Newark Pet Grooming & Boarding
Kennel ManagerAmanda Lee
School: University of Delaware, Bachelor in Animal Science and minoring in Wildlife Conservation
I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 2005, majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Wildlife Conservation. I have worked in kennels for 14 years, holding jobs at 5 kennels and 2 hospitals in 3 states. My husband and I have two children: Lola the cocker spaniel and Kiwi the budgie. When I'm not working, you can find me playing video games (mostly RPGs) and writing.
"I love animals and have always preferred working with them over humans, so all of my jobs have been with furry and feathered creatures. When I was younger I wanted to be a veterinarian, but after working as a vet tech I decided that the medical side of the job wasn't for me. I prefer to take care of them, feed them, clean up after them, interact with them, and make sure they are happy. In the kennel our goals are to ensure that the pets are taken care of and that their stay is a positive experience for them."
Kennel SupervisorHolly Lea
My name is Holly Lea. I am 39 years old and a mother of 3 teenage girls ages 16-19. I have been married for 19 years. I will become a grandmother in mid-May and couldn’t be more excited. I graduated from New Castle Baptist Academy in 1994 and belong to Immanuel Church in Wilmington, DE. I grew up with 2 big brothers and a sister on a farm in Chester County, PA. I have been involved with animal rescue/foster for over 10 years, 5 of which I have worked with Forgotten Cats and fostered over 100 rescued cats.
Kennel SupervisorAmanda Lee
School: University of Delaware, Bachelor Degree in Animal Science and minoring in Wildlife Conse
Kennel AssistantLeigh Garwood
I have been with VCA Kirkwood Animal Hospital since 2006. She works in the groom shop drying dogs and I take care of all of our boarding and resident cats. She loves all animals but CATS are her favorite! She has a 14 year old son, 5 cats of her own and several outside cats who she takes care of every day. I enjoy my cats, cats are what I do, my own or others.
Kennel AssistantHope Jennings
Currently a student at the University of Delaware, Hope is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences at the university. She plans on continuing her studies in veterinary school and hopes to gain as much experience as she can in the field while working at VCA Kirkwood Animal Hospital. Hope has lived in Delaware all of her life and currently resides in Wilmington during the summer and winter breaks of school with her one and only yellow Labrador retriever, Mike. During the fall and spring semesters of school, she lives on-campus at UD in Newark. When Hope is not working or doing school work, she enjoys playing volleyball doing both intramural and pick-up games with faculty at the University of Delaware. Growing up, Hope always chose to work with animals whenever she could so it is no surprise that she found VCA Kirkwood a perfect place to work!
Kennel AssistantKristi Sukeena
Kristi has always loved animals. She has grown up around them her whole life. She went to the University of Delaware and got a degree in Dietetics. Towards the end of that degree, she realized that being a dietitian was not where her heart was. She decided to pursue her original passion of working with animals. Instead of waiting until she got her next degree in Animal Science, she wanted to start working with animals as soon as possible. Kristi began working at VCA in the summer of 2014 as a kennel technician and receptionist. She has been loving the job ever since. She currently lives in Bear and has two cats, Katee and Calvin. In Kristi’s spare time she loves to travel, spend a lot of time at the beach, and being with her friends and family.