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.

Doctors

Steven Edwards

DVM

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

DVM

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 Henderson

DVM

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

Sinuhe

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.

Sherry

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).

Laura

Registered Veterinary Technician

Laura has been in the veterinary field since 2004 and at Animal Emergency Clinic since 2014. She graduated from Mt. San Antonio College’s Registered Veterinary Technology program in 2015 and obtained her R.V.T. license in the spring of 2016. She has worked at several daytime veterinary practices, a shelter and as a veterinary assisting instructor, and has found a passion in emergency medicine. Laura enjoys mastering new skills and expanding her knowledge, and also works as a veterinary technology instructor for a distance education program. Her goal is to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care. Laura is married to another animal lover and has a bunch of dogs and cats, including her favorite cat ‘Mojo’. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, classic rock music, anything to do with muscle cars or old trucks, video games, and watching TV (Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy!)

Charlotte

Registered Veterinary Technician

Charlotte has been with Animal Emergency Clinic since 2017 and graduated with an A.S. in Registered Veterinary Technology from Carrington College in 2013, she obtained her R.V.T. license in 2014. At home, she enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her family and pets.

Stephanie G.

Veterinary Assistant

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.

Jasmine

Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine has been at Animal Emergency Clinic since 2014, after volunteering for a few years in the animal field. She graduated from a veterinary technician program in 2014. Outside of work she likes hiking and camping, she has four dogs and two cats. Jasmine decided her dog is more photogenic than her, so this is her dog ‘Dean’ smiling for the camera. 🙂

Aireana

Veterinary Assistant

Aireana has been at Animal Emergency Clinic since 2015, after externing here from a veterinary assisting program through her formal high school. She is currently attending Mount San Antonio College’s Registered Veterinary Technology program. At home, she has three dogs and one cat, she enjoys reading, the outdoors and exercising. Aireana has a special interest in zoology, especially primates.

Marie

Veterinary Assistant

Marie has been in the veterinary field since 2011, and joined Animal Emergency Clinic in 2015. Marie graduated from Carrington College’s Registered Veterinary Technology program and is a wife and mother of three. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and going to Disneyland.

Betsy

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.

Stephanie D.

Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie has been in the veterinary field since 2016 when she joined Animal Emergency Clinic. As a child she was actively involved in 4-H and FFA, and knew that she wanted to continue to work with animals as a career. She graduated from Westech with honors in August of 2016, receiving a Veterinary Assisting Certificate. Shortly before graduating she obtained a position at AEC, where she had dreamed of working since moving to the high desert. Stephanie feels that one of the greatest joys of working at AEC is knowing that in a pets most critical time of need we are able to provide comfort to both the owner and the pet.

Carissa

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.

Mackenzie

Veterinary Assistant

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!

Kaylea

Veterinary Assistant

Kaylea started volunteering in veterinary clinics in 2015 and has been at AEC since 2019. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor Degree in Animal Health Science as well as completed their Registered Veterinary Technology program. She obtained her RVT license in summer 2019. Outside of work Kaylea loves hiking, shooting archery and spoiling her fur child.

Cassidy

Veterinary Assistant

Cassidy started at Animal Emergency Clinic in 2019. Cassidy always has wanted to work with animals, and it’s been her dream to work in emergency medicine since attending veterinary assisting school. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, taking pictures of nature, listening to music and hanging out with her 2 cats and 2 dogs.