Our Veterinary Support Staff

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Ashley

Practice Manager

With a B.A. in business management and marketing, Ashley moved back to New York after living in Chicago. While growing up, she always showed an interest in animals, and when she was given the opportunity to work in veterinary medicine shortly after college graduation, she eagerly took it. Her work at the Veterinary Center allows her to apply her management and marketing skills to a specialty animal hospital. Whenever there is an issue at the Veterinary Center, Ashley is the go-to person for problem-solving. When she’s not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and their three rescue cats, sampling local craft beer, and all things Formula One.

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Mary Ann

Licensed Veterinary Technician

A lifelong Westchester County resident, Mary Ann attended SUNY Farmingdale as an “aggie” and planned on going into dairy farming. However, after she realized that cows were a 24/7 job, she turned her focus to small animals and exotics as a veterinary technician. After running a boarding kennel in Harrison, NY, Mary Ann returned to the veterinary technology world and worked in several small animal hospitals around Westchester and Connecticut where she gained invaluable experience working with birds and other exotic species. She lives in South Salem with her dog and two birds. When she’s not caring for all the needy wildlife that comes to her door, Mary Ann is at the Veterinary Center caring for all the exotic pets and helping us keep the hospital on track.

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Nina

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Nina graduated from SUNY Ulster with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2017 and joined our team shortly after. Since starting here, Nina has become our head clinical technician, ensuring the entire staff stays up to date with the latest in exotic pet medicine. She prides herself on excellent client communication, making sure each pet owner understands the specific care their exotic pet needs. Nina is always looking to learn more; whether it's information to pass on to our pet parents or to advance her medical care. She comes into work every day hoping to make each pet's experience at the Veterinary Center as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

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Megan

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Megan graduated Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2016. She spent the next year on an island in the Caribbean studying veterinary medicine with her adopted island puppy. When she returned to the states, she started working at the Animal Medical Center in NYC and was the lead technician in their Exotics department for 4 years. Her passions include pain management and anesthesia for all Exotics species! She is currently working towards her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Exotic Companion Animals. Megan lives in South Salem and shares her home with 2 dogs (Reggae and Roo) and 3 cats (Ava, Blue and Cici). She spends her free time trail riding with her quarter horse Jackson and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Christina

Receptionist

Originally from Patterson, NY, Christina has been around and loved animals of all kinds for as long as she could remember, and she most likely will be the first voice you’ll hear when calling the Veterinary Center! She received her Bachelors Degree in Biology at Hartwick college; however, most of the courses she took there were animal-related. After graduating, Christina found her way to the Veterinary Center, where she realized becoming a veterinary technician was her calling. Currently, she is enrolled in the Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician Program. A reptile enthusiast, she has 2 bearded dragons, 2 leopard geckos, 2 western hognose snakes, and 2 poison dart frogs. As she always says, if she could have every animal that came into Center, she would!

Lisa

Lisa

Receptionist

Born in Somers, NY, Lisa has an AAS in communication and media arts and has always been an animal lover. She has spent most of her working career working at veterinary offices. Not only does she surround herself during the day with her furry or feathered friends, but also, she has had many animals of her own at home. At one time, she had 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 6 chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art including taking photos (especially portraits of animals), drawing, and her newest hobby, puppet making.

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Zach

Intern

Zach is our superstar volunteer! When we saw how well he took care of his pets and his obvious passion for working with animals, we asked him to join our team. Zach comes to us with uniquely extensive experience working with animals—he has volunteered more than one-thousand hours at a nature center and has worked at a nature-based outreach education business. In May 2016, Zach won the Volunteer New York! Youth Leader Award for his outstanding volunteer service at the nature center. At school, Zach founded the Environmental Club and started a Zero-Waste Program while maintaining his grades. Zach is an aspiring veterinarian, and here at the Veterinary Center he is always busy with helping to keep us running smoothly. When not working on doing so, Zach can be seen observing appointments, procedures, and asking questions. He is currently working with Dr. Britton to research the blood proteins of raptors. His particular interests include zoo, exotic, and wildlife medicine.

Victoria

Victoria

Veterinary Assistant

Born and raised in Middleboro, Massachusetts, Victoria joined our team after graduating from Roger Williams University and receiving a bachelor's degree in Marine Biology. While Victoria loves all exotic pets, she has a special interest in birds. As head of our boarding ward, she makes sure all animals are wonderfully cared for while at their home away from home. In her free time, Victoria enjoys spending time at home, playing video games, and caring for her bird, bearded dragon, and two guinea pigs - all rescues!

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Sara

Veterinary Assistant

Sara is a Westchester native that earned her B.A. in film production at Hunter College in 2017. Born into a bird family, she has spent the last 28 years enhancing her interests and passion in parrot conservation and husbandry. She lived in San Diego, California for several years where she enjoyed experimenting with underwater cinematography and volunteered at an exotic bird sanctuary where she met and adopted her scarlet macaw, Mona. Sara enjoys spending her time outdoors and traveling (especially when Mona can join!) They have visited over 30 states together.