VCA Wiles Road Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Bianca Feliu

    A native Floridian, I am lucky to share my home with quite a menagerie including 3 dachshunds, 3 rescue kitties, a hedgehog, a bearded dragon, a dart frog and a large saltwater aquarium.  I have a special interest in exotic medicine and when I'm not working you can usually find me fostering a stray or in the kitchen baking.

    Ever since I was a little girl I have loved all kinds of animals and I knew I wanted a job working with them when I grew up. Now that I am all grown up I love animals even more and wouldn't dream of working anywhere other than with animals. Being a veterinarian technician allows me to help animals in so many ways. I know that each day I come to work I am making a difference in an animals' life in some way or another and that makes me feel complete. Animals have taught me how to really love, strive, fight and be passionate about my job. All animals need someone to be their voice and who better than me.


  • Technician

    Michelle Escott

    I am a native Floridian and can't think of anywhere better to live than here in sunny South Florida with my pit bull Blueberry.  When I'm not at work, I like to spend time at the beach fishing, snorkeling and diving. 

    Ever since I was a little girl I knew animals were my calling. I know how it feels to be on the other side of the exam room table-questions that need to be answered and decisions that need to be made. I do this to help owners make those important decisions: help them cross the line and teach them to be better pet owners, as well as helping my patients walk out healthy and comfortable. It gives me immense happiness knowing I did the best job possible, so when I go home at night I can rest assured my furry or feathered friends have received the best loving care they deserve.


  • Technician

    Stacy Hudak
    School: Florida State University, BA, Biology w/ minors in Chemistry and Literature

    I have always loved animals and have been interested in Veterinary Medicine.  I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry, Literature, and Religion. I'm currently attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Outside of working at the hospital, I spend my time with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a ball python.  I enjoy reading, hiking, any outdoor activity, as well as dog training.

    I work in the veterinary field because it is the perfect fit for me; it combines my love of animals with a challenging work environment where I can continually learn and grow. It also supports my career choice goal of becoming a veterinarian.

    Also I love a challenge, even in the day-to-day activities, from discovering what is wrong with our patients to the challenge of forming a treatment plan and following through. Learning about medicine and science has always intrigued me- from learning about organ systems to the parasites that infect them. I enjoy meeting new people- especially people that love their animals as much as I do. In the veterinary field, it’s not just about helping animals, but also helping their people. Of course, my love of animals ties everything together. I love all animals- whether they are dogs, cats, ferrets, snakes, lizards, or fish. Animals brighten my day and have impacted every facet of my life. I couldn't imagine going to work and doing anything else.


  • Technician

    April Melio

    My Why:
    When asked why I have chosen to work in this field, I say I couldn't imagine not working with animals. From a little girl all I ever wanted was to help all the animals I could. Animals have always given me a smile on my face and love in my heart. Now as an adult I get the chance to be able to give back that love and compassion. I love being a veterinary technician, Everyday I get to care for pets and educate clients. I chose to work for VCA Wiles Road because they are just as passionate about their care and medicine for animals as I am. The staff at VCA Wiles Road has made me feel like family, as a veterinary technician that is extremely important to be able to flourish and pass that vibe onto all the clients and pets.


    I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Woodside, Queens. I moved to Florida in September 2000, tired of the cold and wanting a change. What's not to like, beautiful sunsets, white beaches, friendly people and awesome wildlife.

    Currently, I have 4 dogs , 4 cats and a tank full of fish. When not at work, I love spending time with family and friends, taking my dogs to the dog park, going to the gym and doing anything that gets me moving and outdoors.

     Being a veterinary technician I have learned so much, not only the medical side of the field but the compassion side as well. As a veterinary technician, we learn to not only to be a nurse but a shoulder to cry on. My continuous goal is to educate current and future pet owners on how to care for their animals, how to become/stay compliant as pet owners so that their animals can live long, happy and healthy lives.  I believe that through educating the public, we can make this world a better place for animals to not just exist, but to be loved and cared for, that by teaching and educating pet owners on how to avoid the many preventable diseases, we have been successful with a major portion of the job. 

    With over 20 years experience in the animal field, I love what I do and wouldn't change it for the world; it is my career and passion in life. Being able to get up every day and do what I love is priceless, something that not many people get to do and helping animals has always been my number one priority in life.


  • Technician

    Courtney Rinehart
    Veterinary Tech School: Veterinary Technical Institute of Pittsburgh

    Born and raised in North Canton, Ohio, I moved to Florida in 2009.  I share my home with a wonderful pit bull named Romeo and my cat Pierce.  In my spare time I enjoy fishing, four wheeling, jet skiing and listening to music.

    As long as I can remember I have wanted to work with animals, not only because I love them but to be able to help them. Being a technician is not for the faint of heart and many skills and limits are tested on a daily basis. There is a poem that does an amazing job at putting what we do everyday in perspective.
     

    I am…A nurse, an anesthesiologist, an x-ray technician, a candy striper, a maid, a janitor. A surgery assistant, a loving hand, a pharmacist, a teacher, a mortician, a coroner, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to cry with, a sucker for a furry face, a lover of all pets, a face to lick, a midwife, a delivery nurse, a Lamaze coach, a dental hygienist, a mediator, a vets best friend, a pets best friend, a babysitter, a physical therapist, a mother/father, a play mate, a chew toy a protector.
     

    I can…Make the pain go away, save a life, see what’s wrong, clean anything, ease a mind, fill drug orders, show the right way, end suffering, give kisses, clean teeth, help someone to do the right thing.
     

    I have…A strong stomach, a big heart, a thoughtful mind, the strength to do the right thing(even when it hurts), the ability to fall in love in 5 seconds and have the deepest love for all creatures.
     

    I am a technician.
     

    This job may make you exhausted, stressed and a little dirty sometimes but I would’t change it for the world. Because not only do I get to do what makes me happy, I can be something more for my patients, a friend and a voice.

     


  • Technician

    Cynthia Rodriguez

    I was born in Medellin, Colombia. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology/Psychology from the University of Florida; An Associate of Arts degree from Palm Beach Community College and am currently working towards becoming a certified Veterinary technician through Penn Foster. I have been working with animals since I was 18 years old. I began my career volunteering for the humane society, and different rescue organizations throughout south and north Florida. I soon began volunteering at veterinary hospitals and started working with veterinarians in my native Colombia during my summer vacations. There is nothing I love doing more than working with my patients. I have worked in emergency veterinary medicine and specialty, but there is definitely no place like home when it comes to doing what you love. I went back to general practice and can truly say I have never been happier. I work with an excellent group of individuals, and amazing veterinarians that have nothing but compassion and devotion to their field. I still do love my emergency medicine, but nothing beats healthy puppy kisses and baby kittens purring their way into your arms.

    When asked why I do what I do, I find my eyes swelling with tears, because only one name comes to mind, Evelyn. I lost her at only 6 months of age and in a very tragic accident. Nothing can compare to the pain and anguish one feels when a beloved pet is lost, and it was this pain that drove me to become a veterinary technician. I love getting to know the clients, their pets, and overall knowing that what I do matters to them. I know that I cant save every animal that walks through the door, but the ones that I do, are my homage to Evelyn and to my sweet boy Kaleb who I lost late last year. This is why I go to work everyday, because in the eyes of those unfamiliar, sometimes familiar, scared, and very ill patients, I see my own dogs and cats. It is in those eyes that I know, I owe it to every single one of them to do my best to help get them home. I do what I do, because I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. To me every dog and cat that comes through the door is my own in some way or another, and I feel obligated to offer them the same compassionate care and love I would to my own critters. I went into this field to help save animals, to comfort the ailing, to console the dying, to help heal the sick, but above all, to return the love that they have bestowed upon me.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Faren Healey

    Throughout my life animals have always been a source of comfort for me. They always know when you're sad or when you're happy and they always know what you need when in these moods. It may be something as simple as a dog putting its head on your lap or cat curling up next to you because they know, just by being there, it will put a smile on your face. So when people ask me WHY I do what I do the answer is quite simple. Animals have helped me throughout my entire life and all I want to do is help them in any way I can. Here at VCA Wiles Road Animal Hospital I am able to do what I love and surround myself with people that share the same passions as I do!

    I was originally born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, but I was not there for very long. My parents did what most people up north probably want to do, and packed up our family and one cat named Jasper, and moved to sunny south Florida! I was only two years old at the time so, even though, not born in Florida, consider myself to be a native Floridian. Once settled in our new home, the one pet status quickly changed to 3 horses, a dog, and 3 cats. 


    As a child I was always surrounded by animals, and I always knew that, as an adult, I would seek out a career that would allow me to continue to surround myself with animals. I went to school in Gainesville, FL and received a degree in Zoology, which led me into a career as a zookeeper. After about six years in this field, I felt I wanted to do more to help the animals that had helped me grow up. This is when I set my sights on becoming a veterinary technician.
     

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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, please call us immediately at 954-752-1879.

Our hours are:

Monday  7:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday thru Friday 7:30 - 7:00 PM

Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                     

If it is after hours, please contact:

Pet Emergency Center  located at 7110 N. University Drive  @  954-726-0998

Pet Emergency Center located at 921 E. Cypress Creek Road @ 954-772-0420

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