Technician SupervisorKristyn Mertens
Kristyn began her veterinary technician career in 1996 as a kennel worker at a local animal shelter. She was quickly promoted to an adoption agent. Eventually, she graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Parkland College in 2000 received her Certification of Veterinary Technology, CVT. She worked in biomedical research at University of Illinois’ Biologic Resources Lab. As the surgical and technical supervisor, she gained her appreciation for surgery as well as being a part of research which benefits many lives. Kristyn refocused her passion of research on to cardiac research at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. She worked with cardiac surgeons specializing in heart failure and VAD systems. She joined the VCA family in 2008 working at VCA Berwyn Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital. She worked in the Surgery Department, scrubbing into many complicated cases, including total hip replacements. In 2010, Kristyn transferred to VCA Bolingbrook in hope to share her experiences and knowledge with her fellow Technicians. Kristyn lives in Downers Grove with her husband, Erik, daughter Sydney and many pets.
Jennifer started at VCA Bolingbrook in 1995 as a kennel assistance, where she provided care to many boarding dogs and cats. She continued working in the kennel while also assisting in the veterinary asst. dept. She helped the doctors with the routine care of patients, including in asstisting in surgery. In addition, Jennifer still continues to positively impact the lives of animals by providing quality care in the hospital. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family. She shares her home with her husband, two young daughters, dog and three cats. Several times a month she volunteers at a local hospital with her therapy dog, Burger, who she adopted from Humane Haven Animal Shelter which resides within VCA Bolingbrook.
Jessi has worked for VCA Bolingbrook for 6 years now. She has always known she wanted to work with animals. She began her career in Kennel but was soon promoted to Receptionist. In 2008 she became a Technician. Jessi's future goal is to enter a Vet Tech program to get certified. Her favorite task is performing dental cleanings and she's always looking to learn new things. Jessi lives in Naperville with her fiance and 2 dogs.
Linda started off as a registered nurse, but she wanted to work with animals instead. So she began her career as a Technician with VCA Bolingbrook 26 years ago! She's married with 1 son who's a SSGT in the army. She is the proud owner of 3 cats and 2 dogs. One of her dogs, Mack, is a therapy dog at Edwards Hospital. He is also a licensed R.E.A.D. (reading, education, assistant) dog. Her other one, Helen, is in training to become a therapy dog!