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Meet Our Staff


Dr. Craig Evans, DVM

Though he was actually born in Bakersfield (father was working there after a stint in the air force) Dr. Evans considers himself to be the 5th generation, Santa Cruzan, as his mother’s side of the family was heavily involved in the agriculture in the Santa Cruz area.  He spent a great deal of his childhood in cowboy horsemanship, especially team roping, and won team roping Championship saddle at the Santa Cruz County Fair in 1989.  Dr. Evans attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biological Sciences in 1982 and was also involved in horse training classes and the Quarter Horse Project there.

Dr. Evans received his veterinary doctorate at UC Davis Veterinary School in 1988.  Practicing briefly in Merced and Fortuna, he finally settled in Santa Cruz and has been here practicing steadily since 1991.  He has two children currently attending Scotts Valley High.  Outside of work he enjoys golfing, fly-fishing, camping, and a guilty pleasure of Xbox gaming (though pretty bad, he still enjoys titles like Skyrim and Diablo).

Dr. Evans enjoys his job and is often referred to as the gentle giant (he is a big guy) and is known to sit on the floor with his patients.  He has been an advocate for Project Purr from its inception and has always managed to offer some form of assistance to the feral cat program they run.  With a very practical mindset towards animal care, Dr. Evans makes sure everyone gets what they need to keep their critters happy and healthy.  His veterinary interests include general practice, pet care, and surgery. If he were to win the lottery he would still practice and simply offer his expertise for free. Dr. Evans is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.


Dr. Shirley Yang, DVM

Dr. Shirley Yang grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.S. in animal science at UC Davis, and attended veterinary school at St. George's University in Grenada. She finished her clinical training in Cornell, New York in 2014.
She moved to Santa Cruz in 2020 and enjoys all the beauties of the coastal life. She loves the variety in small animal general practice, with emphasis on preventive care, dentistry, and quality of life in our dog and cat companions.  


Dr. Jennifer Barton, DVM

Jennifer Barton was born and raised in southern Illinois and obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Dr. Barton worked as a mixed-animal practitioner for five years, then decided to focus her talents on small animal medicine and surgery exclusively. She takes special interest in performance dog management, geriatric feline care,
and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Barton also shares her Santa Cruz home with her spouse, Justin and their happy Labradors. In her
spare time, Dr. Barton enjoys attending field trials, fishing, gardening, and is a published waterfowl photographer.

Practice Manager


Lindsey has been working in the Veterinary field for 17 years. She graduated from San Joaquin Valley College from the Veterinary Technology program in 2001. She worked as a technician until she was drawn to the administrative side of the business. Lindsey shares her home with her husband, 2 teenage kids and a small farm of 8 dogs and 8 cats. 

Veterinary Technicians & Veterinarian Assistants


Alex has worked as a veterinary assistant for over three years and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

BrittanyBrittany was born and raised in Georgia (go dawgs!) and moved to California a few years ago to marry her husband. She has been in the veterinary field since 2015 and her favorite part about general practice is the relationships she forms with clients and their patients. She and her husband are loyal subjects to two cats (Slade and Talia), and are planning on adding one more to the clan soon. She enjoys watching college football, playing video games, and snuggling her cats.

poPerry is a Veterinary Technician Assistant at AHOS and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has a special interest in birds and exotic pets, which began when her family adopted a flock of rescued cockfighting chickens when she was 9 years old. Perry loves working with all types of animals and plans to continue her passion for caring for animals at vet school in a couple of years!

MaryMary is a Bay Area native and nationally Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and has a background in Park Management. She has worked in veterinary medicine for many years. The reason is simple: she loves animals and the people who cherish them. Mary shares her life and home with two German Shepherds, AJ and Siren; two cats, Boo Radley and Topo Gijio (a medical rescue raised since birth); and a 50 gallon fish tank. Whatever spare time she has is spent with her fur family and her loving husband of more than 28 years.


is a Santa Cruz native with a long time love of animals. She graduated in 2013 from Shasta College with a Associate's in Veterinary Technology. 

Andrea Andrea has been working in the veterinary field since 2011 and in 2019, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Science. During her time working in the veterinary field she has worked with a variety animals, but have found exotics, especially reptiles, to be her favorite. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog on hikes, scuba diving, and taking wildlife and nature photos.

Tayla was born and raised in the Santa Cruz area and has always had a passion for animals. She grew up riding horses and watching  her moms career in veterinary medicine. She has been working as a vet tech in veterinary medicine for 4 years and loves every minute of it. In her spare time she loves  hanging out with family and friends and playing with her two dogs.

Brittney Noble

Brittney grew up in Carmel valley on 13 acres with lots of animals. After going to college in San Diego she moved up here, to Santa cruz to be closer to home. She has always loved animals but realized she wanted to work in the veterinary field when she rescued her dog brooks from near death in a ditch on the side of the road. Now she is able to watch and help animals be saved everyday!
Lodging Attendants


Lodging Supervisor

Mariah was born and raised in California, where she spent much of her childhood on a farm  surrounded by an array of animals. She started working at a young age and quickly found that working closely with animals was her passion. Mariah has worked in a kennel setting for over six years, is CPR certified and has trained in canine body language. In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking with her dog, drawing and meeting new dogs.


Emily was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  Her love of the outdoors and animals began at a young age with her beloved blind sheepdog Taffy.  In 2012 her entire immediate family relocated to Santa Cruz.  Once in sunny California she adopted her beautiful cockapoo, Biscuit. You might spot her around town riding her bike while pulling Biscuit in a trailer. Adopting Biscuit lead her to start a successful dog-sitting business.  For over three years she housed and loved many dogs.  In December 2018 she began working for the lodging department here at the Animal Hospital of Soquel.  In her free time she hangs-out with her three young nieces, trail runs, fishes, and does many crossword puzzles.

brandeeBrandee was born in Southern California and moved to Felton 10 years ago. She has been in the animal industry for the past 10 years, working at the SPCA as a shelter coordinator and at Bed, Biscuits for five years and Canine Corral. She is happy to be here at the Animal Hospital of Soquel doing what she loves most.

mikeIn 2002, Mike left the world of high tech and found a true passion in working with animals. I worked at Humane Society Silicon Valley for 12 years where I was the Manager of Animal Care and I had a lead role in working with the onsite Doggie Daycare, Boarding and Grooming services I pride myself on looking at every animal as an individual and doing everything I can to ensure they’re happy and comfortable at their home away from home.  When I’m not looking after the awesome animals at AHOS, I spend my time with my two- and four-legged family which includes my fiancé, three daughters, four cats, and one super-special dog.


Amy graduated from Beugay’s School of Dog Grooming in Los Altos, CA in 1992. She went on to apprentice with a certified master groomer for the next year then continued to work with and learn from many talented groomers in the Los Gatos/Saratoga area for over 20 years. She joined our team at AHOS in January 2015. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and 3 dogs.

Hospital Assistant

Brianna has worked at the Animal Hospital of Soquel for over four years. She has been a life-long caregiver for animals and is dedicated to providing excellent care for our lodging guests. Brianna's interest in pampering pets extends to our Spa, where she assists our talented groomer with bathing, mani-pedi's, brush-outs, and other beautification services.

Client Service Representatives

BrittneyBrittney grew up in Carmel valley on 13 acres with lots of animals. After going to college in San Diego she moved up here, to Santa Cruz to be closer to home. She has always loved animals but realized she wanted to work in the veterinary field when she rescued her dog brooks from near death in a ditch on the side of the road. Now she is able to watch and help animals be saved everyday!


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