MELISSA Practice Manager, Fear Free Certified Professional 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! LIZ 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. MELANIE Certified Veterinary Assistant, Fear Free Certified Professional 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! BREANNE VETERINARY ASSISTANT 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. KRYSTIN VETERINARY ASSISTANT 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. SARAH 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! ERISA Medical Team Lead 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. SARA Administrative Assistant Cherri Licensed Veterinary Technician Why Cherri chose the Veterinary Industry: “I have always cared deeply about the well-being of animals and enjoy helping them live their best lives. I also find a lot of satisfaction in educating clients and friends about products, tools, and techniques that they can use to keep their pets happy and healthy.”
About Cherri’s Pets: Cherri has a black Labrador named Beaux, and two tabby cats named Baxter and Dexter. Beaux was adopted when he was six years old from Austin Dog Rescue. Despite being an older dog, he has tons of energy, and loves playing with his toys as well as visiting nearby bars and restaurant patios. Baxter and Dexter were adopted from a neighbor a few years ago when he had to move away, and have since made themselves right at home with Cherri and her husband. They especially enjoy their backyard ‘catio’! MADELYN Client Care Specialist Why Madelyn chose the Veterinary Industry: "Since I was a child I’ve had a passion for helping animals, furry and scaly. Growing up, my family mostly owned different varieties of snakes, but we would occasionally adopt a cat or dog. Being surrounded by these different animals and needing to care for them is what really inspired me to aim for a career in the veterinary industry. Right now, I take online courses to help further my education in animal medicine. Since working with South Park Animal Hospital, my knowledge has grown substantially and it has really helped me provide better care for my animals at home.
About Madelyn's Pets: Madelyn currently owns four dogs; three boys (Leo, Deebo, and Rex), one girl (Molly) and a snapping turtle (Reptar). They are her babies and she is a very proud fur/scale mama! CYAN Technician Assistant, Fear Free Certified Professional SAMUEL Medical Team Lead, Certified Veterinary Assistant, Fear Free Certified Professional Why Samuel chose the Veterinary Industry: “I chose the veterinary industry because as long as I can remember I have loved animals. I have had pets my entire life. I have had every kind of pet one could have, and I have always had an interest in learning all I can about animals. Being able to be a part of helping sick and injured animals is very fulfilling to me and I pride myself on helping educate pet owners on how to give their pets their healthiest, happiest life.”
About Samuel’s pets: Samuel’s pets have always found him, more than he has found them, and he currently has three dogs and two cats. Lucky is my pit bull mix, who his brother adopted while working at an animal shelter. Blaze is his little mutt who was brought in on his way to the shelter while Samuel was working at the non-profit Emancipet. Domino is his toy fox terrier who was given to his family by a neighbor who could no longer care for him. Both of his cats came from the animal shelter when his brother was working there. AMIRI Veterinary Assistant Why Amiri chose the Veterinary Industry: “I have had a passion for animals since I was a young girl. As a child, my family would often visit the zoo and animal-themed restaurants such as Rainforest Cafe. I always enjoyed these activities far more than my siblings, which was my parent's first hint into what would later be my dream career. My tv channel of choice was Animal Planet, and by age 8, I was convinced that I would own my very own tiger sanctuary. Every chance I get, I immerse myself in animal-related activities, whether that's feeding tortoises at a wildlife center or playing with cute puppies and kittens at work. My dream of helping animals has slightly evolved since childhood (to include more than just large cats), but my vision is still the same. I see working in the veterinary industry as an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, to solve complicate medical problems, to serve underrepresented communities, and to be a voice to those who don't have their own. Every day I come to work excited about the new set of animals and people that I get to aid. I am thrilled that I will soon be attending Texas A&M's School of Veterinary Medicine so I can further develop within this industry so I can serve my community in a new way.”
About Amiri’s pets: Amiri has two cats, Banx and Churro, and one fish named Garfunkel Beansington. Banx was adopted from the Aggieland Humane Society during Amiri's first semester of college at Texas A&M. Banx loves straws, dog beds, and chillaxing in the sun. He's always up for cuddle time with his mama and loves taking up her pillow space. Churro was found as a 4-week old kitten, 6 months after Amiri adopted Banx. He was a little floof ball, who is now the ruling prince of the house. Churro loves rolling over for pets and staring into his water bowl. Banx & Churro are the best of brothers and love snuggling up together after a long play session. Garfunkel Beansington (or GB) is a Betta fish that Amiri has had for about 1 year. He's a sassy little blue fish who loves to eat and swim in his holiday-themed tank.
Amiri also volunteers with Guide Dogs for the Blind and often has one of their dogs with her. She has raised a female Black Lab named Glee and is currently raising Trolley, a male Yellow Lab. Sestina Certified Veterinary Assistant, Fear Free Certified Professional Why Sestina chose the Veterinary Industry: “I was lucky enough to be raised in South Austin, where I got to explore the greenbelt constantly and experience the native Texas wildlife firsthand. My mom was kind and patient enough to let me foster a menagerie of fuzzy, scaley, feathery friends, and I've always jumped at the opportunity to lend a hand to any animal in need. Volunteering summers at the nature center from the age of 13 furthered my knowledge and passion for the natural world around me. I knew I wanted to make this my career and pursued it wholeheartedly. It is my greatest joy, and I appreciate the opportunity to care for your pets as I would my own.”