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Rich E. San Mateo
Hospital Administrator RVT

Rich is a native Los Angelino that grew up in the South Bay and attended Santa Monica College and UCLA. He began his veterinary career while in college starting at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 1996 where he worked in all specialties fine tuning his technical skills within the departments. At VCA WLAAH, Rich assumed many roles as an RVT from ER, ICU, and surgery technician through being technician supervisor and manager. In 2015 he became hospital administrator at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura and returned in early 2017 to the VCA family as part of the leadership team for both TLC Animal Hospital and Los Angeles Veterinary Specialists as hospital manager. In the spring of 2018, Rich joined team VCA AVCC as hospital administrator where he is happy to call VCA AVCC home.

On his free time, Rich volunteers with various non-profits as an RVT and enjoys living the So Cal life style camping, hiking, hanging out at the beach, and hitting the slopes snowboarding. He currently lives in the South Bay with his canine companion, Maya, mischievous furry feline friend, Phoenix, and always hungry "mini" pig, Belle.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.