Fort Collins Pet Grooming & Boarding
Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Arianna moved to Fort Collins in the fall of 2015 to pursue her education at the #2 vet school in the country, Colorado State University. As a Psychology major and Zoology minor, she seeks to become a mental health counselor and advocate for young adults as well as an exotic animal handler in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT).
Growing up, her role model was Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter”). She strove to work with any animal she could, volunteering at For Pets’ Sake Veterinary Hospital for a short time and eventually going on to work at the Racine Zoo. It was here where she got her hands in every department working with anything she could -- snakes and small mammals to giraffes -- and talking to the public about the animals and their conservation efforts.
She is very excited to begin working at VCA Fort Collins, where she will be able to expand her experience base and dive in to a more medical concentrated field. In her free time, she enjoys photography, going to concerts, and training her sugar glider, Zaboo, to become an animal ambassador for AAT.
Luke was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to Fort Collins in August 2015 to attend CSU and study Animal Science. In Connecticut he worked as a Veterinarian Technician Assistant for 2 years before deciding to attend CSU and hopefully attend the Veterinary Program in the future.
When not working he enjoys hiking, hunting, playing hockey, competing in MMA. Luke also does protection training with his black German Shepherd "Kovu" and tracking with his Sable German Shepherd "Luna".
Michaela was born and raised in Houston Texas. She has been working with animals for the past 9 years. She started volunteering at a poodle rescue when she turned 11 and since then she has worked at the Houston zoo, two different doggie daycare facilities, as a dog training assistant, and as a physical therapy assistant. Michaela moved to Colorado in the summer of 2015. She is looking at going to school to get a degree in animal behavior and wishes to someday work at a big cat or wolf sanctuary or even open up her own animal sanctuary for rescued livestock from feed lots, dairy farms, and slaughter houses. During her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, camping, coming up with new vegan recipes, and spending time with her cat.
Kathy is a Certified Master Groomer (CMG) and has been grooming for over 20 years. She is known for her gentle touch and compassionate demeanor with her four-footed clients. Before joining VCA Fort Collins, Kathy spent six years as a groomer in San Diego and was voted four-time Groomer of the Year. Prior to that, she owned and operated All Pets Grooming Salon in Loveland. Kathy has extensive background in all aspects of the grooming industry. She attends several grooming conventions and seminars each year to keep current on new products and techniques, as well as to meet and network with other professionals in the field. Kathy is well-versed in her knowledge of all breeds of dogs and cats. She personally has a Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd that rock her world!