Dr. Rick’s love for animals started at a young age and continued to grow through the years. He is devoted to giving every animal a chance reflected by his four dogs (Dela, Raven, Guinness, and Boo) and Kitty Draco which are all rescues. His ability to swiftly operate on a loved pet and have it back on its feet in no time has gained everyone’s attention.
Dr. Rick Garcia obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1995 from the University of Miami, concentrating his pre-veterinary training in Biology, Chemistry, and Microbiology. He also attended the University of Florida where he perused courses in Animal Science & Animal Nutrition. During the years he also worked as a part-time veterinary technician in a Companion Animals and Exotics veterinary emergency hospital in Miami, FL. He then finished his core veterinary training in England where he obtained his Veterinary degree in 2000 and became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2003 he pursued further training to become certified in T.P.L.O. (Tribal Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) and T.T.A. (Tibial Tubercle Advancement) both of which are orthopedic surgical techniques to repair torn cruciate (knee) ligaments in dogs. He is a member of the AVMA, MRCVS, CVMA, and AAV. He has particular interests in companion animals (Cat, Dog and general household pets) soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well as exotic medicine and surgery.
Dr. Christine Fabregas received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2011, completing her clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. She continued advanced training at East Bay Veterinary Specialists, a one year small animal rotating internship, in 2012. During her internship, she worked closely with board certified specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, and Surgery. She also rotated through an emergency medicine hospital for 3 months, and rotations through Ophthalmology and shelter medicine. After her internship, she has been working at Paws and Claws as a regular relief veterinarian. She also works as an associate veterinarian at a 24 hour emergency hospital. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and currently resides in Woodland Hills.
Dr. Leticia Gonzalez was born and raised in Southern California. She has been in the veterinary field since 1999, first as a veterinary technician and then as a practicing veterinarian. She received her Bachelors of Science degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. She then pursued a Rotating Internship at Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Gonzalez believes in compassionate and high quality care for your pet. She currently serves on the advisory committee at Los Angeles Pierce College. You might also see her on some hiking trails with her Australian Shepherd, Carmella and Husky Banksy as she enjoys being in the great outdoors on her spare time.
Dr. William Chavez is a graduate of Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine. A Miami, Florida native, he returned to Miami upon graduation and worked there for his first 12 years as a veterinarian. He initially worked as an associate veterinarian in an exclusively avian and exotic practice for the first six years and later opened his own avian and exotic medical facility called Bird & Exotic Wildlife Hospital. After six years of owning his own practice, Dr. Chavez decided a change was in order and turned to relief veterinary medicine in order to create more time for other aspects of veterinary medicine such as teaching and research. Dr. Chavez as been associated with the teaching programs offered at the Association of Avian Veterinarian’s annual conference for nearly ten years. Dr. Chavez continues to live and work in Miami as well as spending extended periods of time practicing relief veterinary medicine in the Los Angeles area for the past 9 years.