North of the River Veterinary Hospital
207 China Grade Loop
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Phone : (661) 399-6406


Our Team

Dr. Frank M. Virga graduated in 1990 from Oklahoma State University College Of Veterinary Medicine. Since that time, he has practiced in American Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary facilities in the Bakersfield area, gaining valuable surgical and internal medical experience. Dr. Virga is experienced in veterinary emergency medicine and has done relief veterinary medicine at many veterinary hospitals in the Southern California area. Dr. Virga is the previous owner of Kern Home Veterinary Services, which provided in-home medical care for the pets of Kern County from 1992 - 1995. Dr Virga has completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Veterinary Acupuncture course and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) by successfully sitting for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society written and practical examinations. Dr Virga is the only certified veterinary acupuncturist in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Prior to his career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Virga was a successful dog trainer and handler, specializing in the retriever breeds. Dr. Virga also has professional experience in customer relations and takes special pride in making the clients at North of The River Veterinary Hospital feel special. Additionally, Dr. Virga is interested in animal behavior and nutrition and is eager to assist his clients in these important areas of pet care.

Veterinarians - North of the River Veterinary Hospital

Sabrina was born and raised in the Bakersfield area, and currently resides in the North of the River communities. She has been a veterinary assistant for 15 years and a member of the North of the River Hospital team Since October, 1997. Sabrina is our senior veterinary assistant and therefore performs a lead role in surgical preparation, collection of diagnostic samples and performing diagnostic tests including, radiology, electrocardiograms, blood chemistry, patient monitoring and treatment. When you encounter Sabrina in the examination rooms where she will gather medical history about your pet's condition and collect specimens and vital signs from your "special friend". Sabrina chose a career working with animals due to her love for all animals. She has a long history of rescuing "strays". She is currently studying at Bakersfield Community College so that she can qualify to sit for the very demanding, California Registered Veterinary Technician Examination and become a licensed veterinary technician. Sabrina has a very special love for our feline friends and is the proud mother of "Wyatt" her kitty. Oh! By the way, she is also the mother of three very nice girls. In addition to animals, Sabrina enjoys antique collecting, camping, a fan of the auto races, and last, but certainly not least, swap meets! Sabrina's outgoing and friendly personality are a natural for any customer service oriented business and we are very fortunate to have her as a member of our veterinary medical team! Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have about your pet's health with Sabrina so that she can accurately record them in the medical record before you see the doctor.

Lona - Veterinarians - North of the River Veterinary Hospital

Lona is our Office and Reception manager with responsibility for making your visit to North of the River Veterinary Hospital as efficient and user friendly as possible. Lona has been with us since fall 2004. She will often be the one you are talking to when scheduling appointments of any kind, refilling medication. She is somewhat of an expert between the front desk / reception area and the back where all of our medicine is done. Lona will give you tips that make you and your pet's visit in the reception area as safe as possible. Lona is married with 1 child of her own, and married into an additional 6 children. She is also a grandmother to 4, any of which she will be happy to brag about when asked and sometimes without being asked. Lona and her husband have a kitty, a Border Collie baby, and Sadie. They enjoy camping, dirt biking, boating and fishing. Please ask for Lona any time you are interested in our interest free financing program or other administrative concerns you may have.

Alexa has been a valuable addition to the reception staff fsince 2016 She has a very out-going personality and excellent telephone and customer service skills. Alexa is always willing to answer your questions or find out the answer and communicate it to you. Often Alexa will be scheduling your pet's appointments, calling you to see how your pet is doing after treatment or surgery. Many times she will be responsible to review the recommended treatment plan with you so that you can approve it, allowing the doctors and staff to begin diagnostic procedures and/or treatment on your "special family member". Alexa is more than willing to help you register for use of our on line pharmacy as well as discuss pet health insurance options with you. Alexa plays an important role in our veterinary team. Please feel free to ask her any questions you may have regarding your pet's health and/or treatment.

Tahara - Veterinarians - North of the River Veterinary Hospital

Tahara has been raised in the North of the River Veterinary Hospital family. She began working here as a volunteer and eventually was hired full time. Tahara also does for procedures for diagnostic tests and is a valuable technician assistant. Her gentle restraint, and patient demeanor with the stressed patient keeps the patient calm,  allowing the treatments and/or procedures to much easier to perform and less stressful for the patient. Please feel free  to communicate with Tahara if you have any questions about your pet while at our fascility Do not be hesitant to discuss your any questions you may have about the health or the diagnostic procedures your pet is having.

 Sarah has been with North of the River Veterinary Hospital for over 2 years. She began as a Technician assistant, Trainee. Sarah worked hard and studied and has become a Certified Veterinary Assistant and a full time member of our staff. Sarah is very a very outgoing individual with a wonderful sense of humor and is always willing to discuss your "special friend's" needs with you. Sarah has become an integral part of our health care team.

Alondra is a very friendly and detail oriented individual. She is bilingual speaking Spanish as well as English .Alondra communicates very well with our Hispanic clients. Alondra has completed the class work and practical skills to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Sheis a valuble asset to our medical team, and  is currently getting ready to take the California State Certified Veterinary Technician examination to receive her State license. She always strives to provide quality veterinary care for your pets. You will often encounter Alondra when you check in your pet for medical care. You will find her especially attentive to the needs of your "special Friends.

Neyereda "Neddy" Joined our team in 2019 and has taken over responsibility for hospital cleanliness. She is also in charge of Feeding our hospitalization cases and our pets that are boarding with us. Neddy takes excellent care of the Hospital Kennel and various cages. She works very hard toto be sure hat your pet is housed in a clean and sanitary environment, while here at North of the River Veterinary Hospital. You will often meet Neddy when she transports your pet to the reception area to be discharged.