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.
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.
Dr. Matthew Vogel
Matthew Vogel was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He attended Auburn University for his undergraduate career where he studied Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet. He then decided to stay another four years to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Vogel worked throughout his high school and college career as a veterinary assistant at a clinic located in his hometown on his breaks from school. After graduating from veterinary school, he moved all the way out to southern California to begin practicing veterinary medicine. His specific interests in veterinary medicine include preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and internal medicine.
Dr. Vogel has had the pleasure of working for multiple rescue and rehabilitation organizations. He greatly enjoyed working at the Southeaster Raptor Center, a raptor rehabilitation program in Auburn University, the past 6 years treating and rehabilitating local birds of prey. He also participated in an international organization, World Vets, where he has traveled to Central America to provide veterinary medical care to the local pet population.
In his free time, he enjoys playing a round of golf, hiking, spending time with his significant other who also happens to be a busy veterinarian, and playing with his cat, Apple.
Lauren is new to the veterinary field but has loved animals her entire life. She loves kittens, and kitten season is her favorite time of year. Lauren has learned to care for and bottle feed many of the rescue kittens that have come through our hospital. She has a big dog named Thor who loves coming to work with her to greet clients and their pets.
Kathryn has had a love for animals her entire life. Born and raised in Orange County, she grew up spending time in her Grandpa's pasture helping with the cattle. She received an Associates Degree in Math and Science from Santiago Canyon College and is currently applying to veterinary technician schools. She has two sweet dogs, Bella and Sadie, who love to play at the park and go on hikes.
Technicians and Veterinary Assistants
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.
Jessi obtained her Associates degree in Animal Sciences and graduated from Stanbridge University in 2016. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2017. She has always been fond of being around animals big and small and knew she always wanted to be a part of the veterinary field, with this being said, after high school she jumped into veterinary technology school in 2014. Though her journey is just beginning she is eager to continue growing and become the best she can be. In her spare time you can find her on trails with her Australian Cattle Dog, Laika and Maltese mix, Rosie, riding horses, or hanging out with her friends.
Dan is a Doctor's Assistant that has been providing compassionate and quaility care with SOCAH since October of 2015. Growing up in Trabuco Canyon he became accustomed to many types of critters and is particularly fond of reptiles. Dan knew he wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field since he was a child and nursed an emaciated alligator lizard back to health and released it. He's currently working on an Animal Biology degree pursuing his ambitions to become an exotic and wildlife veterinarian. When not providing comic relief to the hospital Dan is either adventuring, fixing, or sleeping off a food coma in his old jeep. Dan can also be found lounging about on the beach with his pit bull Gatsby.
Sydney is a certified crazy cat lady. She fosters kittens and less fortunate dogs for fun and gives them all cute names. She also likes holding hands with her cats and watching Netflix on her days off. Sydney loves to joke with the staff and especially likes to give Dr. Tani a hard time. On a serious note, she truly loves working with all animals and is working to become a registered veterinary technician one day.
Angela was born and raised in Orange County. She is a Kennel Attendant and has been with SOCAH since the hospital opened in March of 2015. Angela has been a lover of all animals since she was a child, and grew up with dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits and raising chickens. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her cat Josephine.
Born and raised in Southern California, Amber has always loved animals -- particularly cats -- which led to her internship at the Animal Hospital of Huntington Beach while in high school. Also passionate about history, Amber earned her B.A. in History from CSUF before deciding to pursue a career in animal health and care. She aspires to become a Vet Tech one day, and loves caring for every pet patient she meets. Outside of work, Amber enjoys traveling, playing video games and spending time with her three pets: Lillie, Sophie, and Siddhartha.
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 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 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 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.