We Live To Care

Meet our San Jose team.

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Doctors

Dr. Kang

Dr. Kang

DVM

Dr. Kang went to veterinary school in South Korea and completed his ECFVG education at Cornell University in New York. He spent a year in an intensive small animal medicine internship program at the Bay Area Veterinary Specialists before holding several consecutive chief of medicine positions at various local hospitals. Owning UNI Pet Clinic is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his two cockapoo dogs Mori & Gabi, and playing tennis. He is fluent in Korean.

Dr. Yoon

Dr. Yoon

DVM

Dr. Diane Yoon is a Bay area native who grew up in San Jose. She briefly studied biology at UC Davis, wanting to be a doctor. But after volunteering at an animal hospital, she decided she would much rather help cute furry animals instead. She then went to Korea to attend Seoul National University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM degree in 2021. She is excited to join the UNI team and looks forward to meeting you and your lovely pet.

When not working, she enjoys cuddling with Chucky her chihuahua-mix dog, playing tennis, and catching up on all her favorite tv shows. Dr. Yoon is fluent in Korean.

Dr. Cholden

Dr. Cholden

DVM

Dr Ken Cholden was raised in Connecticut, went to Veterinary school in Minnesota, and has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Greater Bay Area since 1998.

In his personal time, Dr. Cholden enjoys music, working out, and auto racing.

He lives with his 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 8 chickens in Santa Cruz.

“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

-Pam Brown

Staff

Nancy, RVT

Nancy, RVT

Practice Manager

Nancy Dinh is the Practice Manager for UniPet Clinic’s San Jose office. Nancy’s passion for animals began at a young age, when she developed a special bond with her first pet, a small black chihuahua named Shorty. Since then she has graduated from the California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science before completing her studies at Foothill College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Originally from San Jose, Nancy continues to enjoy serving her hometown community at part of the UniPet team. When not at work, she enjoys taking care of her nephew Jaxon, many pets, and growing collection of plants.

Diana

Diana

Practice Manager Assistant

Diana, a woman of many talents, has been with UNI Pet Clinic since April of 2015. She is now the practice manager assistant of our San Jose location and takes pride in providing excellent care for her patients. Diana is currently working towards receiving her RVT license. On her spare time, she enjoys traveling, creating new experiences, drawing and painting, cooking, and spending time with family. She owns 2 terrier mixed dogs named Nala and Foxy.

Inez, RVT

Inez, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in San Jose. I started my journey in veterinary medicine after high school in 2012. I live with my dog Layla and sphinx cat Ellis. When I am not working I enjoy time with my family, friends, and outdoor activities with Layla.

Hannah

Hannah

Veterinary Assistant

She is currently a Biology major and undergrad student at San Jose State University. She was involved in many clubs and organizations at SJSU such as the Polynesian dance club. She used to have goldfishes and parakeets when she was younger and now has a pet rabbit name Azucar. In her free time, she loves to work out and explore nature sites.

Katerina

Katerina

Veterinary Assistant

Katerina is from the North Bay, and graduated from St. Mary’s of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. For the past five years, she has been in the restaurant industry as a manager, but she couldn’t resist the pull into the veterinary field; she then left the industry to pursue her passion and love for animals! She loves spending time with her fur baby, Loki, being with family, traveling, and enjoying new cuisines.

Ricky

Ricky

Veterinary Assistant

I graduated from Foothill College with an A.S. in Biology and graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. I am excited to further my education in animal science and eventually apply for veterinary school. In my free time I like to play various sports, play video games, or relax with my dog Pearl.

Ricardo

Ricardo

Veterinary Assistant

Currently enrolled at Foothill Community College, Ricardo had discovered his fascination with animals big & small at a very young age. Formerly a Behavioral Therapists for people in the Autism Spectrum, he wanted to take his love foe helping people and combine it with his fascination with all living life. He owns one cat he absolutely adores. He cared for another cat he owned before moving away from home. On his free time, he enjoys video games, drumming, bike riding and hiking.

Fatima

Fatima

Veterinary Assistant

Fatima is currently an undergrad student at Foothill College, majoring in Animal Biology. She is hoping to transfer to UC Davis in the future to persue her childhood dream of becoming Veterinarian. At the moment, she only has 2 cockatiel birds (Pepe and Ava). On her free time she enjoys online shopping, watching new t.v. shows and documentaries, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

Noemi

Noemi

Veterinary Assistant

Noemi is currently an undergrad student at SJSU, majoring in Biology. She always wanted to work with animals and become a veterinarian as a young kid. She started her first job as a kennel assistant in Aptos, where she was then trained to be a Vet Assistant for about 3 years. She took a 2-year break to focus on school and worked at a nursing home for a year. She then decided she wanted to come back to the veterinarian field and continue learning more about animals. She wishes to become a veterinarian specializing in Radiology. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing martial arts, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Brandon

Brandon

Veterinary Assistant

Brandon is a passionate veterinary assistant who is aiming to become a veterinarian. After graduating from UC Davis in Animal Biology major, he is gaining a lot of knowledge and experience in UNI Pet Clinic. He likes to play piano, sing, and sleep during his free time.

Kristalynn

Kristalynn

Veterinary Assistant

Kristalynn was born and raised in San Jose, CA. While starting college as a psychology major, she decided she wanted to take time to travel and cultivate new experiences. Working full time in the restaurant service industry allowed her to travel across the US and find some of cities best kept food and cocktail secrets. Her favorite activity is spending time with her friends and family-including her dogs Kane (a Shepherd Husky mix), and Semper (a German Shepherd). Kristalynn has always been compassionate towards animals and is excited to explore her new career in the veterinary field, and hopes to go back to school to pursue becoming a registered veterinary technician.

Sophia

Sophia

Veterinary Assistant

Sophia grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Jose in 2019, where she adopted her first baby- a kitty named Stitch. Since then, her little family has quadrupled, and now she shares four cats with her roommate. Although she is brand new to the veterinary field, Sophia has always had love and respect for animals, and hopes to become a registered veterinary technician in the future. In her free time she likes to travel, paint, and take her cats on walks in the park.

Kirsten

Kirsten

Veterinary Assistant

Kirsten grew up in San Jose, CA and has always loved animals from a young age. Interested in all aspects of life sciences, she went to UC Davis to study biology, exploring her interest in veterinary medicine along the way. She graduated in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Global Disease Biology, and she is excited to work further towards becoming a veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new music, playing piano and guitar, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends, family, and, of course, her dog Kuro.

Andy

Andy

Kennel Assistant

Andy enjoys reading more than music. He currently has two pets at home; a small black lab mix and a leopard gecko. He is currently in school working his way to enter the veterinary technician program at Foothill community college. In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym and playing games online with his friends. He is doing his best to get further on his path to become a veterinary doctor.

Joseph

Joseph

Kennel Assistant

Joseph is a recent graduate from SJSU with a major in Biology. From a young age, he has always had a fascination with animals and has always known that working in the veterinary field and helping animals was what he wanted to do. While studying as a student Joseph also tutored biology to fellow students employed by SJSU and was able to learn a lot more about biology in the process concurrently with his classes. Now graduated, Joseph wants to look for some experience in the veterinary field before he heads off to vet school, his dream institution being UC Davis. In his free time, Joseph likes to play basketball, drink coffee, listen to music, and spend time with loved ones.

Patrick

Patrick

Receptionist

Patrick is new to the veterinary field, but has always loved animals and is excited to be working with them, and to be a part of the UNI team. On his free time, he loves eating and being outside, just like his cat, Percy. Patrick is hoping that his experience in this field will lead him to more exciting ventures in the future.

Natalia

Natalia

Receptionist

Natalia has lived in San Jose, CA her whole life. After discovering her love for animals at a young age she pledged to become a veterinarian when she was only in elementary school. Having gone through the classic retail route, Natalia discovered her greatest joy was when she was helping the elderly whilst she previously worked at a senior living community. There she learned the stories of how people came to be where they were.

Seeing the seniors with their furry companions still both full of light helped remind her of her childhood dream and pushed her to take that first step. She hopes to keep opening doors to help her get there, and found UNI Pet Clinic was the key to getting there.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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Lizette

Lizette

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Hi, my name is Lizette I grew up in three different countries including the U.S, Canada and Mexico. I love to experience and learn about new cultures especially the way animals are treated throughout different parts of the world. I have always loved animals and I’ve always dreamed about being a veterinarian.

Currently I am in my third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Davis majoring in Animal Science. I hope to attend veterinary school in the future and specialize in either domestic animals or livestock.

On my free time I love to explore the outdoors, go hiking, camping and go on long road trips!

I am very happy and thankful to be shadowing at UNI Pet Clinic were I learn all about the day as a veterinarian and all the important responsibilities that come with the profession.

Annie

Annie

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Hi! I am Annie and I am currently a sophomore at University of Miami, where I am double majoring in marine science and biology. I hope to attend veterinary school in the future and work with mainly marine animals. I am involved in research with zebrafish, modeling human behavioral disorders and studying how the genes affect their behavior. I am also involved in clubs such as the marine mammal rescue team, where I am trained to respond to strandings. In my free time, I love to hang out with my dog, Whiskey, and go scuba diving. My time at UNI Pet Clinic was very valuable. I came in without any previous experience in a veterinary setting and everyone at the clinic was very patient and helpful. They answered all my questions and went above and beyond in taking their time to explain everything they were doing. I learned a lot of new skills, which I am sure will help me throughout my future. My experiences here helped me to be sure that I want to go into the veterinary field.

Shannon

Shannon

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Hey there! My name is Shannon and I am currently in my 4th year of veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I am planning to pursue a career in small animal general practice upon graduation and will be moving to Union City this summer.

The staff -doctors and technicians- at UNI Pet Clinic are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. During my time spent externing here I was able to get a great deal of hands-on experience, and my questions were always well received and answered with thoughtful responses. I highly recommended this clinic to any student looking to get some more small animal general practice experience. A big shout out to the UNI Pet Clinic team in both locations, thanks for being so kind and inviting!

Sophia

Sophia

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Sophia has just graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biology and aspires to be a veterinarian. At UCSD she was captain and director of a competitive school dance team. She has a 3 year old dog named Winnie that she adopted from San Diego Humane Society that she loves to spend her free time with.

Kelly

Kelly

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My name is Kelly, and I am a high school junior for the 2021-2022 school year. I have been drawing and creating artwork ever since I was little, and continue to draw and paint to this day. I love spending time with animals and basking in the silence of nature, cuddling my cat.

Jaein

Jaein

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My name is Jaein and I am a high school junior. As an avid photographer, I am the president of the photography club at my school. Currently, the club is participating in a local pet portrait project. I also enjoy spending time with animals and am interested in veterinary science. I have completed a veterinary medicine course at the Cornell University precollege summer program, and often volunteer at animal shelters or farm animal sanctuaries in my free time.