Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Sierra Oaks Veterinary Services!

  • Dr.
    Josh Ettlin
    Owner/Veterinarian

    Dr. Josh Ettlin earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of California, Davis.  Most mornings you will find Dr. Ettlin working at local area farms and ranches. He has a passion for working with livestock as he spent the earliest part of his career working predominantly on large cattle ranches and dairy farms. However, sheep, goats, and pigs are also some of his favorite animals to work on. When Dr. Ettlin is not in the field, he takes pride in caring for the dogs and cats in the community. In the fall of 2018, Dr. Ettlin purchased Sierra Oaks Veterinary Services (previously Pleasant Valley Vet Center).  This made it possible for Dr. Ettlin to pursue his dream of owning a veterinary practice that served the needs of both small and large animals.


    Dr. Ettlin is a 5th generation native of Nevada County dating back to the 1800's. He most enjoys spending time with his family; his beautiful wife, Kaytie, and four children Paisley, Jaedyn, Quinci, and Bryson. Outside of family time, Dr. Ettlin is an avid outdoorsman. The family also has a small farm with sheep, goats and chickens that keep him busy. He is a big supporter of 4-H, FFA, and the local agricultural community.

  • Dr.
    Linda Fossum
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Fossum was born and raised in Southern California. She completed her undergraduate
    education at the University of California, Davis, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in
    Zoology in 1975. She returned to UC Davis, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in
    1981.
    After being involved for several years in small animal practice in the Glendale area of So.
    California, Dr. Fossum relocated to Nevada County in 1988. Dr. Fossum worked for many
    years in general practice in Auburn and Grass Valley prior to joining Pleasant Valley Veterinary
    Center (Now Sierra Oaks Vet) in 2016. Her professional interests include preventive care, feline medicine, behavior,
    dermatology, and low stress handling. She enjoys client education and encouraging positive
    interactions that enhance the human animal bond. Dr. Fossum is grateful for the opportunity to
    provide compassionate care and to learn from her patients, who have so much to teach.
    In her spare time away from veterinary medicine, Dr. Fossum enjoys spending time with her
    four dogs and three cats. She also enjoys gardening, music, and participating in K-9 Nose
    Work with Munch, her Norwich terrier and Clover, her Shih Tzu mix.

  • Dr.
    Liz Byers
    Veterinarian

    Since she was 3 years old, Dr. Byers always wanted to be a Veterinarian. She started working in a vet clinic at the age of 15 through the local ROP (Regional Occupational Program). Eventually she was hired and became a vet assistant/technician. After High school she went to Sierra College and then transferred to UC Davis to finish her bachelor's degree in Animal Biology. She was then accepted at St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine were she lived on the small island of Grenada. Her final year of vet school was completed at Oregon State University. After obtaining her DVM from SGU, Dr. Liz returned to her hometown of Grass Valley as a small animal practitioner.Dr. Liz has interest in cardiology, anesthesiology, clinical pathology and small animal surgery. 

    Dr. Liz loves being a veterinarian and even on her days off always seems to be doing something animal related. Both Dr. Liz and her husband Cam were competetive dog sled mushers and enjoy playing with their three Northern breed dogs (Diesel, Neya and Maverick). Their hobbies also include skiing, traveling the world,  and wake surfing.  

  • Caitlin Oats
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Caitlin was raised in Truckee, CA. She received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2007. She joined the team at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Center in 2007 and has continued on to join Sierra Oaks Veterinary Services. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2015 after completing a program through Veterinary Allied Staff Education. 
     

    Caitlin lives with her family on a small ranch in Penn Valley. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and her border collies, running, hiking, riding horses, and running a small commercial cow herd.

  • Leslie Peek
    Registered Veterinary Technician

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  • Linda Gehrke
    Office Manager

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  • Jordan Albertson
    Registered Veterinary Technician

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  • Anne Albano
    Receptionist

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  • Erin Maya
    Vet Assistant

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  • Kattie Whitman

    Vet Assistant

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Main Hours - (530) 432-8443

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed