Hospital ManagerMelissa Connahey
School: Richard Stockton College, BA
Melissa started out as a Kennel Attendant at Toms River Animal Hospital 11 years ago. She moved up to Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Supervisor, and finally Hospital Manager. She has been a manager for the past 3 years and is ecstatic to be part of the Bayview Animal Hospital as their Hospital Manager!
Along with animals, Melissa has a passion for teaching. She has danced professionally since the age of 2 and owned her own Performing Arts Studio for 3 years where she taught Drama and all genres of Dance. Melissa has an associates degree in Liberal Arts and a dual bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Philosophy.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending quality time with her family either out and about or spending cozy time at home. Their very mobile and adventurous children, 1 boy and 1 girl had been very thrilling for their dogs!
Melissa also enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, the beach, and fundraising for Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Awareness became very personal for Melissa when her mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Proudly, Melissa's mom has been a survivor and activist since 2002!!
Hospital ManagerNikki Picht
Veterinary Tech School: Camden County College
Nikki has been with Bayview Animal Hospital the longest. She started 9 years ago as a receptionist and has made her way up to Senior Technician. She has a very extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine techniques and animal husbandry. Her hobbies include tanning, poker, shopping, going to Six Flags, hanging out with friends and family, and loving her kitty, Baby.
Nikki hopes to one day be a certified technician and work with large animals at a zoo!