Technician SupervisorOsvaldo Godfried
Osvaldo comes from Uruguay, a small but friendly country in South America. He joined the AVH team in December 2004, soon after his arrival to the U.S. The small animal field has been his greatest passion since he enrolled in University. His first working experience in the area goes back to 1997, holding a vet technician position in a regular practice while he was still a student, then as a Doctor en Medicina Veterinaria once his degree was obtained. Osvaldo has a special drive when it comes to Ethnology and Sociology topics, as well as History in general. To further his studies and to learn more from other cultures he traveled around Europe and lived for six months in the Czech Republic. By then he took a traineeship at the Small Animal Department of Brno Veterinary University and participated in a research project involving dogs with mammary gland tumors at the Veterinary Research Institute (VUVeL). Since then two new hobbies enlarge his list of outdoor sports: hiking and skiing (the latter still painful). One of his goals is to validate his degree and eventually exercise as a veterinarian in the U.S.
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.
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 Graphic Design at Bergen Community College and School of Visual Arts. Her eye for detail led her to a field that was not only work, but fun, exciting ,and rewarding. When Helen was not working, you could find her skiing, bike riding, running, hiking, cruising around with her black lab, or at the animal shelter lending a hand.
In 1994, Helen traded her sports car in for a backseat big enough for a black lab and a car seat. Helen and her husband Steven welcomed their son Alex into their lives. As a stay at home mom, Helen and Alex made weekly visits to the animal shelter.
Because of her love for animals, and ready to do something for herself once again, in 2010, Helen enrolled in the Animal Behavior College. With the support and encouragement of her family, she became certified as a professional dog trainer.
Helen joined the AVH team in 2012 teaching Puppy Kindergarten. Once again her work is fun, exciting, and even more rewarding.