Kennel AssistantYolanda Barrera
I am native of Peru and moved here in 2001 and live in Coral Springs with my husband, two young children (Walter and Ilene) and two dogs (Ishvel and Courage). In my spare time I enjoy going to the park, watching movies, reading and knitting.
I have been working for VCA since 2005. The experiences during these years have been great. I work at VCA Wiles Road because I believe in the sensibility, kindness and friendship from the animals that stay at this great Animal Hospital. I can mention that some of my friends are Beemer, Willy and some other little animal friends. On the other hand I like the quality and the loyalty from my coworkers, doctors and manager. This is what I love about working with this amazing team.
Kennel AssistantBecca Lefler
School: Broward College
I was born in Wilton Manners, Florida. I have had many pets ever since I was born; at the moment I have two dogs and two parrots. I have recently graduated from JP Taravella High School in Coral Springs. I will be attending Broward College to earn my degree in teaching to become an elementary school teacher. I also love art; it allows me to be creative and express myself. I especially enjoy ceramics- in high school I took three years of ceramics and hope to have my own kiln and pottery wheel in the future.
I have chosen to work at VCA Wiles Road Animal Hospital because I am a very helpful person and I love helping in any way I can. At VCA Wiles Road Animal Hospital, I do this by making the animals lives better. I believe that animals are like people and should be treated with kindness and care just like people should. That is what I love doing.
Kennel AssistantDaniel Novoa
As a child most of my time was spent outside, or with my pets. From a very young age, I’ve had almost an innate love for all creatures. Arthropods, birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, and everything that moved interested me. I always knew I wanted to dedicate my life to non-human animals. On more than one occasion I have begged my parents to help me rehabilitate nestling birds, stop in the road to facilitate a crossing turtle, and take in stray cats (among other things). I have been surrounded by animals every moment of my life, and they have played an integral role in the person I am today; teaching me to be patient, nurturing, and understanding.
I have an African Grey parrot, a Sun Conure, 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 fish tanks. I have special interests in Avian and exotic medicine, aquariums, anthropology, and zoology. I also like photography and painting, as well as reading, spending time with my pets, and hanging out with friends.
School: Merryfield School of Grooming, Master Groomer
I attended Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, in Fort Lauderdale, where I studied under the top professional stylists and competitive groomers in the Pet Grooming industry. I became an accredited groomer within a year of starting the program. During that time, I also became a Registered Member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.
I currently live with my adopted medium mixed breed dog (Jasper) and three rescued Domestic Short-haired cats (Pepper, Nala and Kitten). When I am not grooming, I spend my free time needle pointing or at the dog park. I also enjoy playing dominoes and keeping up with the latest in people fashion.
Why Am I a Pet Groomer?
I love watching each pet I groom walk out of the salon with a whole new confidence. Working with a dog that had a bad experience at another salon, and gaining the dog’s trust so the dog is comfortable being groomed again, that’s why I groom. I make an impact on these pets’ lives in some way, much like my pets have made an impact on my life. I stand by the adage that “if one looks good, one feels good”. Every dog and every cat deserves to look as good as they make their owners feel. When a client comes in and I ask how they want their pet styled, it is exciting to learn about the pet’s personality. I strive to make each pet that I style have a clip that matches their personality. I get a feel for what the client likes about the way their pet looks, the little things that make Buster who he is. I love hearing each client tell me about how their friend is a part of the family and then working with the pet. It’s almost like making a new friend with each pet that I work with. I like making specific dog breeds look like what their breed standard should be, and explaining the history behind why the AKC recognizes the hair style to the owner. Educating the owner on a breed’s history is exciting, because heritage is such an important factor in a pet’s personality. It’s amazing how much just a hairstyle can become not just physical, but also a social, emotional and mental experience for each pet!