VCA Village Animal Hospital

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. 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

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

    Sharyn is perhaps one of the most talented and skilled technicians we have every had. Sharyn is a CVT, RVT, LVT and has been for 18 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 3 year old son named James and her "4 legged" baby named Pawlee. Sharyn has a keen interest in dentistry, surgery, and overseeing the treatment areas. She is the current president of the FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association). Sharyn is also gifted with computer use and helps us develop client education materials as well as tracking and training forms. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, swimming and spending a few hours with her husband.

  • Technician

    Kim Kuhns

    Hi,

    I'm Kim. I grew up in Sebastian and am a true Floridian. My family raised,trained,and showed dogs all my life. That was the beginning of the journey for me in caring for pets and it continues on to this day. I have worked in other aresa of pet care but have found that being a veterinary technician brings me career satisfaction like no other avenue. I totally love the ever changing face of veterinary medicine which allows me to grow professionally as well as sharing that with you, our clients.

    I love having a career that utilizes my skills, lets me share that knowledge,and work in an environment with other people that love animals while helping them to live longer healthier lives. I thrive on advancing my own knowledge and skills and want to be involved in veterinary 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 knowing at the end of the day that I personally made a difference.

    When not at work I love spending time with my own family and pets. I enjoy working out,eating healthy, and finding some great high heels!!! I have a very soft spot in my heart for the Pitt Bulls and have rescued several. They bring me joy and are a vital part of my family. Understanding these great dogs makes patient care or this breed exceptionally rewarding.
     


  • 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 3 year old boy, and is expecting a new arrival....a baby girl!!!

    Having a career that allows her to help animals and learn about their care has been a dream of Hayley's since childhood. 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 son.


  • Technician

    Jacie Teague
    Veterinary Tech School: Trident Technical College
    School: Southern Union Community College, Applied Science

    Jacie moved here from Alabama where she worked in the ICU unit of Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine. While she loves Florida, she is a devoted fan of the Auburn Tigers.

    She had many pets in her childhood. They became many times her very best "buddies". Just being with them made her heart happy, and she realized that this was the calling of her life: to learn about, care for, and share with others those things that would keep the mutual "Best Buddies"  with their families for as long as possible. She understood the human animal bond long before college, and it set the foundation for her career.

    Jacie has a special interest in critical care and knows that maintaining a positive and calm attitude makes our patients and their "parents" less anxious. The extra cuddle, kind word, and comfy blanket make a difference when in the hospital. Understanding the angst of the "parents" makes her a patient and gentle communicator.

    Jacie comes to work every day with a smile and positive attitude. She knows that she makes a real difference in the care her patients recieve. Knowing she contributes to the quality of life and the education of the clients is what drives her on a daily basis.

    When not working she enjoys motorcycle riding (with helmet), good music and celebrating life with family and friends. One of her favorite quotes is " Be good to people. Life is to short, and happiness is only real when shared"


  • Technician

    Kerry Tranchida

    Hi,

    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 true....no 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 few....it 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.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.

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