Your Love, Our Calling

The right team by your side.


This is not a job. Saving lives is our calling. There are no shortcuts to excellence. It takes the right kind of team with a passion for innovation, individualized medicine, and caring for every pet like our own. Now, meet the team by your side.


Steven Edwards


A graduate of the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Edwards has been practicing in the Victor Valley since 1990. He joined the staff of the Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC) in 1995 and along with his wife Nan took ownership of the practice in 2008.

Dr. Edwards takes special interest in medical and surgical management of critical illness. Aside from his challenging cases he enjoys client communication and education regarding general health issues. No problem is too small. He has devoted recent study and experience in gaining proficiency in ultrasonography, a diagnostic tool that has proven most useful. He is a long time member and participant of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

At AEC Dr. Edwards and staff strive to maintain an atmosphere of compassion, knowledge and value. They desire it to be a place where you can feel confident your pet will receive the best care available.

Dr. Edwards and wife Nan are parents of 4 children and 7 grandchildren. He enjoys family outings, motorcycling, running/cycling/swimming, camping/hiking and reading history. He is active in his church and its sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America.

Navdeep Sandhu


A graduate of the College of Veterinary Science in Punjab, India, Dr. Sandhu has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1992. He began his career in a mixed animal practice in rural India. Dr. Sandhu then relocated to Canada where he spent 2 years in a mixed animal practice before making the transition to small animal Emergency and Critical Care. He spent the subsequent 4 years in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sandhu has been with the Animal Emergency Clinic since 2006 and has become an integral part of its success.

Dr. Sandhu has enjoyed his participation in numerous national and international veterinary conferences and prides himself in keeping our medical knowledge and skill fine tuned and up to date. He continuously strives to improve himself and his clinical environment to provide exceptional and compassionate veterinary care to our community. He is a long time member and participant of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Dr. Sandhu and his kind and beautiful wife Renu are the parents of two children, daughter Amrita and son Suhail. He readily admits their home is “owned” by one fat and happy cat “Murray” and a Pomeranian named ‘Hachi’

Dr. Sandhu enjoys tennis, reading and traveling with family.

Tya Pennington


Dr. Henderson joined Animal Emergency Clinic in the winter of 2016. She was born in Southern California and has spent the majority of her life here. From a young age, she was working with animals (pigs, goats, chickens, horses, dogs, and cats), since she grew up on a ranch with her father (who is also a veterinarian), her mother and two siblings. It was here that she learned how deeply we connect with our animals, and how important they are in our lives.

Her free spirit led her to various places of travel, and she backpacked all over Europe at just eighteen years of age. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry. She also briefly lived in Montana, New York and finally Canada, where she completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors. She was also previously an adjunct professor at Western College of Veterinary Sciences, Pomona.

Dr. Henderson truly loves emergency medicine, she enjoys being able to connect and have a calming effect with her patients and their owners in their time of need. Dr. Henderson is an experienced clinician in emergency surgery, internal medicine, and has certifications in laparoscopy and ultrasound. She feels it’s important to treat her patients as she would treat her own pets.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Miles and Ella, as well as her two dogs, Gus and Oliver, and her cat Twitch. She loves to travel, and will jump on a plane to Hawaii for snorkeling or Park City for skiing, or other adventures whenever possible!

Dr. Henderson really appreciates the chance to treat your pets, she believes it’s an honor to hold a client’s faith and trust in her to be the doctor to their beloved critters.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
-AD Williams

Care Team


Practice Manager

Sinuhe started out in the animal industry in 2008, working at Petsmart, providing regular care for exotic pets. In 2010, he started working for Banfield Animal Hospital in the Inland Empire. After moving on from Banfield in 2012, he worked at a few privately owned animal hospitals where he sharpened his technician skills. In 2013 he joined Animal Emergency Clinic and has been here ever since. Sinuhe is happily married, has a daughter and 2 sons. His hobbies include playing guitar, bass and singing.


Inventory Manager/HR officer

Stephanie received her veterinary assistant certificate in January 2007 and began working at a local shelter in a spay and neuter clinic. She began working at Animal Emergency Clinic in August of 2010 where she found her niche in life. Stephanie says being able to help care for pets in need give her appreciation of life, and the love she receives from the animals is the best gratitude of all. Currently she works the graveyard shift and is our inventory manager. She has two children, a husband and two sweet Chihuahuas. Her interests outside of work are rock climbing, football, soccer, frisbee and just hanging out with family, friends and of course, her fur babies.


Clinical Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician

Laura has been in the veterinary field since 2004 and started at AEC in 2014. She graduated from Mt. San Antonio College with a degree in Registered Veterinary Technology and is currently working on her BASc in Veterinary Technology. Laura has experience in general practice, shelter medicine, emergency medicine and is currently an adjunct instructor for a veterinary technology program. She is passionate about emergency medicine and aspires to obtain her VTS in ECC one day. Laura is married, with her own personal zoo of misfit animals. Outside of work she enjoys swimming, video games and reading.

RECOVER Certified Pet Rescue Instructor
RECOVER Certified BLS Instructor
RECOVER Certified ALS Instructor


Registered Veterinary Technician

Sherry has been in the veterinary field since 1999 and joined the Animal Emergency Clinic in 2015. She graduated at Mount San Antonio College in 2000 and received her license that same year. She worked at daytime practice for 16 years before joining AEC. Outside of work she spoils her 2 dogs, Angel and Jessie (pictured).


Registered Veterinary Technician

Mackenzie has been in the veterinary field since 2016 and with AEC since 2018. She is currently in the Registered Veterinary Technology program at Mt. San Antonio College. She has work experience in shelter medicine and with exotic animals but her primary focus is small animal medicine. After obtaining her RVT, her goal is to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking and kayaking and hanging out with her dog – Della!


Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio Coming Soon!


Registered Veterinary Technician

Brian has over 20 years experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a licensed technician since 2012. Brian has worked in general day practice, shelter, adoptions, and emergency medicine. He is new to the area and likes to say he has found his new veterinary family here at AEC. He has a lot of experience in the field that he likes to pass on to the next generation of Vet Techs. Outside of work Brian is happily married with 2 sons, 1 grandson, 3 dogs and 4 cats. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, hiking and playing games. He also enjoys live music and is a devout Slytherin.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio Coming Soon!


Veterinary Assistant

Betsy has been in the veterinary field since 1984 and joined Animal Emergency Clinic as a receptionist in 2016. Betsy and her husband have been married since 1993 and have two children. They have one Rat Terrier and one Abyssinian cat at home.


Veterinary Assistant

Carissa has been with Animal Emergency Clinic and in the veterinary field since 2017, right after graduating from high school. She recently started her college education at Victor Valley College as a science major. Pictured with Carissa, is her senior dog, Nicky. When she’s not working or at school, she enjoys going for walks, baking and reading.


Veterinary Assistant

Cassidy started in the veterinary field and at AEC in 2019. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, photography, going to concerts and spending time with her son. Her professional goal is to continue improving her skills to be the best assistant she can be.


Veterinary Assistant

Izabett has been in the veterinary field since 2016 and joined Animal Emergency Clinic in January 2020. She graduated from Mount San Antonio College’s Registered Veterinary Technology program in 2017. Her interests outside of work include spending time with her family and pets, and binge watching TV shows on Netflix.


Veterinary Assistant

Jessica started in the veterinary field in 2019 and at AEC in 2020. Before that, she attended school to be a paramedic as well as nursing school. After starting at AEC, she realized this was her calling. She had always wanted to be in an emergency setting, and now she was!
Jessica plans to become a veterinarian because she sees all the great things our doctors do, and wants to help animals more that she already does. She loves being around animals, going to the zoo, taking her pets for walks, and hanging out with her family and friends. She loves what she does more than anything, and considers her AEC coworkers family.


Veterinary Assistant

Daniel started in the veterinary field in 2017 at a general practice, first as an intern and then eventually as a kennel attendant. He started at AEC in July 2020 as a kennel attendant and has worked his way up to veterinary assistant.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Formula 1 racing, anything to do with SpaceX or space in general.

He is interested in becoming a veterinary technician and maybe even a veterinarian one day. He’s also interested in animal behavior and would like to pursue training in obedience training.


Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!


Veterinary Assistant

Kyle started in the vet field in 2017 and worked with exotics as small as hamsters to as large as camels for a year and a half. Kyle has mostly worked with reptiles and they are his favorite. He joined AEC in October of 2020. Some of his personal interests outside of work are aquarium keeping and reptile keeping. Pokémon is his favorite video game and he likes to think of himself as a real life Pokémon trainer because of all the different animals he has worked with. One day he would like to start his own animal rescue and work in wildlife conservation. His pets include his dog Ghost, 3 leopard geckos and 1 aquarium right now.


Veterinary Assistant

Bertha always knew she wanted to work with animals. She graduated in 2019 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Her first job in the vet field started a few months after graduating as a receptionist. She is currently working at AEC to gain more experience to hopefully find her true calling in the animal field. When she’s not at work, she likes to spend time with her family and watch movies.


Veterinary Assistant

Maria started in the veterinary field in 2020 and at AEC in spring of 2021. Besides work, she is very interested in art. Her goal is to get a degree in business and open her own dog grooming shop.


Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!


Veterinary Assistant

Erica has been volunteering with animals since the age of 13 and started at AEC in May of 2021. She likes snowboarding, reading, dog training, gardening and being a mom. She plans on getting her RVT license soon and has an interest in genetic breeding.


Veterinary Assistant

Robert started his veterinary career in 2021 when he joined the AEC team. He has already obtained his veterinary assistant certificate and plans to pursue RVT school in the future. Outside of work, he is a car enthusiast and loves going to the theater.


Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!


Veterinary Assistant

Natalie started in the veterinary field and at AEC in April 2022. Outside of work she likes to bake, draw and go out with friends and family. Her professional goal is to become a veterinarian. She’s currently going to Victor Valley College to get her associates degree and then transferring to a 4 year college.


Veterinary Assistant

Ashlynn started at AEC in April of 2022 and plans on going to school to become a veterinary assistant. Outside of work, she’s a wife and mother of 3 young children and also works as a blogger in the fashion industry to review and help promote products.


Veterinary Assistant

Jay started in the veterinary field in 2016, and at AEC in April 2022. Jay has an associates degree in business management and is working on his BA in management as well. His goal is to start a career in hospital management.

His interests outside of work include: cooking, baseball, rollerblading, music festivals, comic books and movies based on comic books.

He loves Huskies and Beagles and used to work at a wild animal rehabilitation center every summer in high school. Here he got a chance to work with deer, coyotes, bobcats, bears and various wild birds. He also enjoys long naps and short walks to the fridge.


Veterinary Assistant

Christy got her very first job when she was 15 years old at a daytime veterinary practice. She always loved animals and wanted to do something in the medical field.

She originally worked at AEC in 2006 for a few years and then moved on for awhile, but was excited to come back to AEC’s awesome team in 2022.

She also owns her own business and breeds chicken for show. Her kids and her husband are her life away from medicine.

Christy is a life long learner, and never wants to stop growing as a technician. Her goal is to continually strengthen her technical skills and become a leader at AEC.


Veterinary Assistant

Angie has always wanted to work with animals since she was a young child, and graduated from Platt College in Ontario in 2018. She has been in the veterinary field for 4 years and started at AEC in May 2022. She loves working in critical care, it makes her happy when gets to help save a life and an animal goes home feeling better.

Outside of work, she likes going to the beach, reading, hanging out with family and friends, traveling and spending time with her cat and 2 dogs.

Her goal is to become a veterinarian and to own her own clinic someday.


Veterinary Assistant

Tina started in the veterinary field in January 2022. She completed 200 hrs in 3 months completing her attendant course. She worked at her first daytime Clinic in Downey CA in late February as an extern. Tina fell in love with the atmosphere quickly and knew that she had chosen the right career path.

She started at AEC in July of 2022. Outside of work her interests are working her second job as a pharmacy clerk, spoiling her black Labrador “Sly”, spending her paychecks with unnecessary Target runs and spending time with her husband/family. She also manages a private web hosting business with her husband called United web space.

Some professional goals Tina has are to obtain her RVT license as well as one day obtain a RPhT license.

Tina is currently furthering her education at Orange County Veterinary Assistant School where she hopes to successfully pass tech level classes to eventually take the VTNE.

Some things Tina would love to add is why she chose this career. Since she was a little girl her dream was to work with animals. In elementary school her career posters would be full of paw prints. Tina is so excited to finally embark on this journey and create new friendships and everlasting quick attachments to the furry friends we are fortunate enough to help at AEC.


Veterinary Assistant

Jasmin started volunteering for a rescue in 2017 and since then has worked in shelter medicine as well as general practice. She is currently working full time in a local general practice clinic and joined AEC in 2020. She’s also a student in Platt College’s RVT program and wants to pursue mixed-practice and possibly specialize in Emergency & Critical Care. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing.


Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!