Technician SupervisorJacqueline Gillespie
Jackie grew up in NE Philly, actually right around the corner from the hospital that she now calls home. She graduated from Archbishop High School in 1990 and then attended Manor College, she worked at VCA Knightswood all through high school and college. She started working for VCA Knightswood in 1989 and has been with the team at VCA Knightswood for the past 25 years. She currently has 4 fur babies; "Charlie" and "Ace", and recently rescued a momma and her puppy, "Eliza" and "Daisy" . When Jackie isn't at work she enjoys spending her free time hiking, biking and spending time with her family and friends.
Why I do What I Do: I love spending my time working with our patients and making them feel better. I feel that it's an honor to be able to do what I enjoy doing everyday.
Special Note: Jackie has been with us for such a long time that we wouldn't be able to do what we believe in everyday without her help and support. Jackie has so many talents and it doesn't matter what she's doing at work, she does it with style and alot of bubbly personality. You can usually tell when someone enjoys their job by what they put into it and she definitely enjoys everything she does for our hospital, team, clients and most importantly our patients. She is a huge assest to our hospital and we are very thankful that she joined our team 25 years ago.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianLindsay Field
Veterinary Tech School: Vet Tech Institute
Lindsay grew up in Levittown Pa. She graduated from Central Bucks South High School in 2011 and then attended the Veterinary Tech Institute and received an associates degree in 2014. She joined our family in 2014 and has been a great addition to our team. She has two pets at home "Simon" her brown tabby and "Professor Snape" her ball python. In her free time she enjoys fishing and shopping.
Why I do what I do: I loved animals from an early age and would enjoy going to every visit with my parents when they took our pets to the veterinarian. I do what I do so the animals have a voice that can speak for them and help them make those necessary decisions to make sure each one has a chance at a long and happy life.
Special Note: Lindsay has only been here for a very short time but has already proven to be an asset to our hospital. We can't wait to see what Lindsay will bring to our team in the future. We are very fortunate we were able to have her as another member of our family.
School: Delaware Valley College, Bachelors Small Animal Science
Angela grew up in Philadelphia Pa. She graduated from Franklin Towne Charter High School in 2007 and then enrolled at Delaware Valley College and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Small Animal Science. She joined VCA Knightswood in 2009 while attending college. In Angela's spare time she enjoys horse back riding, taking her dogs to the park and reading. She has three dogs "Dawkins", "Sebastian" and "Rupert", she also has two cats "Frank" and "Tilly". Angela also enjoys spending her free time volunteering to raise awareness for homeless animals.
Why I do what I do: I enjoy taking care of all animals and I have a great love for their well being. There is nothing more fullfilling then saving a pets life and being able to place that pet back in their owners arms.
Special Note: Angela is a huge asset to our practice and always goes over and beyond to help that patient.
Denise grew up in Bensalem & Fairless Hills Pa. She graduated from Bensalem High School in 1984 and has been with the team at Knightswood for the past 21 years. She has two family pets "Beauty" a six year old pit bull and "Nala" a seven year old pomeranian. In her spare time she enjoys zumba, fishing, reading and spending time with her two daughters. Her special interests are awareness for pitbulls and dog rescues.
Why I do what I do: I truly love spending time with animals and making a difference in their lives. There is no better feeling then helping that patient and then sharing the great news with their owner. I enjoy making a difference in the pet parents life as well.
Special Note: Denise has been with us for quite some time and we are very fortunate she decided to make this her career. She is such a dedicated and caring person for all pets and pet parents as well.
Bridget grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1978. Bridget joined our family back in 2001. She has two dogs "CJ" and "Emma". In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two dogs as well as gardening and working with her arts and crafts.
Why I do what I do: I have always loved animals from a very early age, I just couldn't get enough of them. Each animal has it's own personality and just need some love and attention. Animals can't talk like humans so they can't tell us when something is bothering them so it's up to us to figure it out, this is what I like most so I can play a part in making that pet feel better.
Special Note: Bridget has been a long timer with us and she has brought so much to our hospital and our team. We enjoy just observing her talking to the patients and trying her best to make them feel better. She has always been an advocate for the animals.
Jo-Anne has been with the VCA Knightswood team for 22 years and counting. Jo-Anne always knew she would work with animals one day. She grew up loving animals. Her family had always gone out of their way to assist those critters in need. From her grandmother helping sick animals, to her cousin building a kennel to help those without a home, Jo-Anne has always had a soft spot for them. Working with animals almost comes naturally for Jo-Anne. Jo-Anne has 9 furry kids of her own. She enjoys spending time with her family and going camping.
Veterinary Tech School: Manor College
School: Bucks County Community College, Elementary & Veterinary Technology
Michelle grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Arizona High School in 2003. Michelle then enrolled in Bucks County Community College and majored in Elementary Education and then went on to Manor College in 2008 majoring in Veterinary Technology. She joined VCA Knightswood Animal Hospital in 2008. When she's not a work she enjoys spending time reading, writing short stories, cooking, baking, skating, crafts, puzzles and playing karaoke. She has several furry friends, three guinea pigs "Mochalita", "Laurie", "Huey", three cats "George", "Tobie Ann", "Oxford", one frog "Tiana", one labrador "Butters". Her special interests include new medical discoveries, diagnostics and treatments, pharmacology and holistic treatments.
Why I do what I do: Science is my passion, I also posses a love for animals and healing. Being a veterinary technician allows for me to expand my mind while caring for and helping pets and their parents.
Special Note: Michelle has a contagious personality and she truly enjoys helping and loving all pets that come into our practice. She not only treats every pet like a patient but also treats them like they were her own.