Technician SupervisorStacy 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 the Florida State university with a degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry, Literature and Religion.
Outside of working at the hospital, I spend my time with 3 cats, 2 dogs, a bearded dragon, a dart frog 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. Nothing could be more test worthy then working in the field of choice to help solidify a career path choice.
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 could’t imagine going to work and doing anything else.
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.
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.
I grew up in upstate NY then decided I needed some adventure and moved to sunny South Florida with my French Bulldog Bruno and my cat Binx. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, arts and crafts and puzzles.
Animals are around us constantly and when they are not you can feel their absence and question the silence. A pet always seems to know what you are in need of most, whether it is the need to smile and laugh after a long day, a companion to sit and comfort you or to have someone there just to be doted upon. Animals have played an important part in teaching me many of the values that need to be learned in this life. They have taught me about compassion, patience and understanding. They have made me feel loved and helped me feel and cope with loss. I have also learned that it is important to stop, relax, and project a positive energy for not only myself but for those around me. They have and continue to provide me with so much that I feel the need to do all I can to make their lives as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. I feel that it is a privilege to be able to connect and help beings so special.
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.
I was born in Columbia and moved to Florida with my family three years ago. I have 2 ferrets, five little dogs and a cat. I recently graduated from Sanford Brown Institute with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. My favorite things to do when I'm not at the hospital is playing soccer, tennis and reading.
Since I was a child I have always been interested in animals. I was raised around animals which intensified my love and need to care deeply for them. I work for VCA because everyone here is amazing, we all have a common interest which is to care for the animals and the people who love them.
Veterinary 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.