Kim Unkel
Practice Manager 



Christy Roberts
Client Care Representative 

Christy Roberts is part of our Client Care Team and the resident photographer at Woodland Veterinary Hospital. A California native whose heart belongs in Hawaii, she moved from Danville in 2003 to attend UC Davis, where she majored in English and taught horseback riding at the Equestrian Center. After graduating in 2007, she remained in the area while working at Cattlemens Steakhouse in Dixon, where she took great pleasure in decorating the mounted deer heads for Halloween and Christmas. In October 2011, looking to make a change and fulfill a childhood dream of working with animals, she answered a Craigslist ad for a position on the Client Care Team on a whim, and has been smiling at the front desk ever since (aside from a brief sabbatical for the later half of 2017, but we pretend that never happened)!

Like many of her Woodland Vet co-workers, Christy has loved animals her entire life, and was lucky enough to have parents who would tolerate any pet her brothers and sister could bring home, including snakes, geckos, rats, cats, scorpions and more! Christy inherited her passion for photography from her father, and frequently found herself using the family pets as subjects for her photo classes in school. Since working at Woodland Vet, she has discovered that one of the most rewarding parts of her day is coaxing out that perfect “smile” from her four-legged companions. You can find her whimsical seasonal photos of staff pets lining the walls of our exam rooms!

Christy’s most frequent photography models are her furry family members: Kanji, a frisky silver Bengal, and his snuggly Birman companions, Kahuna and Kailani. She fell in love with the Birman breed after first seeing them on a magazine cover in her old veterinarian’s lobby, and can’t ever imagine her life without one now. As a result, Kanji, Kahuna, and Kailani also make frequent photo guest appearances on the exam room photos and hospital brochures! In the meantime, Christy spends her time causing mischief around the hospital (and helping with holiday events like the staff Christmas party, pumpkin carving, and Easter egg hunt), singing in her car, cultivating saltwater reef tanks, collecting ridiculous holiday earrings & socks, and watching every San Jose Sharks game she can with her husband, Thomas.


Linda Graham, RVT
Veterinary Technician

Linda has been a Registered Veterinary Technician at WVH for over 10 years. This is her second (maybe third) career. She was a retail manager for 12 years, when she realized she needed a change, and she wanted that change to include animals. For anyone interested in a career involving medicine and pets, Linda enthusiastically recommends becoming an RVT! She enrolled in the 2 year program through Yuba College (which also requires 500 internship hours), received her AS degree and passed the CA board exam on her first try. Whew!

One of the perks of working at WVH, is that Linda can bring her fur kids to work with her. She currently has 2 Chihuahua mixes – Fleck and Max. All of her dogs have been adopted as young adults with mostly unknown backgrounds and lineages.


Blair Cacanando
Veterinary Technician

Blair Cacanando is one of our Veterinary Technicians and has worked at WVH since 2003. She came to California from Colorado to attend UC Davis, where she received her B.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis on Behavior. She has always had a passion for animals and started volunteering at a veterinary hospital at the young age of 12. She has loved it ever since! Blair enjoys all aspects of being a tech, including dentistry, assisting in surgeries, interacting with all the pets and their family members, and even inventory!

Blair’s dog Kukui is a very special long legged rescue friend from the SPCA who loves to swim and hang out with his kitty friends at home. When Blair is not showing her love and dedication to animals, she spends the rest of her time being the Assistant Artistic Director of her non-profit contemporary dance company, CORE Dance Collective, which was recently internationally recognized for their choreographic achievements and are continuously invited to perform in California and across the country.


Sarah Freelin
Client Care Representative

Sarah Freelin has been working for Woodland Veterinary Hospital since September of 2010. As part of the Client Care team, she feels honored to have opportunity to work with such a passionate group of people and to assist such amazing clients and their companion animals. While she is a graduate of CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, she hopes to continue her education to become a Veterinary Assistant. Here at the hospital, Sarah enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to seeing familiar ones. Of course, getting to play with cute dogs, cats, and the occasional small pet (her favorite being rats!) is one of the perks of Sarah’s job.

Sarah’s love for animals stems from her childhood of growing up in the country with many different types of pets. From goats, to mice, chickens, to cats, she was blessed to share her childhood with a variety of God’s creatures. While she doesn’t have the menagerie of animals she did in the past, she is glad to be owned by her two cats, Kyo and Calypso, and her bunny, Su-su.

Kyo came into Sarah’s life during the winter of 2005, during her sophomore year of college. She adopted him from Four Paws Rescue, who had saved his mother from being euthanized at the local shelter. Sarah would not have Kyo without the hard work and caring hearts of Four Paws Rescue coordinator Jerri Hardy (may she rest in peace), and the many volunteers. Kyo brings much joy and laughter to Sarah’s life with his spastic and lovable nature. One of his favorite activities is to watch the fish in her husband, Adam’s, tank and attempt to catch them through the glass.

Kyo’s sister, Calypso, also came to Sarah as a rescue. Abandoned by her previous owners at an apartment complex, she was dirty, matted, and infested with parasites. With some care and love she has become a great addition to the family. She loves to curl up on Adam’s lap and loves to wrestle with her plush soccer ball.

Just as she loves and cares for her fur kids, Sarah looks forward to meeting and caring for the many furry family members who come through the doors of Woodland Veterinary Hospital.


Noemi Pimentel-Rios
Client Care Representative

Noemi joined the Client Care team in November of 2011, and was with Woodland Vet for 7 years. She recently rejoined our team in August of 2020 – she missed us and couldn’t keep away! She currently also works for the Yolo County Community Health branch. Noemi is originally from Wenatchee, Washington, known for being the Apple Capital, and she says she is “Washingtonian at Heart.” She grew up in the country caring for many stray cats, and had a Pomeranian, parakeets, and a guinea pig at one point. She has a great passion for animals, but unlike most of the team, does not own one at the moment. In the near future, she would love to live out in the country and have horses, chickens, cats, dogs, and all the animals she can think of. 

Her hobbies are traveling (although she is scared to fly), singing, playing her violin, performing, watching documentaries, and outdoor activities. Noemi, her husband, and her two older stepchildren are all musicians. Noemi also has two little boys named Liam and London, who keep her pretty busy. Her next goal is to finish her BA for Forensic Criminology. 


Cynthia Martinez
Veterinary Technician

Cynthia was born in Los Angeles, but she was raised in Long Beach. She has a deep love for all types of animals, most likely influenced from her mom who also loves all animals. Cynthia followed her passion all the way to UC Davis where she recently graduated with a BS in Animal Science and specialized in Companion and Captive Animals. Her love for animals reaches out to all shapes and sizes for example she has had a pet chicken, hamster, turtle, birds and dogs. Today Cynthia is happy applying her love and knowledge of animals to her work. At home she is a pet parent to a shy Welsh Cardigan Corgi named Lucy and a free spirited mini Schnauzer named Effy! In her free time Cynthia enjoys cooking and baking, especially new recipes. In the future, Cynthia hopes to become a Registered Vet Tech and continue helping animals.



Rosa Mendoza, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician

Rosa is a Registered Veterinary Technician and California native who joined our team in February 2016.  Rosa has always had an affinity for animals of all different types.  She has had animals her whole life, but her favorites are “smooshed faces” (specifically Boston Terriers). Rosa found her calling as a veterinary technician and began the Veterinary Technician program through Western Career College of Pleasant Hill, CA, in 2004. She graduated in 2007 with an AA Degree in Animal Sciences and passed her California State Board Exam in 2008. She gained her experience beginning as a kennel technician working her way up as a veterinary technician for the last 16 years. Rosa’s passion lies within veterinary dentistry and is currently pursuing her VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) license in Dentistry.

Rosa enjoys spending time with family and friends especially during baseball and football season. Her favorite teams are the Las Vegas (Oakland) Raiders and the San Francisco Giants. She is a proud Mom of an amazing 19 year old daughter and a 19 year old Snowshoe named Molly. Rosa is proud to be apart of the WVH family and the positive impact it has made on the Woodland families and surrounding communities.


Nikki Marchetti
Veterinary Technician Assistant/Kennel Technician

Nikki is a kennel technician and vet tech assistant at Woodland Vet. She is a NorCal native and recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Zoology. After learning as much as she can here, her goal is to go back to school to become a veterinarian. She has always had an abundance of pets and is currently a pet parent of a German Shepherd and a Shih Tzu. When not working or playing with her dogs, she is usually playing/watching soccer or basketball, rooting for the Kings, or sleeping.


Christina Williams
Kennel Technician

Christina has lived in Woodland her whole life. Her first job was as a bathing assistant and she fell in love. She moved up to a pet sylist and was so happy that she had the opportunity to take care of dogs and cats. She was grooming for about six years and then moved on to a private salon to continue her career of pet grooming for about a year. While she loved it, she realized it was no longer what she wanted to do. She wanted to be able to care for animals in a different way. She had the opportunity to start at WVH and has not regretted her decision at all! She love where she’s at and the people she works with!

Christina also has 3 fur babies: Jax, a German Shephard who is 3, Sugar, a Chihuahua who is 7, and Zoey a ShihTzu who is around 11. She is hoping to get a cat sometime soon!


Jules Nichols, RVT, aPHR
Registered Veterinary Technician

Jules joined the Woodland Vet team in February 2017 after relocating from her home town of Midvale, Utah. She graduated with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2008. She has worked in the field since 2007, having taught in the Vet Tech program at Broadview University and worked with all sorts of animals including alpaca and reindeer! She was also the president of the Sacramento Valley Vet Tech Association (SVVTA) from 2019-2021. Jules has a passion for bettering the lives of pets and their people – some of her volunteer projects include spay and neuter programs for shelter pets, food and clothing drives for family shelters and founding the Utah Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants. Her furry kids include two cats, Lorelei and Oscar Benjamin, and her dog, Ringo Star.


Alesia Caballero
Veterinary Technician Assistant/Kennel Technician

Alesia has been with Woodland Veterinary Hospital since November 2017. Growing up in Woodland, Alesia and her family have been coming to Woodland Vet for years. As a senior in high school, she interned as a kennel assistant as part of her veterinary science class and decided that Woodland Veterinary Hospital was the place for her. Outside of work, Alesia loves to nap, bake scrapbook, and roller skate. Alesia owns four wonderful furbabies: her two pitties named Moose and Jazzy, her dalmatian mix Daisy, and her basset hound mix Koda. Alesia has always had a love for animals and hopes to continue in this line of work. She is currently attending Woodland Community College and is planning to transfer to Yuba College next fall, where she plans to join the veterinary technician program. Her goal is to become an RVT and continue working with animals.


Ali Rice
Veterinary Technician

Alison, or “Ali”, joined the WVH team May 2018. She is from a little town called Oakhurst just outside of Yosemite. Her passion for animals started with her small hobby farm growing up with chickens, goats, horses, and a donkey and she developed her goals to become a veterinarian in high school. She is very excited to be attending UC Davis Vet School in August 2018, where she can expand her skills to help our precious four-legged friends. In her spare time, Ali enjoys reading, exercising, and adventuring with her husband, Pete. They have one spicy Tortoiseshell cat, Pepper, who is very spoiled. Ali is happy to be working with the enthusiastic and supportive staff at WVH!



Chelsea Fierro, RVT          
Registered Veterinary Technician

Chelsea came to Woodland Veterinary Hospital in June 2015, eager for a chance to grow in the veterinary field and excited to be a part of such an amazing group of people. Being part of a team is something she knows very well. Since a small child, she was always involved in sports, basketball especially; she played competitive for nearly 12 years. Taking care of animals has always been her passion. Young Chelsea would rescue all she could and would often bring her found furry friends home, which made her parents extremely pleased.

Chelsea graduated from Carrington College in 2012, where she received her Associates in Animal Science. She passed her CA boards exam and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician ever since. Chelsea especially loves animal behavior and dentistry, especially dental extractions; She could do them in her sleep at this point. Chelsea is also a Fear Free Certified professional, which means she takes extra care to limit the fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients as best she can.

In what spare time Chelsea does have, she enjoys everything outdoors. Camping, Boating, Quads, Mudding, Jet skiing, BBQ’s, Bonfires, and attending SF Giants and Oakland Raiders games. Chelsea is owned by 5 dogs and 4 cats. Her dogs’ names are Kheba, Henny, Mammas, Hazelnut, and Whiskey, and her cats’ names are Amora, Sparticus the Great, Mustacio, & Yetti. Chelsea enjoys working to ensure that her animals have a great life.


Kaitlin Lee
Technician Assistant/Client Care Representative

Kaitlin has worked in the veterinary field for 5 years. She is originally from Southern California, and moved to Davis four years ago to complete her degree at the University of California, Davis. She graduated in July 2019 with a degree in Animal Biology, and is excited to start vet school at UC Davis this fall. Kaitlin loves large breed dogs, especially Rottweilers and German Shepherds, but has a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes. She joined the Woodland Vet Hospital team in March of 2019, and works in all three departments as a Veterinary Technician Assistant, Client Care Representative, and a Kennel Technician. Her hobbies include watching television, playing video games, and reading. She also enjoys outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, and camping. But by far her favorite hobby is cuddling her furry, scaled, and feathered babies. She has several large breed dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians and birds!


Steffanie Rowe
Veterinary Technician

Steffanie came to us in 2019, with three years of experience at various hospitals in sunny San Diego. She and her family moved to Woodland in order for her to attend UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She has two small rescue dogs and a senior rescue cat. Her passions include caring for animals and enjoying the outdoors. After veterinary school, she plans to work in a small animal general practice and volunteer with rescue organizations in her spare time.


Gia Boggess
Client Care Representative

Gia joined our Client Care team in November 2020. She was born and raised in California, and enjoys spending time by the lovely California beaches and mountains. When she was younger, Gia attended our WVH Summer Camp and had hoped to join the team ever since! She is very passionate about animals, despite her current major in Psychology. She has one fur baby of her own, Kiki, who she enjoys spending most of her free time with. Gia is very excited to be a part of the Woodland Veterinary Hospital team, and can’t wait to see where her future endeavors take her.


Sarah Boggs
Kennel Technician

Sarah Boggs joined our team in May 2020. She had recently moved to Sacramento from the Bay Area and was looking for a change of pace. Sarah has many years of early childhood education experience and teaching experience, and decided to shift her care over to animals since she has always had a passion for it! In the future, Sarah would love to run an animal rescue or sanctuary.
She owns one very sassy German Shepherd/Husky mix rescue named Shasta, who loves to run the show. She also has four cats named Perseus, Bella, Grapes, and Boujee. When she is not at work, you can always find Sarah camping somewhere in Tahoe, or spending time with her family and friends.

Maggie Buktenica
Veterinary Technician

Maggie started at WVH in March of 2020. She is originally from Oregon, but moved to Woodland in the fall of 2019 to start veterinary school at UC Davis. Her interest in animals developed as a child competing in dog agility and obedience with her family dogs, two Australian Shepherds. Maggie now has a 12 year old tri-colored Australian Shepherd, Ripple, and an 18 year old black and white DSH cat, Chloe. Maggie’s interests include animals, biochemistry, and spending time outdoors. 

Malia Wulbrecht
Client Care Representative/Animal Care Attendant

Malia joined our Client Care team in August of 2020, and now remains as a Client Care Representative while also assisting our veterinarians as an Animal Care Attendant. Malia is currently pursuing a B.S. in Animal Biology at the University of California, Davis and plans to attend veterinary school after completing her undergraduate education. She hopes to become a small animal general practitioner; however, she does have a passion for exotic species and even spent a summer working with elephant veterinarians in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 
She grew up with three small rescue dogs and hopes to adopt a fur baby of her own in this upcoming year. In the future, Malia hopes to start a farm sanctuary to rescue animals from factory farms and let them live out the rest of their lives in a peaceful, safe, and open environment. When she’s not working with animals, you can find Malia spending time with her family and friends or working on her studies. 

Tawny Edwards
Animal Care Attendant/Kennel Technician

After working retail for the past six years, Tawny Edwards decided to take the plunge into veterinary medicine and joined the WVH team in October of 2020. Believing that it’s never too late to start something new, Tawny entered her new career path as an Animal Care Attendant. She couldn’t be more grateful for such a unique opportunity and hopes to master all entry level skills working with animals. She enjoys learning new things every day in hopes of one day becoming an RVT and continuing to contribute to the health of all your furry friends! 
Tawny enjoys movies, singing, and is a huge Disney geek (she especially loves visiting the theme parks!). She enjoys attending church here in Woodland with her family every Sunday. While apartment living, pocket pets are the way to go! Tawny has one very spoiled dwarf hamster named Gimlee, and of course, there’s the family dog, a German/Australian Shepherd mix named Ralphie.

Ava Dotson
Animal Care Attendant/Client Care Representative

Ava joined the Woodland Vet family in June 2020, just after she received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Management from UC Davis. As the only daughter of a naval officer, Ava grew up all around the world, but her roots are in Hawai’i, of which she and her mother are natives. Some of her favorite pastimes are showing horses and dogs, dancing hula, and cooking. Her love of animals stemmed from both her parents, as she grew up with Newfies, lovebirds, chickens, horses, and even a tortoise! She just adopted her first kitten, ‘Apiki, who she is so excited to love and cuddle. Though she has most of her animal experience with horses, she is happy to join the team and excited to learn as much as she can from the small animal veterinarians and colleagues here at WVH, in hopes to one day herself become a DVM! 


Kendra Mckee
Animal Care Attendant / Kennel Technician

Kendra Mckee joined our team in December 2020. She was born here in Woodland, CA, and her love for animals started almost immediately! Kendra’s favorite thing about working with animals is building a connection with them and watching their trust in her grow. She loves watching a dog become comfortable and come out of its shell when it’s around her. 

When Kendra is not at work, she is always with her own furbaby, Sophie! She adopted Sophie 2 years ago and they are best friends. Some of her hobbies are hiking, going to the gym, riding horses, and being with her friends. In the future, Kendra would like to go back to school to become a veterinary technician!  


Baylee Cox
Animal Care Attendant /  Client Care Representative

Baylee joined our team in June 2020. She was born and raised here in Woodland, and grew up around animals her entire life. She also participated in the FFA program throughout high school, which fueled her interest in animal care. She has one fur baby named Sally, but continues to foster animals in need whenever she can. Baylee’s main goal is to expand her knowledge of animal care in order to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and continue helping animals. 


Rachael Clark
Client Care Representative

Rachael is a California native who joined our Client Care team in November 2020. As a teenager, Rachael began training and volunteering as a junior lifeguard, and as a young adult, she worked as a lifeguard for the city of Sacramento. She has always had a passion for people, and later put those skills to great use in the hospitality industry. Rachael is newlywed to Greg, and is a proud mom to her 16-year-old daughter, Grace. Over the years, they have had the pleasure of loving and living with cats, dogs, parakeets, goats, horses, fish, and even a turtle. Currently, two dogs run their household. Kona is a 2-year-old Vizsla/Rottweiler mix, and Jack is a middle-aged rescue Chihuahua/Terrier mix. They enjoy going on outdoor adventures together throughout California, or cuddling at home in front of a good movie. Rachael is happy to have found a home at WVH where she can expand her skills in service to others and work with a passionate and supportive staff. She feels honored to have the opportunity to meet and help all of our wonderful clients and their beloved pets. 

Kasie Choate
Client Care Representative

Kasie joined our Client Care team in October 2020, looking for a career change and excited to be in an environment with animals. She is a native Woodland resident and is happy to be a part of our team, assisting animal needs in any way she can. From the time she was a young girl, Kasie always had a passion for all animals: furry, feathered, and scaled. She has owned everything from dogs and cats to pigs, birds, ducks, chickens, lizards, and her favorite, rats! Aside from Kasie’s love for furry friends, she is a very busy mom who enjoys photography, art, nature, and weightlifting. Hopeful and eager to learn, Kasie is ready for any experience and opportunities that veterinary medicine has to offer. 


Crystal Hart
Veterinary Technician

Crystal started at Woodland Vet in May 2020 and is very thankful to work alongside and learn from WVH’s amazing team. She is from Santa Barbara, but has resided in Davis since 2013 for undergraduate and veterinary school. She plans on working in the field of animal shelter medicine after graduation, and looks forward to adopting a kitten to call her own. Outside of school and work, Crystal takes delight in life’s little things, like jogging in the park or sipping a warm cup of Philz coffee. 


Mary Clark, RVT
Registered Veterinary Techncian

Mary Clark was discovered by a talent agent while on the vaudeville circuit of the upper Coal Belt. Her subsequent studies included blacksmithing and aquaculture, and she authored an award-winning treatise on choral music in Renaissance Lithuania. After successfully resuscitating a collapsed armadillo while on a family vacation in New Mexico, she realized her love for veterinary medicine. She brings gravitas to the Woodland Veterinary Hospital technician team, and loves nothing more than to ease stress in her patients by playing soothing melodies on the harpsichord for them. She lives in Woodland with a hand-curated collection of spores, molds, and fungus. 


Nikki Bibby
Client Care Representative

Nikki is one of Woodland Vet Hospital’s returnees: she started here in 2010 in our kennel department and returned in December 2020, joining our Client Care team. Nikki has always had a love for animals. While working her original job in the Kennel department, she decided to pursue a career in animal medicine by attending Animal Behavior College to become a vet tech assistant. After graduating, she wanted to spread her wings at another vet clinic, and went to Rocklin Road Animal Hospital. After a couple years there, she decided she wanted to try a new adventure and started working at Woodland Public Library, where she also currently works. 
She currently has three furry pets: Cosmo the Pit Bull, and kitties Nala and Smores, who were rescued by Woodland Vet. Outside of work, Nikki stays busy with her three (two-legged) kids watching Disney and Dreamworks movies, listening to music with her husband, and trying to stay occupied through COVID/quarantine. Nikki looks forward to making your experience at Woodland Vet Hospital a good visit with a courteous smile!

Ariel Perez
Kennel Technician

Ariel joined our team in October of 2020. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to Sacramento in 2016 to finish school, since there are more schools in this area that offer veterinary healthcare opportunities. From a young age, Ariel knew she wanted to work in the veterinary healthcare field and knew that was going to be her career. She is currently taking classes at Yuba College to become a veterinary assistant and plans to receive her certificate this year. 


Yesenia Torres
Client Care Representative

Yesenia joined our Client Care team in December of 2020. She is originally from Dixon, CA, and has grown up there most of her life. She decided to change her career path within the last year. She was a mail carrier for the last few years and knew it wasn’t her passion. She’s always had a love for animals, especially dogs. Her favorite breeds are German Shepherds and Rottweilers. She is very excited for this new career path and is looking forward to what the future holds. 


Everaldo Coronado
Technician Assistant

Everaldo (Ever for short) just joined our team and transferred to UC Davis in fall 2021, majoring in Animal Science. He is from Glendale, CA and is very excited to be joining the Woodland Vet staff! Everaldo started working with animals when he was in high school, volunteering at his local animal shelter and eventually at their veterinary hospital. He also participated in many social events to raise money for animal care at the shelter. When he got a chance to assist on his first surgery with his favorite mentor in high school, Dr. Lisa, Ever knew right away that becoming a veterinarian was his goal. He is also Fear-Free Certified, which means he will do his very best to reduce your pet’s anxiety, stress, and fear here at WVH. 

Everaldo has a lab mix named Cooper, who he loves so much but can be a handful sometimes. In addition to volunteering, working with animals, and school clubs, Everaldo also played lacrosse for his high school and continues to play at UC Davis. When he’s not working, in school, or on the lacrosse field, you can catch Everaldo at local hiking areas and boba shops! His hobbies also include watching The Office or Grey’s Anatomy, but often he will be outdoors fishing.  


Estella Rodriguez
Client Care Representative

Estella is California grown and joined our Client Care team in May 2021. After nine years of working in the alcohol and drug field, she decided to make her dream of working with animals come true. Estella has been passionate about animals her whole life; her friends and family refer to her as “the crazy dog lady” and “the fairy dogmother.” When she is not at work, she enjoys passing her time with her babies Nala (the feisty Chihuahua), Lola (the crazy husky), Sapphire (the baby Frenchie), and Mikey (the rude turtle)! She also enjoys going to the gym, dancing, and riding Harley’s. Estella is excited and eager to grow in her career and experience in the veterinary field at Woodland Veterinary Hospital. 


Laura Figueroa De Dios
Kennel Technician

Laura joined our team in June 2021. She was born and raised in Brawley, a southern California town close to the Mexican border. She got her Associate’s Degree at IVC Community College, then continued on to graduate from UC Davis in June 2020 with a BS in Animal Science with a specialization in companion animals. She has always loved to care for and help animals, which is why her career goal is to become a veterinarian. She loves to paint her nails and be outdoors in her free time. She currently has a 6 month old Chihuahua mix puppy named Daisy. 


Candy Gaiser
Agility Instructor

Candy has been involved in the sport of agility since the early 90’s as a competitor, trainer, and judge. Like many “agility addicts”, she came from a background of competitive dog obedience. Her foxhound Hayley competed in formal obedience, as well as flyball and scent hurdles with their local dog training club. When they discovered agility, Candy was hooked. Hayley retired at age 14 as ADCH MACH Hayley UD NATCH. Candy’s Hildidan hounds have earned numerous championships in multiple venues in the US and Canada (USDAA, AKC, AAC, CPE, NADAC). Eight of her dogs, including three foxhounds, two whippets, one miniature silken whippet, and two lurchers, have earned the Agility Dog Champion title and three have attained the Platinum Lifetime Achievement award from the United States Dog Agility Association. Six have been in the USDAA Top10 in one or more classes.

In 1994, Candy started Jump Start Dog Agility and held training classes in several locations in the bay area. In 1998, she moved to rural Vacaville and set up a dedicated training site. Currently she teaches a variety of day and evening weekly agility classes at all levels from puppy and beginning through competition. Many of her students are successfully competing in USDAA, AKC and CPE agility trials. In addition to training, Candy enjoys judging the sport of agility for three associations: The United States Dog Agility Association, The American Kennel Club, and UK Agility International. She is a supervising judge for the USDAA and participate in the training of new agility judges.