VCA Apache Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Melinda Schmidt, CVT

    I am a native of Tombstone Arizona.  I’ve worked for VCA Apache for over 10 years. In 2011, I achieved my credential veterinary technician certification. This was a big success in my life. I am also Technical Supervisor, and 1 of 2 CVTs that work specially on dental procedures under license Veterinarians. This has ignited my interest to become specialized in Dentistry. I have one dog name Poseidon, who is an American Staffordshire Terrier and in my spare time enjoy spending time with my daughters, family and friends.

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Beth Barrick, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: San Juan

    I am originally from Northern Illinois.  After high school I served in the army for four years where I met and married my husband Jeff and was blessed with our son Ryan.  I joined VCA Apache in 2007 and attained my credentialed technician status in 2010.  My main interest is  in feline medicine.   My family took a short break to go to South Korea and then to Washington D.C.  I returned Sierra Vista and VCA Apache in 2013. I have two dogs Deuce and Darla.   In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling, softball, quilting and spending time with friends and family.

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Brandi Stanley, CVT

    Brandi was born and raised in Sierra Vista, AZ. She is loyal to the people and pets of this town. Brandi has been an employee of VCA Apache Animal Hospital for over 18 years now! At a very young age Brandi determined that she wanted to be a nurse when she "grew up". As she grew older, her love for animals also grew, but she had no idea that she would be here nursing animals 18 years later. In 2003, Brandi became a certified veterinary technician and is the hospital technical manager. In the future she hopes to become specialized in veterinary dentistry. Brandi currently has her hands full raising her family comprised of her husband, two children and Elmo the pug.

  • Veterinary Assistant Supervisor

    Sara Jane Boyle
    Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster College
    School: Penn Foster, Veterinary Assistant

    Sara-Jane was born and raised in New South Wales Australia. She studied classical ballet from a young age and completed major examinations; she majored in agricultural science in High School and loves working with livestock. At the age of 18 she traveled to the United States to start a professional dancing career with Carnival cruise lines. After dancing and traveling for 8 years she moved to Arizona with her loving husband of three years and decided it was time to pursue her childhood passion and work with animals. In April 2010 she graduated with her Veterinary Assistants Diploma from Penn Foster College. She enjoys trips back to Australia to visit family and friends, loves chatting with her sisters and nephews on Skype and is very thankful to have a supportive and loving best friend, her husband. Sara-Jane and her husband are excited to find a home and start a family in Sierra Vista in the near future.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Kayla Barton
    School: University of Arizona, Animal Science

    Kayla has been with VCA Apache Animal Hospital since 2009.  She was born in Michigan but moved to Arizona with her family at an early age. Kayla attended the University of Arizona to study Veterinary Science prior to working here.  She loves the outdoors and spending time hiking or camping with her husband, daughter, and two dogs “Janey Lane” and “Sway”.  She also enjoys spending her down time with her best lounging buddy, her cat “Finn”.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica Horton

    Jessica joined our VCA team in 2008 as a receptionist. This sparked her interest into other areas of the veterinary field and she is now one of our veterinary assistants.. She was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. Jessica moved across the border to Calais, Maine when she was 8 years old. She has since migrated to Arizona with her husband, and 2 sons. Jessica has 2 dogs- Canuk & Bruce, and a handful of chickens.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her sons in the Arizona outdoors, cooking, gardening, and photography.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Kaitlyn Tyler

    I was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and lived in several different cities near there for 17 years while being home-schooled by my parents. Ever since I was 10 years old I knew I wanted to go to school and become a veterinary technician. After moving to Sierra Vista in 2007, I started volunteering at the Sierra Vista Animal Shelter and eventually became a full time volunteer for 3 years before being hired at VCA Apache Animal hospital (which was a dream come true!)   My desire to save as many animals as I could has led to my full house of 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 rats, 2 birds, and 2 fish!  (Only my first dog, Chloe, was actually a pet I personally picked out and not a true “rescue” situation, though she came from the shelter too! And I’d take more pets if I could!)

  • Surgical Supervisor

    Ashley Manning, CVT
    School: Cochise College, Biology

    Ashley was born in Fort Riley, Kansas. She grew up as an army dependant, enjoying the various states and countries she was priveleged to live in. At 15 years of age, Ashley became the youngest volunteer at Fort Huachuca, devoting her time to the militaries veterinary clinic and shelter. Ashley graduated from Buena High School in 2003 and four years later earned a dual degree from Cochise Community College in Biology and General Studies. In 2006 Ashley joined the permanent staff of VCA Apache Animal Hospital after volunteering and working summer jobs with us for several years. Ashley continues to provide excellent service for us as our senior surgery technician. Ashley plans to continue her education and expand her expertise into small animal anesthesia and emergency care. While not working, Ashley enjoys being with her four rescued min-pins and curling up with her two cats, playing on her computer, attending concerts, traveling and sleep!


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call Verterinary Specialty Center of Tucson @ 520-795-9955.  They are located @ 4909 N. La Canada Drive, Tucson, AZ  85704.