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Summer Godfrey, DVM
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Summer Godfrey has been providing veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, reptiles and equines since 2005 and is proud to be a part of the team at Feline Veterinary Center.

Dr. Godfrey graduated in 2005 from the U.C. Davis Veterinary School. Her first veterinary job was in Palm Springs working with horses (focusing on Polo horses) and small animals.

During this time she broadened her veterinary skills by treating pot belly pigs and goats. A lover of all creatures, great and small, Summer also treats exotic pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. She has a great passion for Veterinary Dentistry and keeps current with yearly continuing education classes. She has been a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) since 2008. Dr. Godfrey is now also certified in Canine Rehabilitation.

Summer lives with her husband, Steve, her children, Stevie Raye and Sterling and a houseful of dogs! When she isn't treating her four-legged patients, Summer can be found spending time at home with her family and dogs. She loves to visit her in-law's ranch in Gold Country or her parent's home in Palo Cedro.

Summer and her family are quite active and enjoy swimming, hiking and playing with the dogs outdoors! Summer's love and compassion for all animals began as she grew up; her parents always rescued and fostered animals. Growing up in this animal centric environment paved the way for Summer to create and follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Her entire family has pets and Christmas time is especially fun and rambunctious - there can be up to 15 dogs at any given time!

Schedule: Monday - Friday

*Accepting New Patients



Cassie Amato
Veterinary Technician

It's been a joy working for AVVC for 7 years (since April 2008)! Each day is filled with something new which keeps my job exciting! I enjoy getting to know new clients and patients and build upon existing relationships. I have been fortunate enough to see pets grow from puppies and kittens into adult animals and I learn something new every day from different people and doctors.

I have 3 dogs- Moose, Jesse and Beau and also have 2 cats- Ellie and Scarlett!

When I am not at work, I am spending time with my husband and daughter Charli. I enjoy doing work outside and spending time at the lake or hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. I also enjoy reading.

Lauren Szyszka
Exam Room Technician & Pharmacy

I began working at BRVC in February of 2013 as a CSR and soon realized that I wanted to work more hands on with our patients and clients. I became a ERT/RX tech and loved that position! I was also able to coordinate the Blood Donor program and Vet for a Day program at BRVC. I had my son in 2014 and when I came back to work I was presented with the opportunity to transfer to Feline Veterinary Center in January of 2015. I loved being able to further my knowledge in feline medicine and realized how much I enjoy working with cats. Now that FVC has merged buildings with AVVC I am able to again work with all animals, from cats and dogs to pigs and geckos-which provides great stories to tell my three year old son! I also assist with our "Kitties for Adoption" at FVC. I love being able to help kitties in need find their fur-ever homes!

When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my boyfriend and our son. I also love to cook+bake and try new recipes (I have fabulous taste testers at home!). We have 2 dogs, Venus a 10 year old Pitbull mix and her son Duce who is 8 years old. Two years ago when we moved there was a very sweet stray grey tabby who has adopted herself into our family and my son named HER Daniel Tiger!

Pam Ligenfelder
Customer Service Representative

I have been with AVVC since 2014. I come from 20+ years in the dental field so the veterinary industry was completely new for me. I have very much enjoyed learning all there is about animals and am still learning. I love to see all the different types of animals that visit here. I have 2 dogs, Lola and Teddy, and 2 cats, Tyga and Raider. They very much keep us on our toes. I enjoy spending my off time with my husband Greg and 2 daughters Nicole and Maddie.

Elly
Hospital Cat

Elly originally came in with severe dermatitis, FAD, eosinophilic dermatitis and the owner could not do treatment and elected to euthanize.  We all fell in love with Elly’s personality and knew we could treat her back to health and couldn't think of euthanizing her! So, we asked for owner to sign her over to our care.  Gratefully, with antihistamines and regular flea control Elly was treated back to health and loves being an FVC resident hospital cat!  



Margaret Simuro
Hospital Director

Margaret is a graduate of UC San Diego and Purdue University. A veterinary technician for more than 10 years with experience in emergency and critical care, she has managed multiple veterinary hospitals. Always on the go, she enjoys traveling, gardening, sailing, and spending time with her German Wirehaired Pointer Kiel, Golden Finley, her cat Vinny, and Moriarty a Sulcata  Desert Tortoise.