Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Westside Animal Hospital in Santa Cruz, California! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 831-427-2239 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

    President / Veterinarian

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    Dr. David J Shuman, DVM

    After graduating from UCSC in 1989 with a B.A. in Biology, Dr. Dave Shuman went on to earn…

    Hospital Manager

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    Becky Butler

    Becky Butler joined Westside Animal Hospital in 2010 as our receptionist.  We’re so…

    Lead Veterinary Technician

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    Rachel Van Horn, RVT

    Rachel has always had a love for animals and has worked in the veterinary business for…


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    Emily Maurer

    Emily joined the Tech World in 2002 while attending Cabrillo College’s nursing program…
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    Juliette Flores, RVT

    Juliette graduated from Western Career College in 2004 and became a Registered Veterinary…
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    Natalie Hewatt

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    Seth Van Horn, RVT

    Seth Horn grew up in the San Lorenzo Valley and has always had a passion for the local…


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    Candy Arreola-Perez

    Candy Arreola-Perez joined the team in Oct 2013 as a receptionist; this is her first time…
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    Jennifer Neider

    Jennifer moved to Santa Cruz, her father’s hometown, from Bali, Indonesia when she was…

    UCSC Student Staff

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    This current UCSC student is an incredible young lady. She has spent recent summers…
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    Parisa Tkanchi

    Parisa grew up in San Diego and came to Santa Cruz to attend…

    Relief Staff

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    Dr. Lisa Kim, DVM

    After spending the last eight years in San Francisco practicing general and emergency…
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    Jessi Maille, CVT

    Originally from the East Coast, she made the move to California in 2000. She had a career…