At California Veterinary Specialists we are committed to teaching and sharing our expertise with the next generation of doctors. CVS offers a one-year rotating internship through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Internship and Residency Matching Program. For more information contact the Veterinary Internship and Residency Match Program at virmp.org.
Dr. Carter grew up in Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University in 2017. Dr. Carter has worked as a small animal veterinary assistant and technician. During vet school, she was an intern at the Los Angeles Zoo and worked on California Condor research. While her clinical interest is in small animal oncology, she also has a passion for caring for homeless animals and has volunteered her time in local and international shelters. In her free time she loves to travel, spend time in the beautiful Southern California sun, and read; preferably all in the company of the people and animals she loves.
Texas A&M University
Dr. Garman grew up in Elkhart, Texas. She completed her B.S in Animal Science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2002. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2006. Dr. Garman served in the U.S Army Veterinary Corps from 2006 – 2013. While on active duty, she was in charge of a military veterinary clinic, responsible for the veterinary care of the military working dogs, deployed to the middle east, performed sanitary food inspections on commercial food production facilities and provided veterinary care for the Navy Marine Mammal Program. Since 2013, Dr. Garman has worked for the National Marine Mammal Foundation providing veterinary care the Navy’s dolphins and sea lions in San Diego. She has a clinical interest in internal medicine and ophthalmology. Dr. Garman enjoys reading, hiking, scuba diving and spending time with her spouse and two cats, Turbo and Clea.
Royal Veterinary College
Dr. Osgood is a California native from Orange County. She attended California Polytechnic University, Pomona for her bachelor’s in Animal Science with a Veterinary Science emphasis. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. Her experience includes working at a corporate practice before joining the CVS team. Her clinical interests include critical and emergency care. Dr. Osgood enjoys time spent at the beach and the outdoors in general. During her time off, she can typically be found hiking, camping, and exploring. She also enjoys spending time with her long-time sweetheart, but not as much as being with her beloved dog, Terrie.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Behnke is from the San Francisco Bay Area and is excited to be experiencing life in SoCal. She received her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans where she was involved in a cappella and sang for one of Tulane’s jazz bands. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean and then completed her clinical year at Auburn University. Dr. Behnke’s clinical interests include emergency and critical care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her cat Nola, wine tasting, traveling and performing.
Washington State University
Dr. Burnett is a native of Washington, enjoying the California sunshine. He completed a B.S. in Physiology at the University of Washington before receiving his DVM from Washington State University. Before vet school, Dr. Burnett worked as a veterinary assistant and also worked with alpacas and primates. His areas of clinical interest include emergency medicine, surgery, and cardiology. In his free time, he enjoys ultimate frisbee, racquetball, backpacking, and playing the mandolin.
Ally Yi Chen
University of Calgary
Dr. Chen grew up in Canada. Combining her passion for animals and her childhood dream of being a scientist, becoming a veterinarian was just the thing for her. She completed her B.Sc. in Zoology and her DVM degree from the University of Calgary. She worked as an assistant in an emergency clinic and a research assistant in reproductive physiology and 3D printing during her college years. Her clinical interests include emergency and critical care, medical imaging, and surgery among other things. During her free time, she enjoys swimming, climbing, and baking. She is looking forward to exploring what the area has to offer.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Kiehnau grew up in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and she attended Marquette University in 2013 to complete her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. In 2017, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her love for animals began as a young child on her family’s small dairy farm. Since that time, she has gained additional veterinary experiences in shelter medicine, research, and small animal general and specialty practice. Dr. Kiehnau has a clinical interest in emergency and critical care. In her spare time, Dr. Kiehnau enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and yoga. She also enjoys spending time with her lovely yet demanding tortoiseshell cat, Bean.
Ontario Surgical Intern
Dr. Faulkner is a transplant from Kansas, where she attended Kansas State University for both her undergraduate degree from 2009-2012 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from 2012-2016. She completed her rotating internship at Oklahoma State University from 2016-2017. Her previous experiences include research on male mammary carcinoma in a mouse model and working as a technician in the bacteriology laboratory at Kansas State University. Dr. Faulkner has a clinical interest in surgery, with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery. In her free time, Dr. Faulkner enjoys running, hiking, knitting, and spoiling her English Setter, Riley.
Our one-year internship program provides an opportunity for newly graduated DVMs to experience supervised intensive training in a collaborative and supportive environment. We find ourselves inspired by the hard work, dedication, and talent of these young people and we feel the future of the profession is in good hands.