Dr. Colburn is California native, who had been making her way eastward for the last 25 years before returning to her roots. She spent junior high and high school in Leadville, Colorado. Her bachelors degree in biology was earned at Hastings College, Nebraska. Dr. Colburn enjoyed veterinary school in the beautiful island of Grenada at St. George's University, with the clinical year completed at University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude in 2007. One year of advanced training as an intern was completed at the Center for Specialized Veterinary care in Long Island. After working in general practice and emergency on the east coast for the last seven and a half years, she returned to Grenada as a visiting professor for a few months. Now Dr. Colburn is happy to be back in California, close to family. Her approach to veterinary medicine is that she is a pet’s advocate and her goal is to work within a pet “parent's” means to achieve the best possible healthcare outcomes. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her schnoodle named Romeo, playing word games, climbing, and exploring outdoors.
Dr. Smith has called the Morongo Basin home since 1962. He attended school in Yucca Valley from kindergarten through 12th grade. After high school, he attended Cal Poly Pomona and graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Culminating his academics in 1987, he graduated from the school of veterinary medicine at U.C. Davis as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Compelled to serve the High Desert communities he had grown to love, Dr. Smith returned to Yucca Valley and started an equine ambulatory practice in 1990. Within two years, the practice developed into a small animal hospital and still maintained the quality equine service. Dr. Smith and his wife Shara have two sons, Camron and Taylor, and enjoy the fresh air and wide open spaces that living in Yucca Valley allows. Their two dogs (Mia & Oliver) and two cats (Ricky & Julius) complete the family.
Heather's love for animals began at an early age. She began volunteering at Northridge Veterinary Clinic in Yucca Valley when she was just 11 years old. Through the years, she worked as a kennel attendant, lead receptionist, veterinary assistant, Clinic Administrator, and is now our Practice Manager. She has worked in both general practice and orthopedic specialty hospitals around the country. Heather earned her BS in Business Accounting in 2011, Master's in Business Administration in 2017, and Certified Veterinary Practice Manager credentials in 2021. She joined our team in April 2012 and has proven to be a hardworking, dedicated individual. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her daughters and fundraising for the Lupus Foundation of America.
Jenny has been a California Registered Veterinary Technician since 2010. She has been a member of the high desert for almost her entire life. As a child she grew up watching her father, a game warden, rehabilitate wildlife. This gave her the inspiration to form a career in veterinary medicine. She started her career working for a veterinarian in Joshua Tree, CA who treated wildlife and exotics, as well as domestic small animals. While employed there, her love for working with animals grew tremendously. In 2000, she began working for Dr. Norm Smith and has since worked her way up to the position of lead veterinary technician. Jenny is dedicated to providing animals with the best care and love possible. She has developed an interest in animal behavior and has attended seminars to further her education and training on dealing with patients who have behavior problems. Jenny resides in Yucca Valley with her son Bryce, her German Shepherd named Evie, and two cats, named Finn and Persephone. In her spare time, she enjoys training her dogs, gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her family and friends.
Brielynn got her start in veterinary medicine when she was still in high school and is currently enrolled in Penn Foster's Veterinary Technician program. Her special interests include educating clients on animal wellness and running laboratory tests. She has 2 cats at home- a domestic shorthair cat named Ellie and a Maine Coon named Grimm.
Debbi has dedicated her life to animal care in many forms! In addition to being a vet assistant, she has worked with everything from giraffes to rattlesnakes as a zoo keeper, has helped pets find new homes while working in a shelter, and has cared for and trained a variety of horses both here and on the east coast. In her spare time she teaches riding lessons and works with her own horses for fun and competition. If she's not at work or the barn, she can usually be found watching a live band somewhere! Debbi's home herd consists of small dogs, cats, a tortoise, and two horses.
Sierra was hired as a kennel technician during her junior year of high school. Since then, she has moved to working as a veterinary assistant and says she learns more and more every shift. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping patients with kidney disease have proper treatment and live a beautiful life after diagnosis. As for her own pets, Sierra has one cat, Nelly, and two dogs, Thorn and Dakota.
Ceillo has been working at Companion since she was 17 years old. She was hired as a kennel technician but slowly progressed into a veterinary assistant. Ceillo has decided to further her career in veterinary medicine and is currently enrolled in Mount San Antonio College's Registered Veterinary Technician program. While working as a kennel technician, she realized how much of a difference veterinary technicians make in their patients' lives. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. At home, Ceillo has two dogs, Peanut and Ruger, along with tortoises.
Aislinn started working as a kennel technician with us in July 2020, then moved up to Veterinary Assistant shortly thereafter. She knew that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after her cat was hit by a car in 2013. She is currently enrolled at CSU Chico, majoring in Animal Sciences with the intention of going to vet school and finding her way back home to the desert. She finds equine medicine and neurology to be particularly interesting. She loves gathering information and helping to solve the "puzzle" of medical issues. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading, and horseback riding. She loves spending time with her brood of animals; 2 dogs named Chico and Dingo, 2 cats named Daisy and Quail, 1 chicken named Ophelia, and 1 leopard gecko named Squishy. She also actively competes with her Thoroughbred horse named Della.
Reina joined Companion Animal Clinic as a Veterinary Assistant in July 2021. She attended UC Davis and majored in Animal Science. She is a lover of all animals, including exotics. Reina has a rottweiler/husky mix named Denver, a pit bull/ pointer mix named Benji, a cat named Cow, and a cat named Snipey.
Alliy started bringing her puppy to Companion Animal Clinic in 2020. She thought that CAC would be a neat place to work, especially since she wants to be a vet assistant one day! Alliy became our Reception Supervisor just 7 months after being hired. She loves helping animals and people, along with cuddling pets. Alliy has two black and white "cow cats" named Titan and Apollo along with her two golden retrievers, Flynn and Teddy.
Erin met Dr. Norman Smith when he was out on a ranch call to care for her horses in the fall of 1994. Shortly thereafter, she became one of Companion Animal Clinic's receptionists, learning her skills on the job. Her love of animals has kept her in the veterinary field all this time. Erin took some time away from Companion Animal Clinic to explore other options but she has returned to where she calls "home". Because of the family-oriented atmosphere and the warm welcome of our clients, she is here to stay! In her free time, she enjoys her three adult children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys working out at the gym and hanging out with her husband of 37+ years. Erin's fur baby is her Shih Tzu "Oscar" and her not-so-fur baby is a bearded dragon named "Whip".
Brittany got started working with animals at a young age- her family owns a sheep farm! She loves meeting all the "fur babies" who come into our clinic. Brittany has an AA in Math and Science, but wants to return to school for either human or veterinary healthcare. Brittany has Bella, a mini Schnauzer, and June, a Rhodesian Ridgeback/ pitbull mix.
Emily is loving her job in veterinary medicine so far! She's got a brood of animals at home: a black lab, a terrier mix, and two cats.