DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, CVA III, FEAR FREE ™ CERTIFIED
Why Melissa chose the Veterinary Industry: "I chose the Veterinary Industry because as a kid I loved animals. I didn’t spend a lot of time with friends growing up because we lived so far away from everyone in my school, so my pets were my constant companions. Strays would often wander up and I would use my own money to treat them and try to find them homes. I love that I get to work with animals every day and that I get to be a part of helping sick or injured pets become healthy again. I also really enjoy educating clients about preventative care and how to keep their pet’s healthy."
About Melissa’s Pets: Beau is rescued pit bull with an amazing personality that she adpoted in 2013 as a puppy. He loves car rides and meeting new people. Melissa’s love for animals also includes horses. She traveled across Texas as an avid barrel racer for 15 years!
SURGERY COORDINATOR, CVA II
Why Max chose the Veterinary Industry: “I started working in a veterinary office as a dog trainer trying to gain insight to the medical side of pet care. I soon found that helping helpless animals was very gratifying work. It has almost been 9 years and I still love what I do. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
About Max’s Pet: Max has had many pets over the years, but she currently shares her home with Tiger, a 10-year old Cavalier King Charles mix. He came to Max as a rescue, although she has known him since puppyhood. Some of Tiger’s favorite things include, car rides with the windows down, lounging around with anyone who wants to cuddle and he loves going to “Yappy Hour” with other two-legged and four-legged friends.
INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT COORDINATOR, CVA II, FEAR FREE ™ CERTIFIED
Why Liz chose the Veterinary Industry: “I grew up on a small farm with lots of different animals and I always felt it was my duty to care for all the animals, big or small. Caring for animals has always brought me great joy. I knew the Vet industry was the best way for me to spend my days with animals.”
About Liz’s Pets: Liz has one cat, Sierra, one dog, Max and two horses, Luka and Ace. Sierra loves to hog pillows and snooze on the bed all day. Max enjoys barking at leaves and all invisible things. Liz and Ace hope to make it to the big leagues in 3-Day Eventing and Luka is enjoying retirement after his days as a lesson pony.
CLIENT CARE SPECIALIST
Why Melanie chose the Veterinary Industry: "Animals have always been a big part of my life. Growing up I would volunteer at the local animal shelter as well as going out to ride horses. While finishing up my college career, I found that I really had a passion for taking care of animals, and working in the veterinary industry kind of just fell into my lap! I will soon start working towards my LVT and couldn't be happier working in this industry!"
About Melanie's Pets: Melanie recently adopted a 2-year-old Boxer mix from APA! named Xoli. Xoli loves to go on car rides to make a trip to the local Sonic where they always give her a special treat! She is an adventurous dog who loves being outside but also has a lazy side where she is perfectly content being a 50lb lap dog!
Why Breanne chose the Veterinary Industry: "I've always been interested in doing something in the medical field, and I've always loved animals. This is the best of both of those combined. I love getting the opportunity to help all of the pets that I can."
About Breanne's Pets: Breanne has one dog, Wilson. He is an adorable black Shih Tzu that Breanne and her husband adopted from a local shelter. It was love at first sight. He was shaggy and underweight, but even before they left the shelter he was glued to their sides. Now Wilson spends his days snuggling on the couch, playing with his excessive amount of toys, and weekend trips to the dog park.
Why Krystin chose the Veterinary Industry: "I chose the veterinary industry because of my love of science and animals. I love to experience new medical cases and see the progress that each pet makes. I hope to become a veterinarian in the future, and I am currently in the process of applying to veterinary school. I'm so happy I get to spend every day working with animals!"
About Krystin's Pets: Krystin has a 12-year-old Shih Tzu named Charlie that lives with her in Austin. Charlie still acts like a puppy and demands to play fetch every single day. Charlie and Krystin enjoy taking trips to the Barton Creek greenbelt and other hiking trails around Austin.
CLIENT CARE SPECIALIST COORDINATOR
Why Joelle chose the Veterinary Industry: "Growing up and moving across the country every 2 years, my family's dogs were my constant companions. Their friendship and loyalty always spoke volumes to me. After moving to Texas from Boston, I sought out a companion of my own to make the transition easier. Little did I realize how much of an impact she would have on my entire well-being. Since adopting my dog, Goblin, I decided I wanted to have a direct impact on the lives of companion animals that support their guardians in the way that Goblin still supports me. Even if I'm not directly treating the animals, I'm helping their guardian choose quality care that impacts their pet's lives."
About Joelle's Pets: Joelle currently has one dog, Goblin, a fat bearded dragon named Squish, and a silly Bumblebee Ball Python, named Lil B. They share their home with a community of fish and a colony of hermit crabs. Golbin's favorite activities include: building pillow forts, stealing Squish's collard greens, zooming around the apartment, and going to her parent's experimental music shows.
FELINE INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT COORDINATOR
Why Sarah chose the Veterinary Industry: "I have wanted to work with animals since I was in elementary school and it's been my only focus. I received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M and I am currently in school to become a LVT. Getting to play with the most adorable kitties and puppies all day while ensuring they live long, happy lives is really the best combination. I can't imagine doing anything else!"
About Sarah's pets: Sarah has 2 kitties that she shares her home with, Penelope and Millie. Penelope was rescued from the mean streets of Tyler, TX in 2010 and now lives a life of luxury with no complaints. Millie was rescued as a kitten in 2016 from Austin Animal Center that makes sure Penelope stays on her toes and young at heart. Their favorite activities are eating wet food on the couch, watching Netflix and running around at 3AM for no reason. While these two keep the house pretty lively, Sarah hopes to add a corgi to the mix very soon!
Why Erisa chose the Veterinary Industry: "Animals have always had a special place in my heart and I have always felt compelled to help an animal in need. I chose the veterinary industry because animals are my passion. Being able to help my furry friends and family truly brings joy to my life and I make sure to treat every patient as if they were my own fur baby."
About Erisa's Pets: Erisa has two cats, Oliver and Mia. Mia, a small kitten at the time, was adopted in 2007 while Erisa attended the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mia is a Siamese mix, she is very spunky, independent, and a sassy fur-ball. Mia spends most of her time sunbathing on the balcony, listening to classical music, and making sure her fur-brother Oliver stays out of trouble. Oliver is an orange Tabby that entered Erisa's life in 2009. Oliver is loving, enjoys to cuddle, and a big mama's boy. Oliver loves to bird watch on his favorite spot, the window sill. He also enjoys animal documentaries. Erisa could not imagine life without her two furbabies.