When Mandy was growing up, she always wanted to be a lion tamer so she could make the circus more fun. Mandy’s life ultimately took a different turn, as she found herself managing veterinary practices rather than taming a cageful of roaring lions. However, during a seminar Mandy learned that she had developed the leadership skills to take on and master difficult challenges. Mandy also realized that part of her childhood dream had been fulfilled, as she gets to surround herself with a roomful of animals every day!
Medical Team Coach
Mark embarked on his satisfying veterinary technician career after interacting with a friend’s animals, rather than Mark’s own pets. Mark was allergic to dogs and cats, so his family refrained from keeping these furry household pets. Once he connected with his friend’s pets, he made the decision to develop a career working with animals, and found his first veterinary technician job while attending college. Fortunately, Mark’s allergy problem was resolved after several months, making his veterinary technician work much easier!
Culture Coordinator Coach
Caitlyn’s connection with Moore Animal Hospital goes all the way back to her childhood. Since Caitlyn’s mother, Dr. Backstrom, owns the hospital, Caitlyn has always been a frequent visitor to the clinic’s exam rooms and pet resort. As a result of her time spent at the hospital, Caitlyn developed a love for its many pet patients and an appreciation for the dedicated staff who care for them. Now an adult, Caitlyn has been working at the hospital for years while keeping on top of her studies. While Caitlyn works as the culture coordinator for Moore Animal Hospital, this means that she works to help promote and maintain a positive culture for the staff, pet parents and furry patients!
Certified Veterinary Technician & Patient Care Coordinator
Stephanie’s professional veterinary career actually began when she volunteered at PAWS, or Pets Are Worth Saving, Chicago’s largest no-kill shelter. Assigned to the spay/neuter clinic’s recovery room, Stephanie received instructions from the surgeons and technicians, and was then turned loose to monitor the recovering patients. When she looked around a couple of hours into her shift, she realized she was caring for 11 dogs, 5 kittens, and 13 feral cats. All of the animals were recovering well, and all were in stable condition. Stephanie realized that with minimal training, she was excelling at her tasks, and in fact the experienced technicians gave her “high fives” of approval!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Gina has been fascinated by nature and animal behavior ever since her earliest days, and she’s always felt responsible for the well-being of pets and wildlife. The older she got, the more she knew that a career working hands-on with the earth’s creatures would suit her perfectly! Now, Gina is able to help animals every day as a member of the Moore Animal Hospital team.
As a child, Courtney never entertained thoughts of becoming an astronaut, a professional singer, or a firefighter—she knew ever since the age of four that she wanted to work with animals. Getting her very first cat, Benny, at the age of five only cemented her passion further. For Courtney, being able to help other pet owners maintain the special bonds they share with their companions is a dream come true!
Sage has been fascinated by medicine and science ever since he was a young boy. His focus turned to human healthcare during his high-school and college years, but he started to have second thoughts by the time he graduated. Sage knew that he wanted to help others in the medical field, but not as a doctor—that’s when he realized that veterinary medicine was the ideal choice! He hasn’t looked back since.
James wasn’t always allowed to have pets while growing up; he suspects that this only made him want them more! With a bit of age and plenty of nagging, he was able to convince his parents to let him keep some of the stray animals he found in his neighborhood. It wasn’t long before James had made up his mind—veterinary medicine was the perfect path for him!
When her childhood ferret became ill, Katt took her to the closest veterinary clinic in the area. She didn’t know it at the time, but that visit would profoundly impact her life—the care and compassion that the veterinarian and his crew demonstrated that day was something that Katt had never experienced before. She made it her goal to one day impact other pet owners’ lives in exactly the same way!
Delaney grew up in Minnesota alongside her two siblings and plenty of family pets. She’s always adored taking care of animals—never once did she consider it a chore. For Delaney, caring for pets professionally is a dream come true, and she’s proud to serve as a member of Moore Animal Hospital’s care team!
Kelly has been riding horses competitively since she was only 10 years old; for her, a love for animals has been a natural part of life from her earliest days. Working as a veterinary professional—and pursuing her ultimate goal of becoming a licensed veterinarian—allows her to better the lives of both people and animals on a daily basis!
Alie’s first cat, Shadow, was rescued from a trash bag inside of a dumpster. Once Shadow had healed physically and mentally, he was the most affectionate cat that Alie ever knew. He taught her how to be a great caregiver and an affectionate pet owner, and she strives to pass that on every day here at Moore Animal Hospital!
Even when she was a young girl, Abigail felt an indescribable connection with just about any animal that she came in contact with. Her passion hasn’t let up since—Abigail has always wanted to do her part to better the lives of the earth’s creatures. As a member of Moore Animal Hospital’s talented care team, she gets to do just that!
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