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What Makes Us Different?

Animal Hospital of Irvine is the culmination of an abiding friendship between two veterinarians who share a devotion for medical care that is compassionate, ethical, sound, and thorough. Dr. Baumann and Dr. Lai met in autumn of 1995 at freshman orientation for their UC Davis veterinary class. They worked closely as lab and surgery partners during their 4-year graduate education and upon receiving their degrees in 1999, proceeded to practice as associate veterinarians in Irvine. The experience exposed them to an array of issues pertinent to pet care today and profoundly shaped their views of what constitutes quality medicine. In 2003, Dr. Baumann and Dr. Lai founded the Animal Hospital of Irvine (AHI) to promote their vision of a clean, modern facility that melds up-to-date medical treatment with old-fashioned virtues of honesty, integrity, and compassion.

Anne4.jpgDr. Anne Lai
Harvard University, B.A. Biology
UC Davis, D.V.M.

Anne Lai completed her undergraduate education (B.A., Biology) at Harvard University and received her degree of veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. Her professional interests include general surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and preventive care. She is also actively involved in educational/mentoring programs for students of all ages. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs and cat and is an avid reader, traveler, hiking/sports enthusiast, and music/art aficionado.

Stacy4_1.jpgDr. Stacy Baumann
UCLA, B.S. Biology
UC Davis, D.V.M.

Stacy Baumann completed her undergraduate education (B.S., Biology) at the University of California, Los Angeles and received her degree of veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. Her areas of interest are internal medicine, emergency care, and general surgery. She has had a lifelong love for animals and her current household includes two dogs, three cats, and one horse. When not at work, Stacy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is also an avid traveler, skier, and horseback rider.

Our Staff


Debi.jpgDebi has been a veterinary receptionist since 2004. She lives in Irvine with her husband of 18 years, their two children, her dog Eddie, and her cat Montana. She is an active member of the local community and is particularly involved in her childrens' school programs.



Kimi's interest in veterinary care has led to volunteering at the Irvine animal care center, and now has been at our hospital since 2011. She is currently enrolled in a Registered Veterinary Technician program and is one of our skilled technicians. Kimi has three dogs - Ryu, Ollie, and Koda - and a cat named Meowth.


Wen has been in the veterinary field since 2000, and has been a veterinary technician at our hospital since 2008. She spends her free time geo caching, hiking, practicing archery, and is a movie buff . As a dachshund enthusiast, Wen participates in annual 'wiener dog races' and hopes to be a 'wiener dog' owner in the future.  She lives with her partner Drea, and their daughter Reese.


Wendy has been working as a technician assistant since 2002. She is a resident of Irvine but her roots are in a small farming community in Illinois where she spent many years working as a physical therapy assistant. She is a mother of three and an avid animal lover. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their yellow lab Abby, their golden retriever mix Katie, and their cat Simon.


Lauren has been working in the animal field since 2009. She is currently enrolled in a Registered veterinary Program. In her free time she loves hiking with her dog Ziggy and taking him to the park. She also has 2 cats Fred and George. Her biggest passion since childhood has been animals of all shapes and sizes and hopes one day to establish an animal sanctuary.


Lupe is currently enrolled in a Registered Veterinary Technician program and is one of our skilled technician assistants.  She has two dogs, a Terrier mix named Blacky, and a Shepherd mix that she adopted from the Pasadena shelter named Luna.


Cassandra is finishing her program to be a Registered Veterinary Technician, and has been a technician since 2013.  She has two Shiba Inu's, Akiko and Takahiero, a bearded dragon named Captain Black Beard, and a Russian tortoise named Bob.  Her passions are her love of animals, and being in the outdoors.


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