Surgical Team and Training Manager
Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an Registered Veterinary Technician (the RN of the vet world) and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research, followed the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after.
Stephen is Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia. His regular daytime position is the Surgery and Training Supervisor at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations.
Stephen also holds contract positions at the Oakland Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, is a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals, blogs and lectures internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, is a Scientific Advisory Board member for PhytoAnimal Health, consultant for ElleVet Sciences, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
Terra Schropp, RVT
Terra obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2013 after graduating from Foothill College’s Veterinary Technician Program that same year, making her passion for animals her career. She worked in a 24/7 general practice, focusing on emergency care, and then branched out to specialty veterinary medicine with a second job. She spent a year as an internal medicine technician and then transferred to oncology, where she found her niche as a lead oncology technician. As if working two jobs wasn’t time consuming enough, Terra decided to go back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Global Health and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2017.
After receiving her BA, Terra accepted an offer with Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists to be the Nursing Supervisor and has enjoyed working alongside the staff to improve the level of nursing care. For Terra, seeing other technicians grow and learn in their field is the most rewarding part of being a supervisor.
In her downtime, she loves to read, workout, and participate in her bowling league once a week. She also loves to have a glass of wine and watch any of the Real Housewives series while cuddling with her rescue chihuahua, Gus, and her chubby rescue cat, Jasper.
Dr. Rebecca McQuitty
Rebecca McQuitty was pursuing a research career in astronomy when her cat Bob got sick. After many trips to her wonderful veterinarian's office, Rebecca decided to change course and become a veterinarian. Bob made a full recovery and went on to support Rebecca through all of her pre-veterinary work, veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, and internships in Michigan and Texas. Rebecca practiced in Texas for several years with a focus on emergency medicine. She then completed a three-year residency program in small animal emergency and critical care at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in the Los Angeles area. She is excited to bring her love of emergency and critical care to Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists. Rebecca lives with a Labrador mix named Margot and a funny cat named Audrey who has a very loud purr.
Dr. Amy Hoover
Dr. Hoover was born in Walnut Creek and raised in Livermore. She received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from San Jose State University. She then moved to the south to receive her veterinary degree from Auburn University and graduated Cum Laude. During her veterinary education she had an opportunity to volunteer her time at Noah's Arc. There she worked with multiple animals including "BLT" a trio made up of a Bengal tiger, an African lion, and an American black bear raised together after being rescued as juveniles. Dr. Hoover is currently completing her rotating internship at SVVS in emergency, surgery, oncology, internal medicine, and neurology.
Her veterinary interests include surgery, emergency medicine, and internal medicine.
She currently lives in San Jose with her husband (Travis) and her childhood cat (Flash). In her spare time she enjoys singing, going to the beach, and relaxing with friends and family.
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