JessicaVeterinary Assistant Team LeaderJessica 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.
ShawnVeterinary AssistantShawn 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.
JeffVeterinary AssistantJeff joined the veterinary assistant team at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in July 2012. He says, 'I enjoy working at this animal hospital because I like helping animals and I find the medical aspects interesting.' Jeff also finds it great to work with doctors and the state-of-the-art technology at the hospital.
At home, Jeff has two domestic short hair cats named Black Kitty and Grey Kitty, and a dog named Sadie. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, weight lifting, computer programming and watching baseball.
AlyssaVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.
NicoleVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.
BonnieVeterinary AssistantBonnie joined the staff at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in April 2015. She's worked in the animal-care field for 15 years in a variety of roles. Bonnie managed a goat farm, where she looked after a heard of 100 goats. She spent time as an aquarist at an aquarium and volunteered at a zoo in Australia. When Bonnie lived closer to the coast, she participated in a first responder program for stranded marine animals.
'Rhinebeck Animal Hospital has a great work environment,' Bonnie says. 'We are all willing to help each other and genuinely care about people's pets. There's also always something to learn.'
At home, Bonnie has an orange tabby cat named Tangerine and a tabby cat named Beatrix, who only has one eye and can sit on command. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys walks in the woods with a couple of field guides and her camera. She also enjoys birding and identifying trees, drawing and watching movies.
KaylaVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.
YuryVeterinary AssistantYury 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.
BrookeVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.
TamarinVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.
MichaelaVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.
LylaVeterinary AssistantVeterinary 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.