Sylvan Veterinary Hospital

3520 Roselle Ave.
Modesto, CA 95357
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(209) 551–4527
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Meet Our

Kipp L. Magnussen, DVM, CCRP
Kipp L. Magnussen, DVM Invaluable education and training.

“For me, veterinary medicine is not just a career—it’s a calling. That’s why I worked hard to obtain the best education possible. I am dedicated to bringing the highest- quality preventative medicine and surgical solutions to your pets, because they deserve nothing less.”

DVM: University of California, Davis—Phi Zeta Honor Society

BS: Zoology, University of California, Davis—Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Certified: Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, PennHip: ICG Artificial Insemination, Tibial Plateau Osteotomy leveling (TPLO)

Continuing Education: Because keeping up-to-date on the latest veterinary medicine is an essential part of Dr. Magnussen’s care. He exceeds the required yearly amount of continuing education.

Strong commitment to the profession.

“To make the most of what I’ve learned over the years, I participate in a number of professional associations. These activities allow me to share valuable information with my colleagues, which ultimately helps all of us offer pets better care.”

Board of Directors: Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Inc. Modesto, CA

Member: American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association

Published: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Journal of Veterinary Medicine

Reaching beyond my practice.

“My participation in the local community is something I enjoy doing as often as I can. It’s important for me to reach beyond my practice and get involved locally – it gives me a sense of pride which I then bring back to the hospital and share with you.”

Special Interests: Arthroscopy, Bone Fracture repair, Rehabilitation, Laparoscopy, and Reproduction

Community Involvement: Participates in CVMA low-income spay/neuter project; provides medical services for local animal rescue groups; participates with local high-school programs whereby students interested in veterinary medicine spend time at hospital observing services.
Anita Roussell, DVM
Anita Roussell, DVMBuilding expertise through experience and training.

“My education in veterinary medicine is an essential component for being able to provide great care. I not only gained necessary skills and knowledge, but also came away with a strong personal interest—a passion—that has fueled my career. That passion is every bit as strong today, and my skill still expands with each new patient I see.”

DVM: University of Illinois, Urbana

BS: University of South Florida, University of California, Berkeley

Continuing Education: Dr. Roussell completes more than the yearly required amount of 30 hours of continuing education to ensure your pet receives high-quality care.

Keeping your pets healthy for a lifetime.

“Although I am a doctor of veterinary medicine, I share with you the responsibility of being the primary caregiver for your pets. Because you live with them, it’s important that you understand your pets’ health and how to maintain it. My part is to stay in touch with my colleagues to share information and provide the best possible care.”

Member: American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital, California Veterinary Medical Association.

Focused on helping the community.

“I’m committed to helping the local community any way I can. It’s nice to not only help animals, but people, as well.”

Special Interests: Behavior, rehabilitation, preventive medicine, surgery

Ricardo Rojas Rivas, DVM
Ricardo Rojas Rivas, DVM

Building expertise through experience and training.

‘Veterinary medicine is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers, which is why I have a strong commitment to professional and personal growth through continuing education. Although I completed my education in Costa Rica in 1993, I proudly completed a demanding program to get my license as a DVM in the United States. I am excited to join an outstanding group of professionals at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital, and to add my energy and desire for success… as well as come Costa Rican flavor!’

DVM: Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Associate Diploma General Managing: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico-IPAC

Continuing Education: Because veterinary medicine is a dynamic profession. I’m always looking for the most recent knowledge to bring the highest quality of care for your pet.

Keeping your pets Healthy for a lifetime.

“As a doctor and pet owner, I understand how our pets become part of our family, and how important it is to keep them happy and healthy. I strive to educate our pet owners in preventative medical care that will allow their pets to live a longer and healthier life.”

Member: American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association

Beyond my career.

“I am involved in many different service groups: search and rescue dogs, dogs for the blind, police dogs, as well as breeding and showing German Shepherds. Most recently, I have taken a strong interest in the world of Shutzund: obedience, tracking, and protection.”

Special Interests: Internal medicine and surgery

Tiffany Cardoza, DVM
Tiffany Cardoza, DVM

Experience and training.

“Although I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, I have developed a special interest in veterinary dentistry. My most recent education focused on advanced dental procedures, such as root canals. As periodontal disease is the most common major health problem that occurs in cats and dogs, I make it my mission to ensure that patients receive excellent oral health care.”

DVM: Washinton State University, Pullman, WA

BS: Animal Science, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA

Continuing Education: Dr. Cardoza completes more than the yearly-required 30 hours of continuing education to ensure that your pet receives high-quality care.

Helping you keep your pets healthy.

“I believe client education is an integral part of providing complete healthcare. As a result, I dedicate my time helping clients understand their individual pet’s treatment. Along the way I have developed wonderful relationships and special bonds with my clients and patients which the most rewarding aspect of my job.”

Certification:  Pain management, dentistry, Virbac Animal Health; ultrasound, sound technologies

Volunteering in the community.

“Veterinary medicine has been such a fulfilling career that I encourage others with a special interest in animal health care to volunteer. By mentoring at schools, I hope to inspire a new generation of veterinarians.”

Special Interests:  Preventative medicine, pain management, public health, dentistry, volunteering at local schools

Sudha Kakarla, DVM, MS
Sudha Kakarla, DVM, MS

Invaluable education and training

“Growing up, life sciences were always my passion, which eventually lead me to veterinary school. Veterinary medicine is always fascination because it brings new challenges and experiences every day. To further my interest, I came to the United States to pursue graduate education in veterinary immunology at North Carolina State University. Though my research work enhanced my understanding of pet health issues, I missed touch and feel you get being in a clinical practice. Hence, I joined a small animal practice about 7 years ago located in Wisconsin and now hear at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital.”

DVM: Angrau, Hydrabad India

MS: North Carolina State University, veterinary immunology and molecular biology

Continuing Education: Dr. Kakarla always strives to keep herself up to date and learning new therapies, techniques, and updated preventative care protocols. She exceeds the required yearly amount of continuing education.

Keeping your pets healthy for a lifetime

“My approach to my patients is to look at their overall health and not just the disease. I focus on effective communication and education, so that you, the caregiver can make good, informed decisions about the health of your pet.”

Professional Membership: American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Veterinary Dermatology, American Animal Hospital, and Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital Association. Special Interests: preventive medicine, immunological aspects of diseases, dermatology, vaccinology.

Outside of professional life: Dr. Kakarla enjoys traveling, running, and hiking as well as spending time with her husband, 2 daughters and their adorable little pug- Hugo. Dr. Kakarla and her family absolutely love the year-round sunshine and fun outdoor activities here in the Central Valley!