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! When asked why she does what she does Monica said "I chose to be a technician because I love animals, especially cats, and I love to take care of them and make them feel better."
Veterinary Tech School: Camden County Community College
Samantha discovered her love for veterinary medicine after adopting her first pet Wilfred a red nose pitbull, since that date 3 years ago, she's been working in private practice with cats, dogs, and many other exotic pets. Samantha lives in South jersey and is attending Camden County College to achieve her veterinary technician certification. In her free time Samantha visits various parks and hiking trails with her dog by her side. She does not currently own any cats but once she convinces her boyfriend she's sure she will adopt 1 or 2! When asked why she does what she does, Samantha said I choose to be a technician because I enjoy helping owners learn how to properly care for their pets.
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.
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.
Veterinary Tech School: Harcum College
Nicole has always loved cats! This led her to study at Penn State University and then finish her schooling at Harcum College. Her studies at Harcum included the Animal Center Management & Veterinary Technician programs, and she earned her two Associate degrees. Since graduating, Nicole has made a special effort to work with cats only and has been a teammate at VCA since 2011. She currently has five cats named Tony, Daisy, Icee, Alaska and Gi-Gi. When asked why she does what she does Nicole said "I chose to be a technician because I am passionate about working with animals."
Veterinary AssistantBianca 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.
Veterinary AssistantMelissa Vereb