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Dr. Heather's Blog

Our VCAS Medical Team has over 100 years combined of professional veterinary experience.  

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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am not sure what a blog is, but let's have a go at it! If you have recently visited the shelter and seen the stand-alone building in the center, that is where I, and the hospital staff, live. I hope to give you a view into our world and what happens inside these doors on a routine basis. In my humble opinion, the most incredible transformations take place here and I want to be able to convey thatheartwarming experience with you. 

My hope is to share our experience:  be it tears of joy or possibly tears of sorrow.

Thank you for your support as we continue to improve all the lives we have in our care!

Until next time:  “Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's impossible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - Francis of Assisi

Thank you,
Heather Skogerson, DVM

Heather Skogerson
Dr. Heather Skogerson
I received my undergraduate degree at University of Nevada Reno. I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University. While Ballard was always my home town, I grew up traveling across the United States and two countries with my family.

I started my career in veterinary medicine as a large animal intern at a surgical referral facility in Reno. I switched to small animal
medicine when my son came along. I then practiced small animal medicine in Carson City, Nevada for eight years before moving back to my home town of Ballard, CA. I am on the Board of Directors for the Animal Rescue Team, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility in Solvang, CA.

I came to VCAS in November of 2012. Shelter Medicine was new to me so I spent every free moment reading everything I could so that I could do the best for the animals under my care. Shelter medicine now has become a burning passion for me. I still spend time educating myself every day on new and improved information for the care and medicine of shelter animals. I am currently taking graduate courses through the University of Florida for a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Science to assist law enforcement officers with animal cruelty investigations.

In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities; stand up paddling, hiking, and biking to Spudnuts with my son. I enjoy traveling to Baja to relax on the beach and the occasional motorcycle adventure.


LynnLynne Miller, R.V.T.
I began my career as an RVT in 1980 and I’ve called VCAS my “second home” since October 2005.  My husband, three children and I are truly “Foster Failures”; hence the 3 dogs, 10 cats, rabbit, lizard and horse which not only occupy our home, but our hearts as well.

CarlaCarla Faulkner, RVT
I have always had a deep love for animals and drove my family crazy bringing home baby birds, stray dogs and cats and raising bunnies, hamsters, and even mice, not to mention the different kinds of fish I kept in a bowl or tank somewhere around the house. Right out of high school, I pursued a career in Veterinary Technology at Los Angeles Pierce College and practiced as a Registered Veterinary Technician here in Ventura for several years before moving to Arizona. My two children have gone out on night calls to watch me administer treatments to animals, roamed a ranch where I cared for horses and geese, and helped with numerous puppies and kittens we have fostered.  I joined the shelter team in 2011 with a high level of experience in general medicine and dentistry.  I enjoy promoting positive health for animals from their juvenile stages on through their geriatric years.

Kelsey BerremanKelsey Berreman, R.V.T.
In 2008, after completing an alternate route program through The Professional veterinary assistant school in Orange County, I obtained my license as a Registered Veterinary Technician.  With nearly 10 years of experience working in veterinary specialty practices, primarily Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care, I took a leap into Shelter Medicine by joining the VCAS family.  This is the most difficult job I have ever had, but it is also the most rewarding.  I am here for the animals and so very proud to contribute to the evolution of this life-saving organization.

Jessica OwensJessica Owens, R.V.T.
I was born and raised in California and mostly grew up in Santa Clarita where I still live today. I am married and have a 3 year old son and one dog that I absolutely adore. I knew growing up that taking care of animals was my calling. It has always been a passion of mine. Working for the shelter is very rewarding to me because I am part of something that truly cares about animals and their well-being.

I really enjoy working with these animals. Watching them get adopted is the very best feeling in the world.

Yuka 2.0
Yukako Demachi, R.V.T.
After graduating from Teikyo University in Japan with a bachelors degree in economics, I thought this might not be something I wanted to do as a career. I realized that I always had an affection towards animals, and helping sick and injured animals makes me feel satisfied and happy. In Japan, there is no "Registered Veterinary Technician" that one could hold as a career, so I moved to Fresno and studied in their Veterinary Technology program at San Joaquin Valley College. In 2015, I passed both national and state RVT exams. I am happy to be a part of the VCAS family.

Kendra PullenKendra Pullen, Veterinary Assistant
I am originally from Colorado & Wyoming.  I served in the United States Navy for 6 years as an Aviation Structural Mechanic.  My husband and I moved to Ventura County in March 2011 for our new duty station at Pt. Mugu.  I started volunteering at VCAS in June of 2011.  I joined the spay/neuter team and still spent time volunteering.  Then in September of 2012, I joined the VCAS Veterinary Hospital team.  Fostering and saving the lives of animals is my true passion.  I have 4 dogs at home; a 9 year old boxer “Sage”, a 6 year old German Shepard “Sanroq”, a 3 year old Patterdale Terrier “Kali”, a 2 year old Scottish Terrier/Chihuahua “Lily”.  I recently became a Foster Failure by adopting a Tea cup Chihuahua “Thaddeus” who I was fostering for the shelter.

Rose.jpgRose Moreno, Veterinary Assistant
Hi, my name is Rose Moreno.  I was born and raised in Ventura County, CA.  I am married to Richard Moreno for 42 years.  We have two children, Stephanie and Victor.  We have 3 grandchildren, Charlie Rose, Quinlan and Cooper.  I grew up loving animals. We had all kinds; dogs, cats, lizards, and birds.  I thank my Dad for that.  He was our Dog Whisperer, a gift you don’t see too often.  He would always tell us, “Your pet’s are not just pet’s, they are a family member and treat them as such.”  These are words I always live by.

I became a volunteer here at VCAS in 2013.  There was always something that needed to be done from unfolding newspapers to assisting with playpen parties for the dogs.  There were many daily duties for the cats as well.  I started working as extra help in the Veterinary Hospital in August of 2014; a place of non-stop action and of quick thinking.  My teachers are the Doctors and Veterinary Technicians.  I have learned so much from each of them.  To help animals I love is great, but work in the Veterinary Hospital is even better.