Jen Paterson RVT
Jen Paterson is a registered veterinary technician (RVT) and has been at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital since 2002.
Jen is an animal lover, growing up around horses, they have always been a big influence in her life. She started out competing at small horse shows, to showing on the jumper circuit, and currently team ropes with her horse Elliott. When she is not working or riding horses, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her dog Billie Jean.
Jen first came across SLREH through the foal sitting program and has been here ever since.
Jen's specialty is imaging, especially radiology, nuclear scintigraphy and CT, although she is involved in all aspects of the hospital. She was also involved in the development of myelographic techniques with Dr. Grant for neurological cases.
She has been dedicated to SLREH and its patients as her own family. She continues to strive to broaden her knowledge and skills to provide the best possible service to all of our clients and patients.
With over 20+ years of equine and tech experience, Michelle Reid Rossi first came to SLREH in 2012 when her horse Cowboy had an ileal impaction of bermuda hay. Then in January of 2014, she came back as a foal sitter and, not being able to stay away from us, is now one of our greatest techs. She's a hard one to miss with her fiery red hair, huge smile, and even bigger heart for the patients.
Prior to SLREH, she did her internship at the Saratoga Racetrack and worked at Northampton Animal Hospital in upstate New York for 20 years before relocating to California. In addition, she has two years of avian and exotic experience.
Hannah grew up on her grandfathers ranch on Arizona and loved animals so much she chose to work at an Equine Hospital in Prescott, AZ as a "barn girl" and was promoted to Veterinary Technician while still in high school! Hannah came to California with her military spouse and has an overall goal to obtain a bachelors of science degree and continue working in the equine field.
Born in San Jose, CA. and raised in the Bay Area, Careena has been obsessed with horses for as long as she can remember. She took her first Western riding lessons at Garrod Farms in Saratoga. Young Careena eventually got her own horse and lessons were replaced by trail riding and galloping through hay fields. Much later she would acquire ex-racehorses needing a job and take up polo. Careena credits her training and experience as an EMT for making her transition from the corporate world to equine medicine virtually seamless. Careena prides herself on seeing the big picture, making sure that everyone gets started off in the right direction in the morning, and achieves all of his or her goals during the day. Careena attributes the love of animals and the people she works with for her longevity in equine medicine. She is a huge asset to the team at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital and we're lucky to have her here! Something surprising about Careena: She has been a Mounted Deputy Sheriff for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office, owned Portola Valley Horse Transportation, and credits Jan Peterson for getting her hooked on her current discipline, reining. Careena still has her all of her pleasure horses, her Thoroughbreds and a collection of adoptees from the clinics she's worked at.
Kayla is a life long animal lover starting with livestock in 4-H and FFA. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 after pursuing dairy and equine classes. Her favorite part was the time she spent with the Quarter Horse and Foaling Enterprise. In her free time she enjoys riding her horses and doing sports with her dogs.