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Our Veterinary Team
Meet the staff
We have a fully trained veterinary and technical staff to ensure the safest, most efficient, procedures for your pet. Through continuing education, we stay up to date with the most recent developments within the veterinary field. In addition, or staff is active in showing and breeding dogs with many years of experience.
Jean Metzler, MS, DVM
Dr. Metzler opened Orangevale Veterinary Hospital in October 1998. Her interest in purebred dogs began in her teens when she acquired her first show dog, a Gordon Setter bitch, finishing her AKC conformation and field championships, and put obedience titles on her. She has bred and owned top producers of several breeds, including Gordon Setters, English Cocker Spaniels, Greyhounds, and currently, Longhaired Miniature Dachshunds. Not only has she participated in conformation shows but has competed in field trials, earth dog, obedience, Schutzhund, tracking, lure coursing, and open field coursing over the years. Dr. Metzler firmly believes that every dog should be able to do the job the breed was developed to do.
After several years working as a professional groomer and dog trainer she decided to return to college at age 30. With her background in showing and breeding, it was natural that her interest in college was reproduction. She attended the University of California at Davis where she earned her BS in Animal Science (with high honors), her MS in Animal Science (reproductive behavior), and her DVM from UCD Veterinary School.
Besides her dogs, she is actively involved in breeding thoroughbreds and cutting horses.
Our Support Staff
Sandi – Practice Manager
I have been working at veterinary hospitals since 1986 and joined Dr. Metzler and her staff in 2010 as the Practice Manager. I have always had a great interest in reproduction and fertility since my hobby since 1974 has been breeding and showing English Setters. As a breeder I had attended many seminars on reproduction to further my knowledge about breeding. When the opportunity at Orangevale Veterinary Hospital became available, I was excited at the prospect to learn more regarding reproduction and fertility from Dr. Metzler.
Karyn – Bookkeeper
I joined Dr. Metzler and her staff in 2005 as the bookkeeper. I have been fortunate in the training that Dr. Metzler has provided me in working as a veterinary assistant. I have been showing dogs since 1974 having bred and titled many champions in the breed ring as well as obedience and rally titles in the performance ring.
Laura – Repro Coordinator
I have been in the veterinary field since 1996 and have worked in both large and small animal practices. I joined the team here at Orangevale Veterinary Hospital in August of 2020. In 2008 I became very interested in reproduction and attended many seminars to educate myself in all aspects of fertility and reproduction. In 2010 I attended a MOFA training seminar on transcervical inseminations, collecting and freezing semen, and progesterone timing. In enjoy breeding and showing my dogs. As a breeder I feel I bring a personal touch to our clients breeding programs.
Brandy – Reception
I have been in the veterinary field for eight years and been at Orangevale Veterinary Hospital for three years. I have two cats of my own and love being outside with animals. The reproductive field has opened my eyes to so many new aspects of the veterinary business and I learn new things all the time. While at Orangevale I have met so many great clients and co-workers and love my work here.
Elaine – Reception
I have been breeding dogs for close to forty-five years and have found that there is always something new to learn. I’ve known Dr. Metzler since 2004 when I became a client of hers. I love showing my Havanese and have a wonderful husband that supports my hobby and has even learned to show dogs with me. My six years at Orangevale Veterinary Hospital have been educational and love that Dr. Metzler shares her knowledge regarding both veterinary care, and reproduction.
Bailey – Veterinary Assistant
I have been in the veterinary industry for many years and with Orangevale Veterinary hospital since September, 2020. Reproduction has always been a big interest in my life. I have three beautiful dogs of my own and in my free time I enjoy spending time with my horse and dog family.
Michelle – Veterinary Assistant
I began working as a kennel person in 1999 shortly after Dr. Metzler opened her practice, and was here for two years. After working in other jobs, I discovered that I am happiest working in the veterinary field and rejoined the Orangevale team in October 2020. I love working with Dr. Metzler and have learned so many aspects of veterinary medicine and reproduction. No case is alike! I am currently going to school to pursue my goal to become an RVT. In my free time I spend time with my spouse, four children and four dogs.
Rynn – Veterinary Assistant
I’ve been working with animals all my life starting a Junior’s career at age nine. I handle all breeds but my heart dogs are Great Danes. I enjoy hiking and running Fast Cat with my Danes. I remember coming to the vet with my mom and sparking my intrigue in veterinary science. It’s been a dream working with Dr. Metzler who has helped me find my passion.