Dr.Jan Valinoti (Retired)
Animals have always been a part of my life. At a young age I aspired to a career in veterinary medicine. I attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia, graduated in 1988 and later joined Mokelumne River Veterinary Services in 2004. My goal as a veterinarian is to provide pets and their people the resources to make their lives healthier and happier. I am fortunate to be in an environment where I work with animals every day in the wonderful community that I grew up in. My husband Parnell and I have two daughters, Mari and Sarah, and an animal family that includes dogs, cats (all rescues) chickens and horses. My husband and I love the outdoors and spend our free time hiking and taking care of our garden and vineyard. I also enjoy horseback riding as well.
My life has always been devoted to animals. I know of no better way to help them than to be a veterinarian. The bonus is that it's the nicest people who have pets. Being a veterinarian is a great way of life. My first goal is that my patients are comfortable, this not only benefits the pet but also allows for a better evaluation. Then we can best address the needs of the pet and the concerns of the client. My husband Tom and I have been married for over 3 years. We have one son, Tommy who lives in San Francisco. My cats Bibs, Lucy, Boog and Striper round up the household. I also have 3 sisters and 2 brothers scattered around the country. A philosophy that I live by 'expect the best but be prepared for the worst. you often get what you expect'.
Dr. Cousyn was first inspired to become a veterinarian when volunteering at a local humane society as a teenager. She went to UC Davis and earned her DVM degree in 1984. After working in various small animals clinics, Dr. Cousyn owned and operated a successful Stockton small animal practice for 7 years until she and her husband adopted 2 daughters and sold the practice. As the girls grew, she worked part-time at local clinics and joined MRVS in 2007, where her primary interest has been soft tissue surgery. Her goal with each patient is to provide the best possible care and to ensure good communication with owner regarding their pet's care. Dr. Cousyn lives with her husband, 3 cats, 4 dogs, sheep, goats and chickens. Their daughters are now in college. her hobbies include gardening and hiking.