Thank You from Shanna and Family,

Dear WVG Friends and Family,

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart to everyone who attended - in person or in spirit - Mike’s memorial on January 21. I wish I had had the presence of mind to pause for a second before speaking and really take in all your faces. I’m so grateful that I got to speak to so many of you and grieve together, and I very much look forward to meeting those of you I haven’t yet. I can hardly begin to tell you all how very much your support and love for my husband, and our family by extension, means to me.

More than ever, I want to assure you that Western Vet Group will continue as part of Mike’s legacy, and our doors will always be open as a second home to you and the furry ones you love - the same as it is a second home to Dani, Hannah, Kiki, Drew and myself. I can’t promise you won’t feel the void of Mike’s absence because how could you not? We all feel it. But I can promise you that every single doctor, technician, technician assistant, receptionist, manager, and administrator lives Mike’s vision every single day at WVG.

For those of you who had very special one-on-one relationships with Mike, please know that there is absolutely no interruption in McKenzie’s position as patient care liaison, and she looks forward to seeing you through this difficult transition. The WVG staff and I hope you’ll also reach towards others on our care team and see us as extensions of my husband and the exceptional level of care, compassion and medical expertise he practiced. There isn’t a single person on our WVG team who doesn’t carry a piece of Mike in his or her heart, and together with you, we can all help each other heal.

In an effort to help you find a path to the other special members of our care team, over the next few weeks you’ll notice a few new additions to the WVG home when you come through our doors. On the wall in the lobby, you’ll see photos and names of all of our truly outstanding veterinarians. Personally and professionally, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to lead our medical team. Mike’s photo will be featured as WVG founder, followed by Dr. Anne-Marie Reikes - Medical Director, Dr. Eileen Ng, Dr. Tiffaney Higashi, and Dr. Lisa Mori. I also encourage you to take a look at our staff page on the WVG website, so you are familiar with the faces taking care of your pets behind the scenes: http://westernvetgroup.com/staff.html

I realize too that many of you may not know each other, but I’d like you to. We are all part of a shared experience at WVG, so I encourage you to talk to one another in the lobby and share your stories. For those of you willing, our staff will take a quick photo of your pet with you and/or one of our doctors or staff members. We will start featuring your pictures in a perpetual slideshow on the television screen in the lobby. Mike was extremely good at organizing and sharing our Zareski family pictures, and it’s just as important that we do the same with our WVG family photos.

Soon, we will also be posting the core values for Western Vet Group. Mike’s original list of 5 has existed since April 1, 2008, when he and I clinked coffee mugs filled with cheap champagne in the treatment room of Animal Birth Control toasting the purchase of his first vet practice. I know you’ll recognize them in your memories of Mike and also in the care your pet receives from every single member of our team.
  1. Provide Exceptional Veterinary Care
  2. Pride in the work we do day in and day out. Belief that our efforts really do make a difference in the lives of our patients and their owners.
  3. Unquestionable Passion for Animals
  4. Enjoyable work environment with respect and integrity for each team member.
  5. Sense of community.
While not part of the WVG vision or Mike’s core values for the practice, I want to sign off with some words from Mike’s favorite band, Rush. Manny - WVG Technician Supervisor, shared a love of music with my husband and saw Mike in these words:

Album - Hold Your Fire

Hold your fire
Keep it burning bright
Hold the flame
‘Til the dream ignites
A spirit with a vision
Is a dream with a mission

- Rush

Shanna, Dani, Hannah, Kiki, Drew, cats Delilah & Skippy, and all of our WVG care team


Our new Torrance location is open for business! Stop by, we look forward to showing you around our new amazing facility.

We are a full service veterinary hospital in Torrance, committed to keeping your pets healthy and happy with state-of-the-art preventive care and early disease detection. Our professional and caring staff provides the best possible medical care. We look forward to helping you care for your beloved pets.

Western Veterinary Group in Torrance

24260 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310.326.0000

Monday-Friday 7am - 7pm
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Preventative Veterinary Care Keeps Your Pet Healthy and Happy

Preventative veterinary medicine is the key to keeping your pet healthy and happy. At Western Veterinary Group, our goal is to provide your pet with the specialized care he or she needs to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Our veterinary hospital in Torrance offers state of the art veterinary medicine for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. Our animal hospital was voted as the best vet in Daily Breeze's South Bay's Best in 2011 and 2013, and we strive to maintain that reputation among our furry clients and the people who love them.

Educated Animal Doctors and Vet Technicians

When you entrust your pet to a veterinarian at Western Veterinary Group, you can feel confident that your pet is in good hands. Our doctors have years of experience and will care for your pet with love and professional integrity. Dr. Mike Zareski, who most clients know as "Dr. Mike," has a passion for treating all sorts of animals, and his doctors and technicians share his love for treating pets. The veterinarians at our hospital have experience in preventative care, surgical procedures, dental health, and reproductive issues.

Veterinary Treatments and Services

Our vet hospital offers routine exams, vaccinations, blood work, spay and neuter clinics, and disease prevention services. We can supply you with the necessary preventative treatments to keep you pet healthy, such as heartworm pills and flea and tick preventatives. Our technicians can even recommend the correct diet for your pet based on its current age and health condition. We also offer specialized dental services to remove built up plaque or an abscessed tooth.

When you visit our office, your pet will receive top-notch treatment at a facility that houses an on-site lab, radiology equipment, and ultrasound services. Our doctors and technicians are happy to answer any questions about your pet's health, and we work hard to make you and your pet feel comfortable. If you live in the South Bay area, we invite you to make an appointment to experience our veterinary care for your pet.