Emily R – CSR
I got into veterinary medicine because I love animals and I love helping people. This job is the best of both worlds. I love getting to be a liaison between the clients, the doctors, and the medical team so that I can help ensure well-rounded and complete medical care for all the patients and clients. I want to make sure that everyone has a pleasant experience with our hospital.
For me, my pets are my fur-children. They mean the absolute world to me. I don’t have kids of my own yet, so I pour my heart and soul into my pets. My husband and I have 3 pets. We have two dogs, Lucy and Diesel, and an orange cat named Cheeto.
Victoria S – Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
As a Registered Veterinary Technician, I got into veterinary medicine because I have a love for animals, but also people. Being in veterinary medicine combines the best of both worlds. My goal with every patient visit is to build trust with the pets as well as the owners. This helps to communicate the pet’s needs more clearly which in turn helps us as veterinary medical professionals to build the human-animal bond.
I attended Tulsa Community College where I received my AAS in Veterinary Technology. After graduating from the program at the beginning of May in 2014, I began looking for a job in a veterinary clinic. I started working as a Veterinary Technician at Chimney Hills just a couple of weeks later. I sat for and passed both my National and State Board exams in November and
became a Registered Veterinary Technician. I live by the philosophy that if you stop learning, you stop growing. This is why I love getting all the continuing education I can.
For me, my pet is the best friend that never tells your secrets, provides unconditional love, and keeps me entertained as he is a big goofball. I have a wonderful family that consists of my husband Casey, and my two children Saylin and Ari. I have a Yorkie mix that is such a snuggle bug. I love to crochet and create things for other people. I also enjoy spending time running and outside with my family.
Heather C – Registered Veterinary Technician
I initially thought I wanted to be a nurse and work in human medicine. I went to school at OSU IT for Nursing and got an Associate’s Degree in Allied Health. I realized that while I liked working with people, I preferred working with animals. I wanted to be a voice for the animals. They can’t tell us what’s going on and I knew that I could be an advocate for them and help to provide the best patient care. That’s when I decided to go to TCC and get a degree in Veterinary Technology. For every patient I help with, I try to focus on patient care and be there for the patient. I try to go above and beyond to help my patients in any way possible, including helping to educate owners.
In the summer of 2019, I was assigned to Chimney Hills Animal Hospital for my clinical practicum that is required to complete the Veterinary Technology program. After only a few weeks as a practicum student, I was hired on in a permanent position as a Veterinary Technician. I graduated from the program in May of 2020 and passed both my state and national board exams in August to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. It is my motto to stay humble, work hard, and be kind, and I use that every day in my job.
For me, my pets are my furever friends. I know I can always count on my day getting better when I see my kiddos. My husband and I have two dogs and a cat. The oldest is Rocky, a hound dog that is the sweetest dog with such a fun personality. My next baby is Kitty a calico shorthair. She is a typical Calico full of attitude. And the youngest of the bunch is Ruby, who is a mixed rescue dog. She is full of energy and loves to annoy her brother like any good sibling does.
Sarah J – Registered Veterinary Technician
I got into veterinary medicine because I find every aspect of it so interesting. I love animals and zoology. I want to learn and experience everything I can in the veterinary field and encounter every animal possible. Besides interacting with the pets, I love diagnostics and client education. I believe that all life is precious, and I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. I graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at TCC in May of 2020. Shortly after in August, I sat for both my National board exam and my state board exam and passed them, becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. As an RVT with every patient visit, I try to find out how I can improve the pet’s visit and how I can improve their quality of life.
For me, my pets are my family. I love the quote “pets maybe just a part of your life, but to them, you are their WHOLE life.” My husband David and I have a house full with 4 pets. We have 3 cats, Tweak, Twister, and Nox, and a German Shepherd named Zelda.
Justina C – Veterinary Technician
I got into veterinary medicine because of my love for animals and just of the veterinary medical field in general. Our animals give us love and joy every day, and I just wanted to be able to return that in any way I could. While attending the Veterinary Technology program at TCC, I was assigned to Chimney Hills for my practicum. While I was finishing my last year to obtain my Associates in Veterinary Technology, a position came open at Chimney Hills Animal Hospital and I applied and was offered the position in April 2021. When I go into each visit with our clients and patients, it is my goal to leave them with a better understanding of their pets and of the veterinary medical field. I want to make sure that I can improve their experience with us at each and every visit.
I try to live by the philosophy of being the voice for the voiceless. Our pets and patients can’t speak for themselves. So if I can help by being an advocate for my patients, I try to do my best to be that for them. I would love to someday get my certification as an animal enforcement officer through NACA (National Animal Care & Control Association) and work more closely with the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals to help in hoarding and abuse cases. Every animal deserves a loving home.
I currently have 3 dogs (Mitch, Xena, and Touka), 3 cats (Gabe, Socks, and Milo), and a snake named Missy. My pets mean the world to me. I can be having the worse day and all it takes is just the thought of them, and it brings a smile to my face.
Rafael R – Veterinary Technician (in training)
I got into veterinary medicine because I knew that I wanted to work in a field that would keep me happy. I enjoy caring for others and animals, so I found a field that would give me a mixture of two of my favorite things.
I am currently in school at Tulsa Community College enrolled in the veterinary technology program. I will graduate in 2022 and will be eligible after that to take the national and state licensing exams to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Oklahoma. I performed my practicum for my veterinary technology degree at Chimney Hills Animal Hospital. So when an opportunity to fill an open position came up in October 2021, I decided to take the position. As a Veterinary Technician (in training), it is my goal to make sure that I give my all to every patient and client I interact with.
My mantra in life is just one simple word. Determination. It is simple, yet effective. My immediate family has been nothing but supportive for me throughout every stage of my life. In that family are our three dogs. My pets are family to me. I like to call them my supportive little fur balls. They are always ready to greet me at the front door.
I am always looking to learn and improve in life, and I feel like veterinary medicine is the career that will allow me to do that!
Alana S – Veterinary Assistant
I started my career in human medicine and became a CNA. But as I continued to hear from others that I could (and should) work with animals, I decided to move into veterinary medicine. I love all animals, and the more I work with them the more I love it. I still work some as a CNA, but genuinely enjoy my job as a veterinary assistant here at Chimney Hills.
I attended college in Texas where I got my basic classes completed and my CNA certification. After moving to Tulsa, I started looking for a job in veterinary medicine. I started working at Chimney Hills in November of 2019 as an animal caretaker. After working almost a year as an animal caretaker, I moved up into the position of Veterinary Assistant. Working as a veterinary assistant, my goal for every patient is to make them feel safe and happy when I am working with them. I am currently working on gaining the Certified Veterinary Assistant designation offered by the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. I am hoping to be able to go back to school soon and get a degree in Veterinary Technology to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
For me, my pets are my babies. I don’t know what I would do without them. My house consists of 3 dogs, myself, and my husband. My dogs are Charles, a very cute and ornery Pomeranian mix, Boris a happy and loveable Husky mix, and Superman, a very cuddly schnauzer mix.
Serena B – Animal Caretaker, CSR, and Veterinary Technician Assistant (aka jack of all trades!)
My love for veterinary medicine started when I was young. I grew up in a household that taught me how invaluable animals were to a happy home. I had a whippet named Luci for a childhood dog that went everywhere and did everything with me. As an animal caretaker my goal with every patient is to provide comfort and help create a “home away from home” for them while they are staying with us.
I know that pets can get stressed when they are in the clinic for anything especially boarding. Interacting with their caregivers can and should help ease their transition, so I strive to make sure they are as comfortable as possible when they are staying with us. I have spent my last several years working in the animal field in boarding facilities and veterinary hospitals. I joined Chimney Hills as an animal caretaker in November of 2020 and try to make sure all the boarders under my care remain happy and healthy while they are here. In July of 2021, I was able to take on more responsibility and start working in other areas of the hospital. I now work as not only an Animal Caretake, but I work as a CSR and a Veterinary Technician Assistant as well.
For me, my pets are my home. I am an only child, so I grew up in a small family and have always wanted to have a larger family. Since my husband and I are waiting to have kids of our own, our pets allow me to have a larger family unit experience. Right now, we have a great crew that includes three dogs, Maya a Caroline Dog, Goose a husky/vizsla mix, and Kiwi a German Shepherd Malamute mix.
We also have two cats, Newt and Squid, and even a Cataline Macaw named Rosie.
Cathy G – Groomer
I started working at Chimney Hills Animal Hospital as their sole groomer in January of 2018. I have been working as a groomer for over 20 years. I have experience in various pet stores, veterinary clinics, grooming salons, and even helping to open up a grooming salon. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals. I’ve always had a love for animals, and it seemed like the perfect fit for me.
As a groomer, I try to bond and connect with each dog. I show compassion and kindness and try to provide a stress-free grooming environment. I give lots of hugs and cuddles to my grooming dogs. Grooming can be stressful between the baths and the noises of the dryers and the clippers, but by giving them tons of love and being patient with them, I do everything I can to make sure they have as stress-free of an experience as possible.
I have 4 kids, 5 grandkids, and two dogs of my own. I also have 5 “granddogs”. My pets are everything to me. They are spoiled just like my kids!
Jennifer P – Hospital Manager
I first entertained the idea of veterinary medicine when I was a teenager. I really enjoyed my biology and zoology classes in high school, and of course, I had a love for all animals. As I continued through high school and volunteered at different humane societies and rescue organizations, I became more and more sure that veterinary medicine is where I wanted to be. As a manager, my goal is to make sure that everything runs smoothly so that the team can provide the best care to our patients. I like to help make sure that we are continuing to practice the most updated and highest standard of medicine possible. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, my goal is to make sure that my patients receive the best care when they are with me.
I attended OSU where I received my Bachelor’s in Zoology. I had been working in various veterinary clinics since high school, and my initial thought was that I wanted to go to vet school, but while in undergrad at OSU, I started working at the veterinary teaching hospital. I began to realize that the Veterinary Technicians were the ones that got to do all the “fun” stuff in veterinary medicine. So after graduating from OSU, I moved to Missouri where I attended Crowder College to get my degree in Veterinary Technology. I sat for my National board exam in June of 2010 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Arkansas. While living there, I worked in emergency medicine and loved it. My husband and I then decided to move to Oklahoma. Shortly after moving, I sat for the Oklahoma State boards and became a Registered Veterinary Technician here, where I continued to work in emergency medicine for another 2 years. I joined the Chimney Hills Team as the Office Manager and Registered Veterinary Technician in April of 2013. As we continued to grow I moved into a Hospital Manager position, and away from the Technician position. I still try to spend time on the floor working with everyone in the hospital to maintain my relationships with our team members, our patients, and our clients.
For me, my pets are my life. They are there for me through everything. When I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m sick. They are there to help me celebrate the happy times, and a comfort to me when I have to mourn the sad times. My husband and I have 3 dogs, Meeko the Maltese, Toki the Yorkie, and Itzy the Yorkie/Chihuahua mix. We also have two cats, both domestic shorthair tabbies, Alby and Rum Tum Tugger.