Meet Our Veterinary Team
Our veterinarians and support staff share an unwavering dedication to our four-legged patients and the people who love them. Motivated by their mutual goal of providing the most exceptional care to the pet families in and around Irvine, our team works hard to ensure that you expect nothing less than the best at our animal hospital.
Dr. Mike Cao purchased Irvine Valley Animal Hospital in May 2017. He renamed it Irvine Valley Veterinary Hospital to honor it’s long history of treating pets and their owners like family, while also updating the hospital to provide state of the art veterinary care.
It has been a dream come true for Dr. Cao to return to Irvine and open his own practice. He is a proud graduate of Woodbridge High School and UC Irvine. Upon receiving his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University, he continued working in Ohio before moving back to Southern California where he worked at a busy 24/7 emergency practice for several years. At the 20+ doctor practice he became highly proficient with critical care, surgery and complex cases. His vision with Irvine Valley Veterinary Hospital is to create a warm and compassionate environment where high quality veterinary care is readily available and affordable to Irvine residents.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Cao and his family love going to the park every Sunday to work out. Other favorite family activities include going to the beach, spending time with their 3 dogs and watching the LA Lakers.
Dr. Sara Dodd grew up in central Illninois and graduated from the University of Illinois in 2000. After vet school, she moved to the Chicago suburbs and practiced there for 16 years. Dr. Dodd found her passion for surgery, dentistry, management of chronic disease, and for long term relationships with her clients. She still has contact with some of her very first clients. She has been adopted into many families and attended birthday parties and weddings over the years. Dr. Dodd also worked with several rescue organizations while she was in Chicago. She loved seeing dogs and cats get their forever homes with new loving families.
Dr. Dodd has attended advanced training in dentistry and soft tissue surgery. During one of her training sessions, she made a trip to California for the first time. She fell in love with Southern California, and two years later she and her husband moved to California.
When not with her patients, Dr. Dodd enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and their French bulldog Homer.
Jen has worked with and around animals for over 15 years. She started by teaching handicapped children how to ride and groom horses, and later became a dog trainer. She enjoyed that profession for many years, but ultimately felt that her heart lay on the medical side of the animal field. She started as a receptionist and worked her way up to becoming a veterinary technician, and eventually became a hospital manager. She continues to work daily to improve her skills, grow her knowledge, and utilize her compassion and love for animals to provide all of our clients and their furry family members with the best care available, in a manner that will make them feel like part of our family.
“Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.”
“Bow wow wow, yippy yo yippy yay…one walk with me, will make your dog’s day!”
“Based on my wardrobe, my favorite color is animal hair.”
“Future veterinarian extraordinaire learning technical skills from the ground up.”
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”
“Whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend never had a dog”
“if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”