Certified Veterinary TechnicianRachel Fink
Rachel has been with VCA AVH since February and loves working with all our clients and their pets. Rachel graduated from Northampton Community College with an Associates in Veterinary Technology. Rachel enjoys spending time with her 3 cats, 2 rats, 1 mouse, 1 turtle, 1 White Lined Gecko, 14 frogs and her fish. She is an avid bowler, hiker and loves to watch football.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianCarolyn Finken
Carolyn excitedly joined the AVH team as a certified veterinary technician in July of 2013. She has been in the veterinary field over 20 years originally starting out as a preveterinary major at Moravian College. She quickly fell in love with the nursing part of the field, however, and went to earn her degree in Veterinary Technology at Northampton Community College in 1998. After working as an extern at AVH, she knew this was where she wanted to be and is delighted to finally join this amazing team. Her main areas of interest are surgery and dentistry.
Outside of her time at work, you can usually find her enjoying work on a never ending list of projects for her old house, working in the garden and yard, or ,quite often, in with her chickens who are a constant source of entertainment. Her favorite thing to do however, is spending time with her husband and children camping, reading, sitting by the fire, hiking, canoeing, flea marketing, going to Knoebel’s Grove, and any other activity that takes the fast paced distractions out of the family bond.
She also enjoys, in addition to her eight wonderful hens, her furry family members consisting of Henry, Betty Boop, and Aurora who are three very opinionated cats and Annie, Baxter, and Beaureguard, three dogs of very very different personality types.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianMaureen Pyle
Veterinary Tech School: Northampton Community College
Maureen came to AVH in April 2010. She joined the veterinary profession eight years ago when she started working at the Northampton County SPCA. She loved caring for animals so much, she decided to attend school to become a technician. Maureen attended the veterinary technician program at Northampton Community College and became a certified veterinary technician in 2007. She has special interests in behavior, dentistry and nutrition.
Maureen's love for animals reaches home where she has 2 adorable Dachshunds named Frank and Luca, an energetic Jack Russel named Vinny, and a spoiled cat named Socks.
Joanne happily joined our staff in July 2011. She has been a veterinary technician for many years. She always knew she wanted to work in the veterinary profession and enjoys it very much. She took a few years off after having her third child but is glad to be back part time.
Her extra time is spent volunteering at her children's school. She also is a Tastefully Simple consultant. She enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, reading, photography, belly-dancing, zumba, yoga, biking and going for family walks. She has two dogs and a cat, Mason, Penny and Blueberry.
Jen started in the animal care field working with kennel cats at a shelter. Jen has worked at VCA AVH as a technician, receptionist and cat groomer for almost 20 years. She is a graduate of the New Jersey School of Dog Grooming and takes pride in providing grooming services for our cat clients. Jen shares her home with a Cairn Terrier names Beans, her three cats Chicory, Parsnip, Miso and her husband. Jen also loves to hike, bike, camp and lose herself in a good book and of course spend time with her pets.
Behavior ConsultantJim Coley
Jim Coley is our dependable, all weather, director of play group. Jim has been involved with our popular playgroup since its debut in 2006. For years, Jim has supervised play times, entertaining participants with his fun loving sense of humor. Since the fall of 2011, Jim has taken over playgroup as the lead supervisor. He enjoys his time with the people and dogs alike and manages each high energy group with the help of his trusty assistants, Renee and Susan. Through his experience at our hospital and working with others, he has gained a great deal of knowledge and insight into dog behavior. Jim wants to learn as much as he can about canine behavior and training so that one day he can become a dog trainer. When Jim is not at playgroup, he spends time with his wife, Sharon, son, Kyle, and puppy pal, Chyan. This dog lover always gives his all in whatever he does and is an integral part of the VCA AVH family.
Behavior ConsultantHelen Petyerak
Helen studied at the Animal Behavior College where she received her certification as a professional dog trainer. She is a member of the APDT, Association of Professional Dog Trainers and Therapy Dog Inc., where she volunteers her time. Helen is an AKC Puppy Star and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Committed to providing solutions to her clients needs, Helen actively pursues continuing education by attending seminars, keeping current with industry literature, actively participating in hands on workshops, and using her own dogs to understand and study interactions between other dogs and humans. Helen teaches Puppy Kindergarten and Advanced Classes at VCA AVH Animal Hospital, and works privately with clients addressing behavioral issues. Helen has an "Ask the Trainer" column and enjoys writing articles sharing her knowledge. Her greatest joy is making a difference. In her free time, Helen enjoys the outdoors, travel, and family time.