Jon Klingborg, DVM -- Practice Owner
Dr. K believes that Communication is the Key-- he loves talking to pet owners and discussing their pet's health in clear and straightforward language. He tries hard to be the best veterinarian possible and is very dedicated to animals and pet owners of the Merced area.
Dr. K graduated from UC Davis in June 1992. He has been a member of the Valley Animal Hospital team since Halloween of 2003. Some of his accomplishments include:
- Past-President of the California Veterinary Medical Association
- awarded the honorary title of Distinguished Practitioner from the National Academies Practice.
- awarded the Distinguished Service Award from UC Davis Veterinary School and given the President's Award from the California Veterinary Medical Association,
- Author of Exam Room Communication for Veterinarians: The Science and Art of Conversing with Clients.
Dr. K. is married to Kim, who is a fashion stylist, and he has two sons: Patrick, an Attorney, and Aaron, who has a Masters Degree in Soil Science. Their family pets includes Tasha, the lovable Rottweiler, Josette & Colette (adorable Papillons), and "Kitty GwayPaws."
Christine McFadden, DVM -- Practice Founder
Dr. McFadden has lived in and served our community since graduating from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. She opened Valley Animal Hospital in 1985 and in 1999 she built our current, state-of-the-art hospital to offer the best medicine and surgery possible for our patients. She cares for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and all small “pocket pets” and exotics. She has cared for the Applegate Zoo animals for over 25 years. She has cared for the local police dogs in three counties since the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office Canine Programs inception in 1987. In addition, Dr. McFadden was a Board Certified Avian Specialist (ABVP-Avian) for 10 years and continues to take a special interest in parrots and other birds. Dr. McFadden is involved in a local college scholarship program at the University of California, Merced through the non-profit charity, The MSSM Friendship Scholarship Foundation in memory of and to honor her four children Melanie, Stanley, Stuart and Michelle. In addition, she has served the community through the Downtown Rotary Club, participates in multiple education & career day events and is a supporter of the University of California, Merced. Dr. McFadden is married to Gerald Corman and together they have twin daughters, four cats, a large Irish Wolfhound, a plethora of chickens, a gaggle of koi and, at Valley Animal Hospital, her 30 year old Blue & Gold Macaw “Forbes”. She loves gardening, baking, and all things French!
For her work with children Dr. McFadden has been awarded:
The Compassionate Angel Award from ChildHelp : “For giving children the opportunity through higher education to become a star in their chosen field” May 2007
Woman of The Year 2007, State of California Legislature, sponsor Senator Jeff Denham
Dr. McFadden has been a newspaper columnist, a public speaker, has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and currently writes the blog “McMenagerie”.
Adam Lauppe, DVM
Dr. Lauppe (pronounced “Loopy”) loves serving Merced, where he was born and raised. A Golden Valley High School graduate, he received his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.
Dr. Lauppe grew up taking his family’s pets to Valley Animal Hospital for care, and he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue the establishment’s legacy of compassionate and excellent veterinary care.
Dr. Lauppe married his best friend Katie, a local attorney, in 2016. Together they have two lazy cats, Steve (the wise one) and Weezy (the princess, pictured), and a playful Doberman, Ace. Ace’s only wish is that the cats might someday acknowledge his existence!
Dr. Lauppe is leading the effort at Valley Animal Hospital to become a certified “Cat Friendly Practice” and he is also active at the state level on various veterinary issues.
Dr. Lauppe enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and camping, and he has run the Merced Half Marathon annually since its beginning in 2014. He and Katie are highly competitive when it comes to golf and Trivial Pursuit!
The Management Team
Angie Colburn, Practice Manager
Angie joined VAH as Practice Manager in late May, 2017. She comes to us from the world of human healthcare-- specifically she had managed the Optical Department in a Costco as well as functioned as the Senior Branch Manager for Kaiser Permanente.
Angie has had a very interesting career trajectory, including serving as a Letter Carrier for the USPS for three years and also as a pipeline inspector in North Dakota for a year!
Jillian M., Pharmacy Coordinator
Jillian has been a part of our team since 2006. She enjoys helping clients care for their pets by dispensing medication and lots of love. She also works with clients to find affordable care plans for their pets (compiling estimates, Care Credit, Payment Banc). Outside of work, Jillian enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her pets: Macchiato, a Cane Corso; Coco, a little Terrier; and Gemma, a terror of a Tabby cat! She has been Coordinator of the Valley Animal Hospital Relay for Life team for several years, raising thousands of dollars each time for human cancer patients and cancer research! Interesting facts about Jillian is that she is a lefty, and lives a gluten-free lifestyle.
Araceli M., Receptionist Supervisor
Araceli has been a part of our team for 2007. She loves seeing clients happy when their pets start to feel better. Araceli lights up a room with her smile! She is bilingual, and assists with our countless bilingual patients with their pets. Interpreting medical terms is a little different from everyday conversation, and Araceli is one of the best at translating the crazy medical terms that the Doctors say. She owns a Minature Schnauzer named Yoyo and a French Bulldog named Jacques. Her family includes identical twin boys Adrian and Isaac and daughters Jocelyn & Aubrey. When she isn’t working, Araceli loves working out at the gym.
Liz C., RVT, Nurse Supervisor
Liz joined the practice back before the first Ice Age, earned her Registered Veterinary Technician's certificate and has been providing excellent Nurse and Surgery care for many years.
Briana G., Pharmacy Assistant
Briana has been a receptionist at our hospital since June of 2014 She is currently a student at Merced Junior College. As a receptionist, she loves being around animals. Although we don’’t see them here at Valley Animal Hospital, monkeys are her favorite animal. She shares her home with her fur babies: Lacy, a boxer; and Gengi, a pug. In her spare time, she loves hiking, playing soccer, reading, and singing.
Sabrina G., Receptionist
Sabrina joined the Valley Animal Hospital team in April of 2014. She loves that her position allows her to meet new people and help them with their pets’ needs. She also loves working with animals. Sabrina is married to Anthony and has three daughters, Hailee, Lillie, and Kacie. She is also a proud “pet mom” of two dogs named Diamond and Harley and two cats named Bootzie and Fontasma. When she’’s not caring for pets at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.
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Arianna C., Receptionist
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Sam J., Receptionist
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Jasmine Z., Exam Room Nurse
Jasmine joined our team in July of 2014 after attending Merced College. With a strong love for animals—especially dogs—she enjoys learning something new every day and being able to provide hands- on care for her patients. She has had many interesting experiences as an exam room nurse, although her most memorable experience was caring for a very sweet dog that was hit by a car and survived. One of her most noteworthy accomplishments was in 2011, when she won first place in Showmanship for her dairy heifer at the Merced Fair. Jasmine is the proud “pet mom” of an Australian Shepherd named Boo and a Dachshund named Zoey. When she’’s not working with pets at Valley Animal Hospital, she spends her leisure time running and with her family.
Monique R., Exam Room Nurse
Monique is graduate of UC Merced, with a degree in human biology and minoring in psychology. She's been accepted to veterinary school in Arizona and will be a graduate of the class of 2022! Her passion for animals hasn't stopped at just dogs and cats, she's have traveled abroad to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary called the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has two animals at home, a hedgehog named Daisy and a poodle mix named Pierre. She loves being a nurse for two reasons: seeing sick pets transform into healthy pets and gaining so much experience with a variety of different animals.
Courteney G., Exam Room Nurse
Courteney has been a member of the Valley Animal Hospital team since June of 2015. She started out as a receptionist and then became an exam room nurse, and currently works as our dental technician/exam room nurse. Dentals have become her favorite part of the job! In her free time, Courteney enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her own pets. One of Courteney’s most interesting experiences with animals was being a volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium working with the penguins!
Katie G., Exam Room Nurse
Katie is an Exam room nurse and has been a member of the Valley Animal Hospital team since February of 2016. You can find Katie always taking notes and educating herself on all aspects of the clinic. She is organized and always brings bright ideas to the table. She is a self-proclaimed "cat" person, but is crazy about birds and rats as well. Katie has a degree in Criminal Science, which makes her a natural in trying to figure out 'why good dogs do bad things.'
Katelyn B., Exam Room Nurse
Katelyn recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at San Joaquin Valley College in Fresno. She plans to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has 3 Black Labradors that she's rescued (Bailey, Buzz and Rebel.) She also has a cat named Alice. Katelyn enjoys all of the wonderful & new experiences that VAH offers!
Yesenia T., Exam Room Nurse
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Brandy T., Exam Room Nurse
Brandy became a member of the VAH team December of 2016. Brandy started out as a lodging attendant and quickly became an exam room nurse. Brandy has lots of experience with cats and dogs. She has worked closely with local animal rescues, helping pets in need. Brandy’s favorite part of her job is helping the animals (and dispensing love). Brandy loves board games, roller coasters, and you guessed it, her pets! Interesting fact, She knows sign language!
Teresa L., Pet Lodging Attendant
Teresa started with Valley Animal Hospital in 2012 as an ROP student. Teresa was such a go-getter that she was hired upon graduation. Teresa loves her job, but her favorite part is getting to love on all the pets. Teresa’’s personal pet is a Chihuahua named Brownie.
Cheyenne B., Pet Lodging Attendant
Cheyenne started with Valley Animal Hospital in 2016. She also has her own Photography business has taken many of the staff photos for the website-- her photography studio is called 'Sky's the Limit' and she did most of the professional photography on this website. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Gina G., Pet Lodging Attendant
Gina has been a valued member of the VAH team since early 2016.