Our Family

It’s so nice to meet you! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 831-475-1479 to speak to one of our caring veterinary family members!

Dr. Jennifer Barton

Medical Director

Jennifer Barton was born and raised in southern Illinois and obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Dr. Barton worked as a mixed-animal practitioner for five years, then decided to focus her talents on small animal medicine and surgery exclusively. She takes special interest in performance dog management, geriatric feline care, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Barton also shares her Santa Cruz home with her spouse, Justin and their happy Retrievers. In her spare time, Dr. Barton enjoys attending field trials, fishing, gardening, and is a published waterfowl photographer.


Practice Manager

Ashley grew up outside of Boston, MA. and made her way to the Bay Area in 2007 for her undergraduate degree at SFSU. She has always had animals around her and professionally has been working with them since 2008. When she’s not working you can usually find her out and about with her two dogs checking out the area's beaches and breweries.


Veterinary Assistant

Susan has lived in the Santa Cruz area for over 40 years. She currently has one cat, Baggins, who she raised from birth. She has always felt a connection with animals of all types and went into the veterinary medical field to help them. With over 35 years experience working with cats, dogs, exotics, and emergency veterinary medicine, we are glad she is a part of the Chanticleer team!


Veterinary Assistant

Having grown up in Santa Cruz, Cady has always felt compassion for all animals. Her devotion to animal welfare and education has led her to volunteer in zoos, wildlife rescues, and animal shelters. Chanticleer has been her family’s vet for her entire life, so she is very excited to be part of our team! She spends her free time camping and hiking with her husband and their 3 dogs, Nalia, Cinnamon, and Mocha


Veterinary Assistant

Gina has been loving and caring for patients at Chanticleer for over 7 years! Her positive attitude brings a smile to everyone’s face and she is always one to cheer people up. Gina resides in Santa Cruz with her family and can be seen in her spare time singing in karaoke or reading a book!


Veterinary Assistant

Valerie was born and raised in Santa Cruz. She has always been an animal lover and has been in the veterinary field for 6 years. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her fiancé and two dogs.