Registered Veterinary TechnicianRaquel Gonzalez
Raquel has been working in the veterinary medicine field since 2003. She started has an assistant at a small general practice. In 2008 she earned her RVT status and moved on to a large specialty hospital working in the ICU. She fell in love with emergency and critical care but desiring a shorter commute, joined Southern Crescent ER in 2011. Raquel joined the team here at Braelinn Village after the Internal Medicine Specialty was added to further serve our critical care patients.
Raquel is currently furthering her education and working toward a BS in Biology. Her interests include emergency medicine/critical care, wounds, surgery, and learning more about exotics and wildlife. While not at work, she studies for school, reads, attempts to keep her potted plants alive, hikes, and assists in bat netting. She shares her home with one human, two dogs, and four cats.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianTraci Weaver
Veterinary Tech School: Jacksonville State University
Traci Weaver is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She started in the Veterinary field when she worked part time at a clinic in Alabama while going to school at Jacksonville State University. She moved to Newnan Georgia in 1987 and continued working as a Vet Tech. She has been a member of the VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital team since January 1998. She primarily cares for the hospitalized and post-operative patients.
"I have always loved animals since I was a little girl and have always had pets. When I started working for a veterinarian while I was in college, it became very important to me to help other people get the best care for their pets. I have met some amazing people (2 & 4 legged) and wouldn't trade this job for the world."
Veterinary Tech School: Fort Valley State University
Usandrea Coleman is our newest team member since January 2013. Early in her childhood, Usandrea was a natural animal lover with owning 2 dogs, a hamster and a cat. Also, as a child she experienced a very sad hit and run accident involving a dog from her neighborhood and from that point on she knew what her future was destined to be. Following her dreams, Usandrea later attended Fort Valley State University where she developed her skills and gained a lot of experience, majoring in Veterinary Technology. She is a true lover of bully breeds whom she calls "smushy faces". She loves spending quality time with family and on her down time enjoys just being at home with her 3 fur babies. Usandrea is our bright personality here at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital and if you ever bring in a "smushy face", you better watch out because she will love them up with kisses.
"Why I do what I do..... is because I love being a voice for my patients and I will not sleep until I know I've done all I can to help them get better".
Shirley has worked as a veterinary technician for the past 25 years. She enjoys working with cats, dogs, and exotic reptiles. Shirley has had extensive training in nutrition, radiology, and general patient care. She is always available for her clients to answer any questions they have about their pets.
Shirley has a variety of animals that includes a 33 year old Arabian Horse, a 20 year old Cockatoo, a 9 month old Bearded Dragon, along with a dog and cat.
"I enjoy what I do because of the support team I work with and all of my patients and their owners."
Isaac is originally from Miami, Florida. A proud husband and father of two boys, he shares his home with three dogs and a cat. His animal field career began right after college working and foster raising primates and exotic wildlife animals. He has also worked closely and hands-on with wildlife rehabilitation centers that shelter abused and endangered species.
Continuing with that passion for saving and caring for animals, Isaac worked in a 24 hour emergency animal clinic for 13 years! We are very lucky to have Isaac here on our team at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital!!!
Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster
Stacy started here at VCA Braelinn Village in November of 2012. This was a complete career change for her. She is currently a Penn Foster College student, studying to become a licensed veterinary technician. Stacy is originally from Ohio and has lived in Georgia since 2004. Her k-9 kids are Willy Wonka and Bella!
"I enjoy doing what I do because caring for animals brings joy to my heart."
Several years ago, I met and married a Southern gentleman and moved to Georgia from Minnesota. Shortly after we were married, a job became available at a small local veterinarian. I fell in love with this field, and knew it was what I was meant to do. We became the proud parents of two very lovable (canine) boys that needed homes, an American Bulldog named Winston and a Yellow Lab mix named Oliver. I ended up at VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital after a friend recommended that I apply here. I am very glad that I did. This is a unique hospital with talented people working together to help animals and their people.
Years later, my husband and I expanded our family and I decided to put vet teching on hold for a while. We are the proud parents of two sweet little boys. After a few years of being away from VCA Braelinn Village, I received a phone call from Dr. Traczewitz stating that a position had become available and to call back if I was interested. Of course I was! I have been back for over 2 years working with the surgical team and it feels like I was never gone.
"Since I was a child, I have always been drawn to animals big and small. They bring such joy to our lives that it seemed natural to start working with them and helping them. By helping them, we make such a difference in their "people's" lives, and it's very rewarding!"
School: University of Georgia, Bachelor of Sciences
Brooke has just joined our team here after graduating from UGA. Brooke has experience with working with both large and small animal. She has two fur babies of her own, Cocoa and Nabot.
Veterinary Tech School: Purdue University
Veterinary AssistantBella Campbell
Bella recently joined our team here at BVAH. She has experience in working in all areas of the hospital and has been a great addition to our team!
Veterinary AssistantEtosha Webb