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“We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and we are dedicated to being your partner in your pet’s healthcare. “
Dr. Eric Jackman - Veterinarian

Dr. Eric Jackman

Managing Owner,

Graduated Colorado State University, 1990

One day while Dr. Jackman was growing up on his family’s farm in Utah, one of their horses injured itself on a fence. Dr. Jackman was fascinated as the local veterinarian sedated the animal, cleaned and sutured the wounds, and nursed the horse back to health. From that moment on, he wanted to be a veterinarian himself.

As a vet, Dr. Jackman enjoys the variety of work he gets to perform – on any given day, he can be a dentist, dermatologist, or a surgeon. He has special interests in orthopedic surgery and ultrasonography. Most of all, Dr. Jackman enjoys meeting his wonderful clients and developing lasting relationships with them and their pets.

In his time away from the hospital he enjoys outdoor activities and taking trips to see the world with his wife Lori of 33 years, 3 married children, 3 grandchildren and now 3 grand dogs. They all enjoy their rescued dog Daizzy who they think is the best West Highland Terrier in the world, she really is that great.

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Dr. Tim Connor - Veterinarian

Dr. Tim Connor


Graduated University of Illinois, 1973

Dr. Connor comes from a family of animal-care professions-his father and uncle were both veterinarians. Dr. Connor started working alongside them at their clinics and farms at a very young age and couldn’t help but fall in love with the profession. It didn’t take him long to decide that he wanted to become a veterinarian himself.

After starting his career in small and large-animal medicine, Dr. Connor moved to California in 1995, where he began working in the Southern California racetrack circuit. In 2007, he became the State Veterinarian at the Southern California tracks until joining Desert Dunes Animal Hospital in 2009. While Dr. Connor considers his years of working with horses very rewarding, he says that it doesn’t compare to the work he gets to do here at the hospital.

Dr. Connor and his wife, Kathy, have four grown children. They both enjoy golfing and on any given day, it’s a challenge that can either be disappointing or very rewarding.

Dr. Nicole Brockmeier - Veterinarian

Dr. Nicole Brockmeier


Graduated Western University of Health Sciences

Dr. Brockmeier always had pets while growing up in her family’s Santa Monica, California home. For as long as she can remember, she has wanted to give back to the animals who constantly showed her unconditional loyalty and love. She gets to do just that as an Associate Veterinarian here at Desert Dunes Animal Hospital with a special interest in avian medicine.

At home, Dr. Brockmeier has a bird of her own: Ophelia, the consummate cuddle bug. When she isn’t spending time with her own pets or caring for the area’s animals here at the clinic, Dr. Brockmeier enjoys snowboarding, reading and playing polo. She played polo throughout college and even won a few tournaments.

Among other specializations, Dr. Nicole Brockmeier is also an exotic bird veterinarian.

Veterinarian Scott Papas

Dr. L. Scott Papas


Graduated Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary, 1973

Dr. Papas graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. During his senior year, he was President of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. His undergraduate studies in the Liberal Arts College at Bowling Green State University of Ohio resulted in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology and Chemistry, in 1969. He is originally from Canton, Ohio and grew up in a family that was very pet oriented. To this day, his mother still has a Dachshund.

Dr. Papas, while in veterinary school, had the privilege of being the curator for the City of Columbus traveling zoo, during the summer after his second year of study. He was associated with the Columbus Zoo and gleaned much experience, in an area of veterinary medicine that was in its infancy. He pursued zoo and equine practice, as an avocation during the formative years of the companion animal practice that he founded in the same year of his graduation. He has mentored many pre-veterinary and veterinary students, as part of the curriculum of Ohio State’s veterinary medical program.

Eventually the demands of a companion animal practice caused him to limit practice to dogs and cats. Dr. Papas immensely enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine. The human-animal bond is something that he firmly believes is precious. His goal is to understand the client’s concerns and provide the best care available for their pet(s).

As an aside, Dr. Papas and his wife, Mary, trained their German Shepherd Dogs and Shar Pei then competed in obedience, tracking and agility trials. Both were also certified evaluators for Delta Society, determining an animal and handler’s suitability for therapy animal visitations in hospitals, etc. Mary, Dr. Papas’ wife, was the first to have a Chinese Shar Pei (Joss Kiwi) earn the American Kennel Club’s Utility Dog (UD) title, as well as the Canadian Obedience Trail Champion (OTCH) title for that breed. These are the highest obedience titles in their respective countries.

In 2012, Dr. Papas sold his now multi-doctor practice and became a fulltime Coachella Valley resident, after having owned a home here since 2003. Dr. Papas looks forward to providing quality care for your pet at Desert Dunes Animal Hospital.

Dr. John Howarth - Veterinarian

Dr. John Howarth


Graduated Oklahoma State University, 1968

Growing up in Nebraska and Northwestern Arkansas Dr. Howarth was always nursing sick or injured animals back to health. He decided at the age of 12 that he would become a veterinarian. In June of this year he has been serving the pets of Southern California for 50 years.

Dr. Howarth has a special interest in surgery, and especially enjoys that he can make a big difference in a pet’s well-being very quickly. He’s also fond of emergency medicine and the challenge it brings.

Dr. Howarth recently was married. He and his wife Cheryl enjoy staying active by hiking, riding motorcycles, wave runners and traveling. He also lives with his dog Bill. He has 3 children, 3 stepchildren and a pair of grandchildren.

Dr. Mariana Juarez - Veterinarian

Dr. Mariana Juarez


Graduated Autonomous University of Baja California

Dr. Juarez is a San Diego Native. She received her Veterinary Degree from The Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexico, then obtained her American Veterinary License through the Educational Commission of Foreign Veterinary Graduates through the AVMA. She has had over 15 years in The Veterinary Field.

She has a passion for ophthalmology, lameness, internal medicine and is currently working on a degree in Veterinary Acupuncture.

In her free time, she enjoys horse back riding, kayaking and quality time with her fur babies.

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Henry Randazzo - Veterinarian

Dr. Henry Randazzo


Graduated Oklahoma State University, 1968

Desert Dunes Animal hospital was founded by Dr. Randazzo. Ever since he was young, he adored horses and loved working outdoors. Eventually, Dr. Randazzo found himself running three separate practices in the Coachella Valley and he decided to roll them into one. He brought on Dr. Eric Jackman as a partner and Desert Dunes Animal Hospital was established. Dr. Randazzo was in practice for 50 years. Although, Dr. Randazzo is no longer a practicing veterinarian, his passion for animals and love of his clients is something that will always be a part of Desert Dunes Animal Hospital.

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