AJ Martin (Dr. Martin) grew up in Chino, California on his family’s dairy farm. He is proud of his Portuguese heritage, as well as the tradition of dairy farming, carried on by his parents, who were third generation dairy farmers.
AJ obtained his degree in Dairy Sciences from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010. He went back to work on the family farm, which helped him realize his desire to become a veterinarian. He then earned his DVM from Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (OSU-CVHS), where he met Kylie.
AJ has a passion for surgery and has taken advanced courses on orthopedic surgery. These specialized procedures include fracture repairs using internal fixation methods, femoral head ostectomy, medial patellar luxation repair, and lateral suture placements. He is also skilled in soft tissue surgery, with the ability to perform cesareans, splenectomies, pyometra surgeries, soft and hard palate repairs, and other complicated procedures. Dr. Martin loves creating lasting relationships with his clients and aims to be a servant to his community.
Kylie Martin (Dr. Byrd) grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, riding horses with her dad and spending as much time with animals as possible. Since the age of six, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, or, as she said, a “petnarian.”
She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from OSU in 2015, and her DVM from OSU-CVHS in 2019. At the time of graduation, she also earned her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida, and believes in the power of acupuncture to both relieve pain and to balance the body, therefore relieving disease. She became a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT), also from the Chi Institute, in 2021, and utilizes the healing power of food for her patients by creating custom homemade diets. She has been a certified Reiki practitioner since 2016.
Kylie has a passion for other holistic modalities as well, including laser therapy, Chinese herbal therapy, nutraceuticals/supplements, essential oils, manual therapy, and providing palliative and/or hospice care for geriatric and cancer patients. Dr. Byrd loves providing pet owners with the tools they need to make their pets as healthy and happy as possible.
Jessica lives in Morro Bay with her husband, two children, 5 cats, a dog,
2 guinea pigs, and a snake. Jessica has lived in Morro Bay her entire life and values the local wildlife and natural beauty. She can often be found on the beach. She believes in promoting appreciation for wildlife and their habitat. The local community is important to Jessica, and her family’s Morro Bay roots go back to 1977.
Jessica has always been drawn to animals, and began working at Morro Bay Vet Clinic in 1999 while she was still in high school. She worked at the clinic for 13 years, until shortly before the birth of her daughter. For the next few years Jessica was a full - time caregiver to her grandfather and a stay - at - home mom.
Jessica returned to work at Morro Bay Vet Clinic in November 2019. She loves every aspect of her job at the clinic. She values and appreciates all the pet families she has gotten to know over the years. You will often find her smiling face greeting you as you walk in the door as our head client service representative.
Alejandra was born in Palo Alto, California. When she was little, her parents took her to Mexico where she grew up in a small town in the state of Michoacan. At the age of 18, she transferred to Guadalajara in order to obtain her degree. She then moved to San Luis Obispo, where she is a now an asset to our team as a veterinary nurse.
She studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guadalajara with a focus on small animals. She has experience working at an emergency veterinary clinic in Mexico. She has also been a volunteer in the conservation of endangered species, such as sea turtles. Ale is currently in the process of obtaining her veterinary license in this country.
Ale has always had a great love and interest in nature. Her focus is the welfare and health of animals in every situation. In addition, she likes to be surrounded by plants of all kinds.
Pictured is her sweet tortoise shell rescue, Cala.
Tanner is a recent graduate of Stanislaus State with a degree in criminal justice. After finishing her degree, she returned home to Morro Bay, and is now an amazing team member as a veterinary nurse.
Animals have always been a core aspect of Tanner's life. Growing up on a ranch and riding horses her entire life, she has developed a strong appreciation and love for all animals.
She currently has a three-year-old Australian Shepherd (pictured), named Barley, who is her fur baby. She has always enjoyed helping animals, so this job is right up her alley!
Priscilla is originally from San Diego and moved to the Central Coast for college. She’s a third-year Animal Science major at Cal Poly SLO and plans to attend veterinary school after graduation.
Prior to working at Morro Bay Vet Clinic, she volunteered at multiple animal rescue organizations, both in-person and virtually. She also worked as an assistant at a small animal clinic in San Diego. She has a deep love for all animals and aims to dedicate her career towards helping animals in need.
Back at home in San Diego, Priscilla has a rescue chiweenie named Blessing and a tuxedo cat named Kiwi, who’s pictured in this photo.
Cameron is originally from Houston, Texas and moved to California to attend Cal Poly and enjoy its wonderful weather. She is currently a third year Animal Science student and plans on attending veterinary school after graduation.
Prior to joining Morro Bay Vet Clinic, she worked as a receptionist at a family-owned vet clinic in Houston. She also has five years of experience as a volunteer at the Houston Zoo working closely with zookeepers and different exotic species. Her goal for her future career is to care for a variety of animals and make a difference in her local and broader community.
Pictured is her loving and energetic cat named Jett, who is the best kitty ever and whom she cannot imagine life without.
Melanie grew up in Riverside, CA. surrounded by her family’s pets -- horses, goats, pigs and dogs. She has always had a special connection with animals throughout her life.
She moved to San Luis Obispo in 2020 to attend Cal Poly SLO and is majoring in Animal Science. She plans on continuing her education by attending veterinary school after graduation.
She has attended veterinary study abroad programs in Belize and South Africa where she worked closely with jaguars, howler monkeys, cheetahs & meerkats; explored the world’s 2nd largest coral reef and went on an incredible safari through Pilanesberg National Park.
Her Siamese cat, Bean (pictured), is her whole world so she understands the connection between pets and their owners and treats all our furry patients as if they were her own.
Dave grew up here on the central coast in Orcutt.
Dave has always had a deep love and appreciation for animals.
He worked as a veterinary assistant in Los Angeles following graduation, where his love for animals grew, until he changed careers. 17 years later, he has found his way back to the veterinary field!
Pictured with him is his handsome kitty, Junior.
These are AJ and Kylie's fur children! They love hiking, chasing balls, eating food, monitoring the squirrels, and protecting mom and dad from evil mail carriers.
Trinity comes to work every day to run quality control on the lobby treats. Karma works full time as a squirrel monitor at her house south of Morro Bay, but does sometimes come to work as well, to make sure the peanut butter hasn't gone bad.