Staff of The Village Animal Clinic

JoeJoe, Practice Manager

Joe is both the practice manager and a licensed licensed veterinary technician at The Village Animal Clinic. He received his veterinary technician training at the State University of New York at Delhi in 2001 and then earned his bachelor's degree in computer science in 2004. His expertise in both fields makes him a very valuable and essential member of our team.

As a child, Joe loved to ride horses. He also was strongly influenced by his love for his German shepherd, Tanya, who he feels helped raise him. Tanya's constant affection and devotion earned her a permanent place in Joe's memory. "My life course was set," he says, "when I accepted the opportunity to shadow Dr. Cheever in 9th grade. That one day led to my regular volunteering with her and I found that working with animals and helping to heal them was enormously appealing to me." When The Village Animal Clinic opened in 2010, Joe was a natural choice to join our veterinary team.

Outside of the office, Joe spends time with his wife, Paige, their adorable daughters, Lena and Ivy, and their bichon frise, Fluffy. He enjoys martial arts and is currently training in Tai Chi. He also likes to create and paint Warhammer miniatures, spend time at his grandparents' Lake Champlain camp, and do all his own home improvements.

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JoanJoan, Head Licensed Veterinary Technician

Having grown up amidst the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, Head Licensed Veterinary Technician Joan is a natural wildlife enthusiast. Her profession serves as an outlet for her lifelong love of animals and her interest in medical science. She uses her skills and her sense of humor daily to perform her job responsibilities, which include assisting the veterinarians, providing superior nursing care to the pets, monitoring pets during surgical procedures, performing dental cleanings and extractions, and always treating the animals with a gentle touch.

Joan began working with horses when she was 11 years old and learned the details of proper husbandry, grooming, handling, and English equitation. Joan earned her licensed veterinary technology degree from the State University of New York at Delhi and obtained her license in 1997.

Because she grew up in the mountains, Joan is an avid and experienced downhill skier, snowmobiler, and hiker. "I consider my passion for the outdoors to be one of my greatest gifts and I escape to the wilderness whenever possible," she says. It is not only the mountains that attract her interest but also her love of lakes; she is a certified New York State diving instructor.

In her personal time, she also enjoys Moto Grand Prix racing, cars, music, video games, and Greek culture, which reflects her family's heritage. She shares her time with her partner, Steve.

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AmberAmber, Licensed Veterinary Technician

With her positive attitude, creativity, and strong work ethic, our licensed veterinary technician, Amber, contributes a great deal to The Village Animal Clinic staff. She brings with her not just her enjoyable personality but also years of experience from previous positions at Agway and other veterinary hospitals. Her responsibilities at our clinic include providing quality nursing care to the pets, processing blood work, performing laboratory diagnostic tests, and monitoring anesthesia during surgeries. Amber earned her associate's degree from the State University of New York at Delhi in veterinary science technology and joined our team in August 2012.

"I enjoy working at The Village Animal Clinic because my co-workers and I share the same high morals and ethics regarding pet care," Amber says.

Amber not only gets a great deal of experience taking care of pets at our clinic but also at her home where she lives with 15 animal friends. Her love for creatures knows no bounds and she cares for two dogs, four cats, two horses, two gerbils, three ducks, one chicken, and one rooster. She enjoys training Ariel, her shepherd/husky mix for obedience, agility, and for her work as a therapy dog. Amber is also a member of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians.

When she is not caring for animals either at work or at home, Amber can be found hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, camping, running, dog training, playing basketball, practicing her photography, or spending time with her family and boyfriend.

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JillJill, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon.

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ErinErin, Client Relations

As a child, Erin spent many hours rescuing homeless kittens, injured wild animals, and stray dogs. Her compassionate nature made her eager to help any troubled animal and she now directs that same nurturing trait toward our clients and their pets. With her warm, welcoming manner, her ability to efficiently juggle scheduling issues, and her natural affinity for lending practical advice, Erin is a perfect receptionist for The Village Animal Clinic. Having worked in a previous practice with Drs. Cheever and McCarthy, Erin was happy to rejoin them when they opened their new clinic.

Erin is an avid New York Yankees fan and an outdoorswoman. She particularly likes to be near lakes and the Cape Cod and Saratoga Springs regions. She enjoys spending time with children and always keeps a fresh supply of coloring books and stickers available for our youngest pet owners.

Erin shares her home and time with her husband, Jim, her son, Logan, and their Siamese cat.

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KailynKailyn, Client Relations

Bio coming soon.

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ArianaAriana, Client Relations

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ArianaLaura, Client Relations

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TracyTracy Gasper, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Tracy started her pursuit of a rewarding career by obtaining a degree as a legal assistant, but found that her interest in animals pulled her instead toward a career working with animals in a veterinary practice. She especially enjoys the challenges she faces when working with a wide range of exotic animals; she has developed superb skills in handling species that most humans never get to experience in such a way as to keep them safe and secure for their examinations by Dr. McCarthy. She has assisted both Dr. Mike and Dr. Holly for 14 years; they are both very grateful for her animal-calming skills and her quick wits as she keeps the doctors safe from their patients' efforts to rebuff them, and (even more important) as she keeps patients safe from their own attempts to wriggle away.

Of all the species that Tracy handles with her consummate skill, she is particularly fond of cats, and, having recently lost her beloved feline companion of 18 years, she now is searching for the next cat(s) on whom to lavish her kitty-loving skills and affection.

Tracy's favorite relaxation and enjoyment activities include cooking, swimming, and watching baseball as an avid New York Yankees fan. Given the opportunity, she would prefer to do any of these activities in New Orleans or Key West. Dr. Mike and Dr. Holly are very grateful that she is willing to live instead in the Guilderland-Voorheesville area, where they enjoy her humor, her tireless work ethic, and her willingness to help them do their job as doctors to patients who want nothing to do with veterinarians. Our clients are fortunate to have her handle their companions with such professional expertise.

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staffJanine, Veterinary Assistant

As one of our veterinary assistants, Janine provides gentle support to soothe the animals that the doctors examine, while protecting the doctors from our patients' "disapproval" when we make them feel anxious. Her early love of animals was fostered by her fascination with exploring her backyard creek, playing with and observing the minnows and frogs—she brought her amphibian friends to her school's Show and Tell programs and always brought them back safe and sound to their habitats. Janine also credits her domesticated best friends, Abbey (a Springer Spaniel) and Cup Cake (a guinea pig) for fostering her love of all animals.

Janine is a woman of many talents: she received a B.A. in theater arts from Hartwick College, and had roles in two New York off-Broadway shows, "Treasure Island" and "Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat." She also served as an apprentice at The Barrow Group Theater Company, and directed a high school production of "Seussical the Musical." She shares her unique talents in song-and-dance with us by bursting into song at spontaneous moments, and entertains our clients with her balloon-animal-art and humor at Village Animal Clinic festivities. Don't miss her act!

In her spare time, Janine loves to go on "random adventures" (the best kind) and enjoys hiking, camping, and playing her guitar. Her aim in life is to develop a career in veterinary medicine: The Village Animal Clinic is the second veterinary hospital she has worked for as she pursues her goal to become a licensed veterinary technician with a degree from the Long Distance Program at San Juan College: we admire her drive and are doing all we can to facilitate her learning experience with hands-on training.

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AbbyAbby, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon.

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EmilyEmily, Groomer

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staffTesla, Hospital Support

Tesla has a unique background which makes her a very positive addition to our staff. She grew up on a dairy farm with 7 siblings in Gilboa, and worked hard to help keep the farm running smoothly and up to her high standards. She was homeschooled for most of her academic life and is an avid reader, eager to learn whatever her new situations have to offer. Her employment with the Village animal Clinic is a dream come true for her: having loved all animals all her life, she now has a chance to be around many species with their individual health or behavioral issues, and is always willing to lend a hand with their care when needed, while keeping their compartments clean and warm while they spend time with us.

In her spare time, Tesla is a lover of the outdoors and nature, hiking and playing sports in all seasons but winter. When the weather turns cold, she turns her attention to her favorite indoor pursuits such as baking, reading, and writing fiction. We are all eager volunteers for the fruits of her baking efforts! She considers our staff and our patients to be splendid teachers, each in their own way, to further her education of the natural world. Dr. Holly is particularly grateful for Tesla's superb animal-care skills and her admirable hard work ethic, as she is taking on a third of Holly's animal care on her farm animal sanctuary with its horses, goats, chickens, and last Beautiful Bovine, Minnie the Moocher. As Holly's age advances, having an animal caregiver as conscientious, kind, and expert as Tesla is a most welcome gift.

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