Meet Our Veterinarians & Staff:
Treating West Los Angeles CA Area Pets With Care
At Marina Veterinary Center, we understand that providing top-quality veterinary care requires more than extensive knowledge and advanced veterinary tools. It also requires compassion, dedication, and attention—to everyone’s needs, even the unspoken ones.
Our veterinarians and staff are committed to giving you and your pet the best of care. We invite you to learn a little more about us, and hope to see you and your pet soon!
Dr. Rachel Jones
Dr. Jones graduated from Tuskegee University in 1999. She started in an internship and then worked in private practice for several years before opening Marina Veterinary Center. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Jones spent 12 years working as a licensed veterinary technician in emergency medicine and critical care. She has completed externships in neurology at North Carolina State, Michigan State, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jones’ true passion is alternative therapies, which include nutritional medicine, bioregulatory medicine, homotoxicology, Bach flower remedies, cryosurgery, cold laser treatments, and energy work. In addition, she has a strong interest in the areas of neurology, feline medicine, orthopedic surgery, geriatric medicine, and end-of-life care. She is committed to being on the cutting edge of both holistic and traditional treatment regimes and constantly keeps abreast of all current therapies.
Dr. Jones is married and has two children, one horse, two cats, and too many dogs. She is a member of the American Veterinary Association, American Animal Hospital Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.
Dr. Karen Halligan
Dr. Karen Halligan is a renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson, Karen “Doc” Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She has appeared on numerous programs, including Regis and Kelly, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Fox and Friends, Animal Rescue 911, Dog Tales, Dogs 101, and Cats 101, and she is a judge on Animal Planet’s hit reality show “Groomer Has It.”
A native of San Diego, California, Dr. Halligan double majored in theater and zoology while performing in animal shows at the San Diego Zoo. In 1989, after graduating from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, Doc became acutely aware of the tremendous pet overpopulation problem and the need to better educate the public about animal health issues. Seeking to give a voice to animals and help pet parents everywhere, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and began to passionately lobby on animal welfare issues.
In addition to treating pet patients here, Doc Halligan is currently the Director of Veterinary Services at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles (spcaLA). She oversees the health and well-being of all the shelter animals there and routinely performs veterinary surgery procedures and other medical pet treatments.
Dr. Christina Britto
Dr. Britto earned her veterinary degree from Ross University in 2006 and spent her clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2007 and is now happy to be practicing at Marina Veterinary Center. Dr. Britto’s professional interests include soft tissue veterinary surgery, neonatal veterinary care, and internal medicine. In her free time, you can find her snowboarding, scrapbooking, or hanging out with her pet poodle, Sophie.
Martin has a passion for animals. He currently owns a Doberman pincher, an umbrella cockatoo, a Burmese python, a tarantula, and a marine reef aquarium with a variety of coral, fish, and invertebrates. He graduated from Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) as an honor student in 2007. He also earned the Audubon Yes award from the Palos Verdes Society for completing more than 50 community service hours with various organizations. Martin has an interest in and a nurturing hand for all living creatures.
I've always wanted to be a veterinarian but finally got my first experience in a clinic 2 years ago. Since then, I've worked as a Vet Tech in Torrance and now in Marina Del Rey. I love motorcycles and the outdoors, including rock climbing and camping with my amazing husky Kalaura, my friends and my girlfriend. Between getting outside, my motorcycle, my dog, school (I'm a pre-vet student) and working as a vet tech, my hands are pretty full! I'm almost a year away from applying to vet school and I can't wait to become a DVM. I love animals and this field because I want to help those who can't help themselves, and because I realize that as humans it is our responsibility to take care of the animals we've domesticated and to minimize the harm done to those that are wild.
I graduated from Mira Costa High school in 2013 and now am a full-time student athlete at El Camino College. I love animals, sports and watching movies. Helping animals is my passion for I'm currently working on my Animal Science Major in hopes of becoming a Veterinarian. At home I have a German Shepard named Max and a little Chihuahua-mix named Khleo.
Junior graduated from Venice High School in 2010. He is currently attending California State University, Long Beach, where he is pursuing a degree in business administration marketing. Junior first came to Marina Veterinary Center in 2008 as a summer high school intern, and he quickly picked up the skills of a veterinary assistant. He helps with animal care, filling prescriptions, dispensing pet medications, and maintaining the exam and treatment rooms. In his spare time, Junior likes to play sports, spend time with family and friends, and attend Lakers basketball games.
Veronica graduated from Venice High School in 2010, where she completed studies at the Bilingual Business & Finance Academy. Currently, she is a full-time student at West Los Angeles Community College. She aspires to work in the law enforcement field. Veronica has been with Marina Veterinary Center since 2008. She assists with animal care, preparing pet prescriptions, administering medications, and preparing the exam and treatment rooms in between pet patients.
Lorena was born in Los Angeles. Throughout her childhood, she looked after her own pets while also taking in numerous orphaned/stray animals, nursing them back to health, and placing them in new homes. She personally has two Shih Tzus that she loves very much. Lorena's passion and compassion for animals led her to Marina Veterinary Center, where she is obtaining hands-on experience as a veterinary assistant and soaking up all the knowledge she can. In addition, she is currently pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Lorena's ultimate goal is to work as a DVM in Baja, California. She spends much of her time there and knows first hand the desperation of local dogs and cats rummaging through the streets, doing everything they can to survive. Lorena intends to decrease the number of stray, orphaned, and abandoned animals through owner education and by offering quality veterinary medicine.
Martha has been a valued member of the Marina Veterinary Center family for many years. She began by working at our busy reception desk and has gone on to develop numerous technical skills while simultaneously learning the intricacies of running and helping to manage a veterinary hospital. Martha has completed courses in management through the American Animal Hospital Association. In addition, she traveled to Colorado State to attend the CVMA conference for practice management so she could continue to push Marina Veterinary Center toward the highest levels of quality and efficiency possible. Martha enjoys interacting with clients and their animals, while learning more about veterinary medicine each and every day. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children.
Jennifer joined the Marina Veterinary Center family in August 2010 and serves as our evening and weekend receptionist. She graduated from Venice High School's Foreign Language Magnet Program in June 2010 and is currently attending El Camino Community College with the goal of transferring to a four-year college. Jennifer is majoring in psychology and is interested in the nursing field. She aspires to become a psychologist for children with special needs and currently serves at a volunteer at her old elementary school, Playa del Rey, where she works with children with special needs. She has played softball since she was four years old and enjoys playing and coaching younger girls from her little league in her spare time. She also really values the experience and the education she's obtaining by working in our hospital.