Meet Trisha…


Meet Trisha DuBois – Hospital Manager, ACCESS – San Fernando Valley – who joined ACCESS in May 2015.

Before entering the veterinary world, Trisha was a licensed insurance agent and then went on to train for management. She is upbeat, bubbly, passionate, and very organized and we just had to learn a little bit about her!

Why did Trisha get into Veterinary Medicine?
“I stumbled across it, it happened completely by accident!” says Trisha

Where is she from?
Trisha is a California native—born in Oxnard and currently residing in Ventura County.

What brought her to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital?
Trisha worked in a multi-specialty animal hospital for several years prior to joining us. She was interested in the access to opportunities and growth within our company.

What is Trisha’s favorite type of food?
“Mexican! I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I could.”

What is her favorite treatment or procedure?
Trisha really enjoys observing surgical procedures when she can. The delicate intricacies of each procedure and each patient are truly fascinating to her.

What does Trisha like to do when she’s not at work?
Outside of the hospital, Trisha enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids and her rescue dog, Kassie; and of course-hanging by the pool!

What does she consider her greatest achievement?
Raising her three lovely children and being able to watch them turn into caring, intelligent, and productive human beings.

Trisha’s positivity can be seen and felt from the very second she walks in the door—she always makes it a point to check in with everyone throughout the day and say hello to the pets who come into the hospital.

We are so happy to have been fortunate enough to have Trisha join our team and hope that everyone has the chance to interact with her


Award Nods reach Culver City…

Dr. Erinne Branter, head of the Interventional Radiology/Endoscopy department at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, was nominated for the Pet Plan Veterinarian of the Year award!

This is such an honor, as nominations are made by pet owners and community members. We would like to congratulate all of the winners of the Pet Plan awards this year and look forward to the 2017 nominations!




ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital staff volunteered with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) in West LA for a few hours on a Saturday to cook a delicious meal for about 20 PATH guests.

The menu was planned by Dr. Olivia Petritz and included an old family recipe for a chicken pot pie as well as dessert, which was a huge hit with everyone.

It was a great way for ACCESS to come together and give back to the community in a different way than we have before, and we look forward to making a meal from scratch again for PATH!

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals


From left to right: Gabe, Dr. Olivia Petritz, Dr. Kim Carey, a friendly helper, Rosa, Airamai, and Corinna.



Dr. Petritz is published… Again!

Many people don’t know that veterinarians are constantly working to better themselves and veterinary medicine as a whole through research.

Our veterinarians routinely publish in established veterinary journals and textbooks and Avian & Exotics specialist Dr. Olivia Petritz is no exception! In addition to being published fourteen times since 2012, Dr. Petritz recently wrote a chapter for the textbook “Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery.”

We are so proud of her and can’t wait to read more from our doctors and specialists!



Harvey the Heartthrob…


Harvey, a beautiful male, neutered Flemish Giant rabbit, visited our Exotics department at ACCESS Los Angeles last week.

Harvey was rescued off of death row from the Downey Shelter by Too Many Bunnies Rescue founder, Linda. At the time, Linda was only able to take three rabbits from the shelter, but after meeting Harvey she made arrangements and rescued four. Since then, Harvey has been with the rescue for about five years, touring schools and helping to educate students about animals and how to be helpful, responsible pet owners.

Harvey also has a “wife” named Lola, who is a big, fluffy Angora rabbit that loves spending time with Harvey. At home, Harvey enjoys his life with Linda, Lola, and the other rescue rabbits who are waiting for loving forever homes. We were so thankful for the opportunity to meet such a wonderful rabbit and spend time with Linda-Harvey won the hearts of absolutely everyone in the building at ACCESS and was loving all of the attention!

If you have any medical questions about your bunny, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Olivia Petritz or Dr. Karen Schachterle at 310-558-6100 and be sure to check out Too Many Bunnies at

Below: Harvey takes the focus from Leah Basinais, our Director of Operations.



Tails from the road… San Fernando Valley!

After a week of heavy rain, the clouds parted and the sun came out while I checked-in on primary veterinarians in Northridge.

The ACE crew loves going on walks after the rain and were happy to pose in front of street art not too far from a primary veterinarian’s office.

What will they come upon next?

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals