing up, I actually didn’t have any animals at all. My Mom wasn’t a huge fan and she liked her house very clean but that didn’t stop me from wanting my own dog. My Maw Maw (Grandma) and I spent a lot of time together when I was younger and we were always watching Animal Planet and that’s when I really developed an interest for animals. When I was 5 years old we moved to California and it took me until high school to convince my mom to get our first dog Diamond! Of course my mom fell in love with her. Diamond showed me what it was really like to love and care for an animal. After high school I went straight to a vet assistant program and started my dream career! I’ve only been a part of the veterinary world for about three years now and I know I will never look back, nothing in my book compares to what I do now. Not most people can say they enjoy what they do, including their coworkers and the clients. I am beyond grateful to have this job and plan on furthering my education and am looking forward to grow with San Carlos Animal Hospital!

Kelsey San Carlos Animal HospitalKelsey

Veterinary Assistant

As a San Diego native, I grew up caring for and showing a variety of Livestock including goats, chickens, and rabbits. During and after college I worked in a lab at the Southwest branch of NOAA as a Marine Biologist. Now, when I’m not spending time with my 2 fluffy cat kids, I’m either working as an Animal Handler at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or working here at San Carlos Animal Hospital with other people’s furkids. Land or sea, wild or domestic, I love all animals, and I’m so happy to be working with the awesome team here at San Carlos!

DerekComing soon

Veterinary Assistant

"Hello! My name is Derek, and I joined the San Carlos team after relocating to San Diego from Portland, Maine. I was born and raised in Loudon, New Hampshire, where there were always plenty of cats, dogs, and farm animals around. That experience instilled me with a great amount of love and respect for animals both big and small. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire in 2014. My career in veterinary medicine began as veterinary technician in Eagle, Colorado, shortly after graduating. It then continued when I moved back to the East Coast and worked as a technician in Maine. I share my home with my girlfriend Amber, our terrier-mix Chewbacca, and our two cats Jabba and Princess Leia. In my spare time I enjoy any and all outdoor physical activities, socializing with friends, and expanding my knowledge of animals and veterinary medical practices. I couldn’t be happier to be working with such a great team at San Carlos doing the work I love!