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Samantha Mehling


Primary Location: Salinas

ABVP Resident

Samantha was born and raised in Fresno, in the heart of California’s Central Valley. She amassed experience with cattle, horses, and swine through her local 4H and FFA programs and college classes, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with emphasis in Veterinary Science from Fresno State in 2017. In 2021, she graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

After her time in the Midwest, Dr. Mehling couldn’t wait to return to sunny California, so she accepted a one-year internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale. During this time, she worked with a multitude of equine patients ranging from backyard ponies to top level Dressage and champion Western Performance horses. Her current ABVP (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) residency with Steinbeck Peninsula Equine will further increase her breadth of equine knowledge. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Mehling plans to pursue a career in equine general practice providing primary care to the horses of the Central Coast, with special interests in ophthalmology and dentistry.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys kayaking along the coast; riding Jack-Jack, her Appaloosa gelding and partner in crime for over 15 years; and going on adventures with her perfect Labrador-Great Pyrenees Mix who she named Regular-Sized Rudy, after one of her favorite Bob’s Burgers characters.

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