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 Sophie. She enjoys reading, writing paranormal romance, playing World of Warcraft, spending time with her family, and going on nature walks.
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 Dachshund named Dobby and a domestic shorthair named Binx. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, gardening, swimming, camping, and hiking.
Veterinary Assistant Nicole joined our team in March of 2016. She loves seeing and interacting with all types of animals.
Nicole says, 'I love coming to work every day! I am always learning something new from the amazing doctors and technicians here. One of the best parts about this job is getting to interact with all the dogs and cats!'
Nicole has two calico cats named Portifina and Luna, and a Border collie named Aspen. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, teaching Aspen new tricks, listening to music, and spending time with her family & friends.
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!'
Outside of work, Brooke's 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.
Maeghan is a full-time Veterinary Assistant on the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team. Her passion for animals is reflected in her rich history of animal care, spanning positions at animal shelters, ranches, and farms. Ultimately she aspires to anything that will 'help improve the lives of animals'.
She says she 'love[s] working here because the staff cares about your animals as much as you do, and how you, as the owner, feel'.
Maeghan's furry family includes a 'gorgeous' Staffordshire terrier named Rosie, and two kitties named Snoop and Wiz.
In her free time Maeghan enjoys being outdoors; hiking, swimming, and climbing, often bringing Rosie along.
Veterinary assistant Shannon joined the RAH kennel assistant team in October of 2018. She is currently a full-time student with an interest in pursuing a career in nursing and emergency care.
She enjoys her role at RAH, saying, 'I love to be around animals as much as possible, and to help them in any way I can! I also love the hard work and positive energy that this hospital brings!'
Shannon has many pets at home; four dogs named Brady (a pit-bull/shepherd mix), Josie (a Corgi/Jack Russell mix), Ellie (a Pug mix), and Riley (a Boxer mix), and three cats named Emme, Maisie and Jazzy. Outside of work and school, she enjoys playing sports such as basketball and field hockey, playing with her dogs, listening to music, spending time with her friends and family, and watching series like Grey's Anatomy.
Josh is part of the veterinary assistant team at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital. He brings with him many years of experience in pet care at shelters and daycares as well as aspirations of one day running his own dog daycare.
Regarding his role at RAH, he says, 'Working [here] is a great experience! The staff is very caring and compassionate, and they have been very welcoming.' He also adds that 'It is very gratifying seeing the positive impact that we make on the lives of both the animals we care for and their pet parents.'
At home, Josh has 3 cats named Couscous, Midnight, and Mr. Met, as well as a bulldog mix named Lady. He enjoys the outdoors with hobbies such as hiking and kayaking, or simply hanging out with friends and his pets.
Ally is a full-time veterinary assistant on the RAH team. She enjoys the friendly, welcoming environment, and remarks that 'every day brings something new; the job is never boring'. She loves working with a wide range of pets living in the area, 'from dogs and cats to parakeets and pigs'.
Ally has four dogs at home; three are pitbull mixes of varying colors (Beckham, Leo, and Finn), and the fourth is a Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua named Mr. Buttersworth (or Butters, for short). She loves teaching her dogs tricks, such as 'high-fives', rolling over, 'sitting pretty', and 'army crawl'. Leo and Finn even give each other hugs; 'a great hit at parties'!
Ally spends her free time with her family, friends, and [of course] her dogs, and enjoys hobbies such as reading and playing video games. She aspires to one day run a dog kennel or even start her own rescue.
Makayla has been working as a veterinary assistant at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital since October 2018 and is now with us full-time.
“I like working here because I love animals and being able to care for them. The staff here is also very kind, and they create an enjoyable working environment.”
At home, Makayla has three dogs named Cherry, Dakota, and Naboo. In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, photography, and drawing.
Veterinary Assistant Margo joined the practice in October of 2021.
When asked about her experience working at RAH, she said, 'Working at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital is a very special experience because of the amount of collaboration between the doctors. We have doctors who have just graduated vet school and others with over 30 years of experience. Every day, our vets come together and bring each of their unique perspectives and knowledge to each of their cases and help one another which is very inspiring. When a client brings their pet here they are really getting 8 doctors instead of one. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with each of the doctors and learn something new every day. In addition, our staff is like family here. Every single day each member of our staff shows up to work ready to make a positive impact and support one another.'
At home, Margo has 2 English Cream Golden Retrievers named Oliver and Annie, and a Great Dane named Finn. She lives on a farm with cows, sheep, and chickens, and grew up riding horses and training dogs. She is currently training Finn to be a service dog.
Margo is a student at the University of Michigan studying Neuroscience and following Pre-Veterinary course of study.
In her free time she enjoys taking care of her farm animals, playing with dogs, lifting weights, and spending time with family and friends. She has dreams of becoming a Veterinarian and working here at RAH one day!
Mattie joined the veterinary assistant team at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in June of 2022. She has worked as a stable hand, dog trainer, and vet assistant over the last 3 years. Her true passion is working with dogs, but she loves all animals!
“I really enjoy the atmosphere, organization, and friendly faces. While vet med can be hectic, working with the RAH team makes it feel easy because of everyone being willing to support each other.”
At home Mattie has three dogs: A Labrador named Miss Coco Beanz, an Australian Cattle Dog named Zoomer Van Gogh, and an American Bully mix named Winter Onyx. She also has three cats named Prudence Willow, Caly, and Nip. She also has a rabbit named Nova.
In her free time, she loves training dogs and spending quality time with animals, relaxing at home, or hiking. Mattie is also an avid reader and loves skiing, spending time with friends, and researching animal care. She has an interest in becoming a veterinary technician in the future.
Veterinary Assistant Tyler joined the RAH team in May of 2022. He has been volunteering at animal shelters ever since he was little, and worked part-time at a veterinary clinic in Florida before working here. When asked about his experience working at RAH, he said, “Everyone here has been working here for at least 5 or more years, so you can tell how much they like it here. This animal hospital is the best of the best.”
At home, Tyler has 3 cats, Olivia, Leonard, and Misty. In his free time, Tyler goes to the gym daily and loves to play video games and watch movies. He is currently enrolled at Bard college and pursuing a degree in Biology. After graduation, he hopes to go to veterinary school.
Makenzie joined the veterinary assistant team at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in October 2021.
“I enjoy seeing all of the different dogs and I love working with the people here!”
At home, she has a bearded dragon named Mustache. In her free time, she loves watching movies, reading, listening to music, and cooking. She hopes to go to college and become a veterinary technician in the future.