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Dr Sara Andre

Dr. Sara Andre has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2009 and especially enjoys the opportunity to form long-term relationships with her patients and their families. While most of her patients are dogs and cats, she enjoys treating other small mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Dr. Andre attended college at UC Berkeley, where she majored in Molecular Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Animal Health and Behavior. While at Berkeley, she was involved in research and later published a scientific paper investigating fungal infections in the endangered native mountain yellow-legged frog. She then completed her veterinary degree at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating at the top of her class. Dr. Andre has been fear-free certified and maintains an interest in sonography and internal medicine.

After veterinary school, Dr. Andre completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship. She went on to work as a relief veterinarian at several Bay Area practices and spent 10 years at a veterinary hospital in Castro Valley, before starting at Amador Valley Veterinary Hospital in 2021. When not at work, she spends time relaxing with her family, reading science fiction, gardening, exploring new places, and playing with her fluffy cat Emily

Dr.Andre is accepting new patients. 

Dr. Summer Godfrey

Dr. Summer Godfrey has been providing veterinary care for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot-bellied pigs, reptiles and equines since 2005 and is proud to be a part of the team at Amador Valley.

Dr. Godfrey graduated in 2005 from the U.C. Davis Veterinary School. Her first veterinary job was in Palm Springs working with horses (focusing on Polo horses) and small animals.

During this time she broadened her veterinary skills by treating pot-belly pigs and goats. A lover of all creatures, great and small, Summer also treats exotic pets. She has a great passion for Veterinary Dentistry and keeps current with yearly continuing education classes. She has been a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) since 2008.  Dr. Godfrey is now also certified in Canine Rehabilitation.

Summer lives with her husband, Steve, her children, Stevie Raye and Sterling, and a houseful of dogs! When she isn't treating her four-legged patients, Summer can be found spending time at home with her family and dogs. She loves to visit her in-law's ranch in Gold Country or her parent's home in Palo Cedro.

Summer and her family are quite active and enjoy swimming, hiking, and playing with the dogs outdoors! Summer's love and compassion for all animals began as she grew up; her parents always rescued and fostered animals. Growing up in this animal-centric environment paved the way for Summer to create and follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Her entire family has pets and Christmas time is especially fun and rambunctious - there can be up to 15 dogs at any given time!

Schedule: Monday - Friday

*Only Accepting New Patients By Referral 

Dr. Claire Brownstone

Please welcome the newest member of our team here at Amador Valley Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Claire Brownstone.

Dr. Brownstone was born and raised in the midwest, receiving her BA in biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2019, she graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and then went on to complete a one-year internship working at an equine hospital in Minnesota. Although the weather was below freezing, she loved the opportunity to work closely with horses.

What Dr. Brownstone enjoys most about being a veterinarian is the problem solving aspect and connecting with both people and pets.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her horse Argo, hiking, ice skating, and gaming. She currently is a Contributing Editor for the website 

Along with Argo, she has a dog (chiweenie) named Little Man and a cat named Lúthien.

Shannon Hoel
Veterinary Technician

Shannon has been working in the veterinary field since 2010.  She grew up working in animal rescue; her mom fostered cats and kittens for as long as she can remember.  Shannon shares her home with her husband of 6 years, their son Austin, and their dog named Murphy - a two year old Pitbull mix.  When she is not working hard at AVVC serving our clients' needs, she enjoys playing with Austin, cooking, watching movies, reading, and crafting.

Pam Lingenfelder
Client Service Representative

I have been with AVVC since 2014.  I come from 20+ years in the dental field so the veterinary industry was completely new for me.  I have very much enjoyed learning all there is about animals and am still learning.  I love to see all the different types of animals that visit here.  I have 2 dogs, Lola and Teddy, and 2 cats, Tyga and Raider.  They very much keep us on our toes.  I enjoy spending my off time with my husband Greg and 2 daughters Nicole and Maddie.

Hospital Cat

Logan came to us at approximately 2 years old in 2009. He's a cuddly love bug but if you give him too much love he'll drool on you! Logan also has quite the purr motor on him and he can get revved up just by looking at him. One of his favorite things to do (other than sleep) is to keep any papers we leave on the tables nice and warm.

Hospital Cat

Lola is our oldest hospital cat; born in 2003. She was surrendered to us when she was only a year old. She loves attention from the staff (and anybody else who is around)and watches over them as they work. Lola also likes to say hello to our canine patients & make new friends. One of her fun qualities is she likes to sit in people's laps & knead their neck!

Margaret Simuro
Hospital Director

Margaret is a graduate of UC San Diego and Purdue University. A veterinary technician for more than 10 years with experience in emergency and critical care, she has managed multiple veterinary hospitals.

Always on the go, she enjoys traveling, gardening, sailing and spending time with her German Wirehaired Pointer Kiel, her cat Vinny, and Captain Jack, a California Desert Tortoise.