At EVC, I work as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). I am a 6th generation California cattle rancher and was born and raised in Santa Clara County. I started working as a veterinary assistant and completed Foothill College's Veterinary Technician Program in 2005. In 2006, I passed the state and national boards to become an RVT.
Beyond my duties as an RVT, I also work with the support staff to maintain a clean and safe hospital and oversee the clinic's OSHA program. I enjoy my work because I love helping animals to be their best, whether that means aiding in the healing process, working to modify bad behaviors, training them to do new things, or helping them in other ways to grow and become better companions to their humans.
The majority of my family also works with animals, too: as cattle ranchers, raising beef and dairy cows, and my sister is in school to become a vet tech, too! My significant other is the only one whose career is not animal-centric; he is a mechanical engineer. However, we do have a lot of pets between the two of us, so animals are still an important part of his life!
-Piper the border collie, adopted from Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF). She is full of energy and loves running agility with me. She hates the squirrel that runs along the power lines over the back-yard.
-Paris and Speedy, the chihuahuas. Paris is queen of all she sees and demands food. Speedy prefers to face the world by snuggling under a blanket with me.
-Nabokov is the bestest cat ever. He might also think he is a dog.
-Tyler is the old barn cat who runs the show. All other cats must bow and leave offerings.
-Pavelski, Kane, and Dasha are the other 3 cats who are fairly typical. They spend their days plotting the demise of humanity and arguing over who gets to nap in the sunbeams.
-Paula is a 26-year-old thoroughbred mare. She is spoiled rotten and wouldn't have it any other way.
-Natasha (Nat) is a 1-year-old Iberian warmblood. She is Paula's filly and exactly like her mother, only more accident prone.
-Honey is a Guernsey cow who thinks she is a person. She loves attention. And treats.
-Noel is a 23-year-old miniature horse who is glad she is not a person. She will tolerate your presence if it means food is involved.
When I am not at the clinic, you could find me doing a variety of things! I am very active in the local community as part of the Santa Clara County Cattlewomen's Association and a 4H leader with my mom leading Horse, Dogs, Dairy Cattle and Beef projects. Additionally, I am an avid runner and just recently finished the Big Sur 21 miler. I am currently training for my first marathon, the California International Marathon, followed by the Big Sur marathon in April 2019. Training horses is also a passion and I am starting groundwork with Nat with the intention to compete in Hunter/Jumper shows with her. Much of my spare time also is devoted to the multiple breeding herds of dairy and beef cows my family runs.
When I can find the time (and a good deal on tickets), I love to travel and in the past few years have been able to visit Germany, Ireland, Prague, Istanbul, Rarotonga and Montreal. I also enjoy reading, knitting/crochet, and learning how to sew.