My earliest childhood memories are working side by side with my Dad to tend to sick or stray animals on our family farm. I have heard of people having this “aha” moment where they realize what their passion in life is and others have said they developed their passion over time as they grew older… but, for me personally, my love of animals and my desire to advocate for their care has always been a part of who I am.
Two things stand out in my mind as keeping me coming back to work everyday after 10 years in this industry: the first and foremost are my patients- the desire to see them heal, to be of comfort to them while they are ill and away from their families, and to see them healthy again is… and always will be the most rewarding part of my job. The second thing that keeps me coming back are my amazing coworkers. Everyday I get to walk into work and be surrounded with an entire team of people who, from our customer care representatives that greet you when you walk in the front door all the way back to our kennel staff that care for your pets while you are away from home, are completely dedicated to their job. Their enthusiasm for caring for our patients, working as a team, commitment to continual learning, and the genuine love for what they do on a daily basis is both a joy and an honor to be around.
I feel my varied interests and experiences over the years lend me a number of ways to support my team at Gill Bright Animal Hospital. Working on a farm taught me a strong work ethic, and the value of being a team player from a very young age. My degree in Animal Science and my years in the veterinary industry have grown my communication and technical skills, improved my ability to multi-task, and taught me how to be a better leader. From my family I learned patience, loyalty, compassion, and the power of always having a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. All of these things help me daily in my passion for caring for our hospitalized patients, my commitment to my team of technicians as a leader, and my love of all things surgery.
When I am not at work, you will usually find me training at the gym or outdoors hiking, kayaking, or camping. I fuel my need to create with my artwork by sketching, painting, and ceramics as much as I can. In my down time I love spending time with my friends and large extended family, reading a book somewhere quiet, or cuddled up with my fur babies.