Gabe (pictured above with Dr. Sarah Zimmerman) is an RVT who grew up in South Central and started working with ACCESS in September 2013. Since then, he has used hard work, skill, and determination to become the Technician and Purchasing Manager for ACCESS – South Bay. We’ve known Gabe for quite a while, but wanted to learn more about him!

How did Gabe decide to work in veterinary medicine?
Gabe used to be the IT Manager for an elementary school. One day, while he was creating barcodes for new textbooks, one of the teachers asked if he knew of anyone who would want to pick up overnight shifts at a local veterinary hospital.

Gabe started out there part-time and within a year became a full-time employee who was managing all of the supply purchases.

Why did he choose the emergency room?
The general practice Gabe started out with functioned as an emergency room overnight, which is where he developed a passion for emergency medicine! “I thrive on controlled chaos and love the caseload of the ER, so this was a natural choice for me.”

What brought Gabe to ACCESS?
After the initial practice, Gabe had moved on to general practice. After about six years there, he realized he missed caring for critically-ill patients and being exposed to unique and specialized surgical procedures, so he came to ACCESS – Los Angeles!

What is his favorite animal and why?
Gabe adores Pitbulls! He loves their loyalty, the bonds they have with their owners, and their goofy demeanors.

Does Gabe collect anything?
Gabe has over 1,000 football cards, including rookie cards for some of his favorite players, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning, and Penny Hardaway!

What would he be doing if he weren’t an RVT?
Outside of veterinary medicine, Gabe had dreams of owning a body shop and working on cars.

What is Gabe’s favorite meal and the best thing he cooks?
He loves to grill, but don’t ask this connoisseur for his favorite dish—he can’t narrow it down!

What is his favorite procedure to see or do?
Gabe generally likes orthopedic surgeries, but really enjoys SUB placements, and thoracotomy procedures.

What is one thing Gabe wishes pet owners would start doing?
“Become properly educated on pet ownership before you get a pet. Most families see animals as a source of protection or income instead of a new addition to the family and don’t know about the proper medical care needed for a pet.”

What does he consider to be his greatest achievement?
Gabe prides himself on his hard work, so it’s no surprise that he’s most proud of becoming the Technician and Purchasing Manager for our South Bay location! Gabe is happy to be able to start the hospital from the ground up and really see it grow.

Outside of the hospital, Gabe enjoys spending time with friends and family and listening to music. We’re thrilled to have been able to see him grow into a management position and we’re even more excited to see what the future holds for him.

Pictured below from left to right: Gabe, Greg and Raul.