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.


Our Team

DOUGLAS L COWARD, DVM, MS

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian

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.”


CARRIE HSING, BVMS

Veterinarian

Dr. Hsing received her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Davis studying Animal Biology and Psychology and received her veterinary degree at University of Glasgow (in Scotland). She was born in California but raised in Indiana and then Taiwan. Before attending veterinary school, Dr. Hsing worked as a veterinary assistant and zookeeper. Dr. Hsing has a particular interest in exotic small animal medicine in addition to dogs and cats. She is fluent in English and Mandarin. She is a pet mom to 3 rabbits Tofu, Dumpling, and Taro and 2 rowdy dogs Aero and Archer. During her spare time, Dr. Hsing enjoys traveling to foreign countries, trying new food, outdoor activities, Muay Thai, boxing, and weight lifting.


CHRISTINE PEDRANGHELU, DVM

Veterinarian

From dogs to dolphins Dr. Pedranghelu has worked with an array of different species. Dr. Pedranghelu graduated from Western University of Health Sciences here in California but is originally from Long Island, New York. Prior to the Animal and Bird Clinic, Dr. Pedranghelu’s work included zoo medicine, aquatic medicine, and small animal specialty medicine. Dr. Pedranghelu is a vegan who enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her four cats and hedgehog.