Dr. Eiri came to us in 2015 after graduating from Dr. Judy’s alma mater, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. A Southern California native, having grown up in Diamond Bar and completing her bachelor’s at UCSD, Dr. Eiri was excited to welcome back warm winters and find a privately owned animal practice that offered her the ability to continually learn and grow her knowledge and skills, while working alongside a seasoned professional. Although we didn’t harbor any doubts, Dr. Eiri has blossomed into a talented and compassionate veterinarian in her own right and we are extremely fortunate to have a found a practitioner of Dr. Eiri’s caliber that wanted to join the team. In July of 2018, Dr. Eiri was presented with the amazing opportunity to purchase the practice from Dr. Judy. She intends to carry on Dr. Judy's legacy and dedication to the well being of animals. In her spare time, she likes to catch up on her favorite reality shows, visit her family in LA, check out the many small town neighborhoods San Diego has to offer with her husband, and spend time with their Great Pyrenees, Charlie and cat, Trigger.
Dr. Neil Russell, DVM, Associate
Dr. Russell joined the practice as an associate in October 2017. He comes to us from London, England, with a wide ranging background, having graduated the University of Westminster with a degree in Quantity Surveying. After graduation, he worked for a large firm while concurrently studying for his Juris Doctorate from The College of Law, Guilford. Heeding his passion for animals, Dr. Russell altered his path in 2011, beginning his veterinary career at the Royal Veterinary College, London, graduating in 2016. Dr. Russell has worked in a range of areas including general medicine, volunteering at charity clinics in South America and India, as well as in emergency service. Dr. Russell has a particular interest in surgery and neurology. Recently married, he enjoys spending time with his wife, also a veterinarian, working on their home, relaxing with their cat, Charlie, enjoying the aquatic ventures that San Diego has to offer, and exploring his new hometown in his down time with their little dog, Archie.
It is with great sadness that we announce Dr. Judy's retirement at the beginning of July 2018. He leaves behind a legacy that spans more than three decades within the San Diego community and his associates, staff, and loyal clients will miss him dearly. Beginning his career in veterinary medicine in 1979 upon graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, he ventured to Southern California to begin his practice which included companion animals in addition to exotic and equine medicine, although he eventually served companion animals exclusively. During ths time, he held membership to a few professional organizations including the CVMA, AVMA, and SDCVMA. He also served as Chair on the Board of Directors for Lions, Tigers, and Bears - a local non-profit serving neglected and abandoned exotics.
The JVC family wishes Dr. Judy the best in his retirement. At present, his plans include relishing in some much earned and needed relaxation time when he's not taking guitar, bass, and vocal lessons in anticipation of becoming a rockstar god. In addition, he will be enjoying more time with his wife, their cat Skunk, and four dogs, two Golden Doodles, Bugs and Lola, a Pom-Tzu, Georgie, and a Terrier mix, Tinkerbell, at their home near Lake Tahoe.
Charlene, Office Manager
Charlene started her career at Judy Veterinary Clinic in 1987 as a kennel assistant and has worked every job in between until becoming our Practice Manager in 2010. As a child, Charlene knew she wanted a career involving animals. At the age of fourteen, she went to every clinic within biking distance from her home in Lakeside offering to volunteer in exchange for experience. Luckily for us, none of the practitioners at the clinics she visited before meeting Dr. Judy took her up on her offer. Charlene juggles multiple jobs beyond management, ranging from minor construction to IT services to foster mom to the many abandoned kittens that are brought into the clinic. Charlene has raised many kittens that have gone on to become companions to several clients over the years. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys home projects with her husband, weekend local camping trips to the desert with their family and friends and vintage vehicles. She has several animals that she has rescued throughout the years - two rambunctious Pugs, Pearl and Barbosa, a clever one-eyed Dachshund, Toby, and three cats, Wyland, Bootstrap Bill, and Wilson.
MariCarmen, Veterinary Technician
MariCarmen, affectionately known as MC, came to us in 2007 after graduating from Pima’s Veterinary Assistant program in 2007. MC can always be counted on for a good time, often making everyone laugh with her jokes and stories, but her dedication for her job extends beyond the clinic. She often rescues newborn puppies and young dogs that were removed from their mothers too early or abandoned and would have an otherwise unknown fate. She has bottle fed several puppies, ensuring they are of age and healthy enough to go to a permanent home. MC has saved several puppies that have grown to become healthy, sweet companions, including her own dogs. On her days off, you will often find MC helping out at her family’s bakery, traveling, enjoying the great outdoors with her family or spending time with her husband, their four kids, and three dogs, two Poodles, Tutti and Nieves, Schutzen, a German Shepherd.
Gayle, Veterinary Technician
Gayle started out like her predecessors before her as a kennel assistant in 2011, going on to become a technician. Although she’s currently studying for her bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, she has a passion for small animals. Her easy going attitude and laid back, playful personality makes her a joy to work with even when things get stressful. Gayle also manages the controlled substances log that we are required by law to keep, maintaining meticulous records in the event of an inspection. An avid reader, Gayle spends her free time reading novels off the most current book lists, baking, enjoying time with her husband and their pets, Jesse the cat and Leo, a Golden Retriever puppy, and prepping for their impending arrival.
Norma, Veterinary Technician
Norma joined the clinic family in 2013, shortly before graduating from San Diego State with a BA in Biology, wanting to be part of a field where she could continue working with companion animals, making a difference in the life of not only the pets but their two legged companions as well. Having previously worked at Petco as well as volunteered at another veterinary clinic, Norma started as a technician, which paired well with her experience handling and managing care for many of the pocket pets and exotics that Petco features, and now also works as a receptionist. In her free time, Norma enjoys crafting, decorating, gardening, spoiling her menagerie of pets - two itty bitty Chihuahuas, Kringle and Daisy, a portly, lazy bearded dragon, and several frogs and fish, spending time with her husband two kids.
Rebecca, Registered Veterinary Technician, Floor Manager
Rebecca, or Becca as we call her, joined the Judy Vet team in 2013 having five years of experience under her belt. Becca graduated from San Diego State University in 2007 and had initially planned on obtained a law degree, but her desire to fully immerse herself in animal care led her to become a fully licensed veterinary technician in 2013, after graduating from San Juan College’s Veterinary Technology program. Her skill level and knowledge are indispensable and she is always willing to take on any project to help streamline efficiency at the clinic. Her hobbies include shopping, especially for designer purses, as well as biking, day trips to Disneyland, catching up on her favorite shows, and traveling with her husband and two spoiled Pomeranians, Cody and Piper. Becca is our resident “crazy” cat lady, often adopting special needs kitties to accompany her current cats (much to their chagrin), Emma, Oliver. and Smokey the tripod.
Brian, Veterinary Technician
Brian came to us in 2015, having graduated the Veterinary Technology program at Mesa Community College in 2012. Brian has proven himself an indispensable team member, not only for his technical savy and knowledge, but for his willingness to help the front desk, provide client education, and taking on a large part of the clinic's inventory. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling, watching anything having to do with sports, particularly football, (especially if it has to do with the Broncos), taking his Dauschund mix Logan hiking and to dog beach, and chillin’ with his cat, Mitch. Brian also enjoys movies and has a rather large film collection which he doesn’t mind sharing with others, making his collection the clinic’s personal Blockbuster.
Bea, Veterinary Technician
Bea joined the team in 2016, bringing with her over a decade of experience ranging from kennel aid to management in various hospital settings. After graduating from Pima’s Veterinary Assistant program in 2003, she began her career in veterinary medicine. Bea’s love of animals and the passion she has for her job is obvious on a daily basis. From administering treatments, to dental prophylaxis, to patient care throughout the day, Bea always ensures that our furry patients are put first and that they each receive the personalized care they deserve. In her free time, Bea enjoys music, days at the beach, traveling with her husband, and spending time with their two dogs, a Boston Terrier named Benny, and a Poodle mix, named Betsy, and their cat, Bruno.
Justin, All Around Ace
Justin joined the team in 2014 as our kennel aid. Since then, he has become a renaissance man of sorts, not only keeping things tidy and clean, but pitching in as a veterinary assistant when called upon, performing minor handyman duties, and providing much needed comic relief in times of need. Justin is currently serving in the Border Patrol Explorer program in order to gain experience for an eventual career as an agent in the Border Patrol. When he’s not at work or in class, Justin enjoys soccer and spending time with his girlfriend and their two chubby Dachshunds, Rusty and Jax.
Shannon has been a familiar voice and face to many clients since joining the practice in 2006. She handles many tasks on a daily basis, including acting as a liaison between us and El Cajon Animal Control, who we provide many services for and maintaining our extensive prescription food inventory. Having grown up in Jamul, she is an avid horsewoman, having ridden hunt seat, dressage, and western saddles, although now her interests lie with trail riding classes. In her free time, you will often find her at the barn, on trail rides, watching her kids ride, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their many pets - Gordon, a Terrier mix, Diva, a Chihuahua mix, Frances, a Poodle mix, Sunny, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, Maggie the cat, and two Guinea Pigs, Peppa Joe Pig and Agnes Morgan.
Maggie joined the team in 2014 as a receptionist with over 10 years of experience, coming from another practice where she worked every job from reception to technician to manager. Although her background includes a BA from San Diego State in International Security and Conflict Resolution, Maggie has spent countless hours in the veterinary field. Initially working the front desk at a local clinic while in college, she went on to manage a new satellite location for several years. After a company reorganization, she took on the role of technician, which she excelled at. She was lured away a few years ago by a former (now current) coworker to join the Judy Vet team. In that time, Maggie has become an asset to the clinic, becoming the go to gal for many clients and staff, redeveloping our website, and streamlining the front desk. Ever the foodie, in her spare time, Maggie enjoys trying new restaurants and dishes, catching up on her favorite shows, and camping with her husband and their German Shepherd, Roamie.
Judy Veterinary Clinic
El Cajon, CA 92021
Corner of 2nd St. and Pepper Dr.
Phone: (619) 449-3500
Fax: (619) 449-0198
Pet Emergency Clinic (La Mesa): (619) 462-4800