Technician SupervisorAmanda Anastas
School: University of Georgia
Amanda graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Speech Communications. GO DAWGS!!!! Amanda has one furry child- a 13 year old mixed breed named Gretta. Amanda has a passion for pets and in her spare time enjoys going to the gym, taking Gretta for walks and of course watching Georgia football.
"I enjoy being a veterinary technician because I like working with people and I have always had a love for animals. I also love the investigative aspect of veterinary medicine."
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianUsandrea Coleman
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".
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."
I am currently working on my Biology degree at University of West Georgia. Medicine has always been of interest to me and I love the work I do as a technician. From the wonderful people I get to meet as well as work with, to the wonderful patients I get to care for, being a technician is highly rewarding. Whether it is assisting the doctors in curing a patient, alleviating their pain, or simply being there for a client in need, I feel that what I do greatly impacts both the clients and patients that I have the honor to work with.
I have two dogs, Tillie, a rescued English Setter, and Phoenix, a Labrador/Dachshund mix (believe it or not!), as well as a cat named a Mishka and a five year old daughter. My boyfriend happens to be a veterinarian and between all of us we could certainly be described as animal lovers!
No matter what kind of day I'm having, I can count on the patients and clients that I see at work to brighten my day and knowing that I am brightening theirs is the icing on the cake.
"In being a technician, I get to feed my interest and love for medicine, as well as make a difference in the lives of both the patients and the clients that I see."
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."
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!"
Veterinary AssistantStacy Laughlin
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."
Surgical SupervisorMelisa Hendrix