Megan

Hospital Manager

Hello! My name is Megan and I am the hospital manager here at San Carlos Animal Hospital. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Acosta and Dr. Altman before, starting in 2012, back when they were practicing in Ocean Beach. I am an RVT, and I also hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz (graduated 2007). A lesser known fact about me is that I was a dual sport collegiate athlete at UC Santa Cruz and played both water polo and basketball at the varsity level. I still try to stay active and my puppy (well really my dog, but she will always be a puppy to me) helps a lot with this. My girl is an 8-year old lab mix named Dublin and she enjoys a great many things: being awkward, wrestling, splashing in the water (but not being sprayed by it), snuggles, bubbles, barking at snails, looking like a Sarah McLachlan SPCA commercial (it’s just her face), wearing costumes, and giving hugs. My family always had pets (of various shapes and sizes) and my love of animals started from a young age. Have you seen ‘Homeward Bound’ the movie? That was pretty much my sister, brother, and I growing up (I, being the eldest- as well as having a golden retriever at the time- of course was Peter/Shadow). I hail from a small town in Northern California and was always very active in extracurricular activities, including 4-H. One of my favorite memories was attempting to perform in a horse show for my 4-H club. My horse did NOT want to listen to me, fought every attempt to perform appropriately, and even at one point decided he wanted to walk the opposite direction in the corral than everyone else. As much as my performance was a failure, the life lessons it taught me (patience, perseverance, composure, smile through adversity) have served me well in life. In much the same way, my career in veterinary medicine has been rewarding, fun, and is never boring. This is why I enjoy my time at the hospital- I am surrounded by an amazing staff, each day is different and ultimately you are making a difference in peoples lives. My pets have always been part of my family and I look forward to meeting and treating your loved ones the same way.

 


Somer

Lead Technician / Supervisor

Hello! My name is Somer, yes it is pronounced like the season :). I was born and raised here in San Diego and I graduated from El Cajon Valley High. I only left San Diego to attend college and 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 when I rescued my first cat at the age of four. The cutest black kitty ever had been living in the laundry room of my apartments for quite some time and we had already been feeding her. I begged my mom to let me keep her, and she couldn’t say no to me as easily back then. My passion for animals all started with that little black kitty named Leona, I truly owe my passion for animals to her. Since Leona I have rescued over ten animals, most of which I ended up keeping. As you can tell my love for animals started with cats and that love continues to grow exponentially. My love for dogs started later in my life, but has grown exceptionally since being a part of the SCAH team since October of 2016. I adopted my first dog about 4 months after starting my job here and I actually met him while I was working. He was taken in by The Rescued Dog, a rescue organization SCAH works with, and brought to our hospital to be examined. He was a calm tiny little tri-colored fluff with speckles all over his face/arms and I fell in love with him instantly. I named him Link, he is a cocker spaniel mix and he is the most special thing in my life- I love him more than I can say. With that being said, I do still love my kitties so so much and I currently have four of them. Pictured are Mollie, Link, and me- my other 3 kitties don’t love Link as much as Mollie and I.

 


Gretchen

Hello, my name is Gretchen and I moved to San Diego 2 years ago from Milwaukee, WI. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and then moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After college I worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin doing clinical research in the GI department, but I ultimately decided that I truly wanted to work with animals. My family has always had dogs and sometimes cats so I have been around animals my entire life. I have volunteered at animal shelters in Milwaukee and I currently volunteer at PAWS in Coronado where I get to walk dogs waiting to be adopted. I really love helping animals and being an advocate for them. I have a beautiful Black Lab/Australian Shepard mix named Callie who is the love of my life. I adopted her the summer I graduated college from the Milwaukee Humane Society. She loves swimming and playing fetch so San Diego is the perfect city for her! My ultimate goal is to attend veterinary school in the next year and be able to turn my love for animals into a career.

 


Ashley

Hi there! My name is Ashley who’s passion for veterinary medicine started right here at the San Diego Zoo. I am a recent graduate of Humboldt State University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Cellular & Molecular Biology as well as a minor in Chemistry. While in college I worked at a large animal hospital where I got to experience and learn veterinary medicine with a variety of animals from baby goats to thousand pound bulls!

I have always loved animals (as many of us do) but had really become interested in veterinary medicine when I realized I could bring conservation work and animals together through exotic animal veterinary work. Since then I have been striving to become a veterinarian and am passionate about learning about as many animals as I can so I can in turn help as many animals as I can. In high school I volunteered at Lions, Tigers, & Bears in Alpine where I solidified my love for helping animals of all shapes and sizes!

I have always learned best by doing and the team at San Carlos Animal Hospital has been one of the greatest privileges to be a part of as I am surrounded by the best team out there. Here at San Carlos Animal Hospital our staff does not just think of pets as animals but as companions with feelings and real needs and I am happy to be part of such a caring and driven group.


Rachel

Hi! My name is Rachel and I was born and raised here in San Diego, California! I have had the absolute pleasure of growing up around animals all my life. My childhood dog was a Saint Bernard named Bruno. He was my gentle giant that weighed about 130 pounds. Growing up I always knew I wanted to have a career in anything that included animals. During my last couple years of high school I worked at a doggie day care and boarding facility. My dog Benny and I had a blast going to work together. Benny is a 2 year old Golden Retriever with the biggest heart and the cutest face! Although I was sad to leave, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the San Carlos Animal Hospital team! Everyday I am challenged in the best way possible to grow my knowledge in the veterinary field. As I only graduated high school last year in 2021, I am so excited to start my educational journey and learn more about our four legged friends! I am so delighted to have a wonderful team around me and I am eager to meet all your precious doggies and kitties!


Grace

Hello! My name is Grace Tarantino and I was born and raised here in sunny San Diego. I attended college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo from where I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. My lifelong love for animals and interest in life sciences has driven my desire to work in the field of veterinary medicine. The intricacies and interconnectedness of the animal body and the ways in which we are able to alter its physiology to promote better living continue to astound me and fuel my passion for veterinary medicine. For as long as I could remember, becoming a veterinarian has been my goal and I am so glad that I get to progress toward this goal by working here at San Carlos Animal Hospital. In conjunction with veterinary medicine, I am also passionate about serving my community. In San Luis Obispo, I had the pleasure of serving the community through volunteer work in the surgery department at Wood’s Humane Society and through helping conduct clinics that provide veterinary care for the local homeless population. I am also a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind where I help to socialize and train guide dogs for the visually impaired. I am very excited to be back in San Diego and contribute to our community here by helping all of you and your wonderful pets!