Veterinary Support

  • Technician

    Gena Cancelliere
    School: La Salle University, BS

    Gena was born and raised in Philadelphia. She graduated from La Salle University with a BS in Biology and hopes to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Gena joined the VCA Cat Hospital in 2013.  She has always enjoyed working with animals and loves being able to make a difference in the lives of clients and patients. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and two cats Nala and Baloo. 


  • 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

    Kim started at the VCA Cat hospital in July 2010. Before she moved to Philadelphia to get her Master's degree in Laboratory Animal Science, she was studying Animal Bioscience at Penn State in State College, PA. When she's not at the Cat Hospital, she is either in class or researching at an ALS lab in the Neurology Department at Drexel University. She also enjoys Penn State Football, playing with her cat Papoo, and watcing America's Funniest Home Videos!

  • 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.

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