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.

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.

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.

Angela San Carlos Animal HospitalAngela

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Angela and I am new to San Diego. I just moved here in April from Honolulu, Hawaii after completing 6 years in the Army as a surgical technician. I have always loved animals, even when I was a little girl playing around my grandpa's cows and horses on his farm in Iowa. As I got older I spent time helping at various shelters in Florida and my mom helped instill what I call the "rescue gene" and we brought in everything from skunks and squirrels to kittens and puppies. I graduated from Pima Medical Institute in December with my certificate as a Veterinary Assistant and will be returning to Pima over the summer to finish my degree as a Veterinary Technician. It took me a long time to find my passion in life but now I just feel blessed to be able to tell people how much I love my job. In my free time I love hiking, off-roading, fishing and spending quality time with my husband and our two rescue dogs Diesel and Dixie.

KatelynKatelyn San Carlos Animal Hospital

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Katelyn and I have always had a passion for animals of all kinds. I volunteered with a cat rescue agency called Pink Paw for three years, where I helped kittens and cats find their forever homes. Somehow, a couple of them came home with me! As well as working with cats, I own many reptiles. Bearded dragons, leopard geckos, panther chameleons, crested geckos and tortoises are all welcome in my home. However, my passion for animal care took off when one of my tortoises caught an upper respiratory infection and I had to give him daily injections for him to recover. Since then, I’ve done everything I could to pursue my dream of helping animals get better. As of now, I am studying Physiology and Neuroscience at UC San Diego. After I get my degree, I will be applying to veterinary programs across the country. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do anything I can to improve any animal’s quality of life.

AustinAustin San Carlos Animal Hospital

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Austin, I was blessed to be born and raised in San Diego, with a huge family full of pets. I have had dogs, cats, and even two massive tortoises. I always thought I would be doing something in the medical field but had no idea it would be for animals, and I have been loving every moment of it. Caring for animals is a wonderful thing and doing it with such an amazing team makes it even more satisfying. I have always loved animals and seeing them make a huge recovery makes me love what I do and I am proud to tell everyone that I am a veterinary assistant. It is truly a blessing to wake up everyday and be passionate about what I do. I never know what to expect coming into work, so everyday is a mystery, and this is the most exciting aspect of my job. I love coming home and telling my family and friends what the day held for me and they are always excited to hear. My dogs seem to enjoy it when I come home too, and they get to smell the exciting day I had.

Taylor San Carlos Animal HospitalTaylor

Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Taylor and I am from a tiny town called McCallsburg, smack dab in the middle of Iowa. Growing up we always had pets, mostly dogs, then it grew to cats, rats, and fish. Ever since I was little, I've wanted to bring every stray pet home that I could, against my mother's will. Throughout high school, I had the opportunity to work at two different vet clinics/shelters. At these clinics, I took care of pets being boarded, stray animals, as well as helping the veterinarians when possible. Holidays were my favorite time to work, because I could spend extra time with the boarded animals who couldn't be with their families or didn't have a family to call their own. One Christmas, I even begged my mom to let me foster a cat for just one night because she was so sweet and couldn't spend Christmas alone. Ten years later, Gwinnie is still a part of our family. I now have an adopted cat of my own named Beasley, and my boyfriend and I have a rescue dog named Luna. I recently graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Ecology and moved to San Diego in May with my boyfriend. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work at this awesome clinic in San Diego, having fun with fuzzy friends, awesome coworkers, and learning new things every day.

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.