Meet the staff of the Menifee Animal Hospital…
Dr. Courtney DiMeglio
Dr. DiMeglio earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside in 2000. She then went on to study abroad in Scotland at the University of Glasgow Veterinary School before returning to Iowa State University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006. She has a special interest in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, and Internal Medicine. For the past seven years she has practiced emergency medicine and critical care at the Emergency Pet Clinic in Temecula where she also served as the Medical Director. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
Dr. DiMeglio enjoys spending time with her husband, rambunctious 2 year old son and newborn baby girl. They share their home with 3 Bloodhounds, a French Bulldog, 5 donkeys, 5 goats, a potbellied pig and over two dozen peacocks. All of their pets are rescues. Her hobbies include training bloodhounds for law enforcement use, practicing classical ballet and traveling.
Dr. Valerie Daru
Dr. Valerie Daru grew up in Sacramento, CA and earned her Bachelor of Animal Science degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2009. During her time at Cal Poly she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and decided she wanted to go to veterinary school overseas. She graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in Scotland in 2014. While she was living in Scotland she traveled all over Europe and the UK and went back to Australia for a summer externship at Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital. She has a special interest in oncology and neurology as well as ultrasonography.
After receiving her degree, Dr. Daru wanted to return home and be closer to her California family and friends. She currently lives in Fullerton with her Scottish boyfriend. In her free time she likes to travel, volunteer with the Humane Society, swim, dance and spend time with her rescue dog and 17 year old cat.
Dr. Nathalie Petersen
Dr. Nathalie Petersen grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. After finishing high school, she attended Michigan State University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and Zoology in 2006. She spent one year in Orange County, attending Chapman University, before moving back to the south for veterinary school at Louisiana State University. After graduating in 2011, she practiced for 2 years in Baton Rouge. Anxious to return to California, she recently moved to Temecula in October 2013. Her professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine, and ultrasound.
In her spare time, Dr. Petersen enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their dog, Maverick, cooking, crossfit, reading, snowboarding, traveling, and exploring her new home.