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Veterinary Assistant

Growing up in San Diego, Derrick can't remember a time when he wasn't interested in animals; especially reptiles and exotic species. He has owned everything from frogs & snakes to tarantulas & scorpions! Before beginning his career in veterinary medicine Derrick worked for 7 years at Pet Kingdom, a local pet store specializing in exotic reptiles, fish and corals. He attended San Diego Mesa College's Animal Health program coming to us as an intern and fittingly joining our RSDAH family in June of 2015. Derrick's experience with and love for the creepy crawly creatures has been an amazing asset to our team here at RSDAH and we feel lucky to have him. His calm friendly demeanor has made him very popular with our patients AND their owners. He is also one of our “techceptionists”; working in all areas of the hospital. Currently he shares his apartment with one giant sized cat named Ghost; who thinks he's a dog. In his time outside of work he enjoys drawing, music, photography & cooking.

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