At Animal and Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your pet, please contact us today.
DOUGLAS L COWARD, DVM, MS
Dr. Doug Coward received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Santa Clara, a Master of Science in Animal Ecology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis. Upon graduation from Santa Clara, Dr. Coward played basketball for 5 years in Australia. He also coached the basketball team and taught biology at Hailebury College and did kangaroo parasite research at the Department of Tropical Veterinary Science at James Cook University. Dr. Coward traveled through Australia and then spent another year traveling and viewing wildlife in their natural habitats in New Guinea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Africa before veterinary school. Dr. Coward did an internship with Dr. Thad Thorson, renowned avian, reptile, exotic animal and small animal dermatologist in Long Beach. Dr. Coward replaced retiring avian and exotic animal specialist, Dr. Ken Svedeen, at The Animal and Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo in 1991 and has never left! Dr. Coward is a member of the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Holistic Veterinarians, Surfers Medical Association and Academy of Human Integrative Health and Medicine. Dr. Coward enjoys surfing every morning, attempting to pass his yoga teachers course started in Australia in 1976 and traveling with his wife Nancy who he met in Melbourne. They have two daughters, Kelly and Shawn, who inherited the travel bug! Dr. Coward recently worked in Mongolia with Christian Veterinarian Mission. He has nearly completed a three year book writing project on animal and human health – all the mistakes he has made and how to avoid them!
BRETT HENSLEY, DVM
Dr. Brett Hensley began at the Animal & Bird Clinic in 2005. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Biology in 2000 and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from UC Davis in 2005. Dr. Hensley grew up in Davis, California and also has local family in Southern California. He enjoys working with many small exotic animals. While also being skilled in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery.
His lovely wife Kerri works as a geneticist and they have two sons, Brendan and Max. The Hensley’s share their life with their rescue cat, Mochi, rescue dogs, Josie & Myles, along with turtle Webster, tortoise Oliver and bearded dragon Bumps.
PETER W BLOCH, DVM, CVA
Dr. Peter Bloch received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University in Ithaca and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. Dr. Bloch is a New York native, moved to California following graduation and has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1976. He is certified in veterinary acupuncture and is a member of The Veterinary Medical Assistance Team(VMAT), which addresses emergency animal issues at disaster sites. Most recently VMAT had him deployed to help the hurricane victims in Texas. He is pictured here with his chocolate lab “Moses.”
SABRINA WU, DVM
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Sabrina Wu is thrilled to return to Southern California as an associate at the Animal and Bird Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. She has an interest in surgery and is also passionate about nonprofit medicine; she actively volunteers at several organizations. She hopes to one day direct a shelter with a concurrent cat cafe.
Dr. Wu currently lives with 4 black cats – Mr. Olive, Martini, Horus, and Poppy. During her free time, she greatly enjoys outdoor recreation, culinary arts, reading, and bluegrass music.
BIRGIT ANKONE, DVM
Dr. Birgit Ankone has a passion for animals was instilled as a child in South Africa and still continues to this day. Her schooling abroad culminated in a degree with Distinction in Zoology from the University of Cape Town. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis After graduation, Dr. Ankone practiced at a feline only practice until opening her own successful integrative veterinary clinic, where she focused on functional medicine, diet, vaccines and overall pet wellness.