I grew up in Cambridge, England and gained my degrees at the University of Liverpool, England, graduating in 2008 with both a Bachelors and a Masters in veterinary science. Prior to settling in Oakdale, I worked as a small animal veterinarian in England and a mixed animal veterinarian in Australia. I have volunteered my services at animal charities in the Philippines and in West Africa. In 2011, I completed a scholarship in orthopedics and neurosurgery at a world renowned specialist center www.fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk. I have two dogs, a cat, nine chickens, a goat and a steer. I enjoy Crossfit when I can find some spare time in my day. I love living in the community of Oakdale and look forward to meeting all of you and your animal friends in the near future.
I grew up nearby in Riverbank, California, where my family’s many pets and involvement in 4-H fostered an early love of animals. I graduated from Riverbank High School and went on to attend UC Berkeley for my undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology (Go Bears!). The travel bug got the best of me, however, and I found myself pursuing my veterinary dream overseas in the United Kingdom at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. While a student I worked in a variety of small animal and large animal externships around the UK and California, as well as a veterinary hospital in Egypt. I returned to California after graduating and have been practicing locally and throughout the state ever since. In addition to dogs and cats I also have an interest in working with exotics, wildlife, and farm animals. If I’m not globetrotting when I have time off, I try to make the most of what California has to offer: sunshine, mountains, gardening, the beach?, and adventures with my petite pit bull, Persimmon?. I am committed to practicing a high standard of veterinary medicine, I love working with the team at Oakdale Veterinary Group, and I look forward to continuing to be part of this central valley community.
I have always had a dog by my side; if not duck hunting or trout fishing, then horseback hunting or running retriever field trials.
I went to Downey High School, swam on the Sac Joaquin Sections winning medley relay team and was recently inducted in the Downey High School Hall of Fame. Oakdale as a community is important to me and I feel it is important to give back what we have taken. For a period of seven years I was on the Board of Directors for the OVDH and now am on the board of the Cowboy Museum and involved in Rotary International.
I attended undergraduate studies at UCD and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. I completed a residency in Dermatology in 1979 including an orthopedic research position with Dr. Robert Leighton. In 1972, I began training Labrador Retrievers for the sport of Retriever Field trials and won the National Amateur Retriever Championship in 1986 with Winsom Cargo. My love of the sport and Labradors has since been incorporated in our veterinary practice as we see competitive dogs from all over the US. It is not uncommon for me to bring home a dog or two from a field trial to work up a lameness or other health problem. I look forward to seeing your dog or cat for years to come.
My high school years were spent in California’s Imperial Valley. Most of my veterinary experience was in food animal medicine as my dad managed a large feedlot where I spent much of my free time following him around walking pens checking for sick steers. After high school I attended 3 years of undergraduate study at UCSD and entered UCD School of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. I graduated in 1977 and found my first job in a mixed animal practice in Modesto. 18 months later, Cal & I were building Oakdale Veterinary Group and opened doors in April 1979.
My veterinary interests are varied but I always enjoy a challenge in either surgery or medicine. Cal & I have 2 daughters, Jill and Jen. Jill practices with us at OVG and Jen, works in Social Media business marketing in San Jose.
In my spare time you may find me at CrossFit Oakdale trying to find the fountain of youth, in front of the TV, knitting, while watching your World Champion SF Giants, or enjoying the outdoors with my best friend and husband, Cal.
Dr Anita Ziefer
Dr Ziefer has practiced in the valley region of California for over 20 years. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine. Dr Ziefer is excited to move to a practice that focuses on creating a lasting relationship with clients and their pets. She is a firm believer in communicating with owners to ensure that every pet gets the best care possible. Dr ziefer is available for appointments on Wednesdays, Fridays and one Saturday a month. In her free time, Dr. Ziefer enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and travelling. She has a rambunctious Yorkie, Thor, and two adorable cats, Tom and Leia.
Jess has been friends of the Cadmus family since she was a child. Playing hide and go seek at Oakdale veterinary Group with now Dr. Jill Cadmus and her sister Jen Cadmus was just a normal day. Jessica is a wonderful member of the team who is great at multitasking, taking wonderful care of our customers’ needs and bringing a warm smile to the office every day!
Sarah is currently studying at university and hopes to go to vet school soon. She is filling in for us in reception and as a technician to gain experience for vet school and to help us out when we are short staffed. We love having Sarah around and think she will make a great vet one day.
Tracy Mclenson born and raised on a small ranch outside of Oakdale. My passion was horses I showed and rode gymkhana for over eleven years in the local 4 h club. As a mother of two amazing teenage girls I thought I would go back to school and received a certificate in veterinary technician studies at MJC. I’m thrilled to be working here at OVH with the awesome team of staff and doctors. I have one dog and she is our world “Molly”.
Lisa is currently away on sabatical. We look forward to having her back with us in June.
Mandy joined our team as a kennel assistant and is now mainly found helping greet clients in reception. She is excited to be a part of the OVG family. Mandy has 5 dogs, Dixie, Boomer, Bella, Zeus and cowboy Jake and three horses. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, riding and personal fitness.
Taylor is our newest receptionist. She recently enrolled at Carrington to become an RVT. She loves animals and has taken a position on our reception team to gain exposure to working in the veterinary industry. Please say hi and make her feel at home when you meet her.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Bre was born and raised in Turlock, she has two dogs called Rocko and ChiChi; a cat named Meatloaf and two horse, Sweetie and Crystal. In her spare time she enjoys barrel racing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with her family. Breanne gained her RVT in the summer of 2016. Congratulations.
Kirsten is born and raised in Los Banos. Since a very young age she always knew she wanted to work with animals. She succeeded in making her way to Denver, CO and graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2009. She became a Registered Technician in 2010. She recently has joined the team in 2018. She is looking forward to upholding Oakdale Veterinary Groups outlook on veterinary care and she can't wait to help you and your furry family members.
Krickett is our longest serving employee. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding our 4-legged patients and their collection of ailments. She loves all the patients as if they were her own pets.
Amanda is one of our full time technicians and is usually found in Prep or Anesthesia. She has two lovely dogs and a pet bat called Robin! Amanda is currently working on becoming an RVT
Jen is one of our full time technicians, and has a heart of gold. She rescues every pet that is in need no matter how full her house gets! Jen hopes to go to vet school after finishing her studies.Jen is currently wokring on becoming an RVT.
Natalie is training to be an RVT, she will be sitting her exam this spring. Natalie is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Melissa joined us as a technician from the emergency clinic in Modesto. Melissa is training to be an RVT. She has three Great Danes. Please say hi and make Melissa feel welcome as our newest technician.
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