Customer Service and Nursing

Hospital Administrators

glennbarnesGlenn Barnes, CVT, CVPM

Glenn is a San Diego native who’s been working in the veterinary field for over 30 years, including five years at an emergency hospital. He’s been with us at Mission Animal & Bird Hospital since 1995.

Glenn became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 1978, and a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) in 2001. He’s a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Law Association.

Glenn has two adult children, and he shares his home with a Blue Merle Australian Shepherd and two rescued cats.

When he’s not here at Mission Animal & Bird Hospital, Glenn enjoys white water rafting and cars.

He says, “My goal is to make people happy with their pets!”

 


 

lisahamiltonLisa Hamilton

Lisa was born and raised in the Iowa/Illinois area of the Midwest, and has worked in the veterinary field since 1976.

She began her career at an early age, working in the kennel at the local veterinary hospital, and knew instantly that she’d found her calling. She’s always loved animals, and is very glad that her parents felt the same way and allowed her to care for so many during her childhood!

Lisa has been at our hospital since 1986, when she relocated to the San Diego area. With Glenn, Lisa handles the responsibilities of Hospital Administrator.

Lisa’s passion in life is her family and animal welfare. She founded a 501C3 non profit animal rescue called Last Chance at Life All Breed Rescue and Adoptions, which finds homes for as many animals in need as possible. So if you have some spare time, give her a call and see what you might be able to do for our canine and avian friends!

 


 

Customer Service Shift Leaders

Holly-WaltersHolly

Holly was born and raised is Vista Ca. Holly has two dogs Maui and Annie, and Bagheera the cat. She rescued Maui from the San Diego Humane Society and fostered Annie, later adopting her. She then expanded her little family and added Bagheera who she adopted from Last Chance at Life.

She worked at a local animal shelter for four years then decided to expand her knowledge in the animal field and joined Mission Animal and Bird hospital 2013. She started as a customer service representative and was promoted to the customer service lead in 2014. She is enjoying every minute of the job and loves the amazing staff she works with.

 


 

JustineJustine

Justine is originally from Oceanside, CA and she attended Oceanside High School. She worked at Grand Pacific/Southern California Beach Club before joining the team at MABH. Justine has one brother, 13, one sister, 20 and does not have any pets at this time. She loves reptiles, however!

When Justine is not at work, she enjoys fishing, shopping and hiking. She used to play soccer and still enjoys playing when she gets the time.

 


 

Customer Service Team

Salena-Mission-Animal-HospSelena

Selena was born in Dallas Tx but grew up in San Diego. She went to High School in Aurora Co where she began her lifelong love of animals. Selena had dogs cats & horses and began showing Morgan horses when she was 14. She also trained and entered ger Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Moose, in AKC Sheep Herding Trials. She loves being outdoors and going to the beach.

Horseback riding, bicycle riding, gardening and going camping are favorite activities for her and her family. Selena has a beautiful baby girl who is 18 mo old and loves spending time with her. Selena and her husband, Craig like to go to the driving range and hit golf balls. She has a dog, Ginger, who they found in a ditch in AZ. She is a red and blue healer mix. Friar, an orange tabby cat, rules the house and “lets” them live there.

 


 

Taylor

Taylor

Taylor was born in Vista, CA. She has two dogs Lucky and Lola, and Milo the cat. She rescued Lucky, a golden retriever/chow chow mix from the San Diego Humane Society when she was a puppy. She went to Rancho Buena Vista High School.

Taylor is currently attending Palomar College and working on her Nursing degree. She worked at DD’s discounts as an assistant manager for four years then decided to expand her knowledge in the animal field and joined Mission Animal and Bird hospital 2015.

When she is not working she enjoys going to the beach, and shopping.

 


 

Taylor Mission Animal Hosp-26Taylor

Taylor is originally from Cape Coral, Florida. After meeting her husband, she traveled across the country and landed in Oceanside, California.

With a background in Early Childhood Education, and many prior customer service jobs, the new experience at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital is fun and exciting.

She Currently does not have any pets, but has always grown up with them. From cats and dogs, to birds and horses.

Taylor’s family consists of her husband and son. She enjoys spending their free time at the beach whenever they can.

 


 

Exam Room Nurse Team

Courtney 3Mission Animal Hosp-5Courtney

Courtney is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana but moved to Oceanside in June of 2014 because her husband is stationed at Camp Pendleton. She recently completed her veterinary assistant program at MiraCosta College and she also has 4+ years in customer service. Courtney received her first experiences with Mission Animal and Bird Hospital when she completed her 85 hour nursing externship during both regular and emergency hours. She is very excited to be back as a new member of the team! She also plans to further her education to be an RVT.

She is very much a crazy cat lady and owns two cream calicos named Lana and Luna. She also has a love for big dogs but especially Dobermans and cant wait to rescue one.

In her free time she loves lazy days with her family and she’s also involved in volunteering and two car clubs.

 


 

Coral 2Mission Animal Hosp-2Coral

Coral grew up in Carlsbad/Oceanside CA and is currently living in Oceanside. She is finishing her RVT classes at PIMA medical Institute to obtain her RVT license (will be completed by the middle of 2016). She owns LOTS of animals, everything from birds to common house pets to large animals, and she says ” I love them all dearly.”

Coral’s goal is to work with all types of animals (large animals, dogs, cats, and exotics) and make a difference in an animal’s life and a client’s life. In her spare time she enjoy riding her horse and spending time with her loved ones.

 


 

Rachel Mission Animal Hosp-11Rachel

Rachel was born in Arkansas, but was raised in a Louisiana Cajun family. She moved to California in 2014 to be with her husband who is stationed here at Camp Pendleton. Rachel has worked with animals since the age of 12, working in stables, pet-sitting, and working as a veterinary assistant in Texas for two years, and also worked in customer service for three years.

When she isn’t at work, Rachel enjoys cooking and camping, and would much prefer a cool rainy day in the mountains over a warm sunny beach day. Rachel has two cats, Mowgli and BJ, and one dog, Roo. Rachel hopes to have her own dog rescue group in the future.

 


 

Nursing Team Supervisor

kyleKyle Barnes, RVT

Kyle grew up in the San Diego area, but moved to Oregon as a teenager. After attending the University of Oregon, he was looking for my calling. Kyle originally decided to pursue human nursing, but changed his mind and decided that his love for animals and his desire to work with them was strong enough to pull him into animal care rather than human care. What better place to pursue his true passion than back in sunny San Diego.

Kyle has been in the veterinary field for 5 years, and after going back to school, has been a registered veterinary technician for 2 years. He loves his work and the fact that it consistently provides him with new challenges and excitement.

Kyle’s passions outside of work are sports (both watching and playing), watching movies, and spending time with his beautiful wife. Kyle has a handsome Chihuahua named Alex and beautiful cat named Bailey, both of which were rescues.

 


 

Nursing Team

 

 

BeckeBecke Shulman, RVT

Becke’s passion for animals blossomed when she was in FFA in high school and raised sheep. She was able to take animal science classes and knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field. Before she made MABH her career path she made a detour and got her degree in theatre, costume design, working for numerous years in the theatre and film industry. While she still loves the arts she decided in 2009 to go back to school to become a RVT. Her RVT program required 2 externships and she was lucky to get to do both of them at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital. At the end of her schooling in 2011 she sat for the state boards and obtained her RVT license. From there she worked with the Humane Society before coming back to MABH in November 2012.

Becke’s family consists of her husband, an Australian cattle dog mix, two energetic cats and room to grow (hopefully some goats, chickens and a llama in the future). She enjoys tending to her garden, sewing, camping, hiking and seeing live theatre.

 


 

kathyKathy Wilcox, RVT

Kathy started her veterinary career by attending an ROP Veterinary Assistant course and quickly knew this was the field for her. She joined our nursing team in early 2010. after working for 10 years as a veterinary assitant at another local animal hospital. She also has taken several AAHA accredited courses in preparation for taking her RVT exam sometime in the near future. She shares her home with their dogs Sampson, Ozzy and Delilah and their three cats Mushu, Cruiser and Parker.

In her free time Kathy enjoys a good book, watching movies and keeps active by spending time at the gym. If the weather is nice you will find her out of doors soaking up the sunshine.

 


 

Nicole-WallsNicole

Nicole originally hails from Denver, Colorado. Her family includes her three children (Michael, Carissa, and Benjamin), along with two dogs, three cats, and a rabbit.

Nicole is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster program, with a goal of obtaining her Certified Veterinary Technician license. She loves people and animals and her compassion is a key to her future.

 


 

StevenSteven

Steven grew up in Northridge California but also spent 5 years of his childhood in Taiwan. That’s where he discovered his passion for animals well being.

He worked for a company for 22 years and when the company moved out of state he decided it was time to pursue his childhood dream of working in the veterinary field. He enrolled in the ROP program and volunteered at several veterinary hospitals. Steve is excited and proud to say he has worked for MABH since August 2012.

Steve lives in Oceanside with his wife Dianne and son Trevor who also share his passion for animals. The family also includes 4 hand raised, diabetic cats. There’s Peanut Butter, Hero, Squeakers and Little Missy. They are from the same litter and just celebrated their 14th birthday.

Steve is enrolled in Penn Foster to pursue getting his RVT degree. When he is not studying, he enjoys a good baseball game.

 


 

dakotamabhDakota

Dakota has been part of the MABH family for a long time. When he was little, he used to visit the old facility to help us out as much as he could until moving to Oregon. Dakota moved back to California to join our team shortly after graduating High School in Southern Oregon in 2010 and has been back with us since.

He’s always had a love for animals and has owned a range of species big and small: beardies, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, a pig, chickens, cats, dogs, and goats! He has a convenient natural ability of understanding K-9 behavior, and how to work with them pertaining to their breed and behavioral specifications, making sure they are most comfortable when at the hospital. He has spent time in many of our hospital departments including over a year of emergency, and is our Hospital Safety Coordinator.

When he’s not at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital he can be found at school working towards a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), or he’s out adventuring the San Diego desert trails with his significant other and their dog, Atlas Javir Vom Talka Marda, a Sable German Shepherd from Guadalajara.

 

 


 

Daisy GranadosMission Animal Hosp-3Daisy

Ever since Daisy was young she was always drawn to helping out animals and to learn more about them literally wearing out the pages of encyclopedias that had any information about dogs. Her parents were very supportive of her passion for animals and taught her both the beautiful and not so pleasant side of owning and caring for a pet. At around 7 years old she had a pet that passed away at home as her and her family were gone for the morning and that is when she knew that when she grew up she would want to work in the animal medical field to do anything and everything she could to help all animals.

She was born and raised in the city of Inglewood, CA and attended Inglewood High School graduating in 2010. She worked to support her family for a few years and in 2015 she enrolled and attended Pima Medical Institute to receive my certificate and credibility to become a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently enrolled to pursue my RVT license at Pima Medical and am hoping to have her license by 2017.

She currently has 3 “furry babies”, the first two are under her mother’s care back home in Inglewood due to lack of living space. Her oldest is Bam Bam (pitbull mix) who she inherited after her father passed away, then there is Pearlie (Chihuahua Mix) who she rescued from a Food 4 Less parking lot and lastly Sprocket (Boxer) who belongs to her and her fiancee. She does have an interest in raising reptiles and birds in the near future along with a couple of goats, but that is for the future when she has a farm.

Daisy says, “Truly I enjoy working at MABH even when I was doing my externship here from 1/6/16 – 2/14/16 it was the best experience of my life and I am glad to be back as a part of the team.”

 


 

Emergency Overnight Nursing Team

heather_hawleyHeather

Heather was born in New Jersey but moved to Oceanside with her whole family when she was 10. She considers her hometown as Oceanside.

She has almost always know she wanted to work in the veterinary field, it was in the fifth grade that she began the journey towards her future in the veterinary field .She attended the University of California in Davis with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with her main emphasis being companion animal care. She graduated in 2008 and has been working in the veterinary industry ever since.

When she is not at work she spends her time with her daughters doing there various activities, usually around there various girls scouting activities. She also knits, crochets, spins, and wire wraps jewelry. She also plays computers games, lifts weights, and enjoys fantasy reading.

She is excited to become a part of the Mission Animal And Bird Hospital Team.

 


 

Alex-GossettAlexandra

Alexandra was born and raised in Alpine, CA and has always had a knack for animal care having grandparents that show/breed dogs. At a young age, she was positive she wanted to work with animals in any way she could. She grew up around all types of animals: horses, goats, many dogs, cats, birds and snakes. At a very young age, she remembers watching her grandma work with the dogs and being so interested in everything animal related, and since than the rest is history.

She has been in the veterinary field for almost 3 years, and has loved every day of it. Alexandra is currently attending college classes to get her Bachelors in Zoology/ Animal Biology, with the goal of becoming a Vet. She has a high interest in exotics and wildlife, and she is very excited to be working in a faced paced/ fun environment within the ER.

Alexandra spends her free time doing anything active outside as much as possible like hanging out at the beach, hiking, horse back riding, or just relaxing reading a good book, spending time with family. She just recently moved out of her parents house in Alpine to San Marcos so she currently has no pets of her own, but is looking to change that very soon!

She is very excited to be working with the MABH ER team and excited to gain more knowledge, and help your pets!