Staff of Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals

Stiern and Southwest Veterinary StaffLinda Anderson, Business Manager

Business Manager Linda Anderson handles all the accounting and accounts payable, human resources, marketing, scheduling, and insurance for both Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals.

What does she enjoy most about her job? "All of it! I truly love my job," she says.

Linda has been working for Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals since December 1983.

"We are so fortunate to have such a great group of owners, doctors and staff at Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals," she says. "It truly makes my job fun!"

As for her hobbies, Linda says she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing games with friends, searching the Internet, and reading.

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Stiern Veterinary Hospital Staff

Stiern and Southwest Veterinary StaffTara Artiaga, Lead Assistant & Technician/Manager

Lead Veterinary Technician Tara Artiaga stumbled upon her professional career in animal care. Originally trained as a dental assistant for humans, she came upon a veterinary hospital that was looking for a technician to do dentals in 2000.

"I spent my first five years in the animal field by accident," she said. "They trained me to perform the dentals on pets, and slowly I was training in all facets of the veterinary technician field. I was hooked!"

Tara started with us in July 2005 and enjoys the longstanding, personable relationships that she's developed with clients and their cherished companions. Although she most enjoys assisting with surgery and dentistry, she loves to "sneak in a few kisses from puppies in exam rooms." She is a valuable leader who brings a calm presence to the Stiern Veterinary Hospital team.

Outside of work, Tara keeps busy with her husband, three children, and two dogs - a Boxer named Daphne and a Maltese mix named Nilla. A self-proclaimed soccer family, they occupy their evenings and weekends with games and practices. When she sneaks in some well-earned alone time, Tara enjoys relaxing poolside and refurbishing old furniture.

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Stiern and Southwest Veterinary StaffSally Anaya, Office Manager

Office Manager Sally Anaya got her start with Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals when she was hired as a receptionist at Southwest in 2000. Ten years later, she transferred to Stiern.

She most enjoys the small hospital feel and friendliness of our clients.

"The staff changes from time to time, but we always seem to embrace all new team members," she says.

Prior to working at Stiern Veterinary Hospital, Sally worked at the local SPCA as a kennel attendant and then dog licensing officer for a number of years. Her job duties include handling the phones, client services, filing, accounts receivable, overseeing our receptionists, and getting to know our clients and their pets. In addition to her 25 years of experience working in an animal-related field, Sally brings her "sunny disposition" to the workplace.

Sally is a pet parent to three eight-year-old cats: Jasmine, Crazy Eyes and Sissy. She also has a 15-year-old longhaired Dachshund named Honey. In her free time Sally keeps busy by traveling, visiting the beach or mountains, camping, fishing, kayaking and cooking.

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Stiern Veterinary Hospital Technicians & Patient Care Staff


Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Staff
Back Row, Left to Right:   Jairo, Kylee, Josh, Tiffany (RVT), Tara
Front Row, Left to Right:   Carla (RVT), Priscilla, Kristin

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Stiern Veterinary Hospital Receptionists


Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Staff
Left to Right:   Nadine, Talia, Sally, Madellyn, Amanda

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Stiern Veterinary Hospital Kennel Staff


Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Staff
Left to right:   Kylee, Liz, Ashley, Tiffany

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Southwest Veterinary Hospital Staff

Stiern and Southwest Veterinary StaffJill Hazen, Registered Veterinary Technician and Lead Assistant & Technician Manager

Lead Veterinary Technician Jill Hazen joined our team in April 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience in an animal-related field. Jill’s responsibilities include preparing and monitoring patients during surgery, performing laboratory testing, educating our clients, and overseeing the overall functioning of the hospital and technical staff. She most enjoys veterinary dentistry and surgery, as well as working with her colleagues.

"I love working with the best group of doctors and technical staff," she says.

Jill is a pet parent to three dogs (Olive, Izzy and Fiona) and two cats (Joey and Thirsty). She enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and reading.

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Stiern and Southwest Veterinary StaffDeana Gibson, Office Manager

Office Manager Deana Gibson worked at the Bakersfield SPCA for a decade before joining our team in August 2015. In addition to her love of animals, she contributes her compassion and reliability to the work environment.

Some of Deana's responsibilities include managing client files, overseeing our receptionists, handling accounts receivable, and interacting with clients. She most enjoys providing excellent customer service and working with patients.

"The doctors and staff have so much compassion and love towards the pet owners and their animals," she says of Southwest Veterinary Hospital. "This is a highly respected veterinary hospital."

At home Deana has two Dachshunds named Chewy and Tootsie, and a cat named Lily. Her personal interests range from fishing, hiking and camping to cake decorating, cooking, children’s ministry, and refereeing for soccer, watching football, and spending time with her family. She enjoys visiting Disneyland and going almost anywhere out of town.

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Southwest Veterinary Hospital Technicians


Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Staff
Back Row, Left to Right:   Joanna, Marlene, Anita, Jill (RVT), Gilbert
Front Row, Left to Right:   Lyndsey, Ashley, Nora (RVT), Vanessa, Pauline

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Southwest Veterinary Hospital Receptionists


Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Staff
Back Row, Left to Right:   Gilbert, Bryan, Deana, Hannah
Front Row, Left to Right:   Brynn, Rebecca, Amanda, Mariah

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Southwest Veterinary Hospital Kennel Staff


Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Staff
Left to right:   Jordyn, Joanna, Dalin, Tiffany, Breanna, Jefery

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