OUR TEAM

South Orange County Animal Hospital is a full-service hospital providing medical, surgical and dental care for your four-legged family members.  We are locally owned and operated and are excited to be a part of this community.  Our clinic is dedicated to providing high quality service, educating clients on how best to care for their loved ones, and working with local rescues to help homeless animals find families of their own.

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Dr. Keun "John" Kim

John Kim grew up in the San Fernando Valley.  He received his bachelor's degree in Organismic Biology Ecology and Evolution from the University of California Los Angeles.  He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis and completed a one year rotating internship at Southern California Veterinary Referral Group. 

He gained additional experience at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center working emergency, general practice, and ultimately gained the privilege to rotate for on call surgeries for the specialty center.    He has been part of the training of over a dozen new veterinarians and also has gained the title of Preceptor for Western University of Health Sciences Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Kim moved back to Southern California to be closer to his wife's family.  He assumed the role of day time emergency and criticalist at Advanced Critical Care Internal Medicine/Dedicated Veterinary Care/Orange County Veterinary Specialists.  Due to hours and growing family, he transitioned back to general practice at Animal Hospital of Huntington Beach. 

Dr. Kim had the privilege to work with and provide care for Seal Beach Animal Care Center, Basset Hound Rescue, Orange County Small Paws, Animal Assistance League, Orange County Animal  League during his return to Southern California.  In his career, he has worked with Greyhound Friends for Life, Greyhound Pets of America, Northern California Bulldog Rescue, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, and others.

Professionally, Dr. Kim is trained in internal medicine, general and orthopedic surgery, emergency and critical care, ultrasonography, endoscopic foreign body removal, rhinoscopic foreign body removal (3mm rigid scopes).  He will always offer multiple solutions and provide individualized treatment plans for the level of care that you and your pet need.  

In his free time, he has none.  He and his wife are busy running after two young children.  He sincerely hopes he can enjoy fishing again - in possibly a decade.  His two small fluffy hypoallergenic white dogs Max and Maya help clean the home by picking up food his children drop.  

Dr. Alyson Tani

Alyson Tani is an Orange County native, and received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  She later received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences.  After graduating from veterinary school, she went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center.  There she trained with multiple board-certified specialists for cardiology, internal medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care, ophthalmology, dermatology, and neurology.  After completing her one-year internship, she moved back to southern California to work at a private practice in Monrovia.

Dr. Tani was then fortunate enough to work with spcaLA finding homes for animals, caring for sick pets, and participating at vaccine clinics for the local communities.  She enjoys working with rescue organizations that are dedicated to helping animals in need, and has even fostered animals while they wait for their “forever homes”. 

In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, arts and crafts, and watching Netflix on the couch with her two dogs, Max and Monty.  

 

Technicians and Veterinary Assistants

James Steepleton

James has been in the Veterinary field for years and enjoys interacting with clients to help their furry family members.  He started out as a kennel attendant in late 2006, and began working his way up to veterinary assistant in late 2007 at a small animal practice in Hacienda Heights. Making his way to the top, he also earned a degree in Medical Assisting for humans and worked at a major hospital in Los Angeles in 2012 where he quickly learned that animals were more "his" thing. In the year 2013 he made a career move and went to a small animal hospital in Monrovia where he met Dr. Tani. James also has emergency background working at an emergency animal referral center in Norwalk and Huntington Beach where he currently still enjoys working. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his mother and his three little ones Daisy, Domino, and Khaleese. 

 

Kelly Battistone, RVT

Kelly is a registered veterinary technician that has been working with animals for over 14 years.  She was the medical coordinator for a local prohumane feline shelter.  Kelly was the head of the kitten foster program for five years, helping place, treat, and provide medical care for  the fostered kittens.  To help curb the feral cat population, Kelly participates in “TNR” (trap/neuter/release).  In her spare time, Kelly enjoys climbing trees, hiking, and cuddling with her two cats, Lily and Winky.  

 

 

 

 

Kennel Attendants

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Emily

Emily has been an animal lover since she got her first dog as a child.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in 2015.  In her free time she enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her dog, Charlie.

 

 

 

 

 

Austin

Austin loves being around animals and enjoys the opportunity to work with dogs and cats.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Indiana University and completed a Veterinary Assistant Program at Penn Foster.  He volunteers at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center.   In his free time, he likes watching Netflix, reading, and spending time with his brother’s family and their two dogs, Mimi and Scottie.  He would like to own a pug someday.

 

 

 

 

Kristen

Kristen has always loved working with animals.  In 2007 she attended an ROP class for animal care.  In 2014 she went to OC Academy of Pet Styling and trained to become a groomer.  She currently works at SOCAH as a kennel attendant to watch and care for the animals.  She loves music, traveling to the desert and practicing her marksmanship.  Kristen also has a cat named Booger and an Australian Cattle Dog named Bud. 

 

 

 

 

Taryn

Taryn is a kennel assistant at South Orange County Animal Hospital.  She is new to the veterinary medical field, but has volunteered at various animal rescue organizations for the last 2 years such as Found Animals Adopt and Shop.  Taryn is also studying at Mount San Antonio College to obtain a degree in animal technology.  She has two dogs at home that she cares for deeply.