Technician SupervisorKelly Hillary
Kelly always dreamed of doing nothing but working with animals. She started out working in a kennel and groom shop in high school. Kelly graduated from Middletown High School. After trying her hand in the business world, she came back to animals as a grooming Bather. In 2003 she began training as a Technician at VCA Glasgow, then moved on to a large hospital to gain more experience & focus on Surgery & Emergency. While there, she worked and studied to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Kelly came to VCA Kirkwood in March 2011 & is now the Technical Supervisor. She lives in Newark with her children Brendan & Clare, 3 adopted animals, Baby a Pomeranian, Bingley a tabby cat, and Hennie a Pitbull. Together they enjoy taking family dog walks, bike riding, working in the yard, & going to the beach.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianMary Ann Dallatore
School: University of Delaware
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianKari Malatesta
Veterinary Tech School: Delaware Technical and Community Coillege
Kari graduated from Newark High School in 2007. She immediately started working at a kennel. From when she was a little girl she always knew she wanted to work with animals. After high school, she went to Delaware Technical and Community College where she received her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduating from college she studied to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. In the summer of 2012 Kari came to VCA Kirkwood for an internship which turned into a permanent job.
She now assists not only as a doctor technician but as a surgical technician as well.
She currently lives in Newark and has 2 dogs, Chase a English Yellow Lab, and Chopper a Yorkshire Terrier. In her spare time Kari likes to cook and bake, teach her dogs new tricks, watch baseball games, go fishing and ride roller coasters.
Licensed Veterinary TechnicianJo Anne Pepe
Veterinary Tech School: Harcum Jr. College
JoAnne has been a Veterinary Technician at VCA Kirkwood for over 15 years. Her passion for animals is what makes JoAnne a valued employee. Her knowledge about veterinarian medicine is always a big help to clients and staff. She has dedicated her life to animals and rescued countless dogs and cats over the years. Her specialty is "special needs" babies that could otherwise be seen as unadoptable.
Kate's primary role in the hospital is Patient Coordinator. She works closely with the surgery team and guides pet owners through their pet's anesthetic procedures.
TechnicianElizabeth "Liz" Lasswell
Liz joined VCA Kirkwood in 2015.
Megan started working in the boarding kennel and worked her way up to a Technician.
TechnicianAlexandria "Lexie" Law
Lexie is an aspiring Veterinarian who works both as a Veterinary and Kennel tech.