Archives for April 2014

Welcome Dr. Liz Milauskas!

We are very excited to announce the return of Dr. Liz Milauskas to Encina Veterinary Hospital as she will join our team of doctors as a full-time general practitioner starting NOW!

Dr. Milauskas was raised in southern California. Unsurprisingly to her friends and family, Dr. Milauskas pursued a career as a veterinarian after completing her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences in 1994 from UC Davis. Following graduation, she moved to Dublin, Ireland where she attended veterinary school at University College, Dublin Ireland Upon graduating with a degree in veterinary medicine in 2000 she returned to the United States and began practicing veterinary medicine in Oregon for the next 8 years.

In 2008 to 2009, Dr. Milauskas returned to California and completed an internship at Encina Veterinary Hospital. In addition to completing the internship, Dr. Milauskas studied alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, and has integrated them with traditional veterinary medicine. Since completing a veterinarian acupuncture course at Colorado State University she has become a certified veterinary acupuncturist.

Dr. Milauskas is also certified in Penn Hip, which is a multi-faceted radiographic screening method for canine hip evaluation. This is the ideal way to radiographically evaluate canine hips for dysplasia and there are only a small percentage of veterinarians that are certified to perform this diagnostic test.

Dr. Milauskas is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

On her days away from veterinary medicine she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, their two Labradors (Kiely and Lily) and their French Bulldog (Max).

Employee of the Month: April 2014

Yesenia Flores
Patient Care Team

Yesenia is a technician and part of the Patient Care Team here at Encina Veterinary Hospital. Her responsibilities include: monitoring anesthesia for any patients in surgery, inpatient care for our hospitalized patients and outpatient care for those patients that drop by for just an hour or so.

Yesenia began here at Encina in July of 2013, when she had heard about us from a veterinarian in Colorado who recommended us to her as a place of employment. “The quality of medicine, a place that was top-notch and utilized their technicians to the fullest potential” was something Yesenia was specifically looking for when she came here – and she found it!

Yesenia attributes her success here in part to the people she works with every day. She says her co-workers are, “very nice, helpful, encourage learning and everyone meshes well together – from the doctors, to the staff up front and the technicians.” Her greatest challenge at work is facing the tough cases – “where we have tried everything and there is nothing more to do. We fall in love with our patients and they pass.”

Outside of Encina, she enjoys spending her time relaxing at home with her critters – including a turtle. Right now she’s got “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from the Frozen soundtrack stuck in her head. And if she were to have 3 people over for dinner – dead or alive – she would pick, “Pancho – my cat who has been lost for the last 2 months and my mom and dad – yes they’re alive, I live with them! I just love them so much.”