Mandy

Operations Coach

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!

       

Mandy came to Moore Animal Hospital via a roundabout path. Growing up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with her parents and brother, she was involved in music and 4-H activities, and also spent time working with children. While Mandy was in college, she found a veterinary receptionist position at a three-doctor practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. Working at this practice unlocked Mandy’s love for animals and passion for people. After working at two other practices, and gradually moving up to an Assistant Office Manager position, Mandy began to realize she loved the veterinary medicine field.

Moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, Mandy worked part-time at several veterinary practices, and was eventually introduced to Dr. Moore, who had established Moore Animal Hospital. When Dr. Moore mentioned that the practice was hiring, Mandy jumped at the opportunity to join the Moore Animal Hospital team. Mandy’s receptionist, kennel, and management experience have made her a welcome asset to the staff.

While Mandy enjoys interacting with the dogs and cats who visit the practice each day, she really loves meeting the patients’ pet parents. As Mandy gets better acquainted with each pet owner, she can more easily understand their relationship with their beloved pet. Mandy also enjoys educating clients on the importance of pet nutrition and dental care, as regular attention to these areas helps to provide the pet with a longer, healthier life.

When Mandy’s not visiting with hospital pets and their owners, she’s relaxing at home with her six dogs and a cat that seems to want to be a dog. Since each animal has a buddy, each pet has a partner in crime. Mandy and her family are also bona fide movie buffs, attending many PG-13 films as soon as they appear in local theaters. Finally, Mandy and her daughter often visit nursing homes, providing companionship to the residents while receiving a sense of satisfaction in return.

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Mark

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!

 

Mark’s first veterinary hospital job began with kennel cleaning duty, although he always jumped at the chance to assist a veterinarian or technician. Over time, Mark developed his veterinary technician skills while he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Colorado University at Boulder. After receiving his sheepskin in 2007, he moved to Fort Collins and applied to work at Moore Animal Hospital. Mark was immediately taken with the staff’s easy camaraderie, even though they clearly took their jobs very seriously.

Mark really enjoys his “hands on” work with his canine and feline patients, and especially likes the variety of tasks he performs on a given day. He gains satisfaction from watching a beloved pet recover from an illness, and also appreciates the chance to develop long-term relationships with the animals’ pet parents.

Despite Mark’s Colorado residence, he spent his early childhood in Nebraska, growing up with his parents and younger sister. Mark is an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan, and still returns to his home state for yearly football games. He also enjoys golfing, a sport that led him to participation on his high school golf team. After a hiatus of several years, Mark is back on the course and is constantly working to better his scores. He’s also renewing his SCUBA certification, and looks forward to exploring the fascinating world beneath the water’s surface.

Finally, now that Mark has experienced the joys that dogs and cats can bring to his life, he’s looking forward to adding a furry family member to his home in the near future.

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Caitlyn

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!

 

Of course, Caitlyn always takes time to engage in some playtime with the hospital’s canine and feline patients. Whether the pet is a young kitten or a geriatric dog, Caitlyn loves them all, and makes them feel special while they’re at the hospital.

Caitlyn’s animal-friendly family has prepared her for success at Moore Animal Hospital. Her mother, Dr. Backstrom, functions as the hospital’s resident veterinarian and business owner. Caitlyn’s father and stepmother both work as farriers, giving Caitlyn some exposure to the equine world as well. Caitlyn also has two younger brothers and an older brother, making her the middle child in a very active family.

When Caitlyn leaves her furry patients for the day, she goes home to her beloved kiddo, Koa, whom Caitlyn describes as her “sassy baby girl.” Caitlyn also has two little sugar gliders who she loves to spend time with and sometimes even go on adventures with her during the day!

In Caitlyn’s spare time, she’s a voracious reader, and enjoys spending all the time she can outside. Caitlyn is also an artist, writer and enjoys crafting origami. Finally, Caitlyn wants to travel as much as possible and works toward that by going a new place every year!

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Stephanie

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!

Although Stephanie was born in Fort Collins, her family moved to the Chicago area when she was 10. She enjoyed riding and competing with horses during her childhood and young adult years. In fact, Stephanie drove a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Chicago for some time. She also showed dogs in obedience and conformation classes, practiced Canine Search and Rescue skllls, and conducted remedial behavior training for abused dogs. After Stephanie completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Loyola University, she had the opportunity to attend veterinary school. However, after much contemplation, Stephanie realized her heart was in veterinary nursing, and subsequently earned her Veterinary Technician certification from Fox College.

In July 2011, Stephanie realized she really missed her Colorado mountains, and moved back to the Fort Collins area. She completed an externship at Moore Animal Hospital, and was hired for a full-time veterinary technician position. Stephanie loves being part of each patient’s family, and receives a special joy from helping to heal a sick pet or helping to keep a pet healthy through wellness visits. Stephanie also excels at client education, as she regularly teaches clients how to manage their pets’ conditions, medications, and behavioral issues. She never grows tired of listening to clients’ stories about their beloved pets.

Residing in Fort Collins with Jake, her life partner, Stephanie enjoys back-country hiking, camping, and fly fishing. She’s also an avid reader. While Stephanie grew up with Australian shepherds, Corgis hold a special place for her now.

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Gina

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.

Gina was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in southern Florida with her parents and two sisters. She attended St. Petersburg College’s veterinary technology program, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2013, and started working as a Veterinary Technician at an emergency clinic in Sarasota. In the summer of 2017, Gina and her husband relocated to Fort Collins and she joined the Moore Animal Hospital family as a Certified Veterinary Technician in November. She plans on continuing her education in Colorado State University’s DVM graduate program in the near future!

As a Tech, Gina particularly likes hematology and studying blood samples under the microscope. Most of all, she loves connecting with pet owners one-on-one to promote the health and happiness of the area’s beloved companions.

In her free time, Gina loves reading, practicing yoga, singing and playing guitar, and enjoying the company of her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Joseph, have an aging Labrador/Greyhound mix named Sadie Lynn; she’s still getting used to Colorado’s snow after becoming accustomed to warm and sunny Florida!

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Marrisa

Veterinary Technician

As a young girl, Marrisa was fascinated when the veterinarian came to check on her family’s horses. From then on, she played veterinarian with her stuffed animals and doggedly pursued the vet whenever he came back! Her love for animal care never wavered, and she has hopes of one day becoming a veterinarian herself.

Marrisa grew up on a 6,000 acre dry-land wheat farm in Edwall, Washington, where she was surrounded by animals from an early age. During high school, she began volunteering at a local vet clinic to gain experience, eventually moving to a kennel staff position at a larger hospital. After graduation, Marrisa attended Washington State University on an athletic scholarship for rowing before transferring to Eastern Washington University on a college rodeo scholarship. She came to Moore Animal Hospital after moving to Fort Collins to finish her Biology degree, and is currently pursuing her degree in veterinary technology.

Here at the hospital, Marrisa especially loves educating local pet owners and reassuring clients that their furry friends will be safe and happy during their stay at the clinic. She also says that asking a pet if they’re ready to go home, and seeing their uncontrollable excitement when they realize mom or dad is coming, is one of the most rewarding parts of her job.

Marrisa’s parents still run their family farm in Washington, where they keep many pets including a Palomino Quarter horse, miniature donkeys, a blue heeler, and several barn cats. Here in Fort Collins, Marrisa has a cat named Tigger and a German shepherd named Oakley, who both enjoy going out for walks in the grass. Oakley is also a Certified Therapy Dog and regularly visits with residents of nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, adult daycares, and medical facilities.

In her spare time, Marrisa enjoys running, hiking, shooting, hunting, fishing, riding horses, spending time with friends, and anything that has to do with diesel trucks. One of her most memorable accomplishments was organizing a diesel cruise to raise funds for a local woman fighting ovarian cancer. In three short weeks, Marrisa managed to gather 65 trucks for the cruise, raising $1,600 in funds!

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Courtney

Veterinary Technician

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!

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Courtney lived in Hawaii for a year and then moved to Fort Collins at the age of 21. She earned her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Front Range Community College and completed an internship at a nearby veterinary hospital during her studies. Next, she signed on for another internship at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she learned the ropes of the Veterinary Technician profession.

After her college career, Courtney became a zookeeper at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs and at the Denver Zoo, where she had the opportunity to work with tigers, snow leopards, servals, and more. She then decided to return to private practice, and joined the Moore Animal Hospital family as a Veterinary Technician in February of 2017. Courtney especially likes assisting with surgeries and interacting directly with clientele, and she’s particularly passionate about wild-animal conservation efforts.

Aside from her interests in the world of veterinary care, Courtney enjoys camping, snowboarding, hiking, playing Frisbee golf, attending concerts, and cheering on her Dallas Stars. She and her fiancé, Dane, share their lives with a beautiful black cat named Vader and a crazy Shiba Inu who goes by Niko.

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Sage

Veterinary Assistant

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.

Sage grew up in Durango, Colorado with his parents, brother, and three loveable Newfoundlands. In 2013, he moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University, where he studied biological science and biomedical science. Sage graduated in 2017 and signed on as a Veterinary Assistant with the Moore Animal Hospital team shortly afterward. Here at the clinic, he’s thrilled to gain hands-on experience in the field and hopes to return to school in the near future to pursue his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Sage is especially fond of surgical work, vaccination, and X-ray scanning.

In his time away from the office, Sage likes staying active—he played soccer, golf, and lacrosse in high school, and is a former Colorado State Champion BMX racer!—and visiting his family dog, Frank, at home whenever he gets the chance.

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James

Veterinary Assistant

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!

James is a native of Hawaii. During his sophomore year of college at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, he decided to relocate to California to finish his undergraduate degree in biology at California State University-Bakersfield. After graduating, he moved back home and continued taking classes at the University of Hawaii while applying for veterinary school. James was accepted to Colorado State University, and he’s been living here in Fort Collins ever since! He joined the Moore Animal Hospital team in the summer of 2016 to supplement his studies with hands-on experience in the field.

As a Veterinary Assistant, James loves to help out in the examination rooms and make sure each and every visitor to the clinic remains as comfortable as possible. He has a particular interest in hematology and enjoys studying the chemistry panels after drawing blood, and he’s also fascinated by neurobiology work.

When time allows between his hectic school and work schedules, James enjoys staying active by playing soccer, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. He’s also fond of video games and playing Go, a Chinese board game; James even had the opportunity to play against professionals at a tournament in Tokyo, Japan!

James has three cats here in Fort Collins—Spitty, Woofie, and Teddy—as well as his two family cats back home in Hawaii: Butterscotch, an orange domestic shorthair rescued by James during his undergraduate years, and a shy domestic shorthair named Shiro.

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Katt

Veterinary Assistant

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!

Born in Sydney, Australia, Katt grew up in Pensacola, Florida and moved to Fort Collins in August of 2015 to study at Colorado State University. Within a week of moving, Katt began inquiring about a position here at Moore Animal Hospital, and was hired on in late August. She’s thrilled to supplement her studies with real-world experience that will prepare her for veterinary school in the future!

When she has spare time between work and her studies, Katt enjoys hiking, golfing, staying active as a member of Colorado State University’s student government, and spending time with her own pets at home. She lives with Lily, a cat who serves as Katt’s personal alarm clock; Chester, a self-proclaimed professional squirrel-watcher; and Maui, a 12-year-old blue-and-gold macaw who enjoys eating bananas.

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Delaney

Client Advocate

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Kelilah

Client Advocate

Kelilah’s childhood cat, Shadow, was the first to show Kelilah the power of a pet’s unconditional love, empathy, and compassion. She’s always wanted to give something back to the animals who have given her so much! Kelilah is thrilled to serve as a Client Advocate and Field Trip Guide here at Moore Animal Hospital, where she’s able to better the lives of pets and their owners on a daily basis.

Kelilah grew up in Durango, Colorado with her mother, twin sister, grandmother, and plenty of family pets. She first joined the Moore Animal Hospital team on a recommendation from her sister, who works here herself as a Client Advocate.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Kelilah enjoys reading a good book, traveling, and doing humanitarian work. She’s even traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where she read to elementary school students and helped outfit a children’s hospital! Kelilah also loves to spend time with her own animal friends at home. She and her sister live with a pair of Turkish Angora cats: Bleu enjoys snuggling up to his owners and licking their faces, while Koda is much more shy and reserved but still loves to play when the mood strikes.

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Kelly

Client Advocate

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!

Kelly grew up in San Diego, California and attended Montana State University to study microbiology before transferring to Colorado State University to complete her undergraduate degree in pre-veterinary studies. She plans on attending Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine after graduation, and is happy to supplement her studies with real-world experience in the animal-care world here at Moore Animal Hospital. Kelly joined the clinic family in August of 2017 as a Client Advocate and Kennel Technician.

When she has a spare moment between her work shifts and her school commitments, Kelly enjoys exercising, competing in CrossFit activities, and riding her ex-race horse, Homemade Pie, when she’s back home in San Diego. There, her family shares their home with two loveable pets: a pair of rescued Terrier mutts named Toby and Jessie.

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Alie

Client Advocate

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!

Alie grew up in Durango, Colorado with her parents, twin sister, and many household pets. She attended Fort Lewis College in Durango before transferring to Colorado State University in the fall of 2014, where she’s earning her degree in international studies. Alie was working in the food industry when she was approached by Moore Animal Hospital’s Operations Manager, Mandy, who noticed Alie because of her excellent people skills. Shortly afterward, Alie gave Mandy a call back and applied!

Back home in Durango, Alie and her family have five cats and two dogs. Here in Fort Collins, she lives with a pair of Turkish Angora cats named Bleu and Koda. Bleu enjoys cuddling and sleeping directly on Alie, while Koda prefers jumping onto peoples’ shoulders to get a better view of his territory.

In her time away from the clinic, Alie enjoys curling up with a good book and has been doing so since she was a little girl. She’s also a passionate volunteer, and even worked on humanitarian projects in Jamaica during high school. Alie would like to join the Peace Corps after graduating from college, and hopes to work for an international peace organization like UNESCO someday!

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Abby

Resort Coach

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!

Abigail is originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, and moved across the country to Fort Collins with her boyfriend and their cat. She joined the Moore Animal Hospital family as a Kennel Technician shortly afterward, and has been caring for the area’s boarding pets here at the clinic ever since. Abigail’s favorite parts of her work are getting to meet new animal personalities on a daily basis and having the opportunity to help pets alongside a team of animal-lovers just like herself.

During her time away from work, Abigail and her boyfriend, Dan, enjoy going on hikes, trying out new restaurants and the occasional distillery or brewery, and spending time with their pets. They share their home with Tilly, a stoic cat who bravely made the journey with Abigail from Pennsylvania to Colorado, as well as an energetic puppy named Addie.

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Ariela

Resort Technician

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Megan

Resort Technician

Megan grew up on the outskirts of Chicago, just down the street from an animal shelter. She spent three consecutive childhood summers enrolled in the shelter’s animal education day camp, and even became a junior counselor for the program when she was old enough. Eventually, she accepted an internship at the very same facility—it didn’t take long for Megan to realize that she wouldn’t be satisfied unless she was working with animals!

Megan moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University, and recently became a part of the Moore Animal Hospital family to supplement her studies with real-world animal care experience. She’s particularly fond of working with the clinic’s boarding pets and helping to make them feel comfortable, and she also has a special appreciation for the hospital’s feline visitors.

Back in Chicago, Megan’s family has four cats—Tiger, Peaches, Felicity, and Rosie—as well as a mellow Golden retriever named Sadie. Here in Fort Collins, Megan shares her life with Tampa, a spunky black-and-white long-haired cat who is very enthusiastic about her two favorite foods, pizza and cream cheese. When she isn’t spending time with Tampa, studying for school, or helping the area’s pets here at the clinic, Megan enjoys practicing her photography skills and going horseback riding. She’s been riding ever since childhood, and the activity has since grown into one of her most cherished hobbies!

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