Veterinary Support

  • Technician Manager

    Kathy Kaufman

    Kathy has been a member of the VCA Briarcliff team since 1999. She has her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has been in the veterinary field since 1989.

    When she isn't busy working hard as our technician manager, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, breeding dwarf shrimp and painting.

    Kathy also shares her home with "Sahvin" (a Doberman Pincher), "Rush" (a Retriever Mix), "Liberty" (a Chihuahua),  "Cynder"  (Domestic Shorthair cat), "Raighne" (a Domestic Longhair cat), "Nim" (Domestic shorthair cat), "Keller" (domestic shorthair cat), "Five" (Domestic short hair cat) "Pickles" (a Double yellow-headed Amazon Parrot), "Echo" (African Grey), "Indi & Mochi" (Netherland Dwarf rabbits) and also maintains 3 large aquariums. 


  • Technician

    Kelly Ferguson

    Kelly has been a member of the VCA Briarcliff team since October 2003. When she isn't busy working hard as a technician, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband Nate,  designing websites, drawing, graphic design, all things "crafty", being outdoors, horseback riding, drinking Starbucks coffee, reading as well as spending time with family and friends. Kelly and Nate share their home in the heart of Jacksonville with eight "furry children" - Levi, a blue merle Australian Shepherd, Red, a black labrador, Reese, a wacky chocolate labrador, four rescued felines - Hemi, Gutter, Pixel and Sushi as well as a very talkative African Grey Parrot known as Aries.
     


  • Technician

    Marianela Francesena

    My name is Marianela. I was born Cuba and grew up in Miami where I worked as a veterinary assistant for a year before I was accepted to Veterinary School at The University of the West Indies in Trinidad. I graduated in June 2014 with my DVM and I am currently working towards getting my US accreditation as a Veterinarian. In the meantime, I truly enjoy working as a veterinary technician and learning from my peers. I strive to offer the best medical care for our patients and firmly believe that it all starts with effective client communication. All of my pets have been either rescued or bred by my husband who trains them and competes with them on a national and international level.


  • Technician

    Julia Haggerty
    Veterinary Tech School: Sanford-Brown

    My name is Julia and I am a Veterinary Technician here at VCA Briarcliff! I have lived in Jacksonville for almost 12 years but I was born and raised in Russia, Kyrgyzstan to be exact. Growing up I was always passionate about all kinds of animals and I have had several pets throughout my life. As a little girl, I would bring sick or abandoned puppies and kitties home or try to nurse sick birds back to health. I graduated from Sandlewood High School in 2005 then went to Florida State College of Jacksonville to get a degree in Nursing. Two years down the road I realized it wasn't something I wanted to do. From there I continued my education in Veterinary Technology and graduated from Sanford-Brown College in 2014. I have two beautiful babies of my own, My first one has four legs, a tail and his name is Koko. He is a Cocker Spaniel. My second baby is a beautiful year and a half old boy named Kai. I enjoy working with our two great Veterinarians here at VCA Briarcliff and I learn so much from them everyday as well as every team member at our Hospital. I enjoy working with animals and love waking up each morning knowing that I might change or even save someone's pets life.


  • Technician

    Shauna Morris

    Shauna has been a member of the VCA Briarcliff team since May of 1996. When she isn't busy working hard as a technician, Shauna enjoys playing with her two daughters and watching football. Shauna shares her home with "Bump" (a large breed mix dog) and "Calix" (kitty).


  • Technician

    Jessica Simons
    Veterinary Tech School: Sanford-Brown

    My name is Jessica and I have been a Veterinarian Technician for two years now. I graduated from Sanford-Brown with my associate in Science. Growing up I've always had a passion for animals and have had many kinds throughout the years. I currently own a bearded dragon names James and he is pretty awesome! My dream is to become a Zoologist and be a care taker at a Zoo. I love to be around animals and to care for them. I couldn't imagine doing anything else!

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