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Utah Veterinary Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Samuel Rivera.  Dr. Rivera was born in Durango, México, and grew up in beautiful Southern California.  He attended the University of California, Davis, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Animal Science, with an emphasis in captive and companion animals in 2004.  He went on to veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2009.  Dr. Rivera has a well-rounded résumé with experience in corporate hospitals, private hospitals, high- and low-cost clinics, animal shelter medicine, relief veterinary care, and private ownership.  Now, he has chosen to settle down to provide the best quality veterinary medicine at Utah Veterinary Hospital, in American Fork, UT.  Dr. Samuel Rivera is married to his wife, Elizabeth J., and is father to Samuel James, Sadie Jayne (pictured below), and Sawyer Jack, and has a beautiful companion dog, Flojo, and a Koi Pond at home.  He enjoys veterinary medicine, wellness and preventative medicine, and veterinary surgery.  His hobbies include exercise, fishing, snowboarding, and other sports.  He is also a big LAKERS fan!

Red Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony - 11/09/2015   Puppies for exam - June, 2016

Veterinary Technician - STEPHANIE RICH

Pending Stephanie's Bio... but as far as we know, she is planning on going to vet school.

Working at our temporary location - October, 2015    With a Pup - June 2016

Veterinary Assistant - AMELIAH (AKA Millie) BRINKERHOFF

Millie grew up in Pleasant Grove city. She learned to love and care for all types of animals all throughout growing up by watching her fathers love for animals. Millie enjoys playing with her puppy, Kate. She also enjoys exercise, Martial arts and is an incredible artist. She hopes to become a K9 Cop and illustrate graphic novels one day. 

With a puppy - June 2016

Veterinary Technician - KIARA MICHELLE ALEMAN

Kiara was born in Phoenix, AZ. She went to Broadview University to become a Veterinary Technician. She has two dogs, six birds and three goldfish. When she is not busy with work, you will find her watching movies, taking naps and being artistic. She looks forward to graduating and becoming a certified Veterinary Technician. 

Working hard in Reception -- March 2017

Veterinary Technician, Office Manager - DAKOTA J. HUNTER

Dakota is too busy with her husband, her cute baby Cooper, and her 3 dogs to submit a bio. This will have to do for now.

Veterinary Assistant - Hailey R. Ward

Veterinary Receptionist -  Makayla D. Pickering

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