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Meet a Relief Vet – Dr. Colleen O’Brien

What do you get when you combine an absence of artistic talent with a vertically challenged individual? A veterinarian. An acupuncturist. A pocket pet enthusiast. A GP practitioner. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Colorado, welcome Dr. Colleen O’Brien. Go ahead, challenge her to a soccer game. ~~~~~~~ Name your niche: large animal, small animal, pocket pets,

Meet a Relief Vet – Dr. Sheila Newenham

It’s a new year, and the internet is ablaze with affirmations and resolutions. Our veterinary world continues to emphatically chase a healthy work-life balance to the ends of the earth – both for ourselves and those whom we meet. Variety. Appreciation. Travel. For small animal GP and HQHVSN clinics in Illinois, Idaho, Washington, Georgia, Texas

Meet a Relief Tech – Tayla Grace

Work-life balance – the phrase is as synonymous with vet med as is the word understaffed. So how do we meld the two for a positive outcome?  Relief staff, of course! Enter Tayla Grace – technician/nurse extraordinaire. New England area – I know you’re just as overwhelmed as the rest of the regions. ECC. Exotics.

Meet a Relief Vet – Dr. Jennifer Lopez

Ever wish you could have a dermatology brain nearby to pick? Well, you, my friend, are in luck. I know one such veterinarian – and she can be lured with Sour Patch Kids and coffee. Derm aside, Dr. Jennifer Lopez also has an affinity for surgery and emergency care. She knows the value that having

Meet a Relief Tech, Melissa Evans

Riding the wave of adrenaline from the recent IVECCS conference, meet Melissa Evans, LVT, CVT, VTS (ECC). With a past life that includes acting and singing, it was a cancer diagnosis that proved pivotal, propelling Melissa forward into the relief world. Education is constantly evolving. Teaching is fluid. And the veterinary world is strained. New

Meet a Relief Tech – Robyn Timmons

When you’re met by a round of applause, you know you’re in the right place. And for relief technician Robyn Timmons, her place is one of turtles. Marine ecosystems. Urgent care. ER. Disaster relief. She encourages all technicians to remember their worth. To find their niche. To become essential. So, sip on a glass of

Meet a Relief Vet – Dr. Jana Van Stee

It takes a certain type of person to dive headfirst both into relief work AND emergency – right after graduation. Quickly developing an affinity for the intensity of critical care, Dr. Jana Van Stee allowed her veterinary career to lead the way.  She was hooked. The momentum kept up, and her adventures now span from

Meet a Relief Tech, Alyssa Mages

So you’re looking for a rock band. Wait, no, a painter? Synchronized swim coach? No? My bad. How about a technician who can not only mentor and encourage your team, but can do so in conversational Spanish, French, and German? Pennsylvania and New Jersey likely already know her. How about you? Meet Alyssa Mages. ~~~~~~~

Meet a Relief Vet – Dr. Karen Gant

“Try something new.” How many times do we hear that phrase – or provide it as a sound piece of advice to friends or family? With an already fulfilling career of 22 years, Dr. Karen Gant was ready to give it up, but not before first trying a few relief gigs. She was hooked. With an

Meet a Relief…Tech! – Jennifer Kehoe

“Second verse, same as…” Nope. All technicians are different. But we DO all seem to have an affinity for tape. Whether you’re in the market for a relief technician or for assistance with streamlining workflow – or both – Jennifer Kehoe can answer that call. Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and Illinois (once you check