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APPOINTMENT
Dr. April Linson

Dr. April Linson

Veterinarian

Dr. April’s earliest memories seem to always involve animals. As a young girl, she helped her dad care for family pets and felt that love and connection that only a companion animal can bring. Growing up in a small town in rural West Virginia, she spent lots of time outdoors and most childhood games and adventures involved at least one dog. Starting school exposed her to even more dogs in her neighborhood and many new friendships developed. Her dad could always tell when the school bus was about to arrive by the gaggle of neighborhood dogs which would assemble at the bus stop, waiting for her to get off!

Dr. April and her dad had their own rescue even before it was popular! She and her dad would find abandoned dogs and she nursed them back to health, then she and her dad worked to find them good homes. After initially thinking she wanted to be a human doctor, her passion for animals led her to realize she was destined for veterinary medicine.

Dr. April attended Potomac State College, then a year at West Virginia University before heading off to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she practiced in Huntington, West Virginia for a year, then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years after leaving veterinary school, she was proud to be able to open up her own practice in the Cincinnati area. In 2004, Dr. April and her family decided to move to California to experience the wonderful weather, beaches, and mountains and have become spoiled!

Meeting Dr. April today, you probably wouldn’t know that she is shy but it’s true. In veterinary college, she had to find a way to communicate with pet families and she realized that there’s a common bond with everyone she meets in the office—that passion for animals! Talking with the animals as she had done all her life led to conversations with their human companions and relationships blossomed. Dr. April loves every day at work because she is working with people passionately committed to caring for animals and together, they are able to make a difference in the lives of the animals and the people visiting the office. Celebrating, sharing and protecting that bond between people and animals is a unique joy. She enjoys bringing integrative elements into her practice that many practices don’t offer, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, and laser therapy.

Dr. April is an avid athlete: she played basketball in college and still enjoys coaching her daughter’s team today. She loves spending time with her family whether it’s projects around the house, working out, swimming, playing with the pets, or simply doing nothing. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, and photography. She is a passionate Cincinnati Bengals fan. Dr. April and her wife Cathy met in 1999 and have been together ever since. They adopted their daughter Shen from China in 2002.

The family has two cats: Buddy, who came home with Dr. April for a long weekend and never left, and Cleo, who was rescued from a dumpster and hissed at everyone – but now purrs every time someone gets close enough to pet her! They also have three dogs: Stella, a pittie who loves to snuggle and adores children; Zoe, a bossy, but loving Boston; and Mea, a Boston who has never met someone she didn’t like & loves to sneak in as many kisses as she can every day!

Kim

Kim

Managing Partner, Administrator

Kim previously owned a property management company before retiring in 2006. One day, her veterinarian and friend, Dr. April Linson, called her and said she had the opportunity to buy a practice. Kim jokingly asked her if she wanted a partner; without hesitation, Dr. Linson said yes! In January of 2007, Woodland Hills Pet Clinic opened their doors to the public.

Kim has always felt she has a knack for calming animals down, and firmly believes that animals should never be afraid to come to the vet’s office. It’s still one of the cornerstones of Kim and Dr. Linson’s practice beliefs, and they do everything they can to make animals and their owners as comfortable as possible in the clinic.

At home, Kim keeps several pets of her own. She has a Golden retriever, a ragdoll cat, a senior cat rescued from an alley, and two Tuxedo cats.

When she isn’t working or caring for her pets, Kim enjoys drawing, gardening, and building things. Kim actually designed and built the clinic’s reception desk!

Zaneta, RVT

Zaneta, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Zaneta is originally from the Czech Republic where she grew up on a ranch that had many farm animals. She learned to milk a cow when she was only five years old. She came to the United States as an exchange student in 2000.

She has been studying to be an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) at Pierce College and has volunteered at Spunky’s Ranch and for the Hope Foundation, which cares for the pets of homeless people.

Zaneta is happily married with two children, ages twelve and four. She has a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, and two lab rats that she adopted from school.

She enjoys cooking, baking, playing board games with my children, and reading the classics. She also likes to watch documentaries of any kind but, especially, ones on space, oceans, and the supernatural.

Crystal

Crystal

Veterinary Assistant

Crystal is a Veterinary Assistant. She started her veterinary career at the Arizona Humane Society in animal care and soon became a veterinary assistant. She has a cat named Maya and a Cory catfish that she traveled with from Arizona. On weekends she likes to go hiking and taking naps.
Mayla

Mayla

Veterinary Assistant

Mayla was born and raised in La Paz, Mexico and always felt love and connection towards animals which led her to choose a career in veterinary medicine. She started Veterinary School in 2016 at the University of Guadalajara and spent the next 5 years of her life there. She has now recently graduated and working toward licensure in the US while she learns and tries to get as much experience as she can from this great team.

Efren

Efren

Veterinary Assistant

I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and have been involved in the veterinary field for more than 6 years. Throughout the years, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in general, shelter, and emergency medicine, with a greater interest leaning towards emergency veterinary medicine. Recently graduating from California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, my passion and commitment for veterinary medicine have since evolved. After 2 1/2 years up north studying for my undergraduate degree, I am back in Southern California and have landed this amazing opportunity with amazing people here at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic! My hopes and aspirations for the years to come are to learn and help as much as possible while at the same time preparing for the next chapter in my life, the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Andrea

Andrea

Veterinary Assistant

I started working in the large animal field in 2011 which slowly became my passion. I was volunteering at a small animal clinic a few years later and never
left. I enjoy teaching the general public about their pets and answering questions they may have. I am fear free certified and it makes me a better technician in making every pet’s visit a happy visit even when they are feeling under the weather. I currently own 2 rambunctious dogs, 4 cats, several geckos, and
one fish. My love for animals knows no bounds and I am always learning something new. My goal is to become a veterinarian for both large and small animals and hopefully, that journey starts next year.

Chrissy

Chrissy

Room Assistant

She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration but was originally an Animal Science major. She was glad to have found her way back to this world after a long detour. She has always felt an affinity for animals ranging from horses & snakes to dogs & cats.
Heaven

Heaven

Receptionist

Heaven is a cross-trained Veterinary Receptionist and Assistant who has had a passion for animal care since childhood! She is currently attending college and working towards her lifelong goal of becoming a Veterinarian. She also enjoys spending time with her Shar-pei named Sausage McMuffin.

Leslie

Leslie

Room Assistant

Leslie is a tech assistant and currently a student at Pierce College in hopes of one day becoming an RVT. She has three dogs, and she holds love for all animals. She loves to spend time with her friends and family. She also enjoys all board games and crafts.

Katherine

Katherine

Room Assistant

Katherine was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has always had a big heart for animals since she was a child. She started school in 2021 to become a veterinary assistant at Animal Behavior College, where she got an excellent opportunity to work at Woodland Hills Pet Clinic. Now she can actively gain experiences and edify her newly learned skills with an amazing team who share the same passion. Her favorite part of the day is coming home to her two four-legged children; a Maltese named Bembo and Rottweiler named Nala.

We are dedicated to providing excellent care.

ADDRESS

5348 Topanga Canyon Blvd #108
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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TEMPORARY HOURS

Monday - Thursday 8:00-6:00 pm

CONTACT

Call/Text: (818) 222-7387
Fax: (818) 222-7429
Email:  whpetclinicteam@gmail.com

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