Animal Care Clinic is the largest staffed animal hospital in San Luis Obispo, California. Our goal is to be staffed well enough to meet the needs of our local community. Yet, we strive to have a family feel. We currently have five veterinarians, four graduated from UC Davis and one graduated from Auburn University, additionally one is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. We are privileged to also have three Registered Veterinary Technicians. Everyone at Animal Care Clinic cares a lot about the quality of our customer service and follow-through for every client and patient. We invite you to get to know us better. Please click on the following links for more information.

Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Jennifer Evans, DVM


Veterinarian

Dr. Jennifer Evans joined Animal Care Clinic in July 1997. She is a Santa Barbara native and Cal Poly SLO graduate… 

Dr. Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP


Veterinarian

Dr. Bonnie Markoff is the owner and founder of Animal Care Clinic. She is almost a San Luis Obispo native attending elementary…

Dr. Richard Tao, DVM, ABVP


Veterinarian

Dr. Richard Tao is another graduate of the UC Davis veterinary program. Dr. Tao also received his B.S. in physiology…

Dr. Taralyn Meusel, DVM


Veterinarian

Dr. Taralyn Meusel graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience…

Dr. Brooke Barber, DVM


Veterinarian

Dr. Brooke Barber is the newest veterinarian at Animal Care Clinic, having joined in 2019. She recently graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine…

Meet Our Staff

Mercy McClendon


Practice Administrator

Mercy originally joined the Animal Care Clinic family in November 2013 as a Customer Service Representative. In April 2016 Bonnie asked her to step into the position of Hospital Administrator…

Stephanie Ruggerone, CPDT-KA


Wise Sage

Certified dog trainer Stephanie Ruggerone, came to ACC in September 2000. She has an extensive background in many facets…

Gustavo, RVT


Registered Veterinary Technician

Gustavo currently works as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Animal Care Clinic, and has been here since May 2002…

Karen, RVT


Registered Veterinary Technician

Karen started with Animal Care Clinic as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2001 for a few years. After pursuing other ventures…

Melissa, RVT


Registered Veterinary Technician

Melissa originally joined the Animal Care Clinic Team in July 2006. She moved to San Luis Obispo from Southern California…

John


Veterinary Assistant Team

John joined the Veterinary Nursing team June 2013. He grew up an Air Force “brat,” so has moved around quite a lot early on…

Julie


Veterinary Assistant Team

Julie came to us from Los Angeles, California and joined the Lodge Team in July 2012. Julie is attending Cal Poly as…

Kristina


Veterinary Assistant Team

Kristina joined the Animal Care Clinic team in April 2015. She is originally from the Bay Area where where she was born and raised…

Jasmin


Veterinary Assistant Team

Jasmin joined our veterinary nursing team in October 2017. Originally from the San Gabriel Valley, she has recently…

Henry


Veterinary Assistant Team

Henry joined our medical staff in March 2019. Originally from the Los Angeles area, when his…

Jade


Veterinary Assistant Team

Jade joined our medical staff in March 2019 and graduated with a degree in animal science from…

Nat


Veterinary Assistant Team

Nat joined our veterinary nursing team in August 2019 and brings with her over 5 years of nursing experience. She began her veterinary career…

Jenny


Veterinary Assistant/Customer Service

Jenny joined the customer service team in June 2018. She originally planned on working full time but was unexpectedly, yet happily accepted to UCSB…

Natalie


Customer Service/Social Marketing Manager

Natalie has been with Animal Care Clinic as a part of the Customer Service team since January of 2012. Originally from Fresno…

Linsey


Customer Service Team

Linsey joined our Customer Service team in November 2016. She is a SLO County local having grown up in…

Kate


Customer Service Team

From all the way across the pond, Kate joined our Customer Service Team in October 2017. She moved to San Luis Obispo after meeting her husband…

Karla


Customer Service Team

Karla joined the Animal Care Clinic Team in October 2017. She comes to us with experience in both human and animal medicine…

Logan


Customer Service Team

Logan joined our customer service team in March 2019. Hailing from the Hawkeye State, she’s proud of her Iowa roots…

Lauren


Customer Service Team

You may recognize Lauren, who joined our Customer Service team in January 2020. A ‘SLOCal’ native…

Priscilla


Lodge Team/Veterinary Assistant

Priscilla joined the ACC team in June 2018 and has been using her skills as part of our lodge care, nursing, and customer service teams. Currently an Animal Science major…

Shannon


Lodge Team/Veterinary Assistant

Shannon joined the Animal Care Clinic team in June 2018. Initially part of the lodge team, she is also now assisting…

Giana


Lodge Team

Giana joined our lodge team in October 2019. Originally from Valencia, CA. Giana is studying Animal Science at Cal Poly…

Ashley


Lodge Team

Ashley joined our lodge team in October 2019. Originally from Anaheim, CA, Ashley is studying Animal Science at Cal Poly…

Ryan


Lodge Team

Ryan joined ACC as a new member of our lodge team in January 2020. He is currently a senior at Cal Poly majoring in Animal Science…