Category Archives: BHSAH News

No Maie ’til May

Dr. Suehiro with the happy ,new family

Doctor Takahashi (aka Dr. Maie) will be taking leave in March and April to add the title of Mom to her illustrious resume.  Doctors Suehiro and Winters will be here to hold down the fort, and they’ll get by with a little help from Dr Matloob.

correction: Dr. Maie began her leave on February 27th

Set Your Calendars ! Woofstock 90210 is here !

Woofstock 90210 has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 26 ! Bring your pups and get your fun on, you won’t regret it 🙂

2016 Woofstock 90210 Flyer FINAL_FLYER


Get ready for Woofstock 90210 ! Bring your pup and get your family picture taken at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital booth, and enjoy the dog agility demonstration, the pet talent show, and all the gourmet food trucks. Can’t wait to see all of our clients there !

Sunday March 6, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more info visit:


Melanie Passes her RVT Exams !

Melanie with George3

Melanie Bellomo Shifflett has completed a remarkably difficult challenge – she passed her RVT exams ! Becoming an RVT, or Registered Veterinary Technician, takes many hours, dedication, knowledge, and skill, as well as excellent test-taking abilities, and thankfully, our lovely Melanie possesses all of these qualities.

Even more incredibly, Melanie studied for and passed her exams during her pregnancy, after her labor, and during the first two months of her son George’s life. She is truly a Superwoman !

Melanie young tech

Melanie’s career at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital spans an entire decade. She first began working at the hospital in 2005, after she met Dr. Suehiro at the Porter Ranch YMCA. Dr. Suehiro invited Melanie to volunteer at the hospital, and once she set foot here she never left.

Melanie already had a degree in Animal and Equine Science from the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, but she had no experience with cats or dogs. She did not let that stop her ! Melanie went from being a volunteer, to a doctor’s assistant, to a lead technician, and now the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital’s resident Registered Veterinary Technician.

Melanie with Accordion

Registered Veterinary Technicians in California first have to take an exam that is specific to the laws and procedures of the state. If they pass the state exam, they then need to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, which all RVT’s are given. Melanie passed both tests on her first attempt.

The topics covered on the exams are extremely varied and nuanced, and are not relegated to just cats and dogs. Turtles, snakes, pigs – questions about pretty much any exotic or large animal can be asked on the RVT exam. Some of the areas covered on the exams are:

  • Emergency treatment and protocols: shock, triage
  • Laboratory procedures: hematology, cytology, urinalysis, microbiology, blood chemistry
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Surgical assisting
  • Anesthesia
  • Animal nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Dentistry
  • Animal behavior
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Fiberglass casting


And that’s not even everything !

We are so proud of Melanie, and could not have been less surprised with how well she has done. As Dr. Winters calmly said when we asked him if he was excited that Mel had passed her exams, “I figured she would.” Us too.

Melanie dog pile

Here is a tender statement Dr. Suehiro wrote about Melanie’s work at the hospital – Enjoy:

I met Melanie 11 years ago through a friend at the YMCA. I remember the first time I met Melanie, when I went mountain biking with my friends and she greeted me with one of her signature warm hugs. I am not a touchy feely person, but she was so warm and sincere about it that I let it slide. Later, I found out that Melanie graduated from Colorado State University as a pre-veterinary student, but did not pursue the veterinary track. At the time, Melanie seemed lost and unsure about her future. I really liked her warm outgoing friendly upbeat personality, so I asked her to volunteer at our hospital to maybe find her passion in the veterinary field again.

During her 11 year tenure here, Melanie has flourished and developed into one of our most loyal, devoted, and cherished employees at our hospital. Melanie displays the utmost honesty, integrity, character, and compassion. Her excellent interpersonal and communication skills makes her invaluable. She has worked in every department in the hospital from kennel attendant to hospital manager. She treats all the animals, clients and our employees with genuine compassion and respect.

Now, Melanie is a registered veterinary technician and the head technician of the hospital. I am so pleased and proud of how she persevered and achieved this accomplishment. I feel blessed that I have someone like Melanie at my side. Not only does she run and supervise the intensive care and surgery areas of the hospital but I also rely on her for advice on running the daily operations of the hospital.

I congratulate Melanie on her latest accomplishment. Melanie has a wonderful gift to help and care for animals and people. I hope she will continue to utilize her special gift and develop her skills as a registered technician. I expect that Melanie will help the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital become a progressive compassionate hospital for years to come. Please don’t leave any time soon.


Melanie with Scout and Marsha


Mythbusters: Pet Edition


There are hundreds of myths about pets that we have heard throughout our lives, some of which are true and some false. We have collected some popularly asked “myths” and we are finally going to give you the real answer. Bust, or true?!

  1. “Chocolate kills your dog.”
    • Yes. Chocolate can be fatal to your dog. Chocolate has toxic components to it that are lethal to a dog. Theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are not metabolized like humans do and in large enough quantities (also depending on what kind of chocolate) can have harmful effects. Even if your dog has not eaten a large amount, you should still watch for any symptoms of toxicity or call BHSAH for questions.
  2. “If a dog’s nose is dry, it means they are sick.”
    • Not necessarily. Yes, your pup’s nose is typically moist and cold… But if it becomes dry, it does not automatically mean your dog is ill. It is possible for a sick dog to have a dry nose, but a healthy pet’s nose can dry up as well. Better signs of illness are loss of appetite, water consumption, energy level and more. A dog’s temperature is most accurately measured through a thermometer. A healthy dog’s nose can become warm and dry after sleep and some dogs develop a dry and chapped nose with age.
  3. “Catnip gets your cat high.”
    • Catnip (Nepeta CATaria) is a herb and member of the mint family. There is a chemical compound by the name of nepetalactone, which is found in the leaves and stems of the plant, that give off the “high.” Nepetalactone is a stimulant when sniffed by a cat, producing a “high” similar to either marijuana or LSD. When consumed, it can actually act as a sedative. Oddly enough, it only seems to affect about 50 percent of cats and YES, catnip is safe for cats. If they eat an excessive amount, your cat may vomit and have diarrhea.
  4. “Dog’s eat grass because their stomach hurts.”
    • As a general rule dogs choose to eat grass because they simply like it. This is due to evolution and domestication. Our dogs are no longer like their ancestors, which would eat their entire prey including the stomach contents of plant-eating animals. Now, dogs seek plants as an alternative in food source.
  5. “My dog is humping me because it’s horny.”
    • When an unneutered/unspayed dog is humping (at a young age), it is usually in a sexual nature. Older dogs can use humping as a sign of dominance or even a reaction to something that has excited it. Usually when this happens, the dog hasn’t been socialized correctly and doesn’t know appropriate canine behavior. Some dogs even hump as a play gesture just as any other dog would bark, jump etc. So the answer is, yes, your dog may be humping sexually, yet again may not.
  6. “My dog is panting because it is hot.”
    • A dog can pant from either heat, excitement or anxiety. Heavy panting is different and may be a sign your dog is dangerously overheated or needs medical attention.
  7. “Cats always land safely on their feet.”
    • Most of the time, a cat will land on his feet when it falls. Cats have a body reflex that allows for its body to correct itself so that before hitting the ground, his feet are in position to hit first. Although the for the most part can correct themselves, the height of the fall determines how well or poorly, his legs can absorb the shock of landing.
  8. “A dog wagging it’s tail means it’s happy.”
    • Incorrect… The original purpose of the dog’s tail was for balance. While some wags are showing happiness, others can mean fear, insecurity, a social challenge or even a warning the dog may bite you.

If you have any myths that you have of question, feel free to shoot us an email with the question attached to:

Subject: Pet Myths

BHSAH Staff News

Lilli with a furry friend :)
Lilli with a furry friend 🙂


After being a valued RVT here at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital for 8 years, our technician Lilli Balam is leaving to start a double path – she will be working part time at a veterinary clinic closer to her home in Highland Park, and she will be teaching a Veterinary Assistant course part time at Glendale Community College !

We are so proud of Lilli and are sad to see her go, but we know she will be helping  expand young veterinary minds and making sick pups and kitties feel better wherever she is.

Thanks so much Lilli ! And congratulations on your new role in educating America’s youth. 🙂


Our Technicians becoming Vet Students ! 2015 Edition !

Vet Students cat grad cap cropped 2015

Between 1991 and 2015, 30 of our veterinary assistants have gone on to veterinary school! We are so proud of this record.

At the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, we encourage an environment of learning, continuing education, and hands-on experience. Our senior doctors John Winters and Ford Suehiro have extensive experience working with new assistants.

We always welcome pre-veterinary college students interested in the day-to-day operations of small animal medicine to inquire about volunteering or working as paid veterinary assistants with us, as our schedule allows.

We also welcome high school students who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine to come and observe, and perform some menial hospital tasks to assist our doctors, technicians, and kennel staff.

Contact Dr. Ford Suehiro or technician Melanie at (310) 276-7113 to inquire.

 This year, our veterinary assistants William Byun, Matthew Moodie, and Alyssa Tamayo are entering school for Veterinary Medicine – and vet assistant Kimi Sharma is entering a Pre-Health college program at the University of Pennsylvania. We want to give a shout-out to these fine animal lovers here on the BHSAH blog, and to publish some words directly from them about their love of animals and their interest in Veterinary Medicine.

Vet Students Matt Moodie

MATTHEW MOODIE and his friend, Chief

BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

MM: I’m starting at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine this fall!

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

I’ve always been interested small animal medicine, particularly surgery. However, I’m open to anything and I’m excited to explore the other areas of the field.

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

My passion for helping both animals and people inspires me to be a veterinarian. The idea that I can dedicate my education and experience to bettering the lives of pets and their owners makes me really excited to attend veterinary school and begin practicing.

What is your favorite animal and why?

Vet Students Goat white
Why, hello there.

I love dogs, of course: particularly Labrador Retrievers.

Vet students Goat black
Hello !

But, recently, I’ve developed a love for goats. I think it started when I visited a farmers market near my house and saw an adorable baby goat and his family. I also respect their outlook on life: eat everything and don’t take anything too seriously.







Vet Students Alyssa Tamayo


BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

AT: I am excited to start at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine this Fall!

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

I have a unique collection of experiences from marine mammal medicine to small animal medicine. Although I am still undecided which part of the veterinary field I want to go into, I look forward to refining my interests in veterinary school.

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

There was never one ah-ha moment that led me to become a veterinarian, but rather an accumulation of moments that have built a foundation for my affinity to the profession. Whether it’s treating a wild sea lion with a gill net injury, or generating a differential diagnosis for a dog presenting with lameness, I enjoy the challenge and adventure.

What is your favorite animal and why?

Vet Students Taureau_charolais_au_pré

My favorite animal is the Charolais Cow. The Charolais Cow was the first animal birth that I witnessed. I was working on a project in the pastoral hillsides of Merced, California when I encountered a 1500 pound mama giving birth!






Vet Students William

WILLIAM BYUN with his angel Minnie

BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

WB: Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine!! Entering Fall of 2015.

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

No idea yet, and I am very open to any field, although I do see myself practicing small animal medicine.

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

I want to be just like Dr. Suehiro. I have the appearance down, so I just need to work on my veterinary skills and knowledge, haha. But on a more serious note, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. My love for and interest in animals is a given, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient recover and live on happily. In addition, I am forever thankful for the doctors and staff at BHSAH for helping me solidify my decision to go to veterinary school. They were a huge inspiration and without them I would not be where I am now.

What is your favorite animal and why?

My favorite animals are dogs. They just get you and all they really care about is making you happy and food. You can’t ask for much more. I do love cows too though, I just haven’t had the opportunity to meet one yet, so I’m only basing that feeling from what I’ve read and seen on Youtube.

 Vet Students Kimi 2
 Vet Students Kimi 3 Vet Students Kimi





BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?


KS: As an inspiring veterinarian with a subpar academic record, I have decided to follow a somewhat unconventional path to fulfilling my dreams of working with our furry friends! I will be attending University of Pennsylvania in the Pre-Health Specialized Studies Program. This program serves to bolster my academic portfolio through achieving stellar grade (hopefully!) in upper level biology and physiology courses. I will begin the program this upcoming May and complete it in May of 2016 with both the resume and confidence to apply to veterinary school that same year!


Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?


While the majority of my volunteer work has been with small animals, I am largely excited to explore the field of large animals in school and hopefully do some sort of work with them after veterinary school. Alternatively, I would love to explore the fast-paced arena of shelter medicine and contribute to the everlasting effort to help animals in those conditions.


What inspires you to be a veterinarian?


Having been exposed to human medicine throughout most of my life, the idea of veterinary medicine was new and exciting. It was both the undying passion and unwavering love for his occupation that my uncle exuded whilst shadowing him that incited a dormant desire within me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. This desire has since been fueled by the amazing work of the doctors and my peers at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital.


What is your favorite animal and why?
Vet Students Gopherus_agassizii0Ve7
Hello !!!


I was exposed to desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii, to be exact) through some volunteer work in Las Vegas and have since deemed them to be my favorite animal. While they appear to be quite intimidating animals with scaly skin and an obtrusive outer shell, their truly docile dispositions and voracious appetites make them a formidable force in the animal kingdom. I am largely attracted to the oxymoronic idea of a tortoise: a Bowser- like fierceness presented by their superficial characteristics alongside a gentle nature.
 They are such amazing, for a lack of a better word, creatures!
Congratulations Matt, Alyssa, William, and Kimi! We are so proud of you.
(adorable cat grad cap at top from etsy shop iheartneedlework
Goat pics from Wikimedia Commons / Wik Commons & Jeffrey Pang
Charolais Cow from Wikimedia Commons
Desert Tortoise by Wikimedia Commons/Pierre Fidenci)

Say Hello to our Private Label Products!

Private Label Products Dr Winters Logo

Private Products Scout Logo


You may have already seen our new line of BHSAH private label products on our shelves, or may have already taken some home! But in case you haven’t, we wanted to list all our outstanding products for you here, and explain where they are made and what is available.
We make these private label products in order to have a more hands-on approach to the shampoos, vitamins, chews, and cleansers that we recommend and prescribe at the hospital. We want our clients to know that we endorse the products we carry, and each and every one of these products has the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital stamp-of-approval.
All our private label products are made with the same quality ingredients and formulations as their equivalent name-brand products by Stratford Pharmaceuticals and Sogeval Nutritional Supplements and Support Formulations.
Also, spreading some joy with their fun pictures of Dr. Winters and the BHSAH mascot, Scout the Dog, doesn’t hurt either!



Private Label Oti Soothe


BHSAH Cucumber Melon Oti-Sooth + PS Ear Cleaning Solution

A wonderfully-scented gentle ear cleanser, safe for regular use on your pet. This cleanser is formulated to deodorize and gently clean, dry, and acidify the ear canal. Phytosphingosine (PS) has antiseptic properties and helps protect the skin’s surface.






Private Label Omega Soft gels

 BHSAH Omega-V3 Twist-Off Softgels for Dogs & Cats

These healthy supplements are packed full of fish oil and Vitamin E, the perfect nutritional supplement for pets suffering from skin allergies and dry skin conditions. The fish oil and Vitamin E supports healthy skin and coat. The supplement is “twist-off” so that the liquid contents can be emptied and added to your babe’s regular food.

The active ingredients are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), both fatty acids found in fish, and dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E).






Private Label Omega Chews

BHSAH EZ-Chew Omega-3 Fatty Acid Chews for Dogs & Cats

This chew is very similar to the Omega-V3 Twist-Off Softgels, but these are in a treat-style soft chew. These would also be a great nutritional supplement for dogs and cats with skin allergies or dry skin conditions, and for dogs and cats who simply need more Omega-3s and Vitamin E in their diets to support the health of their skin and coat. These chews have the same active ingredients as the softgels.





Private Label Ketoseb Wipes

Ketoseb Wipes + PS

These medicated cleansing wipes are great for cleaning between the folds of skin on a Pug, Bulldog, or Boston Terrier’s face (as well as any other Brachycephalic breed dog), as well as cleaning between the toe pads and the external folds of the vulva for dogs who get yeast skin infections. Hard-to-reach areas that are prone to yeast skin infections can greatly benefit from regular cleaning with Ketoseb wipes.






Private Label Hairball Gel

Vanilla Hairball Gel

This is a palatable vanilla flavored gel, specifically for kitties that have a problem with frequent hairballs. This gel acts like a lubricant to facilitate the passage of hair out of the digestive system.








Private Label Pramox Shampoo and Spray

 Pramox-1 Shampoo and Pramox-1 Spray for Dogs & Cats

Pramox-1 Shampoo is a gentle cleansing formulation for dogs and cats. This formulation contains pramoxine, an antihistamine to control itching, and colloidal oatmeal for the temporary relief of itching, flaking, and irritation. This shampoo also contains essential fatty acids to nourish the skin and help further control of irritation.
Pramox-1 Spray is a soothing and moisturizing formulation for dogs and cats with the same active ingredients as the shampoo. The alcohol-free spray may be applied directly onto the irritated or raw areas and left on to relieve itching between baths.





Private Label Chlorhexidine Shampoo

Chlorhexidine 4% Shampoo for Dogs & Cats

This dog and cat shampoo is specially formulated for bacterial and fungal skin infections. This formulation includes chlorhexidine to combat harmful skin irritation and to protect the skin by restoring its natural protective barrier. The formula also cleanses and deodorizes the skin .









Private Label Dermabenz Shampoo

Dermabenz-3 Shampoo for Dogs & Cats

More powerful than the Chlorhexidine shampoo, this is a cleansing and degreasing shampoo for the relief of scaling and itching associated with severe skin infections and seborrheic dermatitis. The antiseptic properties are antifungal and antibacterial.










Private Label Chlorhexidine Rinse

Chlorhexidine Oral Hygiene  Rinse for Dogs & Cats

This is an oral rinse to help discourage the growth of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. This is a great product to use between dental cleanings. It comes with a spout that can be directed easily into your pet’s mouth, and it helps to cure bad dog and kitty breath ! Just be sure that your pet’s bad breath is not being caused by dental decay or gastrointestinal problems before covering it up with this product.






Private Label Chlorhexidine Flush


Chlorhexidine Flush for Dogs & Cats (& Horses!)

This is a topical cleanser for wounds, abrasions, and insect stings. This is an essential for a home first aid kit.







Private Label Water Additive 2

Water Additive / Mouth Rinse for Dogs & Cats

This is a versatile product for oral hygiene upkeep in dogs and cats that can be used as either a water additive or a mouth rinse. The water additive helps keep teeth clean and freshens breath. This is an ideal product for home use after your pet has had his/her teeth professionally cleaned.






Private Label Joint Chews

Joint Support Chews for Dogs

These treat-style chews contain Glucosamine HCL, Creatine, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and a mineral blend including Selenium and Zinc, all delivered in a liver-flavored bite that dogs enjoy. These chews support healthy joint function in dogs, and help alleviate the discomfort that can happen with daily exercise and movement in older dogs, or dogs who have joint pain. These BHSAH Label chews are slightly harder than alternative-brand joint chews, but dogs still love them.

Please feel free to ask us about these products and give us your reviews! We always want to know how our clients feel about our recommended BHSAH line of products. Quality and satisfaction is our top priority. Be sure to take a look at these the next time you’re in need of a medicated shampoo, wipe, cleanser, or oral rinse for your pets.

Veterinary Dental Awareness Months! Story 2: Our Dental Digital X-Ray Machine

Healthy teeth and gums are a top priority to BHSAH star patient Frankie.
Healthy teeth and gums are a top priority to BHSAH star patient Frankie.

February and March are Pet Dental Awareness Months at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, and we are continuing the canine love by updating our clients about our newly acquired dental digital x-ray machine.

Now we no longer have to hand-develop our dental x-rays, and we can take multiple x-rays in a matter of minutes. The images are downloaded immediately into patient records and can be viewed on the computer screen. The quality and detail of the images are amazing.

All pets who come in to the BHSAH for a dental procedure that requires anesthesia will receive a full-mouth set of digital x-rays as part of their service.

These are some examples of the great imagery we get from our Dentailaire DTX Imaging System:

Dental X-Ray 4  Dental X-Ray 2 Dental X-ray 1


Stay tuned for more great stories about the importance of maintaining your pets’ dental health and your options for dental care throughout February and March, our Dental Awareness Months!!

Our Continuing Education in Anesthesiology

Anesthesia Mel surgery pic
One of our clients in post-surgical recovery gets a loving hand from our tech.

Our BHSAH surgeon, Dr. Ford Suehiro, spent last Sunday in San Diego at a veterinary seminar that covered all the latest medical updates on veterinary anesthesia. This seminar was designed for veterinarians to be informed about the most current techniques and products in the field of anesthesiology and pain management, in order to use the safest practices to manage pain, both locally and with general anesthesia, during and after surgery.

Anesthesia seminar William-Muir

The seminar, sponsored by pharmaceutical company Elanco, had the prestigious speaker William Muir III, DVM, a world-renowned researcher and clinician in anesthesiology and cardiovascular physiology.

Anesthesia Handbook coverDr. Muir is the author of The Handbook of Veterinary Anesthesia and The Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management. You can read more about Dr. Muir here.

Dr. Muir gave an all-day presentation about up-to-date surgical protocols, and covered his widely-practiced clinical studies on anesthetics.

There were about 200 veterinarians and technicians from all over Southern California at the all-day seminar. Some of Dr. Suehiro’s favorite topics were:

–The multi-modal use of pain medications, which refers to using multiple pain medications, including opiates and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Multi-modal pain management is a safer way of treating pain than anesthetic gas alone; this way, less anesthetic gas can be used, which will result in less side-effects and a faster and easier post-surgical recovery.

–The development of a Propofol alternative, called Alfaxan, which has a wider safety margin than Propofol, which means it has more flexibility in dosage than Propofol and less chance of adverse side-effects.

–Developments in newer, safer anesthesia monitoring equipment, such as new equipment that prevents the over-inflation of lungs in animals that are being ventilated. Dr. Muir also discussed improved monitoring parameters to ensure better patient recovery.

Dr. Suehiro had a great time at the seminar with Dr. Muir, and we are happy that he is keeping as up-to-date as possible on all the latest techniques and equipment, making our surgical patients as happy and as safe as possible!

Ask Dr. Suehiro about the seminar the next time you bring your furry baby in to the Animal Hospital!

(photo at top by BHSAH diva Melanie Bellomo.)



Our Pack is Smart!! Our Techs Go to Vet School

Vet Tech cat grad cap cropped

Between 1991 and 2014, 27 of our veterinary assistants have gone on to veterinary school! We are so proud of this record.

At the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, we encourage an environment of learning, continuing education, and hands-on experience. Our senior doctors John Winters and Ford Suehiro have extensive experience working with new assistants.

We always welcome pre-veterinary college students interested in the day-to-day operations of small animal medicine to inquire about volunteering or working as paid veterinary assistant with us, as our schedule allows.

We also welcome high school students who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine to come and observe, and perform some menial hospital tasks to assist our doctors, technicians, and kennel staff.

Contact Dr. Ford Suehiro or technician Melanie at (310) 276-7113 to inquire.


Vet Techs Emma and Tracy
Technicians Emma Katz (L) and Tracy Noda (R) get some R&R before heading off to vet school.


Two of the incredible talents that we are losing to vet school this year are technicians Emma Katz and Tracy Noda.


Vet Techs Emma Puppies

Emma Katz has been working at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital for the last several months, bringing her puppy love and caring touch to every animal that crossed her path in the exam rooms, the ICU, or in surgery. She was gifted enough to have her choice between multiple veterinary schools, and has chosen to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.


Vet Tech Tracy

Tracy Noda has been working at BHSAH for the last two years, assisting Dr. Suehiro in surgery and excelling as a vet tech in the ICU. She also had her choice between schools (go Tracy!), and will be attending the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.


Emma and Tracy answered some interview questions for the BHSAH blog to share with their adoring public:

Where/When did your passion start?

Emma: My passion for animals started when I was a little girl. I have always loved animals and wanted to be a vet.

Tracy: Like many of us out there, my love for animals started before the advent of the internet and reality TV; however, I didn’t realize my desire to enter the veterinary field until after I received my bachelor’s degree from UCSD and wanted to pursue a career that truly followed my passions.

How did you hear about the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital?

Emma: I heard about BHSAH through a family friend who knew Dr. Winters. I wanted to be more involved in the area so I reached out and started working as an intern.

Tracy: Once I decided that I wanted to try my hand in veterinary medicine, I was introduced to Dr. Suehiro through family friends who heard I was looking for experience.  Serendipity!

Do you think working with an emphasis on hands-on learning at BHSAH encouraged your career path and veterinary passion?

Emma: Completely. Working at BHSAH has only solidified my passion and interest in the field. I have been able to continue my pursuit through being completely hands on in the practice. Through working in ICU, to assisting the vets in the rooms, and even scrubbing in on surgeries, I have been able to further develop my skills, knowledge, and passion.

Tracy: Working at the hospital has been an absolute pleasure and has also opened my eyes to all of the good that can be done in the field, and in life. They are incredibly nurturing here and try to teach us everything they can to further encourage our interest in veterinary medicine. The experience that I have gained here is invaluable, and I will forever be grateful to the doctors and staff.

What experiences from BHSAH have helped you most?

Emma: I really enjoy working with the people at BHSAH. Everyone here is so supportive and only wish for you to succeed. It really makes coming to the hospital everyday a true joy.

Tracy: I was a lucky duck to come to BHSAH. They have given me the opportunity to gain hands on experience and have entrusted me with more responsibilities over time which as further developed my knowledge and love of the field. I would say that the most valuable asset that I have gained from working here would be the experience and the encouragement that I received to pursue my dreams.

 Short piece of advice:

Emma: Follow your dream 🙂

Tracy: Life is full of surprises and challenges. One thing that I have taken away from this experience is to never give up on your pursuit of happiness. As C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”

 What are your future goals and hopes?

Emma: I eventually see myself specializing in orthopedic surgery but am open to anything really, as long as I’m doing what I love, which is working with animals.

Tracy: Upon graduation from veterinary school, I would love to come back to Southern California to start my own practice. I would also love to be able volunteer my services abroad to communities that would not have access to veterinary care for their furry loved ones.

We are so proud of you, Emma and Tracy! Great journeys and happy trails. We hope you fix many animals in need out there.

(adorable cat grad cap at top from etsy shop iheartneedlework)