School: Appalachian State University, Anthropology/Sustainable Developement
Mariah has been working at VCA North Rockville since July 2012.
Mariah has always been an avid animal lover. She grew up with dogs, cats, horses, birds and various wildlife that she saved. She has always been "horse crazy"- learning ride before she could walk. She graduated college in 2009 and moved from NC to MD to work on a horse breeding farm before she found herself working in small animal practices. In her "free time," Mariah is currently learning obedience training with Noel (co-worker) and Wes Jensen, rides horses, hikes with her dogs and takes all types of art classes. She has a career goal of eventually becoming a certified technician. She has Roux (mixed breed-pictured), Tate (rottweiler-pictured), and Vienna (calico DSH). She also lives, loves and helps out with horses, bunnies, goats, chickens, pigs and cows.
"Love. The unconditional love that you receive from animals is the reason I do what I do. Being able to return just a small portion of that love is why I love what I do. When you have an animal and their human come into the hospital and you see that they would do anything for each other- seeing that bond brightens any mood, any day. Helping prolong and improve that bond between people and their pets is what keeps me looking forward to going into work."
School: Trinity University, Bachelor of Science in Biology
Being Native American the love and respect for animals is imbedded in her DNA. Karen knew what she wanted to do with her life at the age of 5. It happened when she found two baby rabbits that were on the side of her childhood home. She quickly ran and told her mother, who immediately called the wild life center to ask what to do. As her mother called, she kept a very close watch over the rabbits and protected them until someone came to their rescue. During that time she already had an adult rabbit, an English Mastiff, a fish tank filled with fresh water fish, and a bird. After living in the US Virgin Island for 8 years, she developed a love for marine life and reptiles. She currently owns a ball python, Cthulhu, and a Bearded Dragon name Jabberwocky. They are like her children to her. In her spare time she loves going to reptile conventions, medieval reenactments, sword collecting, and costuming. She also belly dances and has been dancing off and on for 10 years.
Veterinary Tech School: Vet Tech Institute
School: Penn Foster College, vet tech program
Amy grew up in a small town south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and has been surrounded by animal companions her entire life. After trying out a few different career paths she began working in the veterinary field in 2006. Since then she has worked mainly in specialty practice including emergency medicine and oncology, but in November 2015 decided she was ready for a new challenge and found her new home at VCA North Rockville. Her main professional interests are anesthesia, pain management, and veterinary hospice care. Outside of work Amy enjoys Olympic Weightlifting, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her husband Galen and their animal family members (two cats: Gilgamesh and Ishtar, and dog: Bowser). “I believe that the greatest privilege in my life is being an advocate for my animal patients. Working in the veterinary field allows me to give animals a voice.”