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Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

VETERINARY TECHNICIANS

At Orange County Veterinary Specialists, our team of licensed Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT's) play an integral role in our patient care. Our RVT's are highly trained and proficient in a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic techniques and provide the one on one patient care the critically ill pet requires. In addition to our RVT team, several members have extended their training with a specialty in emergency and critical care. These RVT's have trained for a minimum of five years in emergency and critical care and have completed a rigorous credentialing exam to become members of the Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care- VTS (ECC). Our VTS (ECC) team members are part of the leadership of Dedicated Veterinary Care and bring passion and knowledge to help provide unparalleled patient care.

Kami O'Connell, RVT, VTS (ECC)

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As a child, Kami O'Connell's love for animals began at her aunt's farm in Norco, CA, where they nursed puppies and kittens back to health and found homes for several animals.

Kami's professional career began at California Polytechnic University of Pomona where she received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Health in 2006. Shortly after receiving her degree, Kami moved to San Francisco, CA where she furthered her studies towards obtaining an RVT license in 2008. Kami eventually moved back to Orange County, CA, where she was hired as a technician at DVC in Tustin in 2009. In 2011, she received board certification in Emergency and Critical Care with special interest in CPCR and pain management of the critical patient. Her passion for critical care continues today as she advances her education through attending conferences and preparing lectures for her fellow colleagues. Kami is an integral part of our emergency and critical care team at Dedicated Veterinary Care.

In her free time, Kami enjoys horseback riding, salsa dancing, and country line dancing. At home she cares for Griffen, a 7 year old Boxer mix, Nico, an 8 month old schweenie, and a leopard gecko named Enzo.

Jonathan Esmond, RVT, VTS (ECC)

jonathan.jpgJonathan started working in veterinary medicine as an assistant in general practice in 1992. He worked there gaining experience and skill for six years before being asked to join the team as an assistant manager at a local after hours emergency clinic. He worked for several years in that capacity until he decided to dedicate himself to purely the medical aspect of his field. He gained a CIS degree in the meantime eventually changing his major and attaining his credentials as an RVT in California (2006) with the intent to also specialize in ECC. In May of 2007 he began working at a critical care specialty facility in an effort to gain the necessary knowledge and background so that he could apply to AVECCT. He gained experience working with Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), a mode of dialysis for Acute Renal Failure (ARF) and long term therapeutic mechanical ventilation. His interests include but are not limited to acid/base, blood gases, advanced anesthesia/analgesia, mechanical ventilation, fluid resuscitation and transfusion medicine. He passed his boards in 2010 and earned the right to use the designation, VTS(ECC). He volunteers his time as a member of AVECCTS examination and Mentoring Committees and has served on the Appeals Committee. He is message board member (ECC, Anesthesia, Pain Management and Ophthalmology) on VSPN and an author and contributor of a chapter on Ocular Emergencies in a text that is soon to be released. Every year for the past 6 years he has attended a nationally recognized CE conference on emergency and critical care medicine. Finally he is a member of NAVTA, CaRVTA, VECCS and of course AVECCT.

Emma Fewell, RVT

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Tera Alford, RVT

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Jesse Nunez, RVT

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Regina Stewart, RVT

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Missy Manlove, RVT

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 Karina Navarro, RVT

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Jessica Henry, RVT

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Megan Clifton, RVT

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Sheryl Seaver, RVT


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VETERINARY ASSISTANTS

Our team of dedicated veterinary assistants help care for our patients by assisting OCVS doctors and technicians.

Vivian Yi

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Rick Palmer

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Orange County Veterinary Specialists employs  Registered Veterinary Technicians who are licensed by the State of California.  OCVS refers to such employees as "Technicians" or "RVTs". OCVS also employs assistants who are NOT licensed by the State of California.  OCVS refers to such employees as "Veterinary Assistants" or "Assistants".  Both Technicians and Veterinary Assistants adhere to the requirements and limitations of the California Veterinary Practice Act.  If you have any questions regarding the qualifications of any employee, please ask your OCVS veterinarian.  Thank You!