Aguajito Veterinary Hospital provides the highest quality, compassionate veterinary care.
Dr. Hofer grew up in Coarsegold California, near the south gate of Yosemite National Park. Growing up on a working cattle and horse ranch, she was an avid equestrian and enjoyed competing in Three-Day Eventing, the equivalent of an equine triathlon. She attended school first at the University of California Merced where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology with a minor in Public Health then on to Western University of Health Sciences to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2017. Currently, Dr. Hofer enjoys trail running with her dog Cru, backpacking, and regular trips to the racetrack where she, in a non-competitive fashion currently, rides her motorcycle.
Dr. Whitaker is from Sacramento California and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine through U.C Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He and his wife, Shireen, have 3 dogs and 3 cats. He enjoys reading, writing, spending time outdoors, and all kinds of sports, though basketball is his favorite sports activity.
Edwin grew up in the Salinas Valley, and started at Aguajito Vet hospital over 10 years ago, as a kennel attendant. It was then, he realized he had a passion for working with animals. The late Dr. Williams encouraged Edwin to pursue his passion and started on-the-job training to become a Veterinary Technician. His personal include one dog.
Brianna has grown up in Monterey county for most of her life. In high school she began to truly branch out for her love of animals in FFA and has continued ever since. She completed her Veterinary technology program in 2018 and has been in the veterinary field for over 5 years now. Brianna has worked as CSR, emergency medicine tech, radiology tech and oncology tech. Brianna rescued her 2 lb chihuahua Sabbath over 5 years ago. In her downtime, she loves to hang out with her family and friends and travel.
Haley has grown up in Salinas Valley and has been working as a vet tech for almost a year. Haley is continuing to grow as a vet tech and learning how to help out in the back. In her spare time, Haley enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Ben or staying home with her four cats, Ben and bearded dragon!
Zaira is a veterinary technician, graduated from Central Coast College in 2017. She joined Aguajito in October 2021. Prior to working here, she worked at a small animal practice for 4 years. She has a 7 year old lab mix named Apollo, a 4 year old goldendoodle named Benson and a 6 month old kitten named Hazel. When not working, she likes to spend time with her 2 daughters and significant other.
Desiree grew up in Salinas Valley. She has always had a passion for animals since she was young. Desiree started her career in emergency services and moved over to Aguajito Veterinary Hospital. She has three furry friends of her own. 2 Belgian Malinois, Nova and Nakita and 1 chi-weenie rescue, Lola.
Kelly is originally from New York, hailing from the wine industry for over 10 years. Kelly decided to make a career change that she has always wanted to do and became a Veterinarian Technician. That was the best decision she ever made. Kelly has two tabby cats, Willow and Sebastian who are avid hunters that bring presents home daily.
Danielle is a vet tech that works for oncology, emergency and general practice. She has been in the field for approximately 3 years and has a passion for animals. Also, she’s recently adopted two puppies since being in the field.
She is new to the Monterey area and decided to pursue a new career in the animal/veterinary field a few months ago. In school, she studied environmental science, but has always dreamt of working with animals. She loves gardening and growing food and flowers. Her yard is full of wildflowers to attract birds. She enjoys learning about and observing wildlife. She has two pet dogs - Scout, a Brittany spaniel and Kona, a lab/husky mix, one mischievous pet cat, a siamese named Coconut and one mini rex bunny named Barney.
Elena was born and raised in salinas. She recently joined the vet field as client service representative and is keen on helping people and animals. She is an animal lover who enjoys being more of a pet aunty and friend than pet parent.