Please help us celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week, October 14 through 20. We don’t always get a chance to thank the veterinary technician who made extra special effort for you and your pet’s care, but now is your chance. Below we profile each technician. If you had a memorable experience with one (or more), let us know. You can respond to this blog in the comment box at the bottom; vote on Facebook (Animal Hospital Jones Road, and/or Animal Hospital Champions NW); send me, Dancing Belle’s Mom, an email; or come to the animal hospital and cast your vote. As we highlight our veterinary technicians this week, we are having fun with a contest. The staff member with the most votes gets something extra special from us. Cast your vote now for your favorite technician! Animal Hospital Champions NW staff appears first, so be sure and scroll down to read about the Animal Hospital Jones Road team.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL CHAMPIONS NORTHWEST STAFF
Crystal, CVA II
Crystal has six years of service as a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest. She has extensive knowledge about animal care and sixteen years total in the veterinary field. Crystal currently has a Certified Veterinary Assistant II certification from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Crystal has a nine-year-old Pug, Mao, and a four-year old Pit Bull mix, Striker.
“Providing quality care for our clients and their companions,” is what Crystal finds makes her job rewarding. When not at work, Crystal competes in salsa dancing and bowling. She also enjoys visiting her mom, two brothers and niece when she gets the chance.
Elizabeth, CVA I
Elizabeth (Liz) has one year tenure with Animal Hospital Champions Northwest as a veterinary assistant, and she has eight years experience in the veterinary field. During her year with us, Liz earned Certified Veterinary Assistant I and animal CPCR certifications.
Elizabeth has two new kittens in her household and an adult cat named Josie. When not spending time with friends of the four-legged variety, Liz enjoys her sister, two nieces and a nephew. Liz’s hobbies include music, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and fishing.
The most rewarding part of her job is being able to socialize with clients and staff and playing with the pets
Felicite, CVA I
Felicite has five years tenure at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest and is veterinary assistant. During this time she earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant I accreditation from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Felicite shares ownership with her boyfriend of a black Labrador Retriever named Sunny. She enjoys sleeping on her time off of work.
Forming bonds with long-term clients and patients that she helps makes her career rewarding.
Heather, CVA I
Heather is an eight year veteran in the field of veterinary medicine. Heather has one year tenure at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest as a veterinary assistant. Her credentials include, Certified Veterinary Assistant I, and animal CPCR certifications.
Heather shares her home with two dogs, Ziggy and Pooter, and a Bearded Dragon, Gordo. When she is not spending time with her daughter, Heather enjoys photography.
Heather says, “Helping animals and bonding with the owners,” is an important aspect of her job, but most of all she loves, “making people smile.”
Katie, CVA II,VDT 1
Katie is the veterinary technician manager at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest. Katie has fourteen years experience in the veterinary field, all of them working at our hospitals. During this time, Katie earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant I and II, Veterinary Dental Technician I, and animal CPCR certification. She continues to fuel her passion for knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine, and has more than 30 hours of continuing education.
Katie shares her home with her daughter Kaela and boyfriend Lindsey. Their house is full of pets, with six dogs – Bettie, a Labrador Retriever mix; Cash, an American Staffordshire Terrier; Mickey, a Jack Russell Terrier; Malloery, a Dachshund; Maia, a Spitz; KalEl,a Boxer; three tarantulas, Lucille, Ezra and Ike; a Bearded Dragon,Waylon; a cat, Boognish; and a tortoise, Puppy.
When not caring for all her animals, Katie enjoys crafting with her daughter, playing games with the family and SHOPPING (especially for shoes and purses).
Katie finds strengthening the human-animal bond through quality medicine and education the most rewarding aspect of her job.
Kristin is a Registered Veterinary Technician at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest. She joined our team for the four years ago, and currently has nine years experience in the veterinary medicine field.
Kristin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech and Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Medicine from Lonestar College. She currently works for us part-time and also uses her skills to train students at the Vet Tech Institute.
Kristin and her husband, Andy enjoy their two pets, Treva, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, and Albert, a Basset Hound. Kristin runs half marathons, paints and horseback rides when not working or teaching.
Kristin states the most rewarding aspect of her job is, “Utilizing my on the job skills to better teach my students at the Vet Tech Institute.”
Lacey is a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest with two year tenure with us. Altogether, she has seven years working in the veterinary field.
Lacey owns two pets, Otis, an eight-year-old Pug, and Duke, a two-year-old Pit Bull. She also has three cats, Halle Berry, Zoe, and Tiger Lily.
Lacey can be found spending time with her husband, Ryan, and daughter, Kacyn, when not at work. Lacey enjoys with pride her relationships with all the family and enjoys the time she gets to spend with them.
Lacey says she enjoys, “Working with such great people! Everyone works hard and we have fun while doing so. I also love getting close to all the clients and patients, they make every day enjoyable.”
Lauren P., CVA I
Lauren, a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest for a year, and uses her three years experience in the field when caring for patients. She has an Associate of Education degree from Mira Costa College and an accreditation of Certified Veterinary Assistant I from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, as well as certification in animal CPCR.
Lauren shares her home with two dogs, Cody, a Labrador Retriever and Garth, a Chihuahua. She loves playing with her pets in her spare time. One can also find her watching football or shopping.
The most satisfying aspect of Lauren’s job is seeing how medicine and surgery performed by our doctors help make patients’ lives improve.
Rebecca came to Animal Hospital Champions Northwest as a veterinary assistant four years ago. She found us after Hurricane Ike destroyed her previous place of employment and home in Galveston. Rebecca has thirty-three years of experience in the veterinary field. Rebecca received her Animal Technician Registered (ATR) from University of Houston Associates.
Rebecca has a Doberman named K.T. and enjoys spending time with her adopted family in Galveston. You can also find her at dog shows around the area.
Rebecca finds being a small part of helping the animals’ lives rewarding.
Rhonda, CVA I
With twenty-two years in the veterinary field, Rhonda works as a veterinary technician. A member of Animal Hospital Champions Northwest’s staff for three years, Rhonda possesses a Certified Veterinary Assistant I title and an animal CPCR and certification.
Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband of fourteen years, son, and friends. She is also an avid camper and fisherwoman.
Rhonda has an eight-year-old Pug, Austin. Her pet household also includes two litter mate cats, Mason and Jason, and two cockatiels, Streak and Wyatt.
Rhonda enjoys providing the best customer service possible to both the clients and their pets. Smiling all the time and laughing gets her through each day.
As the newest member of Animal Hospital Champions Northwest, Sam began her employment as a veterinary assistant a month ago. She completed her practicum through Lonestar College at our hospital and joined our team when an opening became available. Sam is currently enrolled at Lonestar College working on an Associates of Science and CVA III.
Sam has two dogs, Keira and Marley. She also possesses three cats – Junior, Leo, and Tipsy.
Sam loves to ride horses in her spare time. She is an assistant riding instructor at Pinebrook Farms.
Sam thinks helping pets feel better is the most rewarding part of her job.
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ANIMAL HOSPITAL JONES ROAD STAFF
Amber, CVA I
Amber, a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital Jones Road for two and a half years, has almost five years in the field of veterinary medicine. Amber earned her status as a Certified Veterinary Assistant I through a program offered by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
At home Amber has a Shih-Tzu named Pryzma. She recently acquired a new pet, a Pit bull named Woody.
Amber likes hanging out with friends listening to music or playing video games in her free time. She also likes watching independent movies/films, swimming , camping and cooking.
The most important aspect of Amber’s job is being a part of a team helping pets.
Brenna, RVT, VDT 1
Brenna is a medical director technician at Animal Hospital Jones Road. She became a member of the animal hospital team over eight years ago. Brenna studied at Tomball College and received an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Medicine from there. She earned a certificate in Veterinary Dental Technician 1 through continuing education studies.
Two cats share Brenna’s household. Boomer and Sadie’s main occupations are lounging and waiting around for affection. Brenna enjoys film, music and BBC Sherlock in her time away from the hospital.
Brenna’s most satisfying aspect of her job is knowing that the clients receive the proper and correct information regarding the healthcare of their pets.
Jenna, CVA I
Animal Hospital Jones Road first employed Jenna eight years ago as a veterinary assistant and she is a familiar face to many of our clients. She has a total of twelve years of experience in the veterinary field. Jenna is in receipt of her certification as a Certified Veterinary Assistant I from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Often, Jenna goes to the dog park with her two Chihuahuas. At home she has four cats awaiting her return. To fill her time outside of the hospital, Jenna enjoys movies and live music concerts.
She is immersed in a field that is continually changing, and Jenna thrives on learning new medical procedures and keeping up with her veterinary medical education. But first and foremost Jenna finds, “saving lives,” rewarding.
Jennifer (Jenn), CVA I
Jennifer, or Jenn, a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital Jones Road brought her bright smile and contagious laugh to our practice seven years ago. With nine years total in the veterinary industry, Jennifer has Certified Veterinary Assistant I credentials from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Jennifer has a household full of pets: Neko, an American Bulldog; Ellie Mae and Bubba, Bassett Hounds; Lady Smush Face, a Persian cat; August Rain, a Domestic Short Haired cat; and Abel, a month old puppy she is bottle feeding.
Jennifer enjoys swimming, reading and listening to music in her spare time.
She says the most rewarding part of her job is, “helping to save pets lives.”
Lauren D., CVA I
Lauren is a technician assistant at Animal Hospital Jones Road. She has three and a half years experience in the veterinary field and tenure of one and a half years on our staff. A dedicated veterinary professional, Lauren recently earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant I title from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. Lauren has four pets – Blare, a Golden Retriever mix; Thor, a Red Heeler mix; Peach, a Welsh Corgi; and Mater a Domestic Short Haired, orange tabby cat.
She enjoys spending time with her pets, parents and boyfriend. Lauren volunteers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, enjoys the outdoors, watching movies and refurbishing old items to make them functional and pleasing.
Lauren’s most rewarding part of her job is being able to learn new things every day.
Rebekah, CVA I
Rebekah, a technician assistant at Animal Hospital Jones Road for two years, is often at work organizing our surgical and treatment areas. Rebekah earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant I title from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association during high school, before joining our team.
She enjoys taking her dogs, Itty Bitty, Droopy and Scarlet, to the creek to swim. She also has a cat, Kirby, and a pet rat. For relaxation, Rebekah enjoys floating the river in San Marcos.
Rebekah loves working with animals, especially when they come into the hospital sick and leave with their owners: bright, alert and happy. She is working on her undergraduate degree with hopes of applying to veterinary school in the future.
Sara is a veterinary assistant at Animal Hospital Jones Road. She joined us six months ago, after moving to Texas from the midwest, and she has many years experience in the animal care industry – three serving veterinary clinics and six years working with animal shelters. Sara has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University.
Sara and her husband have a lively houseful of pets. They share the love of four dogs: Elias and Groh, both Chihuahuas; Juno, an American Staffordshire Terrier; and Veruca, a Boxer. Additionally, Kiefer and Heidi, two Domestic Shorthaired cats, and Noodler, a Tiger Salamander, make their household complete.
Sara enjoys photography and makes great pet portraits during her time away from work. She also volunteers with animal rescues and shelters, assisting pets that are less fortunate.
Helping owners understand how to bond with and care for their animals so they can live a healthy and happy lives is what motivates Sara each day.
Tamika came to Animal Hospital Jones Road three months ago to join our team of veterinary technicians. She spent five years previously in the veterinary field and also earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Administration from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Tamika lives with her five feline “kids,” Treasure, Jessie, Zero, Patch and King. These guys mainly lolligag around the house waiting for Tamika to return from work to share some affection.
When not caring for animals, Tamika enjoys birding, wildlife photography and finding time for the creative arts (dancing and singing). She frequents family gatherings and is always searching for an opportunity to follow her dream in the entertainment industry as a manager.
“Sharing the joys of animal companionship with the public while constantly learning new and better ways of responsible and effective pet care,” is Tamika’s response when asked what about the most rewarding aspect of her job.
LATE BREAKING NEWS!! MEET OUR NEWEST STAFF MEMBER AND REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN.
Carrie Goering, RVT
A graduate of Lone Star College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology, Carrie, the newest member of our veterinary staff, joined us during National Veterinary Technician Week.
Carrie is proud of her large family, and is an identical twin. She has a beautiful young daughter, Addison, and she and her fiance have two dogs, a nine-year-old dachshund and a 18 month-old Weimaraner. Her hobbies include crochet, baking, visiting the family in Victoria, and watching football. She says the rewarding parts of her job are being an advocate for the animals we help, and to inform and educate the parents how veterinary medicine benefits pets.
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