Dr. Ruben Pacheco is a full time staff veterinarian at SPEC. Originally a tiger trainer at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, he found himself spending more time at the vet clinic helping out with various procedures and treatments. After being persuaded by his wonderful wife, Nancy Pacheco, he made the switch from trainer to doctor and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Upon graduation, Ruben started working at SPEC to improve his technical skills and was recently hired on full time. His interests include surgery and emergency medicine. Ruben lives in Roseville with his wife and very stubborn English Bulldog, Buddy. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with his two nephews, and The Walking Dead.