Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital (CVVH) is a full service, AAHA accredited veterinary hospital open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Conejo Vet treats dogs, cats, and exotic pets (birds, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, etc.). The hospital is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostic imaging technology. They also have their own in-house laboratory.
Dr. Alexandra Au (pronounced “Ow” as in “Owl”…) is a Newbury Park native who received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from CalPoly SLO before attending veterinary school at The Royal Veterinary College in London, England. Following her graduation and induction into The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2015, Dr. Au practiced in Orange County before moving back to the Conejo Valley to join our team and to be closer to family and friends. Dr. Au’s special interests include wildlife and exotic animal medicine and the One Health Initiative – having completed research projects combing the two in both Africa and in The U.K.
Cecile Mercado, DVM
Dr. Cecile Mercado was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. From a young age, she learned to love, admire and protect wildlife and the environment. She received her DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and her BS from Iowa State University in Animal Ecology/Pre-Vet & Wildlife Care and a minor in Animal Science. In addition to her clinical training with dogs and cats, she has also been able to work in multiple aquatic animal facilities with dolphins, sea lions, seals, sea turtles, marine birds and fish. She has also had the opportunity of working in Thailand with elephants and teaching pre-vet students. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and aquatic medicine.
Christine Koirala, DVM
Dr. Koirala achieved her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian in 2007 after graduating from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “I have always envisioned myself as the ‘other’ family doctor, and I love what I do.” Dr. Koirala grew up in Southern California and received her B.S. degree in Psychobiology from the University of Southern California. After veterinary school, she completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care at the New England Animal Medical Center in Massachusetts. She continued to practice in Massachusetts for a few years before returning home to California. She has a special interest in preventive medicine, dentistry, and surgery.
Darci Jimenez, DVM
Dr. Darci Jimenez grew up in Santa Barbara and received her B.A. in psychology from UCLA, where she returned ten years later for her pre-veterinary studies. She is a second-career veterinarian, having been an elementary special education teacher prior to completing veterinary school. In 2009 she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She has a special interest in internal medicine, oncology and dermatology.
Eric Kane, DVM
Dr. Eric Kane is originally from Oak Park, where he grew up and also now resides. Set on the path to become a veterinarian since 11 years old, when his dog Ginger had puppies, he went off to obtain his B.S. in Animal Science/Pre-Vet at beautiful Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the mid-1990s. Working for a little over a year as a kennel boy and then veterinary assistant to gain practical experience, he continued next to UC Davis where he earned his DVM in 2003. All the while, pet dogs and cats by his side. Based on his inherent passion for dogs and cats, Dr. Kane has focused his first decade of veterinary service on these two most popular pets. Aware that CVVH is known for their exotic/bird/pocket pet care and compassion, he is excited about the knowledge and expertise surrounding him in his colleagues, so that he can absorb all that he can, expand his skills and offer his hand in helping these other interesting creatures.
Evan Antin, DVM
Dr. Evan Antin hails from Kansas City, Kansas where he grew up spending the majority of his childhood in search of native wildlife including snakes, turtles and insects. He went on to study evolutionary and ecological biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and spent multiple semesters abroad in Australia and Tanzania to learn more about their respective ecosystems and fauna. Dr. Antin has been happily employed as a full time associate at CVVH directly following his graduation from Colorado State’s veterinary school in 2013. Since then he’s developed clinical medical & surgical skills to help provide the right care for the dogs, cats, exotics and wildlife of the Conejo Valley.
Hilary Lookingbill, DVM
Dr. Lookingbill received her BS from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her DVM from Colorado State University.
Jason Sweitzer, DVM
Dr. Sweitzer is a proud native of Moorpark, CA and is happy to have returned home to raise his family. He received his BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior in 2003 and his DVM in 2009 from UC Davis. He also has 10 years of experience as a veterinary assistant and registered veterinary technician.
Kamaryn Casey, DVM
Dr. Kamaryn Casey is a southern California native. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from University of California Santa Barbara and her DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences; the second graduating class. She has two dogs, Dory and Scarlett. Her professional interest includes ultrasound and she has experience in small animal reproduction. Dr. Casey’s favorite part of being a veterinarian is helping someone’s beloved family member.
Katharine Maynard, DVM
Dr. Katharine Maynard is a San Diego native. She received her BA in Psychology and Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy both from the University of San Diego. While working as a therapist, Dr. Maynard volunteered with a local animal shelter and worked part-time for a small animal clinic. Falling in love with the veterinary world, she changed career directions altogether and returned to school for an additional 2 years of pre-vet education.
Kelly Watrobski, DVM
Dr. Kelly Watrobski is a native of southern California who received her BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UCLA. She worked as a veterinary technician during her undergraduate years and then went on to veterinary school in 2011. She completed her first year of veterinary school at Ross University then transferred to Oregon State University, where she earned her DVM degree in June 2015. She has special interest in wildlife, having studied at such places as the LA Zoo and San Diego Safari Park.
Lauren Matzuka, DVM
Dr. Matzuka is originally from a small town south of Chicago. This Midwesterner completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Prior to working at CVVH, Dr. Matzuka was at Studio City Animal Hospital for 8 years. Dr. Matzuka enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly fond of internal medicine, emergency, abdominal ultrasonography, and educating clients on their pet’s health.
Rachel Wallach, DVM
Dr. Rachel Wallach is a Toronto native and received her BA in Industrial Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada. While attending university she worked overnights at Toronto’s largest veterinary emergency and referral hospital. She then went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated in 2014 and was inducted into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. While in Scotland Dr. Wallach worked with British Divers Marine Life Rescue and one of her more memorable experiences was helping to refloat stranded whales. Dr. Wallach now lives in Thousand Oaks with her two dogs and cat. In her spare time she loves traveling, outdoor activities, furniture-making, reading, and fostering ill/injured animals. Her professional interests include emergency and critical care, internal medicine and shelter medicine.
Ronit Lavie, DVM
Dr. Lavie received her BS in zoology from UC Santa Barbara, went through the master’s program at CSUN with a focus on fish parasitology, and received her DVM from UC Davis. She has a dog, Olive Oyl, that she adopted while in vet school, and a cat named Ror, that was rescued at CVVH.
Sophia Mallon, DVM
Dr. Sophia Mallon was born and raised in Camarillo. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from University of California – Davis and her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences. Her professional interests include transfusion medicine, toxicology, and zoonotic diseases.
Stephanie Lipp, DVM
Dr. Lipp received a BA in biology at CSUN and a DVM from UC Davis. She has a special interest in dentistry and shelter animal medicine.
Tobi Yoakum, DVM
Dr. Yoakum received her BS from UCLA and her DVM from UC Davis. She completed an internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York.
Todd Hughes, DVM
Dr. Hughes received his BS in zoology in 1994 and his DVM from UC Davis in 1998. He also completed a surgical and internal medicine internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego in 1999.
Dr. Hughes has been at CVVH since completing his internship in 1999. He is currently owner and medical director of Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital.