Dr. Travis 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.
Jamie is a Veterinary Technician at Thurman Veterinary Center. She has worked as a technician for over 10 years and is very passionate about animals. She is the proud puppy mom to our office dog, Gage and a Cat named Winnie. Jamie and her husband Clay enjoy taking trips together and spending time with their fur-kids.
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.
Terra is our lead Kennel Technician. She grew up in Bakersfield and is now raising her son here. She is an avid animal rescuer and currently has 4 Chinese Crested canines living with her- Hairy, Roxy, Brutus, Skeebo, and a Dachsund named Itchy.
Taryn is a Kennel Technician here at Thurman Veterinary Center. She has spent her whole life in our wonderful city! She joins our family and brings her family of four fur-babies with her! She has Todd- the Corgi, Holland- the Corgi Mix, Drama and Frederick- the Malti-poo twins! When she isn’t busy here with patients she enjoys spending her free time with her wife, biking through the trails of Kern County, and taking her pack to the park.
Stephanie is a Kennel Technician here at Thurman Veterinary Center. She was born and raised in Bakersfield and loves to spend time with her Husband and step-son. She has 3 rescue babies that she loves very much! 2 Staffordshire Terriers named Luna and Blue, and a little mixed puppy named Pepper. She is so excited about joining the team here at TVC and proud to be helping out animals of all kinds!
Nick is a Kennel Technician. He has been in Bakersfield his whole life and lives with his Mom, Dad, Sister, and 3 pet siblings! He has Hunny and Torrey- both Shih Tzu’s, and Pebbles the Labrador Retriever. He loves to spend his free time playing golf, hanging out with friends, and playing with his fur-siblings. Especially Pebbles, who he cant keep out of the pool!
Gage is the resident Office Dog. He is pure bred Border Collie, even though he may not look like one! He is a breed specialty, being both a short coat and brindle. He loves to greet all of his friends here at Thurman Veterinary Center. His favorite things to do are play catch, go to the dog park, and take afternoon naps on Dr. Thurmans couch. He loves treats! Especially brussel sprouts, asparagus, and green beans!