Licensed Veterinary TechnicianKelly 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 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 14 1/2 years. Her passion for animals is what makes JoAnne a valued employee. Her knowledge about veterinarian medicine and expertise is always a big help to clients and staff. She is always willing to take on orphaned and special need babies.
Tracy has always had a love for animals. After graduating from high school she started her pet career working in an animal hospital taking care of their boarding patients.
Tracy later started dog training. This is where her passion for training and working as a Goose Patrol with border collies began. Tracy fell in love with “Pete” who was the #1 Goose Chaser.
Tracy joined our technical staff at VCA Kirkwood in January 2012. Since becoming part of our team she has taken on the role of our pet food purchaser. She has attended several workshops and trainings held by Hills Science Diet Company so she can help educate our clients.
Tracy feels she has had 3 amazing dogs in her life. Her first dog was her high school graduation gift, “Buddy” that she was able to care for over 13 years. The time she was working with “Keswick Pete” was extremely enjoyable because “Pete” loved life to the fullest. Currently Tracy has a 5 year old Jack Russell, “Stumpy” who entertains her on a daily basis. Just thinking of him makes her smile.
“I feel good everyday going home from work, knowing I made a difference in an animal’s life and helped our “pet parent”
feel assured that their pet had gotten exceptional care.”
School: University of New England, Bachelor Degree in Animal Behavior and Training
Jen grew up in Maryland before moving to Maine to attend college at the University of New England. I received my bachelor’s degree in animal behavior and training. While attending UNE, She was able to work with seals, turtles, and porpoises for four years. Jen then relocated to Hawaii for two years to the island of Oahu and began my career in the veterinary field working as a technician in a vet hospital there. In her free time, she enjoyed surfing, hiking, and going to the beach. She is excited to begin her career with VCA and help care for all the patients that we see. Jen currently does not have her own pet, but she and her boyfriend hope to adopt one from a local shelter soon.
"I am a veterinary technician because I enjoy working with animals. I think it is important for people to be well educated about their pet’s specific needs and being a technician allows me to do this. Puppy kisses are also an added plus!"