Sharon J. Bass, D.V.M.
Dr. Bass graduated from State University of N.Y. at Albany with a B.S. in biology. She has an M.S. in physiology from Washington State University (1984) and a doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington (1989). She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and the SBVVMA. Her professional interests include internal medicine, endocrinology, and dentistry. She presently serves as a community member on Amgen’s IACOC committee, overseeing animal welfare in research.
Dr. Bass has lived in Newbury Park since 1989 and enjoys hiking and mountain biking in our beautiful mountains. She and her husband have two sons and a “chi-weenie” named Rocco.
Jody Milburn, D.V.M
Dr. Milburn grew up in Northridge and did her undergraduate studies at U.C. Santa Barbara, receiving her B.A. in Zoology. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 1998. Since then she has enjoyed taking care of dogs, cats and other furry or feathered family members. She prides herself in taking a logical, practical approach to pet care and hopes she is as warm and fuzzy as her patients. Currently, she is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, SCVMA and SBVVMA. Dr. Milburn has two sons and loves spending her free time with them.
Alexander Safian, D.V.M.
Dr. Alexander Safian was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. It was at an early age when Dr. Safian knew he was going to be a veterinarian after hatching fertilized chicken eggs from a local grocery store, and having multiple large-breed dogs growing up. He graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2015, and shortly after began his undergraduate biology studies at California State University, Channel Islands. He gained veterinary experience with the Animal Hospital of Thousand Oaks, and Humphrey, Giacopuzzi, and Associates Equine Hospital during his studies in preparation for veterinary school. After discussing the perils of applying to veterinary school, Dr. Safian spoke with his mentor, Dr. Sharon Bass, about applying to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!). After doing so, Dr. Safian quickly began his “Hokie” veterinary career.
During his clinical year, Dr. Safian developed a fascination with internal medicine and critical care. He was awarded the college’s Certificate of Achievement in veterinary emergency and critical care upon graduation. After graduating with his doctorate from Virginia Tech, Dr. Safian completed a rigorous one-year rotating internship at the historic Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. During his internship, Dr. Safian developed competence in managing diseases on an acute and chronic basis. In July 2023, Dr. Safian graduated with his internship certificate.
After being away from home, Dr. Safian was ecstatic to continue his veterinary career at the place where it all started, the Animal Hospital of Thousand Oaks. He has an interest in hepatobiliary disease, immune-mediated disease, proper use of antimicrobials, and chronic gastrointestinal diseases. After becoming Fear-Free Certified, Dr. Safian believes in a “calm and cool” approach when seeing patients to minimize any stress in the environment.
Dr. Safian is working full-time and accepting new patients. He would be happy to serve the needs of you and your pets.