Meet Our Team

Jackie Short, DVM

Medical Director

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Dr. Jacqueline Short graduated from veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in 2007 and worked at the university for a year during a rotating internship. She completed her residency at local specialty hospitals around the Southern California area and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in October of 2014. Dr. Short has authored multiple articles featured in veterinary publications and has lectured on diverse topics including smoke inhalation trauma and blood transfusions. Her special interests include transfusion medicine, multimodal analgesia, and the diagnosis and treatment of nonsurgical diseases, especially of internal organ systems such as the respiratory, digestive and urinary tract.

In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with her dog, Thurso.

Thomas Babcock, DVM

Hospital Administrator

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Dr. Babcock completed Veterinary School at Colorado State University in 2006. He then completed an internship at the Animal Emergency Medical Center in 2007. Since then he has practiced emergency medicine full time in the Southern California region.

In his spare time he enjoys many outdoor activities, including surfing, biking, and motorcycles. 2 years ago he rescued a scruffy terrier, named Pia, who also enjoys running along the beach.

Corrie Kerr, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Corrie Kerr discovered her true calling in veterinary medicine by taking the road a little less traveled. After beginning a career in architecture (& concurrently volunteering at the local humane society in her spare time), it didn’t take long for her to realize that her genuine passion was in caring for animals.

She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. Following graduation, she completed a year-long small animal rotating internship at an emergency & specialty referral hospital in Irvine. It was there that she developed a strong interest in emergency medicine.

Originally from Ohio, Dr. Kerr currently resides in the Long Beach area with her husband & their furchildren (two cats & a pittie mix). When not working, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, crafting, traveling, hiking & being outdoors in the beautiful SoCal sunshine.

Ambria Haddad, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Originally from Southern California, Dr. Ambria Haddad graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s degree with a pre-vet option before earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at a specialty and emergency hospital in Las Vegas. She continued working in Las Vegas at a general practice hospital before returning to California to join Long Beach Animal Emergency. Emergency medicine has been her top interest since before veterinary school.

When not working, she spends time with her dogs, Will Truman and Carlton Banks, and her cats, Steve Buscemi and Gary Busey. Dr. Haddad also enjoys going to Dodger games and is always on the lookout for good live music venues.

David Beeh, DVM

Associate Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Beeh’s passion for veterinary medicine grew while he was working in the field as a veterinary technician. He started at an all cat general practice prior to branching out into emergency medicine. Dr. Beeh attended Western University of Health Sciences and graduated in 2012. He then joined Long Beach Animal Emergency where he enjoys the dynamic of emergency, especially emergency surgery. Although Dr. Beeh is a softie for kittens, he is almost always accompanied by his shadow, Jay the Pit Bull. In his spare time, Dr. Beeh enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, gaming, or experimenting with his fish tanks.

Deanelle Abatayo

Client Service Manager

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Deanelle, a Southern California native joined the veterinary field 7 years ago as a Client Service Representative. She has been with Long Beach Animal Emergency since March 2018 and is currently the hospital’s CSR Manager. Deanelle’s interest in veterinary medicine was influenced by her sister who is also in the veterinary field as a veterinarian’s assistant and animal lover caretaker.

Outside of the hospital, Deanelle is a Polynesian dancer and instructor of 10+ years. She loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and furbabies Moloa and Bro.

Jesus Lopez

Operations Inventory Manager

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Jesus found his passion working with animals when he was hired at a small animal practice in La Habra CA. While at this practice, he attended Mt. San Antonio College. After six years he joined an Emergency clinic in Southern California, where he was a valued team for four years. After that time he joined Long Beach Animal Emergency, and became a lead Technician. Over five years he has honed his skills and is now practicing as Inventory Manager. On his time off he is the PROUD father of three little boys, Jaden A. Owen K. & Evan S. Lopez and one 18 year old cat Bella. They enjoy going out to the movies, parks, fairs, gaming together and Snowboarding.

Kathryn Andrew

RVT

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Kathryn Andrews has 5 yrs experience in the veterinary field. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2009 from the Professional Veterinary Assistant School.

Kathryn in her spare time loves to do many things such as going to the movies, beach, and of course the mall. She has a special interest in Critical Care. Kathryn or “Kat” as we call her here at Animal Emergency Referral Center, has a mini dachshund “Missy”, a calico cat “Bleachy” and new puppy “Africa”.

Sharifa Rastegar

RVT

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Bio coming soon.

Benedicto Flores

RVT

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Benedicto Flores is a RVT who has been in the field for 10 years. He grew up in Bakersfield, California where his career began, in 2008. Originally wanting to be an elementary school teacher, he quickly realized his true passion of working with animals and pursued his true path. Starting out as a kennel attendant, he worked his way up the ladder and after years of being in the field finally pursued his licensing. A graduate of Stanbridge University, Benedicto has also acquired a wide range of skills through on-the-job training, ranging from general practice to specialty hospitals.

Benedicto dedicates a large portion of his spare time to improving his skills on the mats. He is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has recently acquired his brown belt. Always having been an active person you can typically find him doing something outdoors, be it hanging at the beach or riding his bicycle. When he is not outdoors you can find him watching movies with his two dogs Karma and Brian, and his two ferrets Bonnie and Clyde.