Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Kelly 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 Technician

    Mary Ann Dallatore
    School: University of Delaware

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Kari 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 Technician

    Jo 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.

  • Technician

    Kate Durnan

    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.

  • Technician

    Elizabeth "Liz" Lasswell

    Liz joined VCA Kirkwood in 2015 as a Veterinary Technician, she comes to us with 5 years experience. Liz shares her home with many pets. 3 dogs: Kitsune (11 yr old Shiba Inu) Tori (5 yr old German Shepherd) Poe Dameron ( 2 yr old German Shepherd / Malinois Mix) 2 cats: Mojo & Claude. A 12 yr old White-capped Pionus parrot: Peanut. 2 box turtles: Sammi & Shelon. A flock of chickens led by Flacco the Delaware Blue Hen Rooster. When Liz is not at work she enjoys running, volunteering for Delaware Animal Response team and the Veterinary Reserve Medical Corps. Liz also enjoys cooking, reading and working in her vegetable garden. Liz would eventually like to earn a degree, pass her boards and do work in cardiology or zoology. (specifically with large cats and/or African Painted Dogs, which are her very favorite animals) What Liz likes best about her job is being able to be the one who makes a connection with the more fractious or difficult to handle patients and making their medical visits less stressful. Everyone likes to joke that 'Liz likes the nervous / difficult ones." but it is true, I like to help the animals everyone else tends to want to avoid as a matter of self-preservation! 

  • Technician

    Megan Laverty

    Megan started working in the boarding kennel and worked her way up to a Technician.

  • Technician

    Alexandria "Lexie" Law

    Lexie is an aspiring Veterinarian who works both as a Veterinary and Kennel tech.