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.
Krystin received her bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. While in school, she adopted her dog, Kira, who shares Krystin's interests in short walks around the block, snacking throughout the day, and napping with the windows open when it rains.
Jay is currently a student studying Business Law. He loves Huskies and long walks on the beach. If he’s not working, he’s at school. If he’s not at school, he’s working. He is currently the very proud owner of a handsome orange tabby named Rajah. His dream is to have multiple Huskies living with him on a farm in the country side. Jay has prior experience working with wildlife, and volunteered at the Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Center during his summers off. Jay also loves going on walks at the park with Dr. Tani’s dog, Max and telling people that it’s his dog.
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.
Dalena was born and raised in Orange County and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. She is the proud auntie of a handsome, grey tabby named Mr. Darcy whom she loves very much. In her free time, she likes to cozy up in bed and binge watch TV shows and play games into the late night. When going out, she loves to hit up new eateries with friends and family and travel as much as possible.
Technicians and Veterinary Assistants
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.
Tiffany is the resident snake lady and thoroughly enjoys educating people about her scaly pets. While she collects and breeds an ever growing population of pythons, she also has a soft spot for large and bully breeds and is currently "mom" to a Dogo Argentino "Kratos", and a Pittie/Mystery Mutt "Crash”. After losing her first dog, a Doberman Pinscher named "Razor" to heart failure, her goal became to provide the highest level of care for each of her patients in order to extend quality time with their owners. Tiffany acquired her RVT license in the summer of 2017 and when she is not here at SOCAH, she also works at a local K9 rehabilitation center where she helps dogs recover from orthopedic surgeries, congenital defects, injuries and neurological disorders.
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.
Corina has been interested in working with animals her whole entire life. In 2014 she attended Heritage College and completed the veterinary attendant and veterinary assistant program. She is currently going to school online through Penn Foster to obtain her Veterinary Technician Associates Degree. She is especially interested in working with wildlife animals one day. In 2016 she went on a Veterinary Expedition in South Africa where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of wildlife and learned about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. When she isn’t working or studying she enjoys listening to music, dancing and going to the beach. She is the mother of a rescued Border Collie mix named Anjuna and a cat named Waffles.
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.
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.
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.
Angel has worked in animal husbandry for years. He spent over two years at a cage-free dog day care, where he tirelessly watched Netflix and slept with over 20 dogs on his overnight shifts. Angel decided to make a career shift to a veterinary hospital so he could help sick and injured animals in need. He has a dog named Oa, and they both enjoy long naps and short walks to the fridge. Angel is currently taking photography and Spanish classes at Santa Ana College, and he plans to start taking animal science classes to open more career opportunities for himself.
Jocelyne was born and raised in Orange County and has always had a passion for being around animals. It really started in high school, when she participated in a summer internship at an animal hospital. This experience inspired her, and her goal is now to become a veterinarian. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and her animals; all 10 of them!