Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Orchard Plaza Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To achieve this goal, we have five full-time veterinarians with a combined experience of over 50 years to care for your pet. With difficult cases, our doctors frequently consult with each other and local specialists to provide thorough diagnostic testing and treatment options.

Additionally, our friendly support staff is here to help address any questions or concerns you may have. We have one registered technician and several staff members currently undertaking this additional training.

Together we strive to provide excellent client service and health care. Please let us know how we can assist you!

Want to join our team? Visit our Careers section.

paw Team Spotlight
Jennifer Star
Medical Director

Dr. Seward is our hospital Medical Director. She graduated from UC Davis in 1998 and has been working here since shortly after her second child was born. (That child is now heading to college, so you do the math!) Although she is not a specialist in exotic pets, she is happy to see rodents, rabbits, reptiles, and birds in addition to dogs and cats.

In her spare time, she loves to hike, bike, and Scottish Country dance with her husband of 26 years. She has another grown child who lives in Colorado, two adorable young cats that are hard to tell apart, and a small dog who is slowly getting older. To round things out, she has 3 snakes (a 40-year-old Ball Python, a 30-year-old Red-Tailed Boa, and a 30-year-old Sinaloan Milksnake).

Marisol Marquez-Ramirez
Hospital Manager

Marisol Marquez-Ramirez is a San Jose native. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, having received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Marisol started her career at VCA Orchard Plaza Animal Hospital in 2015 as a Client Service Representative. She worked her way up through the positions of Lead Client Service Representative, then Office Manager, and finally Hospital Manager in September 2021.

Marisol and her partner recently moved to Gilroy with their dogs, cats, lizards, and birds. When she is not working or tending to her zoo, she enjoys gardening, home projects, and making new memories.

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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