Technician SupervisorMissy D
I am a single mother of 5 beautiful children. They are my absolute world! My free time is dedicated to them and they always keep me busy.
As a teenager, my first job was with the Humane Society of Broward County. I started at an entry level and worked my way up to veterinary technician. I was exposed to all kinds of behaviors that dogs and cats can show. Some of the "bad" ones are simply misunderstood and those are the ones I enjoy working with the most. We have some kind of connection and understanding for one another. I once took in a pregnant dog that was abandoned at the shelter so she could give birth at my house instead of in a kennel. It put a smile on my face at the shelter seeing the dogs and cats go home with their new families as their new companions for life.
After coming to VCA in 2005, I felt how different it was right away. I learned how to perform dentals, take x-rays and assist in all kinds of surgeries and emgergency procedures. There is nothing like sending home a patient that was sick and is now feeling better. Seeing the love and relief on an owner's face is a great reward.
I enjoy what I do because we are the animal's eyes and voices. I have this motherly instinct in me which is why I try my hardest to make sure that our patients are healthy and our clients are happy.
My love for animals has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Brazil, one of my biggest dreams as a little girl was to buy a big farm to raise and rescue all kinds of animals. Currently I live in an apartment, so my "dream" has been minimized to 2 rescue pets, Pikachu, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mix, and my cat, Pepper, a Domestic Short Hair. I joined the VCA Team in November 2014, but I have been working in the veterinary industry ever since I moved to Florida. I find it very fulfilling to help fellow animal lovers and their beloved pets in any way possible. I am looking forward to meeting you and your pet on your next visit!
I was 19 when I started working for VCA Stirling Square. Prior to that I worked at the Humane Society of Broward County. I remember the first euthanasia I had to help with, it was on a puppy that was very sick and there wasn't anything we could do to help him. I remember holding this small baby in my arms, I was crying and I felt bad that he didn't get a chance to even have a life. In time, I realized with every life lost whether it was their time or not, there are so many more we can save and help live longer and happier lives. My co-workers are more than co-workers; we are family. Every animal that comes into our hospital, no matter how small or big, naughty or nice, become part of our family as well. We work together with passion and commitment to make sure we help the ones that can't help themselves. And that's why I do what I do. Even on hard days I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Veterinary AssistantCandice S.
My name is Candice and I am one of the kennel assistants here at VCA Stirling Square Animal Hospital. I am currently working on getting my associates degree in veterinary technology, and afterwards I will take my board exam to become a CVT ( Certified Veterinary Technician). My passion for animals started when I was 5 years old when I received my first dog which was a poodle terrier mix. Growing up, I had the pleasure of also having 2 parakeets and a bearded dragon. Currently I have another poodle terrier mix named Daisy. I love them all and I look forward to meeting you and your pet and treating them as if they were my own!