I am a single mother of 5 beautiful children, the youngest, Jalissa pictured here with me. We also have a cat named Leah that was a foster kitten I decided to make a part of our family. I have been with my VCA family since 2005.
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, 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.
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 Tech School: Sanford Brown Institute
I joined VCA Stirling Square's family October 2014 when I moved to South Florida from Orlando. I was born and raised in a little town near Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up I have been surrounded by all types of animals and have always wanted to work around them. I graduated from Sanford Brown Institute in 2011 and received my associate's degree in Veterinary Technology. At home, I have my Shih Tzu/Maltese named Baeya and a kitten named Riley that I adopted my first week of working here. If it wasn't for living in an apartment, I would have a zoo! Though my passion lies in caring for animals, I enjoy the beach and spending quality time with my other half. I absolutely love what I do and wouldn't change it for the world.