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Meet the Vet

Dr. Lauren Heit

Dr. Lauren Heit is a seasoned small animal veterinarian whose journey in veterinary medicine has been shaped by a profound familial influence and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Lauren’s roots run deep in the area. She pursued her education in Pomona, attending both undergraduate and veterinary school, before returning to her hometown to establish her professional career. Drawing inspiration from her father, who was a veterinarian and owned his own hospital, Lauren’s passion for veterinary medicine was ignited at a young age. Despite her father’s passing a decade ago, his dedication to the profession continues to fuel Lauren’s own journey, driving her to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in the lives of animals and their owners.

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For Lauren, the allure of the veterinary industry lies in the opportunity to cultivate meaningful relationships with clients and their beloved pets. Her favorite aspect of working with animals is the chance to build trust and camaraderie with pet owners, serving as a supportive partner in their pets’ healthcare journey. Lauren knew she had found her calling in veterinary medicine when she realized that her work never felt like a chore; instead, it was a source of genuine joy and fulfillment. She thrives on the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of animals and their families, fostering a sense of trust and mutual respect within her community.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Lauren finds fulfillment in her personal life alongside her wife, Samantha Heit, who serves as her hospital manager. Together, they share the joys of parenthood with their two children and the company of their four feline companions. Lauren’s personal interests span from staying active at the gym to enjoying leisurely activities such as playing board games and video games with her family. Her commitment to personal growth extends beyond her veterinary practice, as she actively participates in veterinary business management associations and seeks continuous learning opportunities through various continuing education courses. With a heart dedicated to service, both within her practice and beyond, Lauren Heit exemplifies a steadfast dedication to the well-being of animals and the community she serves.

Samantha Heit

Samantha is an accomplished Practice Manager and Veterinary Technician at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center. With over a decade of experience in the veterinary field, Samantha brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. She relocated to Orange County four years ago after marrying her wife.

Samantha’s journey in the veterinary industry began in 2013 when she started as a kennel attendant. Over the years, she progressed to become a Technician and eventually transitioned into management. Her passion for animals has been a driving force throughout her career, stemming from her lifelong love for pets and a desire to help them. She has worked in both small animal and corporate practices, always striving to make a positive impact on the lives of animals.

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She knew she was in the right profession when she realized how quickly she could learn and adapt to new challenges. Going to work became something she looked forward to, and she has had the pleasure of meeting many amazing people along the way.

Outside of work, Samantha finds joy in spending time with her family. She is a proud stepmother to Noah and Olivia, whose growth brings her immense joy. Samantha shares her home with four beloved cats named Matzah Ball, TBO, Boo, and Frida, as well as a lively goldendoodle puppy named Charlie. Married to her wife Lauren for nearly two years, they share a passion for seeing the hospital thrive and grow.