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Dr. Leigh Gallegos

Dr. Gallegos graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She lived and worked as a large and small animal doctor for a few years in south central Missouri before returning to KSU to teach and research spinal cord injury in cats. Since 2001 Dr. Leigh has worked in Southern California as a small animal doctor in emergency and critical care and in general practice. Her love and devotion to cats led her to become the owner of Riverside Cat Hospital in 2015. In her free time Dr. Leigh enjoys cooking and gardening, as well as reading and cross-stitch.


Dawn (Receptionist)

Dawn has worked with animals for over 30 years, from quarter horses to exotic birds and reptiles and of course dogs and cats. She has six indoor cats of her own: Ace is her bad boy who she believes to be bipolar, Dakota, her long haired Calico-torti the cuddle bug, Leonidas with his bobcat look, and her 3 tuxedo’s Abigale, Patrick, and Phoebe. It’s also her passion to help people and she tries everyday to be the animal advocate that you and your family needs, especially in a crisis. She has been married for 28 years and has raised her 2 children, helped raise her 2 nephews, and last but not least her heart also goes to her incredible grandson. She feels truly blessed and looks forward to caring for your pets here at Riverside Cat Hospital.

Elizabeth (Veterinary Assistant)

Elizabeth started working at Riverside Cat Hospital in 2015 and loves caring for our feline patients. Elizabeth has always had a love for animals. In 2013, she graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, hiking, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

Vanessa (Veterinary Assistant)

Vanessa started as a volunteer in May of 2015. She was then hired as a veterinary assistant. Vanessa obtained her bachelor's degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Riverside in 2015. She plans in expanding her education in becoming a Veterinarian. She would like to work with cats, dogs, and exotic animals. Vanessa likes to spend time doing anything that has to do with the outdoors, watching movies, also spending time with family and friends.

Erin (Veterinary Assistant)

Erin graduated from the veterinary technician program from Carrington College in Sacramento. She went to school full time while working at a cat hospital. When she moved to Southern California she was happy to find the Riverside Cat Hospital. She has been working with animals since 2011 and enjoys everyday of it.

Louise (Animal Care Giver)

Louise started working at Riverside Cat Hospital in 2015 as a volunteer. A position opened up soon after and she was offered the job as part time animal care giver. Prior to coming to Riverside Cat Hospital, Louise was an RN working full time at Loma Linda University Medical Center as a Home Care Nurse. She retired from the Medical Center in 2013, but by 2015 she was tired of being retired! She has 6 grown children, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons. While raising her children, she became a school librarian and later became a professional pilot. Louise also ran a cat rescue out of her home in Highland and placed many kitties in forever homes. Her specialties were newborns, sick, and injured kittens. Louise has loved all of her vast experiences, especially her time spent with felines. She enjoys being able to assist her coworkers, clients, patients, and boarders at Riverside Cat Hospital.

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