Hospital Staff

Hospital Staff

A staff with passion and heart.

Each of our staff members are chock full of veterinary experience. You’ll find below, our staff posses years of experience and a true passion for what they do. We provide a collaborative, ego-free environment in order to maintain the highest quality care for you and your pet.

You’ll find our staff have a true passion for animals and have devoted their lives to just that. Every staff member is here to help you understand every step of the treatment process for your pet. Everyone at AVS is a true animal lover and understands the needs of all of our patients.



Hospital Administrator

Jan’s health care career has spanned over thirty years in both human and veterinary medicine.  Her positions in human healthcare were in senior management with national healthcare companies. She was the Vice President of Operations and Development for Care Net Health Systems based in Nashville, TN. and the Vice President of Operations and Development for Communicare and NBC HealthCare, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 2001, Jan moved into veterinary medicine as the Hospital Administrator for Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center of Kansas City. In 2004 she moved to Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson (VSCT) as a Co-Owner, Hospital Administrator and Vice President. VSCT employed 31 board certified veterinary specialists and offered the most comprehensive specialty, acute care and emergency services in Southern Arizona. Jan was the President of Cause Four Paws, the two term President of the Veterinary Specialty Practice Alliance (VSPA),  Gabriel’s Angels Tucson Board Chair, a Board Member at National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and a Board member at Pasadera Behavioral Health Network. She was a founding member of the United Purchasing Alliance, which was a groundbreaking group purchasing organization (GPO) designed specifically for veterinarians.

Jan also owns her own consulting company; Veterinary Management and Marketing Specialists. She has consulted with veterinary specialty, emergency and primary care practices nationally, with areas of expertise in operations, human resources, finance, marketing, law and compliance with state and federal healthcare regulations. Jan was also the regulatory consultant for Cubex, Inc. and the National Sales Account Consultant for Mg Biologics where she was responsible for launching Rattler Antivenin nationally.  Jan was honored in 2006 by the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, when she was asked to speak at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual conference in Oahu, Hawaii. Other speaking engagements have included: Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and the Southern Arizona Veterinary Managers Group.

Jan has been honored with various awards throughout her veterinary management career: In 2012 she received the “Business Woman Owner of the Year” award from the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2012 she was also nominated for the “Woman of Influence Award” and was elected as one of “Southern Arizona’s Girl Scout Committee of 100 Women in Support of Girls”. In 2010 and 2011, Jan was a finalist for the international “ATHENA Leadership Award”. In 2010 she was also a finalist for the National Association of Women Business Owners, “Business Woman Owner of the Year”, nominated for The “Tucson Women of Influence Award” and received the “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, In Recognition of Outstanding & Invaluable Service to the Community”.



Client Patient Liaison, Emergency & Internal Medicine

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Jessica Mayernik


Client Patient Liaison, Emergency & Internal Medicine

From a young age, Jessica’s life has almost always been centered around water and the life that teems within it. After graduating from the University of New Haven with a degree in Marine Biology, she completed an internship at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, where she spawned a fascination and love for all-things-sharks.

Today, Jessica has expanded her area of expertise to four-legged friends, as she works with AVS training our new customer service staff members.

When not at AVS (or out feeding nurse sharks), you can find Jessica in the great outdoors kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing or hiking with her Lhasalier, Jameson.

Laura Rinna


Client Patient Liaison, Surgery

As a young girl, Laura should have known that she was destined for a career with animals just by the fact that she had a wild boar for a pet. Nevertheless, her education path led her to a degree in Political Science from Santa Barbara City College before she finally succumbed to her calling.

Since then she has been dedicated to the care of animals and the environment. Laura has worked with many local non-profits, including Save the Mermaids, where she teaches at-risk youth about plastic pollution and ocean advocacy. Today, through her continued efforts, she has been recognized as an animal care specialist for the feeding and well-being of birds, aquatics, and small animals.

Laura lives in Santa Barbara with 3 housemates, a tank full of fish, a bunny named Bella Luna, and 3 Americana Chickens: Salt, Pepper, and Paprika.

Sally Maciel


Client Patient Liaison, Oncology & Internal Medicine

Sally graduated from UCSB with a degree in History in 2012. She currently lives in Santa Barbara. She enjoys being outdoors and is involved in leading an array of activities including horseback riding, camping, archery, canoeing, etc.

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