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Pete Palacpac, DVM
Dr. Pete was born and raised in the Philippines. He has always had a strong love for animals, which inspired him to become a veterinarian. He graduated from De La Salle Araneta University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines. After immigrating to the United States he attended Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York where he obtained his licensed accreditation to practice in the U.S. Before moving to Southern California he worked as an associate veterinarian in Long Island, New York for a few years. Dr. Pete is a general animal practitioner with a passion for surgery. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife Lea, and two children Danielle and Leon, as well as his three dogs Pugachow, Bantay, and Maganda.
Melissa Laverty, R.V.T
Office Manager/Veterinary Technician
I was born in Torrance, CA. I have always had a passion for helping animals. When I was in my senior year of high school, I started volunteering at a local animal shelter. One of the Registered Veterinary Technicians there was a good friend of Dr. Pete, and he suggested that I talk to him about getting a job at the hospital. I have been working at Orangethorpe Animal Hospital off and on since 2006. I love being able to work with animals every day. In 2010 I decided to go to a vocational school to get my certification and in 2011 I officially became a Registered Veterinary Technician. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats of my own, and in my free time nothing makes me happier than spending time with them.
I have been working here for 5 years. I started out volunteering, and now I am both a receptionist and veterinary technician. I love all animals and hope to become a Veterinarian one day. Right now I am finishing up the last of my classes and studying for the MCAT.
I love animals and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the Veterinary field. I have also been a volunteer at the local animal shelter for 14 years, as well as a volunteer for a rescue group that saves dogs and cats from death row and finds them forever homes. I love coming to work every day and being able to help pets in need. I have 4 dogs, 4 turtles, and I also own horses.
I am a long time friend of Dr. Pete. He and I went to Veterinary School together in the Philippines. I worked as a Veterinarian in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at Golden Egg Poultry Farm for 13 years. I have been working for Dr. Pete since 2015. I love being able to help animals every day. I have one dog of my own, a boxer named Toby who I love very much.