Done Commuting, Pet Vet Opens Ojai Practice

By Misty Volaski

At the age of 8, Ojai veterinarian Steve Sallen found his life's calling through tragedy. The family kitten fell ill and died of feline distemper. "I felt really helpless about that loss," recalls Sallen. Their vet was a family friend who Sallen got to know well over the years with his family's menagerie of pets — dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, even a raccoon. He eventually attended Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree, going on to earn high honors and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the College of

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