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Veterinary Assistants

  • Jessica
    Veterinary Assistant Team Leader
    Jessica began working as a veterinary assistant at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in January 2015.

    Jessica likes working at the hospital because 'everyone here is friendly and they make newcomers feel welcome. The hospital also provides very thorough training to its staff'.

    Jessica says, 'I knew very little when I started. Everyone here is so willing to answer questions which leads to better patient care.'

    At home, Jessica has a cat named Kane. She enjoys reading, writing paranormal romance, playing World of Warcraft, spending time with her family and going on nature walks.

  • Shawn
    Veterinary Assistant
    Shawn has been a veterinary assistant at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital since July 2010. He says, 'The hospital staff and the veterinarians not only love their jobs, but also care deeply about the animals in their care and they keep them purring and their tails wagging.'

    At home, Shawn has a Cocker spaniel named Buddy, a Beagle named Daisy and a domestic short hair named Binx. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, gardening, swimming, camping and hiking.

  • Jeff
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jeff joined the veterinary assistant team at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in July 2012. 

    He says, 'I like being able to help people and animals. Almost everyday there's something interesting or a new challenge. I love the people I work with.'

    At home, Jeff has two cats named Black Kitty and Grey Kitty, and a Pitbull mix named Sadie. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and practicing speaking French.

  • Nicole
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Nicole joined our staff in March 2016. She loves seeing and interacting will all types of breeds.

    Nicole says, 'The staff is very friendly and helpful. It's been my dream to work with animals, and I look forward to going to work every day!'

    Nicole has two calico cats named Portifina and Luna. In her free time, Nicole loves to hike, listen to music, play video games and spend time with her cats.

  • Bonnie
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bonnie joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team in April of 2015. She's worked in the animal-care field for 15 years in a variety of roles. Currently, Bonnie is working on becoming a veterinary technician, and 'looking forward to it!'.

    She says, 'I love working at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital because it's great to work with so many people who are committed to what they do!'

    At home, Bonnie has two cats named Tangerine and Beatrix, two rabbits named Juniper and August, and a Shih-Tzu named Sugar Bear. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys volunteering at a local field station to help with research on wild animals and plants.

  • Brooke
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Brooke joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team in March of 2017. Her love of animals dates back to her childhood, walking dogs for her neighbors.

    When asked about working at RAH, Brooke noted, 'I like working here because every day I learn something new! I love helping care for someone's family member(s) and making them feel better!'

    At home, Brooke has a 'mutt' named Chloe, with whom she walks and hikes frequently. Her other interests include hanging out with friends, exercising (outdoors, at the gym, kickboxing, etc.), decorating and going shopping.

  • Tamarin
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Tamarin joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team in November of 2017.

    She enjoys the work atmosphere, remarking that 'the staff here are very friendly, patient and helpful; they really enjoy their animals!' In addition to pursuing education in the animal-related field, Tamarin occasionally volunteers at the Hudson Valley Reptile Rescue.

    Tamarin shares a home with four pets; two cats named Yuki and Artemis, a Madagascar Day Gecko named Vern, and a snake named Vashara.

    Outside of work, Tamarin enjoys video games, television, comics, reading and playing table-top games on the weekend.

  • Michaela
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Michaela joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team full-time in November of 2017. She says, 'I love how friendly everyone is, and how well everyone works together!'

    At home, Michaela has two dogs, a Beagle/Basset Hound Mix named Budwick and a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier Mix named Loa, as well as a cat named Sullivan.

    In her free time, Michaela enjoys doing make-up (both beauty and special effects), cooking, and going for walks with her dogs and boyfriend.

  • Lyla
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Lyla has been with the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team since May of 2017. An avid equestrian, she aspires to one day be a veterinarian herself.

    Lyla enjoys the hospital's 'welcoming environment', and feels that it is 'a great place to see what [her] future might be like!'

    At home, Lyla's furry family includes a Maltese/Yorkie mix named Griffin and a 'very fat cat' named Snoopy.

    Outside of work Lyla is a full time student, but spends her free time competing in equestrian sports. Her career goals include earning a DVM in equine medicine, and working as a bio-mechanic engineer focusing in 'sport horse locomotion'. She also loves helping out the community, and serves as the secretary of the local Interact Club.

  • Danielle
    Veterinary Assistant

    Danielle joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team as a full-time Veterinary Assistant. Her love of animals extends beyond her work; she regularly volunteers at the Dutchess County SPCA, through whom she has been a foster mom for orphaned kittens.

    When asked about Rhinebeck Animal Hospital, Danielle remarked that 'the staff and community are amazing! I felt welcomed the moment I started!'. She commends the team for their collective knowledge, sense of teamwork, and passion for the field.

    At home Danielle has domestic medium hair a cat named Benny, who began as a foster kitten. In her free time Danielle enjoys being with her family and friends, and her many hobbies include painting, reading, taking walks, bicycling, bowling and going to the movies.


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