Deron Larsson, DVM
Dr. Larsson is a 1987 graduate of U.C. Davis Veterinary School and has been at Canal Veterinary Hospital since 1988. He has a passion for relationships and strives to build a trust bond with his clients and patients by providing comprehensive, transparent care and advice. Dr. Larsson’s favorite area of veterinary work is internal medicine and he is always studying to keep up to date on the latest research and standards of care. In 2019, he and Dr. Heather formed a partnership to purchase the practice from the retiring Dr. Baker. Deron and his wife, Kathryn, have five grown children, 2 cats and a dog named Cookie. In their spare time, the Larssons enjoy entertaining, cooking, board games and missions trips around the world.
Heather Deleon, DVM
Dr. Heather was born and raised in Turlock, California. She realized from a young age that she had a passion for veterinary medicine. She started her journey at Canal Veterinary Hospital in junior high and high school as a kennel tech. and veterinary assistant. She then left to obtain her undergraduate degree in biology pre-medicine from Cal State University, Monterey Bay and attended veterinary school at UC Davis; all the while, working full time as a veterinary technician for various hospitals. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Heather returned to CVH as a staff vet and in 2019 she and Dr. Larsson purchased the practice.
Heather has three cats (Owen, Fiona, and Sebastian), a loving Malamute/Husky mix named Noah, and a Springer Spaniel named Tag. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their 2 beautiful children. She is very excited to be back serving her community in Turlock. She says it is a dream come true to be able to re-acquaint herself with the town, the people and their pets.
A Turlock native, Lindy joined the Canal Vet family in 2008 as an eager college student looking to build workplace experience. She started as an assistant and receptionist but over the years she’s filled many roles and job descriptions. From 2012-2019 Lindy reduced her work hours to allow time to serve her family as a wife and mother of 3, while still contributing to the hospital as substitute assistant/receptionist, inventory manager and training specialist.
In 2019 Lindy took on the role of office manager and is thrilled to be back as a full-time staff member, actively involved in implementing the mission and vision of Canal Veterinary Hospital.
Rebecca Goodrich, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Rebecca joined our staff in March of 2017 after returning to her hometown of Modesto from a 5-year stint in Wyoming. Her many years of experience as well as her upbeat, kind-hearted attitude and her compassion for animals makes Rebecca a wonderful addition to the CVH team.
Rebecca obtained an Associates Degree in Veterinary Science, from Western Career College, as well as certification as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008. She spent the first 5 years of her career working at an emergency veterinary hospital in Modesto – specializing mostly in small animal medicine – and the next 5 years working at a large and small, mixed animal practice in Wyoming; where she worked with everything from cows and horses to dogs, cats, and exotics. She has a passion for helping animals, and even as a child, she knew she would pursue a career in the veterinary field. She is always looking for new challenges and expanding her experience and education. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and of course her furry “children.” Rebecca and her husband Jake have two sons, Jordan and Garrett, as well as 5 rescued dogs and 2 rescued cats.
Julie is our full-time receptionist here at Canal Veterinary Hospital. She came to us with years of experience working with people both in the workplace and at home raising her 3 teenage children. She uses her wonderful organizational skills, dependable nature, and compassionate heart to serve our clients and their pet(s) daily. Julie’s kind heart and supportive personality make her a cherished addition to our family.
We welcomed Roya to the team in the summer of 2020. She comes to us with experience in many areas including customer service, pharmacy, and retail. Roya is friendly and compassionate and has had a soft spot for cats for as long as she can remember; all of which makes her a wonderful representative of Canal Vet. When she is not working, she can be found crafting and spending time with her husband of over a decade and their 2 school-aged children.
Alexis started volunteering with us in December of 2018 and was hired as a veterinary assistant in February of 2019. She has quickly grown in her time with us into a highly-skilled, capable & an invaluable asset to the CVH team! Alexis grew up in Gilroy, California, and is now attending CSU Stanislaus where she aims to obtain her degree before applying to vet school. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend as well as fostering rescue dogs and bottle feeding kitties.
Nathaniel has been with Canal Veterinary Hospital since February 2020. He is intelligent, responsible, and a hard worker. When he’s not serving our clients and patients here at the hospital, he is studying for his degree in Mechanical Engineering at UC Merced. In his spare time, he also enjoys spending time at home with his parents and 7 siblings.
Canal Veterinary Hospital officially welcomed Hope to the team in February 2020 after several months of volunteering and shadowing. Her warm spirit and hard-working mentality help her to serve our clients with a smile and provide top-notch care to our patients. Hope is currently studying Animal Science at Merced Junior College and hopes to one day have a full-time career in veterinary medicine.
As the son of a veterinarian, Seth has grown up surrounded by animals. He officially joined our staff in September 2019 and has been a wonderful addition to the team. Seth’s gentle spirit and sharp mind serve to make him great at working with our clients and their pets. Currently attending Modesto Junior College, Seth is working toward a degree in Structural Engineering.
After shadowing and observing at Canal Vet for several years, Nicholas officially joined the staff in January of 2020 as one of our kennel staff. His hard work and dedication earned him a promotion to Veterinary Assistant a few short months later. Nicholas’s favorite part of the job is interacting with the animals and their people. He hopes that his experience here will propel him toward his dream of becoming a veterinarian. In a home with 8 children, one dog, and two cats there is almost always something going on; but in his free time, Nicholas enjoys playing soccer, dancing, and taking apart/repurposing old electronics.
Josh has been with Canal Veterinary Hospital since 2020. His laid-back personality and impressive work ethic make for a combination that is well suited for the job. He is currently completing course work at Modesto Junior College and hopes to one day begin his career in construction. When he isn’t at work or studying for his classes, Josh enjoys hanging out with his friends and family back home in Gilroy.
Known around the office as everyone’s “little brother,” Colton joined the team in 2019 and worked diligently to earn the promotion to Veterinary Assistant in less than a year. His sweet and fun-loving nature keeps everyone smiling while he’s on shift. Although he ultimately aspires to have a career in sports medicine/kinesiology, Colton enjoys the time he gets to spend here working with the animals. In his spare time, Colton can be found playing football, working out or enjoying game nights with his mom and 2 sisters.
Hospital Maintenance/Kennel Staff
Annie joined the Canal Vet family in July 2020. Working behind the scenes, she ensures that our facilities are clean and well maintained and that our hospitalized patients are properly cared for. Annie is bubbly and vivacious and eager to work her hardest at every task she undertakes. When she’s not at work, Annie can be found caring for her own beloved pets; including 2 dogs, 7 cats, 13.5 chickens and her tortoise named Tom Cruise. She also enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and playing the violin.