Meet Dr. Harpaul Sandhu DVM
Dr. Harpaul Sandhu graduated and received his veterinary degree from Punjab Agricultural University in 2009. Dr. Harpaul Sandhu has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Bay Area, California since 2010. Dr. Sandhu worked in the corporate field and private practices. Prior to 2010, he also volunteered his time at animal shelters in the San Joaquin County.
Dr. Sandhu has extensive experience in soft tissue surgery and a background in orthopedic surgeries such as patella luxation, TPLO, femoral head ostectomy, in addition to general preventive pet care. He is also an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association.
To further pursue his passion in animal care, he decided to humbly take full responsibility as sole owner of Benicia Animal Hospital here in Benicia CA. He, along with his dedicated team of doctors and staff, strive to provide the best care possible for pets and their owners.
“When I am not devoting my time to providing optimal care for my patients’ health at the hospital, I spend my time with my beautiful wife and adorable daughter along with my two rottweilers and a rescue pup named Coconut. In my free time, I enjoy watching basketball and football. I am truly a very family oriented man. I believe our companions play a very special role in our lives creating a unique bond between owners and their pets’.”
Harvinder Sandhu DVM
Adam Brown DVM
Ashley Scism – Office Manager
Dani Nyemaster – Lead Technician
Dani has been with the Animal Clinic of Benicia for over 10 years. She started working at the same time she was going to school. She received her Associates in Science from Carrington College of California and shortly after passed her state boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Dani has been head of surgery for the past 3 years and in the past year has become our Lead Technician. Dani has been passionate about animals since she could remember. She hopes to one day, work at or even volunteer at, a wildlife refuge. She lives with her wonderful husband, cranky senior cat Boots, and crazy yet sweet kitten Penelope.
Chelsea Beurskens – Assistant Manager
Chelsea Beurskens first began working at the Animal Clinic of Benicia as a student in 2014. Since then, she has received her degree from a Certified Veterinary Technical School and is working towards her certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician (R.V.T). To the staff here at Animal Clinic of Benicia she is our right hand, so her position as Assistant Manager has never been more deserved. When she is not working hard to save and snuggle her patients, she spends as much time in the outdoors as she can. She is usually joined by her two dogs, Daisy the French Bulldog, and Bella, a little pitbull mix. Her mission is to provide the best veterinary care possible to every pet she can and it is her devotion and spirit that make this possible.
Nicole Sankovich – RVT
Nicole is a graduate of U,C. Santa Cruz, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has been working at Animal Clinic of Benicia as a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2012. She finds the work very rewarding and endeavors to provide compassionate, tender loving care to all our patients each and every day. Nicole moved to Vallejo 9 years ago from San Francisco and revels in the quieter less hectic pace of city life. When not working, she enjoys, cooking, puttering around her garden and cuddling with her animals reading, watching movies and/or simply relaxing.
Samantha Montejo – Veterinary Assistant
Samantha has been working at the Animal Clinic of Benicia since 2015. She graduated from Veterinary Technician school in late 2015 and is working on becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Her joy in life is helping pets of all shapes and sizes to have a long happy and healthy life with their parents. One of her favorite things about working at the clinic is the feeling she gets when she sees a sick pet become well and have fun with their parents again. Samantha has always had a drive for learning new things and eventually would love to work with wildlife, her favorite animals being wolves. In her free time, Samantha likes to play with her Guinea Pigs, Fizz and Sugar, who are now 2 years old. Her favorite thing is to feed them their greens and watch the little ones munch away on them.
Jennifer Philips – Veterinary Assistant
Diana Clausen – Kennel Technician
Diana has worked at the Animal Clinic of Benicia since 2004. For all those years she has spent her days caring for our hospitalized patients, keeping their temporary homes clean and providing them with extra TLC during their recoveries. When she’s not cleaning up after our patients, Diana enjoys spending time with her own furry friend Sabrina the cat. Diana is also an avid crafter and is always doing some sort of arts and crafts or hanging out in her garden.
Meri started working at the Animal Clinic of Benicia in 2016. Even though she is new to the field, she strives to learn as much as she can. Her dream is to go to Veterinary school and become a DVM. In her free time, Meri works with the Non-profit group Cheer SF to help the community and spread good will. She has two dogs named Jamey and Truman, Jamey is a Pitbull mix and Truman is an English Golden Retriever. She enjoys spending time and cuddling with both dogs and going for long walks with them.
Cam Graver-Dowd has worked in veterinary medicine her entire life, from humble beginnings sweeping the floors at her mother’s veterinary hospital at age 14 to studying avian sciences at UC Davis and completing her veterinary technician training through Veterinary Allied Staff Education. Experienced in working with a wide range of species, from exotics and large animals to house pets and even local wildlife, Cam’s passions are for poultry medicine, animal nutrition, and low-stress feline care. Cam lives in Vallejo with her therapy cat, Lucy Lawless, and has been at Animal Clinic of Benicia since November 2016.