Click each photo below to read (and share!) the stories that were submitted highlighting individuals who are positively impacting their hospital, their patients, and pet parents. We are honored to recognize these individuals and hope that all veterinary technicians know how much they are appreciated for the work they do.
Alison is new to our team and has shown great character and compassion for pets. She is willing to learn new things and teach us new medicine as she is a recent graduate. She is always happy and loves to interact with and educate clients. She keeps the morale of the clinic up as she jokes with everyone and makes them laugh. She is genuine and a great person. We are blessed are blessed to have her as a team member.
Sarah is hands down the most overqualified, diligent, empathetic, and hard-working technician I have ever met. She is the absolute heart of our hospital and goes above and beyond 100% of the time. She is a walking encyclopedia of Basinview information. She is the most supportive person I have ever met, mentally and physically in the workplace and she deserves so much more recognition that she gets!
Super excited to give a shout-out to Bridget during Vet Tech Appreciation! In addition to her impressive skills she uses day-to-day, she adopted a dog with a bite history and has trained him to be the sweetest, most well-mannered boy. In fact, he now helps her train other reactive dogs to ensure that they don't have to be surrendered for behavioral issues! Thank you, Bridget, for all you do to make our industry amazing!
Julie truly is a remarkable person. She is so kindhearted and an excellent technician. She is wonderful with all animals and pet parents. Her communication skills with clients is phenomenal. She has been a technician for 7 years and loves to rescue the unwanted. We are lucky to have technicians like her along with the rest of our team to be in the veterinary medicine profession and community!
Koral saved the day with her amazing restraint skills. We were taking x-rays on a dog that was being very compliant, when all of a sudden he had had enough and wanted to take a bite out of everyone. Koral didn't hesitate to step in and put her technician skills to the test! She saved our doctor's face as well as mine!
Mel is the most amazing Vet Tech the hospital has ever seen. She is self-less, caring and knowledgeable. She is dependable, loving and kind. She adores her patients and practices the very best veterinary care. She is a self-starter. Thank you Mel for all you do at Ann Road Animal Hospital!
Nicole is known throughout our industry for her multiple volunteer missions, adopting/fostering animals and for making housecalls for cats' insulin injections. Nicole is one of the kindest people I know towards animals AND humans. She is compassionate, dedicated, smart, skilled, and an all-around incredible person and teacher. While extremely knowledgeable, she never acts superior--she only has a desire to help and teach. Her experience working in an emergency clinic and with exotics makes her an invaluable team member in every situation. She provides a home to many animals with special needs. We often say "oh, that looks like a McClelland!" when an animal is in need. As cliché as this sounds, I'm incredibly honoured to call Nicole a colleague, vet tech extraordinaire, and most of all a lifelong friend. In my 19 years in veterinary medicine I have never met anybody else that is as amazing as Nicole McClelland RVT, crazy dog/cat/rat/finch/parrot/rabbit/and guinea pig lady.
Thank you, Amanda, for your dedication! As a Fear Free advocate, you help pets every day. We appreciate you, and know that our clients and patients do, too!
Jane started her CVT career in central Minnesota 40 years ago after graduating from one of the first accredited programs; she was in a group of some of the first technicians to ever take the VTNE. Throughout her career she has absorbed an incredible knowledge of animal health that she uses to give people and pets the best help possible. Jane has inspired and encouraged new members of veterinary medicine countless times with her incredible patience and unwavering dedication. We know we can always count on Jane to lend a helping hand to both patients and people alike, she truly makes the world a better place!
Carlos is such a kind soul, it truly shows in everything he does. His compassion and understanding of this industry is something we admire. We love working with Carlos and his patients just adore him. He's hard-working and deserves recognition on a daily basis, we're very lucky to have him.
Nick is positively the most loving, compassionate technician! He truly loves what he does and it shows! The staff loves working with him and the patients adore him. He's hard-working and really bonds with his patients.
Brianna is an amazing person and a crazy knowledgabe tech. She is taking over our rehab dept and there couldn't be a better tech for the job. Our patients lives are forever changed for the better after seeing her. Her personality is so bright and cheery and I always look forward to seeing her on the days she is scheduled to work!
Marena is nothing but helpful and so welcoming to new techs. She is the type of leader you want to be around - always checking in and willing to lend a hand when needed!
Elisa is a unique combination of empathy, intelligence and compassion. As an oncology technician facing unprecedented pressure and demands from clients, she retains compassion as she orchestrates the advanced treatments we offer such as electrochemotherapy, adoptive T cell and Gene-electrotransfer.
There was never an elderly dog that came into the treatment room that Kelly didn't fawn over. Her empathy and compassion are second to none. She puts her whole being into the care of the animals here and is an amazing mentor and supporter of our new techs. She definitely oversees our lab and knows how to keep our equipment in tip top shape. I am honored to call Kelly my friend.
Britt is our newest tech grad. She is funny, witty, and smart. She started as an assistant and is now doing all the things she used to watch us techs do. Her patient care is great, and she knows so many on a personal basis. Watching her become a tech after knowing her as an assistant is a very cool transition. She is caring and a very quick learner.
Emily is an absolute rockstar! She is our go-to Technician, always a fountain of knowledge and support. She has taken numerous techs under her wing and has been so patient in her teachings. Our clinic could not run without Emily in it!
Lisa is a rockstar with our diabetic patients. As an Internal Medicine specialty, we have numerous diabetic patients that need to be managed. Many of them have glucose monitors, and Lisa has become the main contact person for all of them. She talks the owners through how to use and troubleshoot the monitor. She comforts and guides them when they're confused and follows their progress on our online portal. She alerts the doctors when a patient’s values aren’t what they should be and helps the owners through changes in insulin, doses, and diets. Lisa is endlessly patient with owners who aren’t always comfortable with new technology, but are eager to help their pets. This is only a small part of what she does as a veterinary technician and supervisor, and we are lucky to have her leading our team.
The empty chair. Everyone in this industry has experienced it. She sits down to eat lunch on her lunch break and as soon as she does a phone rings, someone comes inside to pick up a medication, a daytime emergency is on its way, a doctor needs her in surgery, so forth and so on. When these scenarios occur she is the first to vacate her chair, sandwich left untouched, and tends to the needs of every single person besides herself. She puts herself last and makes the hospital run smoothly. For all the "shes" in this world who make it happen and leave the chairs empty, thank you. Our "she" is Jessie, and without her we would not be a family, a team, a business. She is a selfless warrior with a can-do problem-solving attitude that makes you better just by being around her. She exudes quiet confidence, picks every person up, carries them, and tells them they can do it if they try. She is a true teacher and a testament to what this industry is about. Empathetic, caring, kind, and passionate. For the empty chair that she always leaves behind, we always have one waiting for her when she does get a brief break because she deserves everything! Thank you Jessie for your hard work, your heart, and your passion. You truly are an incredible person and we are very fortunate just to know you!
I haven't known anyone else to love animals the way Lesley does. She always advocates for the pet's best interest, whether that means educating a client or taking a pet into her own home! She has a long commute of over 2 hours, but is always on time and does her job very well. Recently, Lesley found a lost dog in her neighborhood and brought him in to be treated. We were able to vet the dog at no cost to the owner, who we later learned had financial constraints, and she advocated for his neuter surgery (again, at no cost). This simply wouldn't have happened had she been any other type of person. Lesley has endured a lot of heartbreak regarding her pets this year alone, and she totally deserves to be recognized for all of the good that she brings to us every day. We love you, Lesley!
Jessica is an outstanding RVT. She goes above and beyond for her patients, providing gold standard care. She is passionate and has so much compassion for animals. She is professional and extremely patient.
Suzanne is amazing! She has transitioned this year from normal tech duties to front end superstar where she consults with clients, provides all of our client education, is all knowledgeable about all things pet food related and has arranged countless lunch-and-learn sessions for our staff! She is always so accepting and an amazing mentor of new staff. She is making a huge difference in the lives of pets here in Medicine Hat!
Keep an eye on this one. Haley is going to do big things! She is currently our head assistant but is going to make an amazing tech. She has never met a task or big dog she couldn't handle. She loves pibbles and comforts land sharks. I am excited for the possibility that one day, when she returns from tech school, I will be able to mentor and teach her. She is an amazing assistant and will make an exemplary tech!
Andrea is an RVT at our hospital that possesses many talents: multitasking skills, an ability to professionally and compassionately relay information to clients, she is a super star exam room technician and advocate for our in-hospital patients. We are lucky she shares her time with us at the hospital while also taking care of a barn yard of lucky ducks, sheep, goats, cows and chickens at home. Not to mention her 2 senior dogs, one of which was adopted at the age of 13!
Just like peanut butter pairs with jelly, the words kind and charismatic fit together perfectly to describe our RVT Cherise! She has such a vibrant energy about her and you can’t help but feel happier in her presence! However, she can also switch gears at the drop of a dime and be soft spoken, calm and compassionate in the more sensitive appointments. Her patience is a gift that we have seen at work many times over. If a client is upset, she is always able to find a way to reason with and calm them, putting both them and their agitated pet at ease. It takes a very special person to become a successful a veterinary technician, and Cherise has got that title in the bag! She never shies away from a challenge and is always going the extra mile to explain treatment plans to clients or welcome them through our front door with a smile! We are so glad that Cherise found her way into our lives and into our clinic family!
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe what an amazing part of our veterinary family Tanya is. She is our “Head Tech”/leader of our tech team and is one of the most caring people on the planet. She always wears her heart, along with her dosimeter, on her scrubs! She is the seasoned go-to guru for new staff members, constantly helping to shape them and teach them to become the best tech that they can be. Watch out if you are a staff member having a birthday, because you are sure to be getting the most delicious homemade cupcakes you have ever tasted! In all the years we have known her, Tanya has never been known to turn away an “underdog” (or cat)! From Augey the special needs newborn Brittany Spaniel that required tube feedings all hours of the day and night, to Flash the cat who also would not have stood a chance without the extra love and care as a kitten (and is now a permanent fixture in her own home!) Tanya is truly one of the best, and we could not imagine our clinic being the same without her!
Callie just celebrated her 1-year anniversary with us as a new grad. She has developed into a very versatile vet tech! She is always up for a new procedure or technique, and always asks great questions when she needs guidance. She is nailing advanced procedures like epidurals and complicated anesthetic cases. She is also great at checking in with our newest techs and making sure they have the support they need.
Jayden has definitely transitioned to senior tech this year. I am so honored to see her progress from volunteer to full grown tech! She amazes me every day with her calm, confident energy and the way she tackles huge tasks with a "no big deal" vibe. She really is a shining star, and I am excited to see where she goes from here! The patients in Jayden's care are in the best hands. She is an amazing mentor to our new staff members, and I love watching her train methods.
JENSEN! She is a new grad tech, and she is amazing. I am blessed to be able to watch her turn into an amazing tech. The way she handles new tasks and learning with grace and patience is refreshing. She loves our patients, and you can often find her stealing a puppy or kitty for a few moments to take their picture! I am excited to see the tech she will become.
Danielle is truly my idol, my role model, my teacher and our clinic's everything. She gives 110% to every animal and always finds new ways to better our patient care. She truly is a gem and anyone who meets her immediately feels the impact of her giant caring heart. She is a treasure to the RVT world!
Hayley is our vet clinics protégé! She has had a love for animals her entire life and has worked for our clinic since she was a kennel attendant at the sprightly age of 15! Since then, she has bloomed into a fully accredited RVT and is one of the hardest workers our clinic has ever known! Hayley is always up to try new things or handle any species of animal that comes through our clinic’s doors, large or small. She has chased pigs, wrangled mini ponies, tackled goats, calmed kittens, cuddled puppies and is even very proficient in handling our bovine patients! Not only does Hayley “do it all”, she does it all with a smile day in and day out. She is just one of those people that never seems to have a bad day, and if she does, she certainly doesn’t let it show. We believe every clinic should have a Hayley, but unfortunately for the rest, we are not giving ours up any time soon!
When you see Nihkee, your first impression is that she is nothing but just a child. But do not let her petite image fool you, as she is a force to be reckoned with. Her friendly, enthusiastic, positive and strong-willed demeanor is what makes her approachable and likeable. She is a Locum RVT within the city of Toronto and is currently back in post-secondary studies to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Nihkee is always going above and beyond in her field, and it is evident that she loves what she does, as you can see the passion in her eyes. She cares for animals of all types and goes the extra mile in finding out 'What can I do to make this patient's visit more comfortable, and to ensure that the clients can gain my trust.' I feel as though she lives by this mantra (though she may not say it.) She is always around to lend a helping hand when needed and can ALWAYS hit that vein no matter what! Many veterinarians love working with her as she is very thorough and efficient. I can't think of a better advocate to be recognized than herself!
Jody is not only a RVT extraordinaire, but she is also a phenomenal person. Jody is a superhero within our hospital, with her many capes depending on the crisis at hand. Jody stays calm under pressure and jumps into any position needed, whether that is a critical care situation or assisting someone to their vehicle. Jody is not only special to us in the hospital, but her compassion and empathy for patients and owners often draws in compliments and gratitude for her dedication and professionalism. She is an integral part of our business, and we would not be where we are without her; she has helped make us a better hospital. She is the first one in and the last one out. Her work ethic is beyond reproach. She is a Rockstar and deserves to be recognized.
If you are feeling down and in need of a good laugh, you can always count on Kathryn to say something hilarious to boost you out of your funk! Whether it's offering you one of her “extra brain cells” or showing you a video of her adorable niece, you are bound to feel better just being in her presence! No matter how busy or tired she is, she will never turn you down if you ask for help. She is constantly taking on extra caseloads and has never once complained about coming in to assist for a 2AM C-section! We are truly honored to have her as a part of our team!
Penny has a soft spot for all critters, but no one captures her heart quite like the stray cats and kittens that are cared for at our clinic! Penny could spend her paycheck on herself, but more often than not, a good portion is spent buying toys and treats for the strays so they can feel even a fraction of the love that her own pets receive! Penny is not only fantastic with animals, but she is truly great for staff morale as well! She always has a funny story or meme to show and tell, and if you need a shoulder to cry on, she is 100% there for you anytime. We love you, Penny!
Jamie is one of our rockstar Lead RVT's and has been with our clinic for almost 3 years. She is a confident, strong leader and is always willing to step in and help where needed. You can find her at the front desk taking calls for reception or covering on-call shifts for other RVT's. Jamie often brings in her own dog, Jada, when we need a blood transfusion done, or for blood draw training for our newer technicians. She is calm under pressure and knows how to get stuff done; she deserves recognition for all her amazing hard work!
You’ve all heard of portable x-rays, but have you heard of a portable ray of sunshine? Well, we have one, and her name is Brittany! Her smile can light up a room and she never has a bad thing to say about anyone. She can easily find conversation with any client that walks through our door - and her smile must be contagious, because after a talk with Brittany, the clients always seem to leave with an ear-to-ear grin of their own! Brittany always has a positive outlook on life, and thinks of ways to help in every situation she is presented with. Many clients will actually ask for her by name to assist with their appointments because of previous positive experiences they have had in her care.
Tracey is a phenomenal tech! Shes a mom of 2 young kids and also trains all our newbies in dental. She is kind and always upholds and implements a progressive standard of care. I am blessed to work alongside her!
Brittany is an all-around awesome RVT! On top of her regular duties, she is in charge of coordinating with one of our local Animal Rescue Shelters where we perform weekly health checks and administer vaccines. She currently is in charge of organizing and booking their surgeries at our clinic as well. Brittany also does some of the best ink paw prints for pets that have crossed over the rainbow bridge. She is caring and compassionate and we thank her for all of her hard work!
I am blessed to know Colleen; she is the bright, shining light. I have often referred to her as my work wife and adore working in surgery with her. She always picks the best tunes and it's a total vibe all morning. Working with Colleen is seamless and effortless. Her patient care is second to none and listening to her interact with clients is amazing! She is patient and kind, and she really helps to put clients at ease before their pet's surgery.
Kaylea is a new grad and an amazing young tech. She is so funny and always makes me laugh. She LOVES wieners (dachshunds) of all varieties. I am honored to be given the opportunity to watch her grow and learn.
Amy has been with CanyonVet for over 5 years and has always been an pivotal team player. She treats every animal that comes into the clinic with love, compassion and empathy no matter the situation. Her drive to help any animal in need is consuming and benevolent. Amy has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently going through chemo but this has never defined her or her role as a tenacious team member with CanyonVet. We love and cherish Amy as our family and support her on this journey. We thank Amy for just being Amy, and encouraging all of us in our personal and professional lives.
Julie is an integral part of our success and her skills are unprecedented! Recently when checking thyroid labs, she noticed a "buldge" which turned out to be a splenic mass. The lucky pet had surgery the same week. She's our International Health Certificate specialist and her knowledge has ensured countless pets have been able to travel abroad with their families. Her everyday care for pets, their people, and her colleagues makes Julie one-of-a-kind!
Alison truly is a great person. She is eager to learn new things for client education and the health and well-being of the pets we see. She is smart and always makes room to grow and learn. She instills compassion and heart in all that she does. She is a great role model, and we are so lucky to have her.
Amanda is our resident dog-whisperer/behavior expert. Her motto with any dog is "don't blame me, train me" which she came up with when she was 12 years old. She gives her all every day as our head tech and assistant manager helping with staff training, ordering, and above all, TOP NOTCH patient care. She is an employee who treats every patient as if they were her own pet, and we are so lucky to have her on our team!
Brianne is an amazing Tech! She has been at the clinic for 15 years! She literally runs for the phone to help out. We joke about the saying "if you can lean, then you can clean," because she will not stop moving and will always find something to do. She's such a wonderful role model.
Alex has a big heart and is very compassionate about all of our patients. He is always willing to go above and beyond to help out. He definitely keeps us entertained with his great sense of humor.
Destiny is so compassionate towards her clients and patients! She takes the hard stuff with so much grace and humility. To know her is to love her! She has a loving and gentle touch, and she amazes the world each and every day!!
Julie is our Head LVT/Inventory Manager at our hospital. She is always so helpful, knowledgeable, and is a wonderful teacher. She is very level-headed and calm when it comes to dealing with patients that are very fearful. It has been an absolute pleasure working with her over the last 4 years and I, along with the rest of our staff, are very grateful for Julie.
Abby is the 'Jill' of all trades at our hospital. Not only is she a Licensed Veterinary Technician, but she is also our Practice Manager! Abby brings so much skill and knowledge to Kimball with her many years of management and emergency hospital experience. She always finds a way to do something better or develops better efficiencies for the hospital. Whether it's staying late to finish up a project or doing things from home, Abby is very dedicated to her work and bettering our hospital! She even taxied a patient over to an emergency hospital when the owners were out of town. That is her dedication, and she deserves all of the recognition for her hard work!
Alison is an extraordinary veterinary technician! I am shocked she has only been in the field a short 3 years. It is obvious she was made for the veterinary medical world because she truly is a natural! She embraced Fear Free practices before she became certified. She immediately defined and encompassed the role of our hospitals Fear Free Champion. Not only has her heart been a blessing to her patients but also to her fellow co-workers. She is often mistaken by many for being "the doctor" because she is so intelligent and passionate about growing her knowledge and sharing it with others. One day she will be an incredible Veterinarian! She sets the BEST example for our team and her love, care and calm disposition is truly contagious to all in her presence.
I’ve worked with Chelsea twice now. Even when she was younger, Chelsea was fully committed to every pet that came through our doors. We are now both at a new hospital that practices Fear Free each and every day. It’s wonderful to see how Chelsea has the same passion as she had in those first years of knowing her, only now with some additional maturity & life experience added. She is an animal advocate, always placing the animal first. She has grown and blossomed into one of the finest technicians I’ve had the honor to work with in the veterinary profession. She has a smile so wide, it’s contagious, a heart so big you can see it through her scrubs and compassion that cannot be denied.
Lyndsey truly is the definition of our hospital's core value: Care to Our Core. She goes above and beyond not only for her clients and patients, but for her teammates as well. She is the most patient person we know. Whether she is explaining discharge instructions to a client after surgery or training a technician with no prior experience, she always does a great job and never gets frustrated. She's always there to lend a helping hand no matter the circumstance, which is so refreshing in our constantly changing field. She helps keep a light- hearted atmosphere no matter the chaos of the day. We love having Lyndsey as a part of our team!
Krystina is truly an amazing technician - always going above and beyond for her patients and their families. She is a strong leader that demonstrates excellent mentorship and promotes growth in the staff that surround her. I am very fortunate to have had someone that is as supportive and compassionate as her to lean on, learn from and swap tech tricks with over the years.
Joana has been in the veterinary field for over two decades and managing ICUs for about half that time. She provides outstanding care and attention to every one of her patients. Each is given unconditional love and affection - even the grumpy ones! She is a joy to work with and an inspiration to the rest of our staff.
Fran is an amazing career technician! She continues to strive to learn and improve the experience of our patients on a daily basis. We are a mobile specialty team, and we move from clinic to clinic throughout the day. She consistently has a plan for each new patient we meet to help make them more comfortable and reduce fear, stress and anxiety. She uses multiple tools and tips to make each day run smoothly. She’s the best!
Angel is an outstanding, highly skilled LVT, who maintains a calm and professional demeanor amid the rapid and sometimes chaotic pace of a high volume spay/neuter clinic. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and helps to oversee our recovery volunteers. His compassion for animals matches his patience for people. You can tell Angel loves his job and we are thrilled to recognize him during Vet Tech Appreciation Week!
Robyn is the epitome of a team player. She is fully invested in the quality and compassionate care that we provide to every pet that walks through our door. She goes the extra mile for both clients and her team. Whenever she is asked to handle an extra task or role, she embraces the challenge with a smile. I am so grateful that she keeps choosing us.
Max just started early this year with CAH and is doing a fantastic job! She is an RVT and has previously worked with exotics! We appreciate her every day.
Molly is one of those people who was just meant to be a vet tech! She is patient, attentive, compassionate and kind. She treats each and every patient as though they were her own and ensures that they get extra snuggles before going home. She's smart, driven, takes initiative and is a pillar in the clinic! We are so lucky to have her, and I am so grateful to get to work with such an amazing Technician!
I have never met a veterinary technician who was more caring and compassionate than Danielle. As a veterinarian, I rely heavily on amazing technicians like Danielle to not only keep me safe but to make my patients comfortable and happy. She regularly advocates for patient comfort and will search all over the clinic for the perfect bed, the pet's favorite treat, or anything else that patient needs to have the best possible visit. Danielle is the person we turn to for scared cats, painful Rottweilers, and terrified chihuahuas. She has a way of making friends with even the most fearful of animals and is able to ensure they receive the best possible care while protecting their overall well-being. Danielle also teaches the students in our clinic the importance of fear free/low stress handling techniques and helps them to recognize stopping points during appointments.
Laura is our lead technician who not only takes care of her family at home, but also the family she has at our hospital. She is an amazing leader and a compassionate technician. She is a wonderful mentor to her team as well.
Steph is hands down the most attentive and intuitive vet tech I’ve ever met. She understands our pets on a deeper level than most and can tell when something isn’t right before any labs, bloodwork or scans are taken. You can tell right away that she is the voice for our animals, and her passion lies with facilitating healing and compassionate care for our furry family members. She deserves so much recognition because I’m sure she has helped MANY families and saved so many lives!
Sarah has the greatest personality and cares so deeply about my dogs. She communicates and answers any question I have about their health and how to help them stay out of trouble from porcupines, ticks, digging, eating random things and general hygiene. She truly cares and it’s not just a job to her.
Nathan helped my dog Kidd regain a good quality of life with weekly laser therapy treatments. He was patient and kind (even when Kidd was acting goofy) and always checked on how she was doing. It made the last hard months so much more bearable because of his kindness.
Mia is an absolute dream, and truly the most wonderful tech to work with. Her devotion to her patients shines through everything she does, and it is abundantly clear that she loves this job even on the hard days. She is the ultimate team player, often shouldering more of the workload than one person should bear, and she works tirelessly to keep the hospital operating at a high standard of care. Mia’s confidence in her knowledge and her soothing voice are so important for clients; you can tell they really listen to what she is saying, and they appreciate someone who will always take the time to explain things in a clear and concise manner. She is not told enough how wonderful, dependable, and irreplaceable she is.
Katie is one of our outstanding surgical technicians who has a passion for mentoring the next generation of veterinary technicians. She developed our externship program and works closely with local tech schools to provide training and mentorship for those assigned to our hospital. We've hired most of those that have come through the program and the graduates of the program have excelled at passing the VTNE boards. Some of the graduates are emerging already as leaders, teachers and lecturers at our hospital.
We met Emily 9 years ago and our two dogs quickly became attached to her. Over the years, she has become known as Aunt Emily; she loves my dogs as if they were her own and is one of the very few people I fully trust to care for them. When we got a devastating cancer diagnosis last year for Kira, our 12-year-old golden, Emily was crying alongside. Aside from everything she has done for us personally, Emily helps dogs (and all animals) in every way she can. She volunteers at Vintage Pet Rescue, providing medical services to senior dogs, and advocates for animals with disabilities. Her dog Mel, a tripod Chihuahua mix, was found in the south partially paralyzed. Due to Emily’s rehabilitation and veterinary background, she is able to provide the most incredible life for Mel, who is always sassy and stylish in her hot pink wheelchair and endless wardrobe of sweaters. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have such an incredible person and vet tech in our life. We are honored to call Emily our vet tech and friend.
Terrilee has been a vet tech for over 20 years. She has been with Celtic Creatures Veterinarian Clinic since 2008 when they first opened their doors. She is a very organized, dedicated, hardworking technician who enjoys a personal connection with patients and owners. Terrilee takes pride in what she does; she is very professional with patients and owners but can always make you laugh when you need it the most. She is the first person you call when your furry friend needs her help. She is a very knowledgeable resource for her family & friends when it comes to their furry family members. Cape Breton is lucky to have a technician like Terrilee.
Amy is an outstanding example of dedication to improving pets and their families lives through Fear Free service, and basic obedience classes without coercion or corrective training. Amy continues her education whenever possible so that she can better the lives of those she serves. I have known her to selflessly provide CVT service free of charge on occasion just to improve the pet's quality of life. Amy is nothing short of AMYazing!
Katie is one of our amazing LVTs here at ELVC. She has been battling some health issues lately and has not been able to be here that often. She has been having a rough time with not being able to work but we are so lucky to have her on our team. Even when she is sick, she tries to come to work and put in 100%. We couldn't do it without her here.
Heather is absolutely amazing. She truly loves the animals. She is kind, compassionate and goes above and beyond.
My dog is a hot mess, sometimes called a unicorn. Adrienne called him “her lemon.” I first met her crying outside Lenity and she brought me a drink and gave me a much-needed hug. Adrienne has been through thick and thin with my lemon and has always been there to give him love, encouragement and care. My dog is doing much better now after a complicated knee surgery, but she still comes to visit him at physical therapy next door to give him love. She is a true gem and the lemon and I appreciate her very much.
Melanie is the most helpful person I know. She makes my dog Joey so happy to go to the vet. Joey lost his eye this summer due to a bad infection and Melanie went above and beyond trying to help us. She always called to check up on him and did her best to make him comfortable. She also helped us find a specialist to take care of him. She is an amazing person!
Danielle is the newest member of our clinic and has already made a big impact! She always has lots of tips and tricks to help things run smoothly. We look forward to working with her!
What I admire most about Stephanie is her compassion for animals during their final moments. I know it's hard for many to be with their pets during their final breaths, but Stephanie is an advocate for staying with animals and showing them love until the end. She always remains in the room with a four-legged fur baby, stroking their head or holding their paw, telling them that they will no longer be in pain once they are over the Rainbow Bridge; that they do not need to be scared, and that they are so loved. Being a crazy-cat-mom myself, Stephanie was a huge help to me when my cat ToeBee was diagnosed with a softball sized thymoma tumor in his chest last March. She would often juggle mommy duties while being on a three-way call with me and our specialty veterinarians; I appreciated having her during that incredibly difficult time to act as a liaison for me. I cannot say enough great things about Stephanie-- she juggles mom-life, being a cat and dog parent, and is also my family's go-to expert on all things pets. The field is lucky to have someone like her.
I met Tarra over 2 years ago with my pretty fractious cat Finn. He had been misdiagnosed and misunderstood in clinic a few times, but he took to Tarra right away! He allows her to get blood, urine and weight without so much as a growl now. Her energy is beyond amazing with scared cats!! Finn and I appreciate her more than words can express!
I would like to shout a big thank You to my favorite RVT, CCRA, Amy. Our paths crossed under very tragic circumstances when my Frenchie, Bianca, needed emergency back surgery. After her surgery, Amy sent me a picture of Bianca reassuring me that she was in good hands. While it was really hard not to have Bianca home with me, having Amy help her with rehab and treating her like her own fur baby made all the difference in the world. Bianca and I visited Amy once a week for rehab and eventually we realized how much we had in common, both being moms to 2 kids who enjoyed fitness. I knew Amy was amazing, but I gained a greater appreciation for her after seeing her texting clients outside of work to help with questions about their animals and the amount of pictures Amy has on her phone of selfies with people's animals is hilarious.
Picasso was my beloved cat who died today. Unfortunately, he was in poor health. The cancer occurred during the last 3 years of his life. Picasso had quite a character. Tanya always took care of him as if he were her own pet. She alone could take care of him, and she did so with all her heart. I think she liked that grumpy blue-eyes cat anyway. She took care of him until the last day of his life. She was there, by my side, at the last moment, to comfort me and help me through this painful ordeal. Thank you, Tanya, for everything you have done for him and for all the animals you meet on a daily basis.
While also being my eldest child, Kelsey is an amazing animal advocate. From a very young age, she has displayed such compassion, love and caring for animals. She has been my trusted ‘go to’ for my own pets and she always makes the best choices for ALL of the animals in her care. Animals are in good hands with Kelsey as their nurse! She is the best!
Hannah is the absolute best!!! Not only is she a Dr. Doolittle in her own right, but she is kind and respectful to pet parents - always willing to share a hug or celebrate. Hannah has a special way with animals. They seem to know they are safe with her and that she is there to help them. I have seen her tame wild horses as well as be able to calm the tiniest of creatures. Animals of all sizes and people of all kinds love Hannah for it is apparent she truly loves what she does.
A single person comes to my mind when I see or hear the words "Vet Tech." This woman has been there for me and my family in and out of the Vet Hospital. For her, being a Vet Tech is much more than a job. It is what she was put on this earth for. I have handed her my furry children, and each one of them melted into her embrace as if she were me. Love and safety are what they received from her during their exchanges over the years, and with that came their trust. I have only witnessed kindness and compassion from this amazingly beautiful soul. Her ability to care goes beyond any I have ever witnessed. A strength that comes from within, and allows her to be a mother, a daughter, a wife, a co-worker, and a Vet Tech. Nellie Creech Smith you are more than just a Vet Tech. You are a woman that makes a difference to all those around you! Your knowledge goes far beyond what is learned or taught, because what you have comes from who you are. Please know this. My Furry Ones (past and present), My Family, and Myself… Our love combined will always be with you each step of your way, each and every day!
Jamie has been my rock at Corning Animal Hospital for many years. She became my go to vet tech within the practice that helped me schedule urgent appointments, figure out cost-effective care for our rescue dogs, and handled them with so much care and compassion. Jamie has gone above and beyond. Together, we have helped over 100 dogs that have come through my home as fosters and through CAH as patients. I am so grateful.
Michelle always goes above and beyond for her patients. She is great at making sure the client has a full understanding of the diagnosis.
Veronica is an amazing emergency night shift LVT. She always goes above and beyond!
Terrica is the absolute sweetest vet tech I have ever come across in 20 years. I had 2 sickly dogs that I was constantly bringing into South Federal Animal Hospital and Terrica was WONDERFUL through all the difficult times, including when they passed. Everyone at this facility is amazing, but Terrica is a standout. She makes me feel like she cares as much as I do about my dogs. She makes a tough situation so much easier with her care and affection for both me and my pets. She always knows my dogs' names and she makes a big fuss over them, even when they were old or sick or smelly or crusty. She is a GEM and an enormous asset to South Federal Animal Hospital. It's wonderful to see her face every time I have to go there. She deserves to be recognized. Thank you, Terrica, for all you do!
Sara is a truly loving, dedicated, wonderful person who brings all of those qualities to her work as a veterinary technician. She has earned the trust and respect of human and animal clients as well as her co-workers. She’s incredibly smart and skilled. It’s not many people who get to see both sides of a person in a clinic, as a client and a co-worker, and I have. I have worked with her for 3 years. I have been a client for over 10 years. Sara is unwavering. She is genuine. She also goes the extra mile for clients. Animals gravitate towards her, and she picks up on subtleties. Sara is a tech who knows how teach, knows how to keep her staff safe, excels at her job, and provides a calming, comforting presence. She’s one in a million.
Tiffany doubles as both a vet tech and practice manager. She always comes to work with a positive attitude and has an excellent work ethic. She provides both clients and patients with the best service possible.
Heather has been a Vet Tech for over 15 years! She is so caring and passionate towards every furry, feathery and scaly companion. Her personality lights up every room and she knows how to put everyone in a great mood no matter the day. She goes above and beyond for our clients and patients. Heather rescued her female Persian at only 8 weeks of age. "Gator" is a very well known and loved kitty in our city. Heather is the heart of our clinic and we are so grateful to have her as part of our team!
Roxy has been a godsend for our family especially recently with the passing of two of our kitties within the span of two months. She is gentle and kind. She is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cares about the animals she helps. She knows I get antsy boarding our dogs and she will send me update pictures throughout my trip without me having to ask. It was sooo appreciated! When my kitties were sick and it was time for me to help them pass, she gave me words of reassurance and held me (and cried with me). I have never met a more compassionate, animal-loving human being than Roxy. I honestly know this world wouldn't be the same without her. I take comfort in knowing that she will be taking care of my animals any time I need to drop my pets off for a procedure or boarding. If anyone deserves to be recognized it is Roxy.
Ingrid is the best Vet Tech ever! She goes above and beyond. She cares about each pet and their family. She calls to check up on us when we have had problems and my anxious doggie, Winnie, loves her! My friends love her too and recommended this clinic because of Ingrid. She is both knowledgeable, kind/caring. She takes the time to help educate us and I always feel so supported. Winnie and I ❤️ Ingrid!!
Paige shares her love for animals through her work. She enjoys making every moment count and giving your pets the best care they deserve. She shares her own personal experience with Trupanion in hopes that it will help a family in need.
Brooke has a heart of gold and gives her patients every last ounce of energy she has daily. She works a very long week while keeping up on her studies. Her heart is broken every time a sweet animal passes on and she is all smiles when her patients are happy healthy and well. She is a blessing to her clients!
Jocelyn is a hardworking, kind, smart & funny person. Her co-workers & supervisors respect her tremendously and her commitment to our community’s animals is inspirational. Shelter medicine can be a challenging & sometimes difficult field for a Veterinary Technician. Jocelyn definitely rises to the occasion & we appreciate her so much!
Sandra is the vet tech that every pet parent hopes for when you find yourself in a difficult situation.Sandra has always provided top rate medical care for my pets. I tend to adopt older dogs with chronic health conditions, so I’m at the vet quite often. I always feel confident in Sandra’s ability to help. She works tirelessly, but still finds the energy to always smile and offer kind words. Sandra has a uniquely calming presence that quickly puts me and my animals at ease Sandra is a change maker who goes beyond the call of duty and is clearly guided by an impressively big heart.I believe she inspires me and those around her to want to be better. Years ago I mentioned to her that it’s difficult for me to cut my dog’s pills into quarters because I have autoimmune arthritis (and my hands end up hurting a lot after this task). She makes sure the pills are always cut just right for me. She does this and so much more. She is truly amazing and so deserving of recognition.
Caitlin loves every animal with all her heart. She works shifts at multiple animal hospitals and is always compassionate. She loves them through routine exams, surgeries, post-op appointments and more. She is also always continuing her education and learning best practices.
If there is ever a need to put a smile on your face…Lezley is the one to do it! Her friendly, enthusiastic, ecstatic nature is what makes her one of a kind. She is ALWAYS there to lend a helping hand in any department in the hospital. She is always ready to teach both clients and staff anything that is beneficial to them without hesitation. If you’re in a bad mood, she is there to cheer you up and loves taking funny photos with the in-house patients. Lezley deserves this recognition due to her hard work. She is, and will always be, appreciated.
Christy is very committed to her career. She goes the extra mile for all of her patients. Every patient that comes in is treated as she would treat her own pets. She is always ready to work extra time if needed to provide this care. She is also a canine rehab specialist.
Ann and I have shared space in the veterinary world for about 15 years at 2 different jobs. When I started my own practice, I waited patiently for Ann to be ready to join my team. She has always been a technician that I could trust due to her compassion for our patients, attention to detail and technical skills. When we work together, sometimes no words need to be spoken, but things get done efficiently. She is the other half of a well-oiled machine when it comes to my surgery days. She cuddles with all of the cats but will always compare them to her favorite one at home, Miss Molly (Molly DOES rock!)
Shout out to Lacey’s number one girl Adrianne! We are in very early 3 mornings a week for fluid treatment. Adrianne greets us with her peppy perky personality. She always looks out for my Old Timer, making sure she is treated with extra TLC. She makes herself available to answer any and all of my many questions. I do not think this journey would be the same without her. Thank you Adrianne for going the extra mile.
Laura is such a compassionate person, and very knowledgeable about animals. In the course of one year I had to put both my elderly dogs to sleep. Laura was the attending vet tech for both. Although this is never an easy position to be in for anyone involved, Laura showed such compassion and caring for both my husband and me, and our beloved pet that I feel she should be recognized as going above and beyond what anyone could expect.
Sam goes above and beyond on a daily basis. We feel like she loves our 2 crazy labs like her own, and I am sure she makes everyone feel that way about their pets. She doesn't just do the required task at hand, but is thorough and lets us know of any concerns or issues that she may see, so that we can discuss with our vet. Because of Sam's bright personality, our dogs light up, tails start to wag, and feet go tippy tap when she walks in. We know that our boys are loved, cared for, and treated like they are her own dogs. We cannot say enough great things about Sam! Thatcher & Mosley would like to add that they appreciate the pets and treats from Sam!
Kris has only been at our veterinary clinic a few short months, but she has left a lasting impression with our staff, clients and most importantly, our patients. She is very knowledgeable in her duties and provides a loving atmosphere for our patients. She supports our team in a positive manner. You can always find her loving and kissing on our patients. As she says "I can't get enough of the fur babies hugs and kisses."
Charity is a person who represents the entire technician field remarkably. She is always willing to help even if she is busy doing something else (or 10 other things). She is always taking on new tasks throughout the hospital. Her attention to detail especially during surgery has saved countless lives. A day in the hospital runs smoother with Charity here. Not only does she excel as a technician, she is always there to crack jokes or for a shoulder to cry on during tough days. We truly are blessed to have Charity at our hospital!
Stephanie is an amazing veterinary technician and asset to the veterinary world! I met Stephanie when I picked up a shift at an ER in Seattle and I remember her treating an ICU puppy patient and doing what she does best. Stephanie is a problem solver, innovator and constantly tries to make her clinic better/practice the best medicine. She is a mentor to others and can handle anything that goes her way. She is an amazing coworker, friend and veterinary technician. The veterinary world is so lucky to have her!