Certified Veterinary TechnicianJeanette Burdette
Veterinary Tech School: St.Petersburg College
School: Tallahasse Community College, CVT
I started off working here as a veterinary assistant in 2007 with absolutly no experience. I attended Tallahassee Community College where I received my AA degree in general transfer. After that, I enrolled at St.Petersburg College online and received my AS degree in Veterinary Technology. After taking the national exam, I became a Certfiifed Veterinary Technician May of 2013. I absolutly LOVE my job as a veterinary "nurse." Being a part of an animal's life is a very rewarding experience.
Be on the look out because I am starting a TNR program in Wakulla County. TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, and Return (or sometimes release) and there are many successful groups like Alley Cat Allies and Operation Catnip of Gainesville. A TNR program focuses on the feral cat population by neutering, vaccinating and then releasing them back to their original habitat along with their colony. By doing this, it improvesthe lives of the cats, stabilizes the colony by stopping reproduction, and reduces shelter population and euthanasia. If you are interested in being a volunteer or would like more information, please let me know!
Certified Veterinary TechnicianJenni Cruse
I was born in Live Oak, Fl and moved to Wakulla county in 1984. I graduated from Wakulla High school in 1993 and started to work here,(then Forest Animal Hospital) for Dr.Jolly Rogers. I moved to Atlanta in 1996 where I went to work for Dr.Gary Bullard at Bullard Animal Hospital and attended technical school. I moved back home in 1999 and got my license to be a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003. I have been employed here (VCA Wakulla Animal Hospital) since my move back.
I am married to Rod and have 2 sons, Austin and Trevor, and have two 4 legged daughters, "Lucy" the jack russell,my baby "Charlie" the doberman.
"My love for animals started about the time I could walk. I always went with my grandpa to feed the cows and farm animals and loved it! If you wanted to find me, all you had to do was look where the animals were.."
When I am not working..... I am enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors: camping, fishing, hunting, mud bogging and what ever else we can find to do together.
I've worked here at VCA Wakulla Animal Hospital for the last five years. I have LOVED animal my entire life. In Fact, I'm currently attending FSU (GO NOLES!) in hopes of graduating in the Spring of 2015 with my BA in Biological Sciences. My goal is to be accepted into the College of Veterinarian Medicine at UF (I know...boo Gators) to one day be a vet myself. I grew up in Wakulla County and have been surrounded with pets since I was born. If you ask our Technicial Manager, Jenni, she can tell you more than one story about how I was present with many of them during their hospital visits. In one case I was particulary vocal, looked up at her and insisted, " One day I will work here,"...I was about 6 years old. Ten years later, I put in my application and reintroduced myself to Jenni and Karol and well, here I am! I was hired on as a kennel tech and have worked my way up to vet tech. I can't express how much I enjoy accuring the amount of hands on work I have gained from my time here at VCA. My favorite task is educationg clients on the many topic related to their pet's needs and health.
My family rasies, breeds, and shows Jack Russell Terriers. They currently have eight, each a bundle of love and energy! I recently moved to Tallahassee and while I didn't take any of the Jack's with me, my roommate has a black lab mix and a domestic medium hair cat. which I have particually adopted as my own. Zeus, the lab mix loves snuggling with me on the couch and enjoys chasing a laser pointer around the living room. Gracie's the cat, her favorite hobby is playing with her catnip toy.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little about me and for choosing VCA Wakulla Animal Hospital to treat and care for your pet. I look forward to seeing you during your visit!
My senior year in high school is when I began my involvement with animal programs. Starting my local animal shelter, TLCASC. I started as a kennel tech- grooming, bathing, walking, and caring for all homeless critters. It was here that I met my very special friend, Bella. After a year of volunteering as a kennel tech, I learned about the vet tech volunteer program that the shelter offered. I got involved with the program and then landed my first job as a paid vet tech at an animal hospital in Tallahassee. One year later I landed my job here at VCA Wakulla Animal Hospital.
Much, if not all, of my life has been centered around animals. Animals have always been a significant part of my life. The first two pets my family owned were our cat, Pische, and our dog, Katie. As I grew older, animals became more than just a friend and family member, but also a way of coping with life's trials. When my cat Ashlee entered my life, she was and still is my little miracle, giving me the love I need through purrs and cuddles.
Though I normally work with small animals, I have a special place in my heart for the larger species. I really got into riding horses in 2012 and found the therapeutic high I get from interacting with these majestic and gentle creatures.
Horses are not the only large animal I have a passion for. I have always loved elephants, and my research of this gentle giant has only further ignited this passion. My dream is to become a vet, move to Africa and set up a rescue group for elephants.
"MY BEST FRIEND"
Always happy to see me, showers me with kisses. Thats how I know I'm the one he misses. When I've had a bad day, he doesn't ask why. He just cuddles close, in case I need a good cry. We love goofing around and having fun play. We make time for that every single day. So it's not hard to see, maybe you've guessed, My dog is not just my friend, He is the best
Veterinary AssistantElsner Patti
I grew up in Central Florida which back in the day was much like Crawfordville. I have a small family and love them all. We are a very close family.
I started working here in 1992 when Doc Rogers was the owner, I worked with him for 8 1/2 years until he retired. I also worked with Dr. Hughes during that time for 7 1/2 years. Once Doc Rogers sold the hospital I then left and worked at another animal hospital in Tallahassee for 5 1/2 years, and I've been back here at VCA Wakulla Animal hospital for 2 1/2 years. I've come a full circle and feel like I'm home again.
I am an animal lover of course, but I also love eating good food, boating, water sports, and anything to do with nature.