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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.

  • Alyssa
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Alyssa has been a part of our veterinary assistant team since June 2013. She says, 'We are like one big family with the same goal to do our best work, and we all have the same love for animals!'

    At home, Alyssa has three dogs: an Arabian Cunuco named Ru, two Chihuahuas named Chiquita and Pedro. She also has three feline litter mates named Heidi, Kitty and Sally.

    In her free time, Alyssa loves hanging out on the couch with her husband and their dogs (it's a tight squeeze!), and binge-watching her favorite shows such as Prison Break, Lost, Dexter, and her guilty pleasure, Heartland.

  • 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.

  • Kayla
    Veterinary Assistant
    Veterinary Assistant Kayla joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team in June 2016. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at SUNY Ulster, and has volunteered at animal shelters and rescues since 2012.

    'I have never worked with such a hard-working, caring, passionate group of people!” she says. She feels she’s learned so much in such a short period of time, and is excited to continue expanding her knowledge with the help of the “incredible” staff here.

    Kayla’s pets include three cats named Mimi, Milo and Moo Moo, and two turtles named Frank and Bubbles. Outside of work, she is an avid reader and car enthusiast.

  • Yury
    Veterinary Assistant
    Yury began as a veterinary assistant at the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in September of 2016.

    He says, 'I love caring for animals and learning more about them every day! All of our staff are very hard-working and caring.'

    At home Yury has an Alaskan Malamute named Rocky and four cats named Milly, Frisky, One-Eye and Topper. Outside of work he enjoys rock climbing, soccer, hiking, sports bikes and spending time with his family.

  • 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.

  • Hannah
    Veterinary Assistant

    Hannah currently works part-time as a Kennel Assistant at the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital.

    When asked about what motivates her, she noted, 'I like working at the Rhinebeck animal hospital because everyday I'm here I learn something new about animals, and also teamwork. Plus, I get to make new furry friends in the process!'

    Hannah has three pets at home; a 'Porky' (Pomeranian/Yorkie mix) named Paco, a Maltese named Pedro, and a 'slightly overweight' cat named Mr. Chubs. She loves teaching her dogs tricks. In her free time, Hannah also enjoys spending time with her family (and furry family) as well as reading. She hopes to one day earn a college degree in Literature.

  • 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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