Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Gateway Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, to the fun-loving kennel and day-care staff, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet. Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality, including the care and dedication that make a difference.

Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Jorge Ruiz
DVM Medical Director
Dr. Jorge A Ruiz, Medical Director of VCA Gateway Animal Hospital, graduated from La Salle University in Bogotá, Colombia in 1986, and dedicated his early career to working for the Colombian Ministry of Public Health on Animal Control. He later became a Regional Manager for Purina Pet Care Foods in Colombia, while he continued with his private practice in small animals. After arriving in the United States, he obtained certification from the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduate (ECFVG) and the Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP) from the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph in Canada. He is currently certified by the California Veterinary Medical Board.

Dr. Ruiz has over 26 years of experience working with the original Gateway Animal Hospital before its merger with VCA Animal Hospitals. He was technician, then Veterinarian, and finally Hospital Director and partner of the original Gateway Animal Hospital. He is now the Medical Director of VCA Gateway Animal Hospital since 2017. Dr. Ruiz is highly respected and knows many of his clients by name. He has previously veterinary attention for animal rescue organizations. Dr. Ruiz has been married for 30 years He has a son who is in a medical school and a daughter who is studying to be a psychologist. He enjoys reading philosophy, hiking, swimming, and running. 

Veterinarians

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.

Administration

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.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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