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 Center upon his return to Bakersfield in 2008. After three years at SJVC, 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.   His family, Steve (father), Jan (mother), and Jennifer (sister), were also very involved with livestock. Even today, Dr. Thurman assists local 4-H and FFA groups with general wellness, management, feeding, and animal health.  Dr. Thurman enjoys spending his free time with his daughter Collins and in the company of his Australian Shepherd- Zoey, his Scottish Fold cat- Pabst, Freckles the Quarter Horse and numerous cows/calves, either at his home or the family‘s ranch in Pozo Flats.

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.



Jillian is our Office Manager at Thurman Veterinary Center. She has been with Dr. Thurman since our opening back in 2011. Jillian was born and raised in Bakersfield. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Wyatt, 2 children, and her three dogs- Piper the Australian Shepherd, Sofie- the Maltese, and Chubbs the mixed breed firecracker!



Marissa is our receptionist. She has many years of experience in customer service and is excited to call Thurman Veterinary Center her home. She is fun-loving and energetic. She will go out of her way to make sure you have a positive experience. When she isn’t in the office she is spending time with her husband, Mitch, and their two fur babies- Shmee the Cat and Gene, the Mini Australian Labradoodle.



Jeanette is our second receptionist. She grew up in Bakersfield and is currently raising her two children, in our wonderful city. She loves spending time at the park with her children, her spunky, Malti-poo, named Dallas,and the newest member of her family, an Australian Shepherd named Kona.



Rachel is our third receptionist. She is currently a student studying Biology and one day hopes to pursue a career Veterinary Medicine. She spends her free time with her boyfriend in the great outdoors- she loves hiking, kayaking, and surfing. She currently has a step-cat named Creamsicle and a Bearded Dragon (lizard) named Pickles.



Karli is both a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant at Thurman Veterinary Center. She is currently attending college, and when she isn’t busy studying she is taking care of her Golden Retriever, Sadie, and riding her horse.



Janice is a Veterinary Technician at Thurman Veterinary Center. She is 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, Ryan, two cats- Burt and Ernie, and their two Boxers, Belle and Khloe.



Renee is a Kennel Technician here at Thurman Veterinary Center. She is currently in high school, but animal education has been her passion for most of her life. She has lots of different furry family members, as well as farm animals to look after. Renee hopes to continue going to school and to pursue a future in Animal Science.



Garrett is our Kennel Supervisor at Thurman Veterinary Center. He is originally from Spokane Washington and recently moved to Bakersfield California. He has a passion for pets and decided to join our team! In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his partner and their 3 fur-kids Meika, Houdie, and Raider.



Abby is one of our Kennel Technicians. She is one of our newest team members and we feel lucky to have her here. Abby has a lot of experience with pets of all sizes and she comes from a background in boarding.



Cheyenne is one of our Kennel Technicians at Thurman Vet. She is a recent graduate of SJVC and one of our newest team members.



Kat is Kennel Technician at Thurman Veterinary Center. She is a recent graduate of the Veterinary program at SJVC. We are so happy to have Kat as a part of our team!