Our Careteam

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Arroyo Veterinary Clinic in San lorenzo! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 510-278-8440 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Pavneet Mavi
Veterinarian

Dr. Pavneet Mavi’s childhood experiences with pets left no doubt that he would one day work with animals. From the little touch with the paw, to the gentle nudge with a wet nose, to those quick contented barks, Dr. Mavi was enthralled with animals and wanted to do everything he possibly could to help them. He achieved his dream, and is now a full-time veterinarian and the owner of Arroyo Veterinary Clinic!

Dr. Mavi grew up in Punjab, India in a family of agriculturalists and farmers. He attended school in Chandigarh before studying veterinary medicine at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. After that, he moved to the States to further pursue his veterinary education at Purdue University. Following graduation, Dr. Mavi settled in Indianapolis for his very first job as a veterinarian. While working in Indianapolis, Dr. Mavi heard that Arroyo Veterinary Clinic’s previous owner was retiring and looking for someone to take charge of the practice. Dr. Mavi flew to California and settled the deal, taking over as the clinic’s owner in 2011.  As a veterinarian, Dr. Mavi especially enjoys geriatric pet care. Helping an older pet feel better is the ultimate reward for him! He’s also interested in tough dermatology cases. Dr. Mavi resides with his wife and their two young sons in Castro Valley, California. In his spare time, Dr. Mavi is an avid hiker and marathoner and recently completed the San Francisco Half Marathon. He’s also an electronics buff, and continues to be mesmerized by the latest and greatest consumer electronics.

Dr. Barbara VanGilder
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Barbara VanGilder has always wanted to use her skillset to give something back. That’s exactly the opportunity provided to her by a career in veterinary medicine! She’s excited to serve the pets and animal parents of the area as a member of the Arroyo Veterinary Clinic family.

Dr. VanGilder earned her undergraduate degree in zoology from Ohio State University before pursuing her veterinary education at the University of California-Davis. Throughout her education, she stayed active in biological and community field work—she served on projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Equatorial Guinea, and Kenya, and even spent some time with the National Parks Service! Dr. VanGilder continues to be active in community medicine and surgery training in Nicaragua.

Medically, Dr. VanGilder has special interests in small-mammal and reptile medicine, as well as dentistry and soft-tissue surgery. She’s certified in low-stress handling and enjoys working with patients who have behavior issues or are stressed and fearful, ultimately making their experience as smooth and calming as possible. Dr. VanGilder is also passionate about chronic pain management, hospice, and eldercare, and she enjoys using adjunct therapies like laser, neuromyofascial release, and other techniques to support whole-body care.

Carling
Practice Manager

Although she grew up in Canada and California adoring animals of all kinds, Carling initially attended college to study art. After she’d adopted a bat and grown her own at-home zoo, her mind began to change. Carling realized that animal care was her true calling!

Carling arrived at Arroyo Veterinary Clinic in the fall of 2013 and started working as a Veterinary Assistant. It wasn’t long before she’d worked her way up to a Technician position; shortly after that, she became Practice Manager! Developing personal relationships with clients and members of the San Lorenzo community is the most rewarding part of the job for her. Carling also enjoys educating pet owners about preventative medicine to keep their pets happy and healthy. Carling and her husband live with several pets. Wallace is a Great Dane, and can often be seen greeting clients and patients at Arroyo Veterinary Clinic’s front desk. Florence is an elderly rabbit who keeps Wallace in check, and two senior rats named Moose and Squirrel round out the animal family. Outside of work, Carling enjoys hiking with Wallace and knitting. She also hopes to find more time to volunteer for local animal rescues, and is even considering going back to school to further her knowledge of the clinic’s pet patients!

Kristen
Technician Assistant