Dr. Travis Thurman

Dr. Thurman is a Bakersfield native. He attended Highland High School and earned his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He went on to veterinary school at St. George’s University while completing his clinical year at Texas A&M University in 2008. Dr. Thurman joined the staff at San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital upon his return to Bakersfield in 2008. After three years at SJVH, Dr. Thurman founded Thurman Veterinary Center in October of 2011.

Dr. Thurman was raised around the livestock industry. He started in a local 4-H club at 8 years old and then joined the Highland High School Future Farmers of America (FFA). Throughout his show years, Dr. Thurman exhibited swine, cattle, and sheep. Even today, Dr. Thurman assists local 4-H and FFA groups with general wellness, management, feeding, and animal health. Dr. Thurman has a passion for companion animals and loves working closely with them every day. No matter the breed or size, all are welcome at Thurman Veterinary Center!

Dr. Thurman is truly living the dream. Not only does he spend every day caring for the animals that he loves, but he takes any opportunity to work on his family’s ranch, travel, fish, hike and he is a lover of all sports, especially snowboarding.

Dr. Huynh

Dr. Huynhis originally from Orange County California and moved to our wonderful city in 2019. We were lucky enough to have her join the Thurman Veterinary Center Family in 2020. She graduated from Ross University in 2015 and completed her clinical year at Oregon State. She has a special interest in Dentistry and Anatomical Pathology. When she isn’t treating your furry family members, you can find her hiking, camping, or traveling with her fiancé. When she does get some downtime she loves to relax, drink Boba, and hang out with her 2 cats and her brand new Boxer puppy.


Jillian is our Business Manager. While she may not be in the office every day, she is still a big part of the Thurman Veterinary Center Family. She loves spending her free time with her two children and her husband. She is the proud mother of two, one-eyed cats, Pete and Penny.


Marissa is our Office Manager. She has many years of experience in customer service, client and patient care, and is excited to call Thurman Veterinary Center her home! She will go out of her way to make sure you have a positive experience each and every time you visit us. When she isn’t hard at work in the office she loves traveling to the coast, reading the newest thriller, and spending time with her husband, son, and their four fur babies- Shmee, LBC (the cats), Gene, and Miley (both mini Australian Labradoodles).


Jeanette is a Receptionist at Thurman Veterinary Center. She has been with us for over 4 years and loves seeing all of her furry friends at work every day. She grew up in Bakersfield and is currently raising her three children in our wonderful city. She loves traveling to the beach, taking the kids camping, and taking Kona (her Australian Shepherd) for long walks.


Rebecca is a Receptionist here at Thurman Veterinary Center. She was born and raised in Bakersfield and has over 12 years’ experience in the veterinary field. She has worked in both general practice and emergency facilities. She loves spending her free time with friends and family, catching up on the latest Netflix shows, and going to concerts. She is so proud of her 16-year-old son, and together they love taking their Australian Labradoodle, Peggy Sue, for nightly walks.


Marie is a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Thurman Veterinary Center. She grew up in Anaheim, but has made Bakersfield her home. She graduated the Registered Veterinary Technician Program from Carrington College, and has been treating cats and dogs ever since. She has experience in General Practice, Emergency, Shelter Medicine, and Specialty practices. She loves to spend the weekends listening to music, going to concerts, and having adventures with her husband and her two small children. She is the proud mother of a cat named Tootie.


Renee is a Veterinary Assistant at Thurman Veterinary Center. She started with us in the ROC program at her high school, was hired as a Kennel Technician, and then promoted to Veterinary Assistant. She recently completed the program for Registered Veterinary Technicians and plans to take her test soon! When she isn’t hard at work, or busy studying, she spends her free time with her boyfriend, her horse, and their two dogs Luke (Yellow Labrador Retriever) and Rose (a Coon Hound).


Janice is a Veterinary Assistant at Thurman Veterinary Center. She was born and raised in Bakersfield. After high school, she moved to Texas for ten years. Soon after returning to California, she joined the staff at Thurman Veterinary Center. She is our resident cat lover. She loves spending her time with her husband, two cats- Burt and Ernie, and their two Boxers, Belle and Khloe.


Garrett is a Veterinary Assistant at Thurman Veterinary Center. He is originally from Washington, but his passion for pets brought him to our team! He was hired as a Kennel Technician and quickly rose to the position of Kennel Supervisor. After a few years of learning all that he could he was promoted to Veterinary Assistant. When he isn’t here working with clients and pets, he is having fun spending time with his partner, trying to catch a baseball game, and traveling with their three fur-kids Meika, Houdie, and Raider.


Kat is a Veterinary Assistant here at Thurman Veterinary Center. Kat has grown up around many types of animals and realized she wanted to pursue a career working with them. She graduated from the San Joaquin Valley College Veterinary Assistant program and started her journey with us during her externship in school. We recognized what a smart, and skilled technician she could be and she was hired as Kennel Technician. After learning the ropes, and getting a lot of hands-on experience, she was promoted to Veterinary Assistant. When she isn’t busy at work, she spends her free time with her family, friends, and numerous pets.


Abby is our Kennel Supervisor. When she joined our team in early 2019 she came from a background of customer service and boarding. She is familiar with all types of animals, big and small, and gives them the best boarding experience they can have. She started out as a part-time Kennel Assistant, but worked hard, learned a lot, and rose to the full-time supervisory position. During her free time, you can catch her at the beach with her boyfriend, or spending time with her dachshunds.


Samantha is a Kennel Technician at Thurman Veterinary Center. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, but has lived in Bakersfield for the past few years. She graduated from the San Joaquin Valley College Veterinary Program in 2019 and has been with Thurman Veterinary Center since the beginning of her career. During her free time, she can be found hanging out with her husband, practicing photography, and watching movies. She loves to play with her fur babies Aquila and Axel, the German Shepherds, and Lexi, her toy Pomeranian.


Karina is a Kennel Technician at Thurman Veterinary Center. She was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Bakersfield. She has years of experience in animal boarding and was raised around animals, both big and small. Karina is also enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant program at Bakersfield College. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her fiancé and family, play the guitar, and take her pets hiking. She currently has 3 horses, chickens, two cats (Batcat and Robin), and 3 dogs (Paloma, Baby, and Chato).