JessicaVeterinary Assistant Team Leader
Jessica began working as a veterinary assistant at Rhinebeck Animal Hospital in January 2015. She 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 10-year-old cat named Kane. 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 10-year-old cocker spaniel named Buddy, a 7-year-old Beagle named Daisy and a 1-year-old domestic short hair named Binx. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, gardening, swimming, camping and hiking.
Jeff 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 4-year-old domestic shorthair cats named Black Kitty and Grey Kitty. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, weight lifting, computer programming and watching baseball.
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: a 2-year-old Arabian Cunuco named Ru, an 8-year-old chihuahua named Chiquita, and a 7-year-old chihuahua named Pedro. She also has three 3-year-old litter mates named Heidi, Kitty and Sally. In her free time, Alyssa loves hanging out on the couch with her fiancé 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.
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 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 a 3-year-old orange tabby cat named Tangerine and an 8-year-old gray 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.
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.
Veterinary Assistant Gabby joined the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital team in August of 2016. She enjoys her responsibilities because 'the staff is excellent, and they make sure the pets and clients get the best care possible'. Gabby is currently a student at Mount Saint Mary College studying English with Education and Special Education. At home she has three canine companions; two Yorkies named Buster and Sophie, and a Chihuahua named Chloe. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking with her puppies and baking.
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.