Meet Our Highly Skilled Veterinary Team

Todd Hughes, DVM
Todd Hughes, DVMDr. Hughes received his BS in zoology in 1994 and his DVM from UC Davis in 1998. He also completed a surgical and internal medicine internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego in 1999.

Dr. Hughes has been at CVVH since completing his internship in 1999. He is currently owner and medical director of Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital.

His wife, Stephanie Lipp, is also a veterinarian who practices at CVVH. They have a daughter, Hannah, and son, Shane. Their pets include two dogs (Dottie and Minnie), three cats (Yoshi, Leo, and Billy), a lineolated parakeet named Baloo, and two California desert tortoises.

Dr. Hughes’ hobbies include family time, fishing, kayaking, and snowboarding. His professional interests are small and exotic animal internal medicine and surgery.
Evan Antin, DVM
Evan Antin, DVMDr. Evan Antin hails from Kansas City, Kansas where he grew up spending the majority of his childhood in search of native wildlife including snakes, turtles and insects. He went on to study evolutionary and ecological biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and spent several months abroad in Australia and Tanzania to learn more about their respective ecosystems and fauna.

In addition to his love for cats and dogs, Dr. Antin's true passions lies in exotic animal medicine and interacting with exotic animals in their natural habitats around the world. Through out his twenties, Dr. Antin has made an effort to seek opportunities to interact with wildlife on a domestic and international level to include locations such as Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, South America, Eastern and Southern Africa, South East Asia and a variety of North American ecosystems. The accumulation of Dr. Antin's hands-on experience with exotic animals has prepared him exceptionally with their handling, husbandry, and enrichment. He is capable of caring for small, delicate animals; large, dangerous animals; and of course our beloved household dogs and cats with ease and confidence.

Dr. Antin currently lives just outside of Thousand Oaks, California with his dog, Henry, his cat, Willy, his savannah monitor lizard, Matilda, and an assortment of tropical fish. Other hobbies of his include snowboarding, hiking, and weightlifting.
Mike Cao, DVM
Mike Cao, DVMDr. Mike Cao received his BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. He then studied Animal Sciences at Oregon State University, and is a 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Before coming to CVVH, he worked at a six doctor practice in Columbus, Ohio.

As a southern California native, Dr. Cao enjoys outdoor activities such as going to the beach, running, live music and car shows. He also likes to relax with his two dogs, a Mastiff named Uhuru and a French Bulldog named Molly.

Dr. Cao enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine including internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. What he appreciates most about his job are the relationships he is able to build with his clients and patients.
Patrick Connolly, DVM
Patrick Connolly, DVMDr. Connolly received his BS in biology from the University of Denver and his DVM from Colorado State University in 1980. His wife, Betsy, is also a veterinarian, teaches at Moorpark and Pierce Community Colleges, and serves as school board president of Conejo Valley Unified School District. They have a daughter, Kate, finishing her masters at California Lutheran University, and a son, James, studying mechanical engineering at Ventura Community College. The family includes a chocolate Labrador retriever named Max and two cats, Cassie and Nuit. His professional interests are internal medicine, cardiac ultrasound, and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Connolly’s hobbies include senior basketball, sailing, skiing, snorkeling, and reading.
Ken Coscarelli, DVM
Dr. Coscarelli received his BS in animal science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, his master’s of science in veterinary physiology (special interest in reproductive physiology) from Texas A & M University, and his DVM from UC Davis. His family pets include three dogs (Malibu, Wrangle, and Princess), two cats (Claudia and Jasper), an adult California desert tortoise named Joe, 14 baby tortoises, a snake, and several tanks of fish.

Along with spending time with his wife and four children, he enjoys involvement with his church, the community, teaching home schooling science classes, and watching movies. His professional interests include small animal and exotic medicine and surgery.
Jennifer Kelly, DVM
Jennifer Kelly, DVMDr. Jennifer Kelly received her bachelor’s of science in biology from UC Davis and her DVM from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has two dogs, named Brutus and Bella, and a cat named Isis.

Dr. Kelly’s hobbies include dancing, reading, snowboarding, movies and scuba diving. Her professional interests include internal medicine, emergency/critical care and surgery.
Ronit Lavie, DVM
Ronit Lavie, DVMDr. Lavie received her BS in zoology from UC Santa Barbara, went through the master’s program at CSUN with a focus on fish parasitology, and received her DVM from UC Davis. She has a dog, Olive Oyl, that she adopted while in vet school, and a cat named Ror, that was rescued at CVVH.

Dr. Lavie enjoys traveling, architecture, synchronized figure skating, and dance. Her professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography, and fish medicine.
Stephanie Lipp, DVM
Stephanie Lipp, DVMDr. Lipp received a BA in biology at CSUN and a DVM from UC Davis.

When she is not working here, she is busy taking care of the Hughes family. Her hobbies are snow skiing, playing the piano, and horseback riding. She has a special interest in dentistry and shelter animal medicine.
Hilary Lookingbill, DVM
Hilary Lookingbill, DVMDr. Lookingbill received her BS from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her DVM from Colorado State University.

She and her husband, Mark, have a son, Alex, and two dogs, Paco and Kali. Dr. Lookingbill loves all outdoor activities including hiking and skiing. She enjoys all areas of small animal medicine.
Christopher Schneider, DVM
Christopher Schneider, DVMDr. Christopher Schneider grew up in Wisconsin and received his bachelor's and DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then relocated to Las Vegas to practice veterinary medicine with his wife, their rescued Labradors and feline companions.

Dr. Schneider enjoys hiking with the dogs, traveling and has a history of showing rabbits.

Dr. Schneider's special interests include complex internal medicine cases, dermatology, feline medicine and behavior.

Dr. Schneider is excited to continue his career in Thousand Oaks with a team that is dedicated to making every pet and their family happy and comfortable, "from head to tail".
Jason Sweitzer, DVM
Dr. Amy VlaznyDr. Sweitzer is a proud native of Moorpark, CA and is happy to have returned home to raise his family. He received his BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior in 2003 and his DVM in 2009 from UC Davis. He also has 10 years of experience as a veterinary assistant and registered veterinary technician. His human family includes his wife Angela, an amazing groomer, and his daughter, Jessica. The Sweitzer's are currently expecting their second child. Their animal family includes their four cats (Cheyenne, Libby, Bonnie and Clyde) and a beta fish. Dr. Sweitzer has owned numerous exotic pets and loves raising litters of orphaned kittens.

Dr. Sweitzer's personal interests include dance, music, games, and bad puns and jokes. He is very passionate about the sport of field hockey. He has played since 1990 and also enjoys coaching and umpiring the sport in his spare time. His professional interests include behavior, teaching, business management, canine, feline, exotic, and emergency animal medicine. Dr. Sweitzer has written articles for magazine columns, blog posts, and educational articles and given numerous presentations on his veterinary interests. He has taken additional courses and training in the behavior field and is a big advocate of positive reinforcement. Dr. Sweitzer believes that the path to the solution is as important as the final result.
Bear Thompson, DVM
Jason Sweitzer, DVMDr. Thompson received his BA in biology from University of Colorado, Boulder, and his DVM from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

He and his wife have two dogs and two cats. He maintains that is the Ventura County Fire Marshal’s maximum occupancy limit for their house (2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 people).

Dr. Thompson’s hobbies include road cycling, acoustic steel string guitar, and digital photography. His professional interests are general surgery, orthopedics, endoscopy, and oncology.

As far as explaining his name, Dr. Thompson says that Bear is a nickname he got when he was very young and his favorite story was Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Dr. Thompson’s given name is Edward, and Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear. Bear got added, and he’s had to explain it ever since!
Amy Vlazny, DVM
Dr. Amy VlaznyDr. Amy Vlazny came to Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital this year after completing an internship in small animal emergency medicine, internal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura. She is a 2011 graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and is originally from Louisville, KY. Prior to veterinary school she attained a BA in biology at Washington University in St. Louis, worked as a veterinary technician, and lived in Ecuador for over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. As a result of her experiences she has a special interest in international outreach work to help bring much-needed veterinary services into remote and under-served communities. Her other professional interests are primarily in canine and feline emergency and internal medicine.

Dr. Vlazny shares her home with her husband César and an affectionate, fluffy black cat named Morgan. She spends free time outdoors bike riding, reading on the beach, and exploring beautiful Ventura County. She is also finally finding time to get back to her love of capoeira, a Brazilian art form that is described as a game, martial art, or dance.
Tobi Yoakum, DVM
Tobi Yoakum, DVMDr. Yoakum received her BS from UCLA and her DVM from UC Davis. She completed an internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Yoakum and her husband, an optometrist, have a son, a daughter, and a cat named Violet. Her hobbies include wind surfing and tennis, and her professional interest, in addition to general medicine, is ophthalmology.
Michelle Yoshida, MVB
Dr. Michelle YoshidaDr. Michelle Yoshida was born and raised in Visalia, CA. She received her BS in Animal Science and a minor in Gerontology at Fresno State with a full-ride scholarship through the Smittcamp Family Honors College. She then jumped at the opportunity to travel and decided to attend veterinary school in Ireland. Her time at University College Dublin lead her to discover her favorite place in Europe – Bruges, Belgium. Her time in Ireland also lead to her adoption of Daithi (David) the cat. After graduation from veterinary school in 2013, Michelle went on to complete her emergency and critical care internship in Wisconsin at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. Now she is very excited to be a part of the amazing team at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Thank you for being caring and understanding. I was really impressed that someone was available 24 hours. Keep up the good work! —Lindsey D.

Thank you to the entire staff for being the BEST! —Sherry B.

The office staff is friendly, helpful and caring. The doctors are great! We have taken both our dogs there for over 12 years. Wouldn't go anywhere else!—Candace L.

Thank you for the excellent care received by our huskies during the past 14 years. —Karl S.

Best care for my pit bull. She was hit by a truck and received outstanding care. —Kris E.

I am so very grateful to have found Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Best Veterinary Clinic in Ventura County Hands Down!!! —Renee M.

I am very satisfied with the quality of service and friendliness and compassion of the staff. —Hannah H.

They were so great in an emergency for my dog and I. I highly recommend their care for any loved pet.

The Techs were beyond awesome in the love and care they showed for my dog.

Thanks to all at Conejo Vet for working with me to make this painful experience turn positive. If not for the competent doctors and staff I would not have my dog home with me today. —Scott D.

The staff and care was excellent. —Lois J.

The hours are fantastic, the prices are reasonable, the staff is friendly, and most importantly, the vets know what they're doing! I'm a fan for life.

The best place for animals and people. —Maryanne G.

Your staff is truly amazing and the communication has exceeded my expectations. —Jessica K.

You not only understand the animals, but, you understand what these animals mean to us and the fear we go through when they are out of our sight - and for that I am so grateful. —Sheri L.

Your kindness and compassion are greatly appreciated. —Sharron B.

Thank you SO much to everyone at CVVH who held our hands, answered our questions, and told us to hang in there. You are simply the best. —Marty S.

Great people, great place. Always friendly, professional folks and a great experience. Thanks, Conejo Vet. —Kanoa H.

The most wonderful and compassionate care ever. Every time I leave I think, "Why can't human medical be like this." —Karen S.

All of the staff at Conejo Valley Vet Hospital is great! They are so gracious and helpful. —De Ce

You can't go far wrong with Conejo; it's an institution in this area. —John D.

The staff at Conejo Valley Vet is fantastic. From the doctors to the assistants everyone has treated us with compassionate care. —Ross K.

Excellent care and professionalism and we highly recommend them. —Mike P.

There quality of service was incredible. —Jill V.

Over the years we've made many referrals to them and the feedback has always been the same -- "this is the best Veterinary Hospital I've ever used." —Leonard L.

Great vets. Minimum wait times. Always helpful. My dog seems to "enjoy" going there. I can highly recommend them. —Frank B.

They always treat us like family when we're there.

We've received excellent service and care. —Terry S.

I highly recommend their care for any loved pet.

I was impressed with the vet and the staff. I will definitely be returning as a regular customer.

CVVH is THE BEST vet clinic around!!

The best, nicest, most caring, smartest doctors; will only bring my dogs here.

The vet and staff at Conejo Valley Vet are wonderful. They take great care of our two cats. I've never had any problems and they are so friendly.

I'm so thankful for this hospital. —Gali S.

You guys are awesome! Pete thanks you all! —Robert D.

Very satisfied with Staff and knowledgeable Veterinarians! —Shannon B.

I have been a client at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital for almost 30 years; obviously, I am very satisfied with their role as provider of my pet's veterinary needs.

The staff was terrific and Dr. Amy was incredible in helping us feel better about our pooch's chances for recovery. —Lawrence & Mary M.

Always a pleasure to be in the most wonderful capable hands of Dr. Jennifer Kelly. Thanks so much! —Debbie H.

Great people, great place. Always friendly, professional folks and a great experience. Thanks, Conejo Vet. —Kanoa H.

We cannot sing their praises enough! —Sandra T.

I've been coming to your Practice for 43 years, always taken care of so well. —Hope R.

The staff at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital has become family for my dogs and us. They can't be more efficient or more compassionate. All the Doctors are great. And the nurses are incredibly sweet. —Mijanou B.

The doctors and staff are top-notch, friendly, and efficient. —Sandie S.

The staff at Conejo Veterinary always makes the highest effort to get my dog in to see the vet in a timely manner. —Mary C.

Great place to take your pets. The staff is kind, caring and efficient. Everyone was extremely professional. Thanks! —Debra L.

The staff is friendly, extremely professional and really cares for those pets under their care. —Karl S.

Great communication, excellent exam and diagnosis. Just the right prescriptions and care. They are wonderful. —Scott G.

Everyone that works there does an amazing job and knows what they’re doing. —Amy G.

So glad I gave them a try! —Brenda C.

This is THE BEST veterinary hospital for exotics!! —Lisa B.

Your whole office staff, everyone is wonderful! Thanks a lot! —Bill R.

You guys are amazing, and go above and beyond every time! —Kathleen F.

My usual excellent visit. Everyone is most helpful and welcoming. —Hope R.

Always a great service to my pets and to myself. Thank you. —Marilyn W.

I love this place. They are always friendly, helpful, and so sweet to my dog. —Rick R.

Kind and considerate. They provided detailed feedback regarding the situation. I have already recommended Conejo Valley Veterinary to my family.

Your staff was very attentive and caring. Thank you for your compassion and excellent service. —KJ

Feel extremely happy with CVVH. Thank you!!

I received excellent and very caring service for my cat. Thanks. —Kathleen R.

Everyone was very caring and welcoming. Our pup got the attention and treatment he needed! We will definitely be back! —Kathryn & Kyle K.

Every question or concern I had about my dog was answered. My dog likes going to the vet there. Everyone is friendly, too. —Joy A.

Fast to room with my pet. Vet was easy to understand. Helpful staff at checkout. —Alexandra S.