Our Team

We, the staff at VCA Elk Grove Animal Hospital, are committed to providing quality care by treating our patients with compassion, love, and kindness, as if they were our own. We are also committed to providing our patients with the best medicine by continuing our education and implementing the newest, most beneficial treatment, procedures, and preventatives available. We treat every patient and family as individuals, and are committed to educating our clients with the knowledge to make an informed decision regarding the care of their pets. Our overall goal is to treat our clients and our patients as we would want to be treated.

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Becky Van Riper
Fear Free Certified Level III Medical Director

Dr. Van Riper received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis in 1993. She then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery with the Sacramento Animal Medical Group in 1994. Dr. Van Riper has had the pleasure of working with an amazing team (more like family) at VCA Elk Grove Animal Hospital since 1994. She has 1 cats, 3 dogs, 1 box turtle, 1 husband and 2 adult daughters. Her special interests lie in surgery, rabbits and working with dogs, although her original interest in veterinary medicine was due to a love of cats. Dr. Van Riper is also Feline Fear Free certified...

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Rachelle Williams
Fear Free Certified Level I Hospital Manager

Rachelle has worked in the animal field for over 20 years including time spent working for Guide Dogs for the Blind, East Bay SPCA, Berkeley Humane, and numerous veterinary hospitals. She has an animal science degree from UC Davis, where she also played rugby for four years and served as the team's captain and president.

Rachelle lives with her wife, Sara, their 3 children, and their yellow lab, Fenway, in Elk Grove, CA. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing tennis as well as wine tasting, road trips, and finding random adventures.


Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


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.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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