Animal & Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo

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Animal & Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo is a full service veterinary medical facility.  Our professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients.  We embrace the holistic approach to pet health and wellness.  We balance traditional medicine with herbal, homeopathic,acupuncture, laser and other complementary therapies.  We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Our clinic is unique in that we provide quality medical care to all species. As well as dogs  and cats, our doctors and staff possess the skills and knowledge to treat birds, iguanas, chameleons,snakes, tortoises, turtles, mice, rats, ferrets, frogs, hamsters, chinchillas, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, pigs and more!

Our clients are friends as well as customers and we value their continued trust and goodwill. Our goal is to educate and involve clients in a lifetime health care plan for their special companions.

Puppy and Kitten Care
  • 24912 Chrisanta Drive
  • Mission Viejo,CA 92691
  • Phone: (949) 768-3651
  • Fax: (949) 768-1333
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  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours Emergencies: Animal Urgent Care in Mission Viejo 949-364-6228
  • Douglas L Coward, DVM, MS

    Douglas L Coward, DVM, MS

    Dr. Doug Coward received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Santa Clara, a Master of Science in Animal Ecology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.  He is a member of the American Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Association of Holistic Veterinarians.  Prior to settling down in Mission Viejo, Dr. Coward traveled throughout the world studying wildlife in their native habitats.  Since 1985, he has worked at practices specializing in exotic animals, dermatology, emergency medicine and critical care.
  • Peter W Bloch, DVM, CVA

    Peter W Bloch, DVM, CVA

    Dr. Peter Bloch received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University in Ithaca and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell.  Dr. Bloch is a New York native, moved to California following graduation and has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1976.  He is certified in veterinary acupuncture and is a member of The Veterinary Medical Assistance Team(VMAT), which addresses emergency animal issues at disaster sites.  Most recently VMAT had him deployed to help the hurricane victims in Texas.  He is pictured here with his chocolate lab "Moses."
  • Brett M Hensley, DVM

    Brett M Hensley, DVM

    Dr. Brett Hensley began at the Animal & Bird Clinic in July 2005.  He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Biology in 2000 and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from UC Davis in 2005.  Dr. Hensley grew up in Davis, California and also has local family in Southern California.  He has advanced training in avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery with an externship in San Diego as well as extensive studies at UC Davis.  He is also skilled in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery.
    His lovely wife Kerri has an interesting career as a geneticist.  They have two young sons, Brendan and Max, and also share their life with their rescue cat, Mochi and their dog, Myles; along with turtles, tortoises and a bearded dragon.
  • Sabrina Wu, DVM


    When Dr. Sabrina Wu was a baby, one of her first words was ‘cat’—which is a little weird because she didn’t have any pets growing up in Southern California. But that didn’t stop her fascination with all things related to animals.  In 6th grade, without telling her mom first, Wu arranged to volunteer at the local shelter in Pasadena as part of a class project.

    While obtaining her undergraduate degrees in molecular and environmental biology with a minor in forestry at UC Berkeley, Wu worked at a few small animal clinics as a vet assistant to keep building experience. She also worked as teaching assistant at the Lawrence Hall of Science discovery room.

    A year later, Wu joined the Class of 2019 at her first-choice school, UC Davis, where she focused on shelter medicine and general practice.

    Outside of veterinary medicine and outdoor recreation, Wu’s greatest passions are reading and cooking. Her ultimate dream is to own a shelter and run a catfe/bookstore. 

  • Erick Sarmiento

    Erick has been in the veterinary field for 9 years. He has always loved working with animals and has 2 of his own including a 7-year-old boxer named Ali and a 3-year-old morkie named Ava. 
  • Sarah Sturtevant

    Sarah Sturtevant

    Sarah has worked at the clinic since 1999. She started as a receptionist but has spent most of her time as the office manager. She misses the interaction with the wonderful clients and being able to cuddle with all the animals, but at least she has her dog Jack at home. Sarah enjoys working here mostly because of everyone's deep compassion for animals and the fact that we are all one big family. She spends her free time with her daughter Wendy.
  • Juan Infante

    Juan Infante

    Veterinary Assistant
    Juan was born in Iberica, Mexico and came to California in 1992.  He started working with reptiles in 1995, but already had experience with them since when he was a child.  Juan has been working at the clinic since 2003, and loves taking care of all kinds of pets. He enjoys spending what little free time he has with his wife and young daughter.  Juan owns many reptiles: a 14 lb lizard, a 12 foot long python, scorpions, tarantulas, ...a total of 22 reptiles.
  • Rosa Flores

    Rosa Flores

    Veterinary Assistant
    Rosa started at The Animal & Bird Clinic in December 2005 as a veterinary technician and  has a total of over 20 years of experience in the animal field including grooming, surgical duties, x-ray, dentals and much more.  She is indispensable to our clinic and loves taking care of all of the pets at the hospital. 
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    Kelly Churchill

    Veterinary Assistant
    Kelly is our "resident artist" and began working with us May of 2014. She has always loved animals and currently has three aliens disguised as cats, two sweet crested geckos, and a Russian tortoise who is always angry at everyone. When not working full time at the hospital she spends her free time on her tiki-themed jewelry and accessory business, including making tiki themed dog and cat toys. 
  • Samantha Santos

    Samantha Santos

    A full-time "anchor" of our reception team, Samantha started working at the clinic in March of 2007. She has two Boston Terriers, multiple birds, a hedgehog, tortoises, a rat, and a mouse that keep her busy in her spare time.

    She enjoys spending time with her new husband and has hopes of opening her own pet store in the future.
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    Tracy Nevarez

    Working part time with us since 2011, Tracy started as one of our kennel attendants and subsequently moved to our reception area to assist in our customer service. When not working, Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as taking care of pets of multiple species.
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    Chris Muzyka

    Originally starting with us in 2007, Chris left us to move to the human side of medicine.  She has rejoined out team part-time and brings to us a wealth of experience.  
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    Lisa Bates

    Lisa joined us in September of 2013 as a referral by her daughter SeaJay, who also is one of our kennel attendants.  While not at work, Lisa spends her time with her husband and children, caring for her father and helping with the multiple animals (both large and small) that the family owns.
  • Terry McBride

    I first did my Externship as a volunteer in 2009 while I was going to vet tech assistant school. I was blessed enough to get hired January of 2010 as a receptionist.  I have always liked animals and when my boys where young we had rabbits, dogs, cats, iguana’s , snakes and lots of birds. I was able to hand feed many birds and some baby bunnies. I love working with the animal’s here at Animal & Bird Clinic.

     I am married to my wonderful husband Steve,  and we have 7 kids , 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren between us.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 09, 2019

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 09, 2019