Our Careteam

Liz

Registered Veterinary Technician

Liz has always been driven to care for both people and animals, and her career as a registered veterinary technician allows her to do both. Working here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic since 2012, she loves the multiple roles she takes on every day at work. Surgical assistant, anesthesiologist, x-ray tech, dental hygienist, nurse, animal advocate and more.

Born and raised in Turlock, Liz was attending Modesto Junior College completing her general education when she happened to walk into the Agriculture building across campus to use the vending machines. After looking around, she found a vet tech program brochure and knew this is what she needed to do with her life.

Liz and her husband Ben enjoy all of the various animals they have rescued or adopted over the years. Providing a home for multiple cats, dogs, bunnies, tortoise, cockatoo, salamander, snakes and fish. Liz’s love for animals extends to every creature she encounters.

Liz says her greatest personal achievements will always be her family, pets, career and education. When she is not working or tending to her pets, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, music, art, traveling, outdoor adventures and scary movies!

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Kellie

Registered Veterinary Technician and Operations Manager

Born and raised in Modesto, Kellie has been working at Ceres Veterinary Clinic since 2001. She’s currently a Registered Veterinary Technician and the Operations Manager.

In 2006, Kellie attended evening classes at Modesto Junior College to become a certified veterinary technician. In early 2012, she took the state board test and passed on her first try to become a Registered Technician. She still attends many continuing education classes to keep up on the latest research and knowledge.

Kellie particularly likes bonding with pets and their owners. She enjoys educating clients and giving advice to pet owners. She loves her coworkers, and being able to have a career that fulfills her.

At home, Kellie lives with her husband Ryan, who she started dating at 16 years of age, and their two daughters, Alyssa and Kylie. When she’s not at work, Kellie is spending time with her family, which includes her poodle named Sallie Ann and her Hilmalayan cat, Sassy.

Kellie enjoys scrapbooking and attempting to capture all family memories on camera. She also likes being creative making hair bows, signs, jewelry, and anything she can add a bit of personal touch to.

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Yvonne

Receptionist

Yvonne grew up in Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek, and her home was always filled with a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, chickens, a hamster, rabbits, ducks, and even geese! Now she greets clients and cares for pets daily as a receptionist at Ceres Veterinary Clinic. She has been with the Ceres Vet family since May 2006.

In her spare time, Yvonne likes framing pictures, craft projects, working on her home, and spending time with her children and her 5 amazing grandchildren. Currently, Yvonne has two special cats, Fozzi and Skippy, whom she loves dearly.

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Winnie

Lead Receptionist

Every summer as a kid, Winnie would go to her uncle’s Large Animal veterinary practice and soak up all the knowledge she could. Her uncle would even take her out on calls with him, and Winnie’s passion for veterinary care blossomed from there!

Winnie was born and raised in Modesto in a family of animal lovers. After working at a K9 training and boarding kennel, she wanted to learn and do more in the field. She’d heard talk of a great veterinary practice in Ceres that was hiring, so she applied. She started as the Lead Receptionist in January of 2008 and couldn’t be happier to be part of the Ceres Veterinary family!

Every day, Winnie gets up looking forward to greeting and meeting the needs of her clients. She strives to ensure clients that their pet isn’t the only one that’s important to her—the clients themselves are too.

Winnie is married to her husband Kit and has two daughters, Michelle and Jessica. She has four dogs: Chip, a Border Collie; Bubba Sue and Gus Gus, Chihuahuas; and Lt. Dan, a two legged doxie/chi mix. She also has two cats named Olaf and Sven, a turtle, and a pond full of fish!

In her spare time, Winnie enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with her girls, and fishing with her husband. She also enjoys knitting by the fire on cold days.

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Chandra

Veterinary Assistant

Chandra has loved animals her whole life. She has a heart for homeless animals and has found numerous homes for abused and abandoned cats and dogs. She herself has 3 rescue dogs, Lydia a German Shepard/Chihuahua mix, Reece a mini Aussie, and Ava a Doberman Pinscher. She also has a cat named Emma.

Chandra has a passion for caring for sick and injured animals, so it just seemed natural for her to choose a career where she gets to work with fury family members. She started out her career working with animals as a dog groomer in 2010. Soon she realized she wanted to do something more then give animals haircuts, she wanted to really help those in need.

She decided to go back to school to become a Register Veterinary Technician. After extensive research she decided to go to Consumnes River College in Elk Groove. Chandra began taking her general education classes in 2014. She was accepted into the Veterinary Technician program in 2016. Chandra will be graduating with an AA in Veterinary Technology in 2018. In addition she will be able to take her board exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Chandra has been able to start her career in animal medicine here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic as of April 2016. She is super excited to be working here and loves her job. She can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies.

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Jenny

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Ever since she can remember Jenny has had a heart for animals. Born and raised in Modesto, Jenny is the youngest of two sisters and twin brothers.

All through highschool she always knew she wanted to pursue a career with animals, after graduating high school she attended Carrington College in Stockton and after 2 years of hard work she graduated as a certified veterinary technician in 2016 and started volunteering at Ceres Veterinary Clinic for a couple months until she was hired as a kennel assistant. Jenny is now studying hard to receive her license and become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Jenny loves assisting the technicians and learning from them on how to take great care of every patient. Outside of work jenny loves to bake cupcakes for family events, spending time with family and her boyfriend. Jenny has two dogs of her own named Canelo and Kali.

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Lynea

Veterinary Assistant

It was a visit to a local veterinary hospital with her own pet that first inspired Lynea to work in animal care herself. The way that her worries were put to rest, and the way she saw her own companion cared for, made Lynea realize that she wanted to do the same for other pet owners! She’s able to do just that as a member of the Ceres Veterinary Clinic family.

Originally from Delhi, California, Lynea joined the hospital team in March of 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She can be found in the exam rooms taking patient histories and helping pet owners to better understand their companions’ healthcare needs, and she also loves to work behind the scenes by refilling medications and running in-house laboratory samples.

Lynea became engaged in 2017, and she has a young son who is the light of her life. As a family, they love to go on day trips to Santa Cruz or the mountains. Lynea also enjoys spending time at home with her own pets. She has three loveable companions: Jessie, a spunky Chihuahua; a Blue Tick coonhound named Lady Bird who packs a hefty bark; and a Desert Tortoise who goes by Sherman.

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Kendra

Kennel Technician

Kendra grew up in Newark, California with her parents, younger sister, and the constant companionship of the family pets. She even took horseback riding lessons and joined the Future Farmers of America organization, further developing her love for the earth’s creatures. For Kendra, a career spent helping others in the veterinary profession simply makes sense!

Kendra attended Modesto Junior College, and began interning here at Ceres Veterinary Clinic during her studies. It wasn’t long before she was offered a job—now, Kendra serves the area’s pets and animal owners as a Kennel Technician with the hospital team. She loves to soak up all of the knowledge she can from the clinic’s skilled doctors and Veterinary Technicians, and she also finds that she has a special affinity for dental work.

Away from work, Kendra likes horseback riding, camping, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with her family at home. She has one pet of her own: Duke, a dog who loves frolicking in the water and learning new commands.

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