Veterinary Support

  • Technician

    Monica Criniti

    Monica was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Growing up,  Monica always loved animals and her many pets included rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs, dogs, ducks, and finally cats. Monica joined the VCA Cat Hospital in 2013 to pursued her passion to become a veterinary technician.  She has one little fur baby (as she likes to call them) named Padre, a grey tabby cat. Monica loves to work hand and hand with the doctors, clients and their pets here at the VCA Cat Hospital!


  • Technician

    Kim Gilmore
    School: Pennsylvania State University, BS

    Kim is originally from Lancaster, PA but started at VCA Cat hospital in the summer of 2010. Originally veterinary school bound, Kim graduated from Penn State with a BS in Animal Bioscience, and then from Drexel University with a degree in Laboratory Animal Science. Kim is usually around the Cat Hospital on occasional nights and weekends. Kim works for the School of Medicine at Temple University during the week. In her free time, Kim plays ultimate Frrisbee, bakes cookies, and hangs out with her cat, Papoo.


  • Technician

    Xelba Gutierrez
    School: Florida International University, BS

    Xelba moved from San Francisco to Philadelphia the summer of 2014 to join the VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia. Xelba has more than 10 years experience as a veterinary technician, with the majority of her time spent in specialty and emergency medicine. She enjoys working with all animals but has a special connection with cats and when she goes home she enjoys the company of her two cats Cucho and Niemi. Her main motivation is the joy she gets from making animals feel better and more comfortable while in the hospital.  Xelba's primary hobby is nature and landscape photography while traveling.


  • Technician

    Nicole Porter
    Veterinary Tech School: Harcum College

    Nicole has always loved cats, which led her to study at Harcum College where she earned two Associates degrees. Since graduating, she has made a special effort to work with cats and has been at our hospital since 2011.  She has  four cats: Tony, Daisy, Icee, and Alaska.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Bianca Johnston
    School: Bard College, BA

    Bianca joined VCA Cat Hospital in January 2015.  She graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock in May 2014 with a degree in biology. Bianca was drawn to the field of veterinary medicine for her love of animals and her interest in the wide-ranging applications of the field, especially in the areas of zoonotic diseases and public and international health. Bianca is a future veterinarian, having been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school.  Her interests include studying languages, writing, drawing and crafts.

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