Kennel AssistantKatie Ellington
Kennel AssistantAllison Palmer
Hi! My name is Allison Palmer. I'm a kennel attendant here at VCA Veterinary Medical Center, which means I take care of all boarding animals, as well as helping the technicians and doctors hold animals for different procedures. I am also responsible for keeping the kennel beautiful and clean.
I was born here in Oklahoma, and I grew up in the country on 5 acres of land. Growing up my parents always made it a point to rescue every stray cat and dog they found. My mom would even rescue baby birds and rehabilitate them. They had love and compassion for all animals, and they passed that love and compassion on to me. From the time I was 6 years old, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. There was just nothing I could see myself doing. Once I grew up though, I realized that I wanted to be a specific type of vet, because although I love all animals, my true passion is in marine mammals. So I hope to one day move somewhere with an ocean and get my degree so I can be a marine mammal vet.
I have 4 animals right now. My 10 year old cat, Maddie, that I got when I was 13; my dog, Riley, that I rescued when I was 16; and I have a new kitten named Nyx, and also a rat named Dax.
Working in this clinic has been such a wonderful experience. I learn something new every day. This clinic literally has the best group of people working here. Everyone is so passionate about what they do - and they all love every second of it. If you come to our clinic...you will probably never want to go anywhere else.
Kennel AssistantCourtney Risley
I came to Veterinary Medical Center in 1997. The care of all kinds of animals has been an important part of my life.
I started in the kennel then found out grooming is one of my passions. Seeing a pet come in that is so matted and dirty, they seem so miserable. After we totally clean them up, you can tell they feel so much better. It makes you feel good that you helped that pet.
In the years at VCA Veterinary Medical Center I have grown and learned how to better care for all kinds of pets.
We groom not just dogs and cats but also rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs. We strive to give the best care for you and your pets.
Ever since I can remember I have always had animals. It seems I was always dressing the animals up in this or that costume and always trying to paint their nails and put ribbons in their hair. I absolutely could not stand a dirty dog and those were the days before Frontline and topical flea control. Needless to say the poor animals I lived with got a ton of baths. Primarily we had a cocker spaniel named Sarah Jane and every summer we'd give her a haircut. We all know how well the home hair cut turns out. Sarah would be so embarrassed she would hide in the bushes or behind the recliner for weeks. I always wondered what it would take to give her a haircut that wouldn't embarrass her. Long after she was gone I learned how to groom by another groomer at another vet. It took a lot of persuading to get this lady to teach me but I finally convinced her to teach me. Although, I had to promise her that I wouldn't do it for the rest of my life. We'll see if I can keep that promise, I have my doubts. Finally, knowing the basic concepts of grooming and having a good understanding of the equipment, I left the veterinary setting and went to a full fledged groom shop where I learned a lot about breed standards and gained a lot of speed. After a few years I missed working in the veterinary setting. One day after work, I decided it was time for a change and on a whim I stopped by VCA Veterinary Medical Center and applied. Having applied several times over the years and not knowing if they were even hiring I was second guessing myself. You can only imagine my excitement when Christe called to set up the interview. The rest is history. Coming to VCA VMC has been the best career choice I have made to date. I hope to be here to serve our clients for many more years.