Our Staff

Dr. Tammy Mendez
Owner, Veterinarian

Growing up on a farm in Southern Iowa, Dr. Mendez is all too familiar with animals of all sizes and has been involved in the field of veterinarian medicine for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University with her Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine. Meeting her husband at Cal Poly, Larry, a fifth generation Lompocian, they naturally settled in the Lompoc Valley to raise their family. They purchased Animal Care Hospital in January 2008, and she quickly emerged herself in the community becoming involved in many local organizations such as, Lompoc Business Women’s Network, Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, CAPA (Companion Animal Placement Assistance) and VIVA (Volunteers for Inter-Valley Animals). Voted the #1 veterinarian in the 2009 “Best of Lompoc” poll by the Lompoc Record, Dr. Mendez spends her free time with her husband, two children, Lawson and Emery Rose, the family Boxer, Macey and their horse Gunner. As a family, they enjoy getting away and spending time outdoors camping.

Dr. Ginger White
Veterinarian

After receiving her DVM at the University of California Davis, she received advanced training working with a variety of specialists at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, as well as Sacramento and Santa Ynez.  While Dr. White enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she has a special interest in caring for senior pets and enhancing their quality of life.

Dr. White’s fiancée Pat, is a native of the Central Coast .  They are the proud parents of 4 cats and 3 dogs.  All of her pets have been rescued.  She, as a part of Animal Care Hospital, works with rescue organizations, including Care For Paws, Volunteers for Inter-Valley Animals (VIVA) and Companion Animal Placement Assistance (CAPA).   During her free time, she enjoys running in marathons.

Becky, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician

Becky began her love of animals growing up on a cattle ranch where she was very active in 4-H and FFA – exhibiting horses, goats and rabbits. As a sophomore in high school she worked as a veterinary assistant and continued to do so through college. In 2001 Becky graduated with a Bachelor in Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California and passed the California State Licensing exam in 2002 to become a Registered Veterinarian Technician. Becky currently resides in the hills near Sisquoc with her husband, Shane, her daughter Kylie, two dogs, six cats, four horses, five goats, 24 chickens, and a goose that thinks it’s a dog.

Brian
Veterinary Assistant

Brian has worked for Animal Care Hospital for the last six years but has been caring for animals for most of his life. As a child he helped his older brother maintain a freshwater aquarium, a hobby he adopted himself when he was old enough.  He also helped with the Cabrillo Aquarium in the facility's early stages, which lead Brian to acquire a job at Pet Paradise of Lompoc. During the fifteen years of working at Pet Paradise he was exposed to many types of animals and their care and worked there until the owners retired. As a hobby, Brian currently has a large collection of Day Geckos that he breeds and enjoys. In his spare time he likes to cycle and is a current member of the Lompoc Valley Bicycle Club, Village Dirtbags, and Lompoc Valley Distance running club. Brian loves the people he works with and caring for their client's furry family members at Animal Care Hospital.

Debbie
Veterinary Technician

Working as a Veterinary Technician for 12 years, Debbie directly assists our doctors during exams and surgical procedures. As one of the most demanding jobs in the hospital she is also responsible for filling prescriptions, maintaining and ordering medical supplies, exercising patients, feedings and the general comfort of your pet. Her tender handling and care means that your pet will feel safe and at home during their visit at ACH.  When not caring for your furry friends she likes to spend time with her three Bengal cats, reading, watching movies, gardening and attending dog and cat shows.

Connie
Office Manager

Connie has been at Animal Care Hospital for 10 years and in the veterinary field for over 13 years. She truly enjoys her job and the relationships that have developed over the years – including clients and furry patients. With her finger on the pulse of ACH, Connie oversees the client/doctor communications, organizes staff, appointments, client education, and the inner workings of the small animal clinic into an efficiently-run full service facility, closely supervised by the office cat Sage. In her spare time Connie enjoys walking on the beach with her dogs or curling up with both her dogs and cats to watch movies.

Laura
Receptionist

As our receptionist, Laura books appointments, prepares the daily patient files, and, most importantly, welcomes you to ACH making you and your pet feel at home. Originally from Huntington Beach, California, Laura has lived in Lompoc for 14 years with her husband Ed. In their spare time they enjoy traveling and spending quality time with their three Yorkies.