Arroyo Veterinary Center

Arroyo Veterinary Center is a new full-service veterinary hospital located in Livermore, CA. The professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for your furry friends.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary practice, and to find out more about how Arroyo Veterinary Center can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Vet check-up with client and her dog
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat: 8am-5pm
  • closed for lunch 12 noon to 1:30pm
  • Tue and Thur: 8am-8pm
  • After Hour Emergency
  • Contact S.A.G.E.: 925-574-7243
  • Kecia Valdez, DVM

    Kecia is the founder and owner of Jules, Lathrop, and Arroyo Veterinary Centers. She was born in New Mexico and moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University Veterinary School. Her original dreams consisted of becoming a human doctor, but her newly acquired schnauzer puppy (named Jules) quickly changed her mind. After becoming a concerned pet owner, she knew that becoming a veterinarian was her true calling. 

    Kecia graduated with honors and was inducted into Phi Zeta, a veterinary honor society in 1998. Her medical interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, helping control the pet population, and schnauzers. When she is not busy with her patient's medical cases, Kecia enjoys spending time with her three children Isabella, Francisco, and Sergio. She also finds herself lost in a good book regularly and taking as many pictures as she can.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 21, 1998
    Education:
    Colorado State University
    Interests:
    Practice Owner & Veterinarian
  • Ayshea Quintana, DVM

    Dr. Ayshea Quintana joined the team as an Associate Veterinarian in July of 2014. She is an Albuquerque, New Mexico native and earned her Bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University. From there, Dr. Quintana obtained a Master's degree from Colorado State University and then graduated with her Doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis. As a child, she grew up with many animals including guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, and German Shepherds. She believes there is always one dog that makes a huge impact on your life, and for her that was a little stray dog named "Jet". Currently, she has two cats at home ("Joey" and "Phoebe") who she has to watch very carefully, because they have an obsession for chewing on wires. Dr. Quintana is excited to work with the clients at Arroyo Veterinary Center and has interests in dermatology, dentistry, preventative medicine, physical rehabilitation, and exotics. In her free time she enjoys getting lost in a great novel, movie marathon nights, traveling, relaxing with yoga, and playing soccer and racquetball.
    Years in Practice:
    May 05, 2014
    Education:
    UC Davis, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University
    Interests:
    Associate Veterinarian
  • Michelle Kapty, DVM

    Dr. Michelle Kapty has been practicing veterinary medicine in Livermore since 1996. She joined our team as an Associate Veterinarian in April of 2015. She comes to us with a passion for geriatric medicine, pediatrics, and making her patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible while they are in the hospital. Dr. Kapty believes it is rewarding to start animals off on the right "paw" in life, as well as keep them comfortable and happy during their later years. Dr. Kapty is an alumni of UC Davis where she earned a Bachelor'€™s Degree with high honors in Genetics followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She is a Bay Area native and has found that house renovations and planting roses has helped make her older house a home. She shares her home with her cat, "Cheeky Rodrigues"€, and her Yellow Collared Macaw, "Buddy"€. Sadly, in December of 2014, Dr. Kapty'€™s sweet Greyhound mix, "€œGracie"€, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. There will always be a sweet spot in her heart for rescue Greyhounds and when she is ready, she will open her heart to another. Dr. Kapty enjoys photography, attending movies at The Vine, and wine tasting with friends in her free time. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1992
    Education:
    UC Davis
    Interests:
    Associate Veterinarian
  • Abe Valdez, MSEE

    Abe Valdez is the founder, owner, and hospital administrator of  Jules, Lathrop, and Arroyo Veterinary Center. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering. Not only does he oversee many important aspects of the hospital, but he is also an engineer. Abe can be quite the jokester but always knows when it is time for business. He loves spending time with his three children: Isabella, Francisco, and Sergio. You can also find him golfing, mountain biking, playing poker, enjoying movies and cooking.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 21, 2002
    Education:
    Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at NMSU
    Interests:
    Practice Owner
  • Terra Kim

    Terra started at our sister hospital, Jules Veterinary Center, in 2011 as a Client Services Representative. She came to us with management experience so it wasn't too long before she was promoted to supervisor, and then eventually to Practice Administrator for all three of our veterinary hospital locations. Terra started working in the veterinary world in 2004 as a DVM Assistant while attending college and has worked her way up, learning everything she could along the way. Terra grew up in Sacramento, CA and attended CSU Fresno and then CSU Sacramento, where she graduated with a BS in Micro Cellular Biology. Terra has a passion for animals, her grandmother being her most important role model. Growing up, her grandmother was always caring for sick or injured animals, so naturally Terra ended up with a career where her same passion and love can be put to good use (and hopes that her grandma would be proud). Terra has volunteered and fostered for countless rescue organizations and she's bottle fed more orphaned kittens than she can count. Now Terra spends all of her free time with her husband Kurtis and their little boy, Connor. Terra has a Yorkie named Roxy, a mixed breed named Pinky, and two cats named Timmy and Cali, who all happen to be girls. When their son was born, Terra's husband couldn't of been happier. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    California State University, Sacramento
    Interests:
    Administrator
  • Lisa Pollard, RVT

    Lisa is a small town girl who was born and raised in rural Michigan. She made the journey to the west coast in the August of 2010 and quickly jumped on board as one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University and enjoys learning new things every day. Interestingly enough Lisa has extreme allergies to many of the animals she works with; even with this obstacle she would never change her career. She enjoys spending time with her Standard Poodles, Cooper and Brinkley, her rambunctious nephew, and has a strong love for photography and cooking. Lisa is also vegetarian due to her passion for animal welfare.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Education:
    Michigan State University
    Interests:
    Registered Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager
  • Laura Cornett, RVT

    Laura joined the team as a Registered Veterinary Technician in March of 2015. She earned a B.A. from UC Berekely, A.S. from Foothill College AHT program, and is currently enrolled at Los Positas horticulture program. Her animal pack includes Xena, a Whippet, Gromit, a mix, Mack, Pinkie, Mrs. Peale, and Jackie, her cats, and Chewy, Titus, and Ella, her Desert Tortoises. Laura has been a volunteer at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum since 1994 and is the Species Manager for the Black-tailed hares. In her free time she enjoys a good run and gardening.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1996
    Education:
    U.C. Berkeley, Foothill College, Las Positas College
    Interests:
    Registered Veterinary Technician
  • Jennifer Serena, RVT

    Jennifer joined the team as a Registered Veterinary Technician in April of 2015. She earned her Associates degree in 2004 from Western Career College in Veterinary Technology. Jennifer came to us with 12 years of experience as a technician and hopes to pursue a specialty veterinary technician license in clinical practice.  She is originally from Fremont and recently moved to Mountain House in 2011 with her husband who is career Army, their daughter, and their two cats, Mr. Peepers and Baxter. Jennifer loves going on random adventures, decorating her home, and being an active participant in her daughter’s girl scout troop.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2004
    Education:
    Western Career College
    Interests:
    Registered Veterinary Technician
  • Krystal Gayagas

    Krystal joined the team as a Veterinary Technician in April of 2014. As a San Diego native, she loves to be outside at the park or going on long walks with her Pomeranian Hoku and mixed breed, Meli. She also has a weakness for frozen yogurt and enjoys playing with all the flavors and toppings. In August of 2014 Krystal graduated from Carrington College with her AS degree in Veterinary Technology and aspires to take her state boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician shortly after. Along with her two dogs, Krystal has an assortment of pets including Bert the cat, Aloha the Macaw, and Carmen the Cockatoo. 
    Years in Practice:
    May 02, 2014
    Education:
    Carrington College
    Interests:
    Veterinary Technician
  • Natalie Cruz

    Natalie Cruz joined our team in July of 2013 as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. She graduated from Granada High School in 2013 and was lucky enough to gain experience in veterinary hospitals by being active in their ROP program. Natalie is enrolled at Cal State East Bay and aspires to continue her education at UC Davis for veterinary school. In her free time she loves to run in Sycamore Grove, spend time with her calico cat named Darla, go cliff diving, and dance. She has been dancing hip hop, ballet, and jazz since she was a young girl. Natalie has a hard time deciding what her favorite type of dance is, so she focuses equal amounts of time on all three. She also finds that being ambidextrous may give her an extra edge in the dance studio because she does not have a “strong side.”
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 18, 2013
    Education:
    CA East Bay State University
    Interests:
    Veterinary Technician Assistant
  • Karen Podany

    Karen is a dedicated member of the animal community in the Livermore area as a Certified Dog Trainer. She has spent many years volunteering and fostering dogs with a local rescue group. If that wasn’t enough, she also spends three days a week at the East County Animal shelter working with large dogs to ensure they have manners before going to their forever homes. We believe Karen is doing great things in the community, but she wanted to do even more. Karen joined the Client Services team in February of 2013. She knew that working with Arroyo and Jules Veterinary Centers would be another way she could touch the lives of “pet parents”.  Karen is a huge advocate of family time and is so thankful she has been able to dedicate time to her two (now adult) sons Jason and Kyle as a stay at home mom before returning to the work field. They all love to go on hikes and camping trips with their four dogs Kahlua, Dillon and Oso. A fun fact is Dillon was named after their favorite camping spot, Dillon Beach.
    Years in Practice:
    Feb 26, 2013
    Interests:
    Client Services Representative
  • Karen Perrson

    Karen Persson joined Arroyo Veterinary Center client services team in March of 2013. She came to us with experience in client services with human medicine. The majority of her time was spent dedicated to helping patients with Diabetes. Her kind nature and willingness to help has crossed over to our front desk. Karen has been involved in the animal community for many years. When she is not taking care of her own pets (Andy a Golden Retriever, Hannah a Labrador, Vilse, Blossom, and Giselle her cats) she is volunteering with Lucky Dog Rescue. 
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 11, 2013
    Interests:
    Client Services Representative
  • Karen Vida

    Karen joined the team as a Client Services Representative in May of 2015. She is a graduate of Alameda Technical College with a concentration in office management. Karen wanted to find a career where she could combine her degree with her love of animals where their care and health would come first. Twenty two years ago, she obtained her “dream job” in a veterinary hospital and knew it was exactly where she was meant to be. In August of 2015, she will celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary with her husband Danny, who was born and raised in their favorite traveling destination, Oahu. Karen loves to bake, read, relax, and spend time with Otto, an Amazon Mexican Red Head Parrot, and Frankie and Mac her two cats.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1993
    Education:
    Alameda Technical College
    Interests:
    Client Services Representative
  • Diana Santoyo

    Diana joined the team as a Kennel Technician and Nurse Assistant in March of 2015. She earned a certificate in Animal Technology from Modesto Junior College and plans to continue her education and become a RVT. Diana is originally from San Jose and spent every weekend at the zoo fulfilling her passion to be around animals until she had the chance to do so as a career. When she moved to the valley, she quickly signed up at the Stanislaus Wildlife Sanctuary as a volunteer and has helped rehabilitate and release numerous types of animal species. In her free time she loves to go hiking with her fiancé, spend quality time with friends and family, and take care of her terrier mix, Chiquita, Penelope, her Hog-nosed snake, and many of her other reptile pets.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 06, 2015
    Education:
    Modesto Junior College
    Interests:
    Kennel Technician & Veterinary Technician Assistant
  • Nancy McDonald

    Nancy joined our team as a Kennel Technician in November of 2015. She has earned her Veterinary Technician certificate from Modesto Junior College, and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Nancy was raised in a military family and has lived all over the world. She was introduced to many cultures this way, but the regular moves prevented her family from having pets. Once permanently settled in North Carolina, they welcomed Chisai, a Toy Poodle, to the family. Chisai is the reason Nancy decided to pursue a career with animals. When Nancy isn’t giving your pets extra TLC, she is out exploring the hills of Livermore with her three dogs, Albert, Mickey and Eddy, or submerged in a novel.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Modesto Junior College
    Interests:
    Kennel Technician