Veterinary Support

  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Patricia Ortiz
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    I grew up in the Palm Bay area and am a true Floridian. I have always loved animals and wanted a career working with them. This started the journey in becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Why does she come to work each day? " I love having a career that utilizies my skills, lets me share my knowledge with clients, while working in an environment with other people that love animals too. We are all helping them to live longer  healthier lives. I thrive on advancing my knowledge and skills and want to be involved with verterinary medicine for years to come. There is nothing quite like assisting with the birth of either puppies or kittens, unless it is helping to save a life in an emergency situation. I love to know at the end of each day that I personally made a difference."

    When not at work I love spending time with family and my own pets. I enjoy riding, reading, being outdoors, riding bikes, and researching additional continuing education that will enable mee to better assist with your pets.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Sharon Niskala-Garrigan
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College
    School: June, 1991

    Sharon is perhaps one of the most talented and skilled technicians we have every had. Sharyn is a CVT, RVT, LVT and has been for 21 years. She is a career technician that truly loves the profession. She has been with the practice since 2003 and is considered to be the standard to which her peers aspire. She is currently an instructor with BCC in the veterinary technology program and is an amazing teacher, something that she excels at and enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge. She is a proud mother of a 8 year old son named James and her "4 legged" baby named Pawlee. Sharon has a keen interest in dentistry, surgery, and overseeing the treatment areas. She has been the  president of the FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association).  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, swimming and spending a few hours with her husband. Why does she come to work each day? Simply because she loves learning and teaching about the care pets need.

  • Technician

    Hayley-Jane Lea

    Hayley is simply a delightful young lady. She is a joy to work with and loves to help in any way she can. She has a special place in her heart for older patients that need extra time or assistance. Hayley is polite, pleasant, always has a smile and an extra cuddle for those that need it most. She is from Saint Cloud ,Florida and grew up on a farm which made her realize that she wanted to have a career helping animals. She is the proud mother of a 5 year old and a 1 year old.

    Having a career that allows her to help animals and learn about their care has been a dream of Hayley's since childhood. Why does she come to work each day?  She looks forward to each day of work, knowing she will care for pets that mean so much to their families as well as herself. She adores her clients and having the bond of extended families. If there is someting she can do to make your visit exceptional just let her know...she will do her very best.

    In her off time she enjoys being outdoors and playing with her sons.

  • Technician

    Kerry Tranchida


    I am Kerry and have been with Village Animal Hospital since 2011. While I am a technician, I am also the supervisor of the boarding kennel because it is my personal goal that every pet that stays with us, feels like they have a home away from home. If that means extra play time or get cuddles to feel safe and secure then I will do what ever needs to be done. Cookies and kind words make all the difference to our guests.If their is something else your "kids" need just let me know. I have a very  special affection for those kitties that need some quiet reassurance time and go out of my way to make sure they get some extra activity time if needed. That saying "Cat's Rule---Dogs Drool" can be so offense, I love the pups too!!!! Just ask Toby"Bites" (a fond nickname) and his brother Louie, Lexie or Muffin, Bisquit,Maggie and Millie Ann, Micah, Mosake and Kino, Bruce and Sadie....just to name a makes me giggle when their parents return and their kids like they jusy going home home from "camp".

    Kerry is mature and thoughtful, and has a willingness to help everyone in the hospital. She takes exceptional care of the boarding guests, because she knows that extra attention when away from home is critical to their comfort. She makes sure they each get plenty of TLC and play time. She has 2 cats named Mao and Mushi that she adores. In her spare time she is an avid reader , when not sharing time with her family.