Technician SupervisorShannon Wallace
Shannon graduated from University of Maine at Machias in the spring of 2007 with bachelor’s degree in biology. She has been working for VCA since February 2009. She has two rescue dogs Lexi an English Springer Spaniel and Madie a Pit-Bull Mix (in picture). Shannon grew up in Catonsville with her parents Jim, Linda, brother Patrick and sister Katie. She has goals to go back to school and further her education. She likes to spend time with her family in their Delaware home by the beach. She is passionate about Team in Training and finished the Nike women’s Half Marathon in DC April of 2013, it was the first of many runs to come for her.
"I never imagined having a job where I was not working with animals. My passion began at a young age when I wanted my dad to buy me a horse to keep in our shed. Since then it has turned into so much more. I have had the opportunity to get to know some great clients and their pets. It is an awesome feeling when you have helped the pets and the client leaves to greatful for fixing their best friend. With this job, there are sad days and happy days, hard days and crazy days, but everyday is a great day when you get a kiss from a puppy!
Rachel was born and raised in Baltimore. She has loved animals all of her life and has always wanted to care for them. She grew up with many different kinds of animals ranging from rabbits and birds to cats and dogs. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2007 and joined the VCA Animal Hospital at Centre Park team in April of 2012. She currently has two beagles named Lacie and Allie (pictured) and an orange tabby cat named Shelby.
"Throughout my life, I have had a variety of animals and have always loved being able to help provide care for them. It was a natural progression to join the veterinary field. it is a unique business because not only do we get to do what we love, but we are able to get to know pets and their owners. One of my favorite things about this job is being able to educate our clients about how to properly care for their pets. I thoroughly enjoy my job!"
School: University of Maryland
Colleen has been with VCA since January 2013, although she has been working in the veterinary field since 2006. She loves working with animals, having a passion for animal care and medicine. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012 with a BS in Animal Science and looks forward to going to vet school someday. She enjoys spending time with her cat, Maple, and hopes to get a dog soon!
"At the age of 3 I began going into work with my father, who is a vet, and instantly I was hooked. Everything about the job intrigued me, especially the overwhelming greatfulness expressed by clients whose pets were very ill and made a full recovery. It quickly became clear to me that animals were more than just pets, they were family. Being a part of keeping people's furry family members happy and healthy is truly the most rewarding feeling in the world."
April has been with VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Centre Park since March of 2005. April was born and raised in the veterinary field, her father was a highly respected veterinarian in the community for many years and she has been working as a veterinary technician for since 1993. April's compassion for all animals shows the instant you meet her. She resides in Ellicott City with her husband, Brian and her daughter, Kylie. A confirmed collie fanatic, April has three of her own; Wyatt (pictured), Chase, and Cooper.
"I consider it a great privilege to work with precious animals because, like Albert Schweitzer, I hold a high reverence for all life. I strive to make a difference in the lives of animals and their human counterparts who come to our office with a need. My goal is to provide comfort, assurance, and healing through sound medical practices, with patients and their families leaving the office feeling better than when they first came in. Touching an animal's life in a positive and loving way is one of the most fufilling things I can do."