Our Staff

The staff at Capitola Veterinary Hospital are caring and competent. We are dedicated to ensuring the health and comfort of your beloved companions.  Jana, Melodie, Morgan, and Victoria, our client service representatives who are in charge of keeping things organized and making sure our clients’ and patients’ receive the best customer service experience possible.  Shelly and Ashley, our two Registered Veterinary Technicians are in charge of providing top notch patient care with the assistance of  our four veterinary assistants, Celene, Jennifer,  & Deanna. Dr. May, Dr. Volat, and Dr. Mitchener are grateful to work with such a competent and compassionate team.

Shelly & Rose

Shelly is our Technician Supervisor and RVT.  She grew up in Santa Cruz and has worked on the central coast in the veterinary field for over 25 years. She has experience with both small and large animals. Shelly received her RVT license after attending the Hartnell College Animal Health Technology Program. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses, and spending time with her husband and their four legged family.


Jana & Annie

Jana is our Administrative and Client Services Lead.  She was raised in Santa Cruz and developed a deep love of animals and the ocean at an early age.  Participating in a youth dolphin trainer program helped her make the decision to pursue a career in the marine sciences and animal behavior fields.  Jana graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Marine Biology and now splits her time between our hospital and training CA Sea Lions at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.  She thoroughly enjoys animal training and the process of creating such positive, trusting relationships with these animals.  She hopes to one day be employed at facility working with animals for research, conservation, and education purposes.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, going to the beach, and other outdoor activities and spending time family and friends and her three rescue kitties, Sam, Bonsai, and Raisin, and her rescue pup, Annie.


Melodie & Nemo

Melodie grew up in Grass Valley, a small town in the foothills of Northern California. She loved growing up with the family cats, and took on the role of the family ‘veterinary assistant’ when any of them were sick. Her family calls her the ‘animal whisperer’ because it always seemed that Melodie could create a special bond with any animal she came into contact with. Not only did she love the furry pets in her life, she also loved marine mammals, dolphins being her favorite animal of all. Her dream, since she was a little girl, was to become a ‘Dolphin Trainer’! With this goal in mind, she earned an AS in Natural Sciences, and then moved closer to the ocean to earn a BS in Biology at CSU Monterey Bay. While in Monterey, she started volunteering at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories with rescued and unreleasable California Sea Lions, learning how to become a marine mammal trainer. Melodie also wanted to get experience in the medical side of animal care, and started working in the veterinary field as a Client Service Representative. Melodie is looking forward to learning more about all   aspects of animal care, husbandry and training. In her free time, Melodie likes to cuddle with her rescued cat, Missy, and her high school sweetheart.


Victoria & Sandie

My name is Victoria and I have been an animal lover since day one. As a little girl I always dreamed of being a veterinarian and my passion has always been taking care of animals. I was born in Harlingen Texas but moved to Capitola when I was 3 years old. I have lived here ever since and wish to take care of the animals living in my hometown. I am currently enrolled at Cabrillo College where I am finishing my general education, but am going to school with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. I have two pets at home, a cat named Puma and a dog named Sandie. I plan on taking care of animals for my whole life and I’m excited to assist you in taking care of your furry friends!


Deanna & Gibbs

Deanna graduated from college at a DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois with a BS in Biology. After school, she worked at small animal practices in Chicago as a veterinary assistant. She recently moved to the Santa Cruz area in August with her boyfriend, and she is excited to start a new adventure working in Capitola. Deanna has 2 cats, Gibbs and Buttercup. In her free time, Deanna enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and boyfriend.




Ashley & Boomer

Ashley graduated from the Carrington College Veterinary Technician program in 2015, passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2016, and recently passed her California Veterinary Technician Exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Ashley has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2014 and truly loves her job in the field of veterinary medicine. Her love for animals is an important part of her life and has influenced her to dedicate her life to providing the best veterinary care possible. She has several beloved furry family members that consist of a horse named Thomas, a dog named Boomer, and a cat named Oscar. In her free time she enjoys taking long trail rides with Thomas or long walks on the beach with Boomer, as well as spending quality time with family and friends. Some of Ashley’s other favorite things to do are watching movies, swimming, camping, and lots of other outdoor activities.


Celene Vega and Estrella

Celene & Estrella

Celene Vega was born and raised in Watsonville, CA and is one of seven siblings! She’s currently working toward graduating from the Central Coast College Veterinary Assistant Program and will be the first to graduate in her family. Ever since she was a little girl she has wanted to help sick or injured animals. She is always the first one to make sure that the animals in her life have everything they need – including the best veterinary care. She currently has two dogs of her own: a pit bull named Max and a chihuahua mix named Estrella. She also helps her boyfriend take care of his pit bull named Kush. All three dogs have a very special place in her heart. During her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, boyfriend, and four-legged babies! Becoming a part of the Capitola Veterinary Hospital family has given her so much joy and a chance to start her new adventure!


Jennifer & Gus

Jenny is a Santa Cruz local who grew up competitively riding and caring for horses. She has always been very attentive to her pets’ well-being; this dedication showed early on that she wanted to make a difference in their lives. Her desire to help animals inspired her enrollment in a veterinary assistant program, and is now very close to completing it. As a part of the Capitola Veterinary Hospital team she hopes to provide your pets with the best possible care she can!