Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    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

    Ashley F.

    I grew up with dogs my whole life and always knew that working with them one day was what I wanted to do. I love doing my job because going to work doesn't feel like a chore. I enjoy every single day learning and growing in this field and I can't wait to see what the future brings. Helping animals everyday truly makes me happy.

  • Technician

    Daniela Paez

    Since I was a little kid I always had the idea to become a veterinarian. Most of my time I spent playing with my family’s and friends’ pets; for me, they were the best company. As time passed I started developing an interest towards medicine and reinforcing the idea to become a veterinarian, to do so I went to university and fortunately I was able to finish my career. The idea to move to the United States scared me because I was afraid I wasn’t going to get a job in this field, doing what I love, but fortunately I found VCA. Since the first moment I stepped on this clinic, I loved it, everyone was friendly, excellent people and the most important thing is that they care for the wellness of their patients. The staff always do the best they can and are willing to help in any way they can, including their clients and their coworkers; they really are a family.

    I love working with animals, there is nothing better at the end of the day than to receive a kiss from them. It doesn’t matter if they are full of fear because they don’t understand what we do, animals will always have love and gratitude to give. Even if people don’t behave nice with them, their hearts are humble and will forgive. Hopefully human beings will learn to forget and forgive, the same way animals do; this world would be better.

    I was born in Colombia, just moved here in July 2014, after I graduated from University and got my degree in Veterinary Medicine. It has been a huge change but I like it so far. Right now I live with my mom, my little sister and my two lovely cats. My cats, Ramona and Natasha, both are domestic short hair and are my little babies, who I love to spend time with. In my free time I like go to the gym, especially to zumba classes, do puzzles and watch movies. My main goal is to continue my career and get my veterinary license, and then be able to work as a Veterinary Doctor in the USA. While I waiting on achieving my goal, I am improving and increasing my knowledge with the help of the VCA family.

  • Technician

    Gianna Passalacqua

    Working with animals and being around all their different personalities is something that is very intriguing to me. To see their bright, happy, energetic self is what makes me want to be a Vet Tech. Helping animals fulfills every part of me and working with VCA just gets me one step closer! I love the atmosphere and working with everyone here is like a dream come true. Every day we see miracles and that’s what this is all about! This is ‘my why.’


    I was born in Staten Island, New York and moved down here to South Florida when I was 10 years old. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved animals. I always played house with my sister and cousins, and for some reason I always played the ‘family pet.’ Whether it be a dog, cat, or bird. So in other words, what better field to be in? I get to spend my days with these beautiful creatures and make their lives better, every day. I currently do not have any animals, but I did have a dog named Rocky. He was a Bichon Frise and he was the best thing that ever happened to me. He just recently crossed over the Rainbow Bridge but he always has a special place in my heart and mind. I will eventually get another pet and one day hope to have many animals.
    I love what I do and wouldn’t change one single second of it.
    Thanks for reading about me!

  • Technician

    Courtney Rinehart
    Veterinary Tech School: Veterinary Technical Institute of Pittsburgh

    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.

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


  • Technician

    Jerika Rodriguez

    I've always wanted to work with animals ever since I was little. Helping hurt ducks, pigeons, and lizards every chance I had. Being able to be a vet tech with VCA now helps me fulfill my dream of helping animals. I don't know what else I would do other than help animals feel better. Seeing their happy tails come in the hospital is an amazing feeling. It warms my heart every time I work and get to see happy and healthy pets walk out our doors.

    I was born in Puerto Rico then moved to Florida when I was a year old. I have a big love for animals both big and small, ever since I can remember. I have a Bichon Frise named Sinee, a Yorkie Terrier named Honey, a Chihuhuha named Becky, and two Conures named Popeye and Olive. I love all kinds of dogs but I have a huge soft spot for pit bulls. In the near future I would like to continue my education in the veterinary field and specialize in dog and cat dentistry. When I'm not working, I'm either with my dogs out playing catch or enjoying the hot sun of South Florida.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Ashley Corser
    Veterinary Tech School: Santa Fe Teaching Zoo Animal Technology Program

    Growing up I knew that I couldn’t see myself doing anything other than what I do now. I have always had a passion for animals and find great satisfaction in helping those in need. Being able to walk into work everyday and know there is always an opportunity to make a difference in a pets life, whether it be from medical attention or educating their owners, is why I have chosen to work in this field. I am always up for a challenge and working for VCA has given me just that as well as the opportunity to learn and constantly improve my skills. The staff at VCA Wiles Road have made me feel like family. The teamwork and overall compassion makes the work we do all that much better, and I am honored to be a part of that.

    I was born in Pasadena, California but moved to Florida when I was 6 and have been here ever since. I recently spent 4 years in Gainesville, FL where I attended the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo Animal Technology Program and received my Associates of Science. I have 4 cats (Cleo, Lou, Jack and Jiji), a Cocker Spaniel named Charlie and a ball python. In my spare time, you can usually find me snuggled up with my cats or outside with some friends. I have a special interest in local wildlife (especially birds) and will occasionally volunteer at the Sawgrass Nature Center.