Veterinary Tech School: Vet Tech Institute of Texas
As a recent addition to Bayview Animal Hospital - Kara graduated with honors and recieved her A.A.S. degree from the A.V.M.A. accrediated Vet Tech Institute of Houston, Texas in 2013. While in school, Kara was Vice President of the Veterinary Technician Student Organization and member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Kara completed her internship in Sea Turtle Rehabilitation at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida. In addition, Kara has actively volunteered her time in a mulititude of Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, Animal Shelters and fundraising activities. Kara recently recieved her credentials as a Certified Veterinary Technician after passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination. She's active in learning many aspects of Veterinary Medicine, including her interest in Rehabilitation.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Kara enjoys spending her free time outdoors near the shore; whether it be hiking, swimming, crabbing or lounging you'll find her rescued furballs not too far behind.
Veterinary AssistantDeanna Benedict
Deanna is from Ocean County and volunteers at the Ocean County Animal Shelter. She has been around animals her whole life and has always loved them. Deanna recently completed the Veterinary Assistant program at Brookdale Community College and with that earned her certification as an Approved Veterinary Assistant. She plans on enrolling in a Veterinary Technician Program soon to become a CVT. Deanna has two dogs of her own, Mitch and Mac, and recently brought a new kitten into her family named Zoey.
Veterinary AssistantJennifer Diem
Jennifer Diem started out as a volunteer at Toms River Animal Hospital in 2010, where her love for helping animals really grew. Once she was old enough she started working as a kennel assistant at Toms River Animal Hospital. A couple years later she started helping out in treatment at Bayview Animal Hospital. After hurricane Sandy struck the hospital she was here everyday helping clean up the aftermath. Once the temporary hospital was up and running she switched to Bayview Animal Hospital full time. She is often seen at the reception desk with a smile on her face or rubbing a dogs belly in an exam room. She is referred to as our pet food fanatic and is currently our “Cat Champion” here at the hospital. She has two cats of her own, Blackie and Templeton, which she rescued from her neighborhood; and rescued two chow mixes, Marco and Darla. Along with her love of animals, Jen has a passion to help people. She is currently in nursing school and hopes to one day be a pediatric nurse. Jen’s dream is to one day own her own Pug rescue. She also hopes to one day work hand in hand with therapy dogs and help heal people with the help of a furry friend!
Veterinary AssistantJenna Ricci
Veterinary Tech School: Brookedale Community College
Jenna joined the Bayview team in 2013 and has since graduated from Brookdale Community College earning her Approved Veterinary Assistant Certification. Jenna believes in second chances and works with Wag On Inn rescue out of Tinton Falls New Jersey Animal Shelter. She has her own personal rescue to save and relocate "Bully Breed" dogs along with a few other breeds and species. Jenna belongs to the American Quarter Horse Association and has been an English Hunter Jumper Equestrian for 9 years. Jenna has rescued and trained "off the track" Thoroughbred race horses along with other farm animals from slaughter auctions. Jenna loves bringing her dog Bailey to the dog beach on the weekends, watching the New York Rangers kick butt and spending time with family friends and her one eyed kitten Penelope.
Veterinary AssistantNiko Schneider
School: Ocean County College
Niko is our friendly kennel assistant here at Bayview Animal Hospital. He shares his free time with his long haired, black and tan Doxie as well as his loveable Beagle. He is currently attending OCC in preperation for Pre-Vet. After his many years of education, one day Niko will return to Bayview as an associate veterinarian or maybe even a furture medical director!