Dr. Sergio Rios, MVZ
What does MVZ stand for? Médico Veterinario Zootecnista. The youngest of 9 children, growing up on a farm just outside of Guadalajara, Mexico, Dr. Rios has always had a deep love of helping animals. His very first pet was a cow named Korina. Born to parents who believed in education, Dr. Rios attended university like all of his other siblings and joined his brothers and sisters in professional careers of law, medicine, architecture and engineering.
Dr. Rios received his veterinary degree from the University of Guadalajara in 1985 while also playing soccer for the University. Unlike traditional veterinary schools in the United States, the study of veterinary medicine in Mexico equips students to practice in a broad range, covering practically every species. Dr. Rios began his practice focused on farm animals and especially enjoyed working with horses.
Shortly after he relocated to Southern California in 1989, he began helping companion animals in a supervisory position at Los Angeles Animal Services, one of the largest animal control agencies in the world. During his nearly 30 years of service, he not only was credited with helping to increase adoptions from less than 30% to a nearly 95% adoption rate through his out of the box ideas, but he was also one of the most respected supervisors in the department – both by staff and volunteers. Dr. Rios was recognized on many occasions by the Los Angeles City Council and multiple neighborhood groups for the compassion he displayed for both animals and people.