Carol Crittenden, DVM
Carol Crittenden grew up in Temple City and remembers accompanying her mother to Temple City Animal Hospital to have the family dog, Midnight, looked after by Dr. Jobe and his staff back in the 1960s. She received her DVM degree from UC Davis in 1985. Following graduation she returned to the San Gabriel Valley and has been practicing locally ever since.
Dr. Crittenden is pictured here with her cat, Kit Cat. Not pictured are sons Sam (momentarily home after four years in the Marines) and Tim, daughter Elizabeth (who is responsible for Kit Kat’s name) husband Arthur and Speck the Chihuahua.
Debbie Hu, DVM
Dr. Hu grew up in the San Gabriel area. She received her DVM from Purdue University in 2004. She then practiced emergency medicine for two years in Arizona before settling back home in California where she lives with her husband, two sons and two dogs.
Lisa Nguyen, DVM
Dr. Lisa Nguyen received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. After graduation, she practiced at a small animal hospital in Chicago for a year and then moved back to California. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a particular interest in soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Nguyen grew up in Temple City and still has many family members living in the area. Besides her love for animals, she enjoys nature, cooking, and traveling. During her time in veterinary school, she completed two summer internships. One was at a horse farm in Hannover, Germany and another was at a small animal hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. There, she improved many clinical skills, learned about international differences in veterinary practices, and gained insight into other cultures. Moreover, Dr. Nguyen is a mean cook in the kitchen and loves to dabble in new recipes. Ask her about Bún riêu (Vietnamese crab and shrimp vermicelli soup) if you are interested in a delicious soup.
Jennifer Gih, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Gih was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She received her DVM degree from Kansas State University in 2013 and moved back to California to practice. Her professional interests include preventative medicine and surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Gih enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking, road trips and wine tasting. She lives in Orange County with her fiance and two dogs (Angus and Sunny).
I-Shun Chen, DVM
Dr. Chen is originally from Taiwan and moved to the United States in 1993 to study veterinary medicine. In 1999, he graduated from Tuskegee University, then went on to practice small animal medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada. After spending eight years working in a small animal private practice hospital, he decided to pursue an internship at Iowa State University for emergency medicine/critical care. He moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and joined Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in 2010. He is currently an AVMA member and works at Temple City Animal Hospital every weekend. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and children, Emily, Bryan and Peter. He has a one-eyed dog named Snowball, a guppy named Red and has fostered kittens from the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center.
Arthur Crittenden, Business Manager
Cookies, payroll and painting, Arthur’s days at the hospital.
Kelly Blake, Hospital Manager
Kelly has always had a passion for animals and feels grateful that she has been able to serve clients and pets in this field for twenty-plus years. She has been with Temple City Animal Hospital since 2004. She has two perfect dogs and many beautiful cats that keep her on her toes.
Nancy Cervantes, Lead Technician
Nancy has been in the field for nineteen years. She enjoys watching NASCAR and Criminal Minds with her Chihuahua Mardi and her polydactyl cat Hagatha.
Jennifer Liu, Technician Assistant
Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from UC Riverside in 2003. After deciding to go down a different career path, she is currently taking prerequisite classes in preparation for veterinary med school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, snowboarding, and even reading while snowboarding :). Featured here is her favorite feline, Meow Meow. Jen also goes home to her feisty brown tabby, April.
Meghan Osman, Receptionist
If Meghan had a bigger house she’d have more cats. Lots more cats.
Justine Morin, Receptionist
Hi! My name is Justine and I’ve been working at Temple City Animal Hospital since 2016. In that time my love for animals has grown tremendously. I enjoy helping and getting to meet new animals (and people) every day!
Navila Gazca, Registered Veterinary Technician
Hey there! My name is Navi and this is my dog Eddie. I am in a Vet Tech program currently and love taking Eddie on walks to the park or to the beach. I plan on owning a snake one day too.
Claudia Lomeli, Technician Assistant
Hi. My name is Claudia Lomeli. I’ve been working with animals for about three years and I’ve been around animals since I was four years old. I currently own a poodle mix named Bengi, a basset hound named Maya, and a red headed amazon named Pedro. I love working with animals and IO want to keep working in this field for many more years.
Jeanette Barrera, Technician Assistant
Hello, my name is Jeanette Barrera! I am 24 years old, currently in my last year at Cal Poly Pomona. I will be graduating with an Agricultural Science degree, and I plan to attend a veterinary school. I have a passion for working with animals, which is why I love my job. In my spare time I enjoy trying new things, shopping at Target, reading occasionally, and spending time with my fur babies. When I first started working at Temple City Animal Hospital I was not a big fan of cats but now I own three (and three dogs too)!
Wesley Jones, Technician Assistant
I began working as a volunteer for a small animal hospital where I found the work growing into a career and life passion for animal medicine. Now, I have been a veterinary assistant/technician for nine years and I continue to be eager to learn more! I am a UC San Diego biology graduate in the process of applying for veterinary school. No pets currently, but no problem spreading the love to our client’s and our co-workers animals!
Melissa Rodriguez, Technician Assistant
My name is Melissa Rodriguez. I am a student at Carrington College studying to be a registered veterinary technician. I enjoy going on hikes with my dogs and finding the perfect peak overlooking the cities to have a picnic. I hope to one day work for a wildlife organization to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them back into the wild.