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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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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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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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Veterinary Technician Team Coach

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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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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Veterinary Technician

Even during his early years growing up in Farmingdale, New Jersey, Colin’s interests revolved around animals and medicine. The experiences he had with the family pets made one thing very clear: he would love to help animals live better lives in whatever way he possibly could. Colin’s dream didn’t quit: now, he’s one of Moore Animal Hospital’s skilled Veterinary Technicians!

Colin launched his veterinary journey at another local hospital, where he worked for a year as a Veterinary Technician. At the same time, he began volunteering at a goat farm in Windsor, Colorado, where he helped feed and birth baby goats and milk their mothers. Colin joined the Moore Animal Hospital team in April of 2018, and has been here ever since! Medically, he enjoys radiology work and orthopedics, and he also has a particular fascination with animal nutrition and loves to see a pet’s food intake positively affect their weight and health.

Colin’s hobbies outside of veterinary care include hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time with members of his fraternity. He has one pet of his own: Carson, a rescued Staffordshire Terrier/Blue Heeler mix.

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Veterinary Assistant

Alison remembers completing a dream board in kindergarten, in which she imagined saving pets in her own veterinary clinic one day while working to preserve the environment and its endangered species. Her passion for the world of animal care simply didn’t quit! Now, Alison is proud to help both pets and their loving owners as a member of Moore Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Alison spent her childhood years exploring the beach and mountains around Ventura County, California. She moved to Fort Collins in 2014 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University. In the future, she plans on receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and epidemiology, and she would like to perform research to discover better methods of preventing disease between humans and animals.

Alison joined the Moore Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2018, and serves as a Veterinary Assistant. She especially likes the new challenges that she and her fellow team members face every day; it provides a constant learning environment for her and always keeps her on her toes! Alison’s favorite part of her job, though, is the relationships she’s able to form with the area’s families and their beloved pets.

Away from work, Alison can be found enjoying the outdoors by hiking, camping and backpacking, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and surfing at the beach when she’s back in California. She also likes finding new creative outlets like furniture building, cooking, painting, and sketching. Alison shares her life with one pet of her own: Nadetta, a Husky/German Shepherd mix who is the smartest and sassiest dog Alison has ever known.

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Veterinary Assistant

For Moriah, veterinary medicine is truly a family affair. Her grandfather is a mixed-practice veterinarian in Moriah’s hometown of Raton, New Mexico, and Moriah spent countless hours there soaking up all of the knowledge that she could. The way her grandfather was able to help not only animals, but the owners who cared for them, made a permanent impression. Moriah knew that she wanted to do the exact same thing!

After raising and showing cattle, sheep, and pigs during her years in the 4-H organization and gaining hands-on veterinary experience in her grandfather’s clinic, Moriah headed off to college to earn her undergraduate degree in biology. Next, she relocated to Artesia, New Mexico and began working at another veterinary hospital—there, she developed the technical skills and gained the real-world experience necessary to apply to veterinary school! Moriah moved to Fort Collins in August of 2017 to attend Colorado State University, and has lived here ever since. Ultimately, she hopes to venture into small-animal care as a veterinarian herself!

Around the hospital, Moriah loves to learn about disease processes and practice her clinical skills. Most of all, she enjoys speaking directly with the area’s pet owners and getting to witness their special relationships with their companions firsthand.

Moriah and her husband, Greg, share their lives with two adorable kittens, Sage and Wiley, who love sunbathing and losing their toys in any crack or crevice in sight. When she isn’t spending time with family, studying for school, or tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Moriah enjoys dancing—she even performed in front of 6,000 people at the state dance competition during her senior year of high school!—and traveling. She’s visited Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Costa Rica, and looks forward to exploring other exciting destinations in the near future.

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Veterinary Assistant

When a guest speaker came to Victoria’s fourth-grade classroom with a lion cub in tow, Victoria instantly became obsessed with large cats. It didn’t take her long to decide that she wanted to help animals in a hands-on way. Victoria’s journey has now come full circle: she’s able to care for pets on a daily basis as a Veterinary Assistant!

Victoria grew up outside of Houston, Texas, and moved to Colorado after high school to study at Colorado State University; she fell in love with the state and decided to stay! She even had the opportunity during her schooling to spend three months living in Africa, where she worked hands-on with the cheetah population there—it’s an experience Victoria will truly never forget.

Victoria has since graduated from Colorado State University with her Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, and she joined the Moore Animal Hospital care team in April of 2018. Next, she plans on attending Front Range Community College to earn her certification in veterinary technology and further expand her knowledge and skillset in the world of animal care. Here at the hospital, Victoria particularly likes working with new breeds and species, and her favorite part of the job is meeting pet owners just like herself on a regular basis.

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or getting lost in a good book, Victoria loves to spend time with her own animal companions at home. She has two goofy dogs—Katniss, who isn’t nearly as brave as The Hunger Games character she is named after, and a rambunctious Labrador/Pit Bull mix named Godiva—as well as a grumpy bearded dragon who goes by Ethel.

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Veterinary Assistant Intern

All his life, Billy has found the company of animals both comforting and therapeutic. He fell in love with pets when he was only five years old; ever since, he’s known he wanted to become an animal-care professional! Billy is a Veterinary Assistant Intern here at Moore Animal Hospital, and hopes to become a veterinarian himself in the future.

Billy was born in Hong Kong but is a citizen of Singapore. It was there that he first began volunteering at an animal rescue, helping to set the foundation for his continuing career in veterinary care. Billy moved to the United States to study animal medicine at Colorado State University, and was thrilled to join the Moore Animal Hospital team in early 2018 to gain even more hands-on experience in the field.

Aside from his interests in the veterinary world, Billy enjoys cooking, watching movies, and traveling. So far, he’s visited Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Brazil, and South Africa!

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Patient Care Coordinator (CVT)

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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Client Advocate

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!

After relocating to Colorado, Delaney joined the Moore Animal Hospital family in the summer of 2017 as a Client Advocate. She’s thrilled to launch her journey in veterinary care right here at the clinic—Delaney particularly likes to learn new things on a daily basis, and her favorite part of the job is greeting new pet owners and their companions at the front desk.

When she isn’t caring for pets here at the hospital, Delaney loves to go hiking on the local trails and practice her photography skills. She has one animal companion of her own at home: Murphy, a young Schnauzer/Bichon Frise mix whose white facial hair has prompted Delaney to nickname him “gramps.”

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Client Advocate & Veterinary Assistant

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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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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Resort Team 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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Resort Technician

Ariela has been volunteering here at Moore Animal Hospital ever since she can remember—that’s because her mother, Mandy, is the clinic’s Operations Manager! Now, Ariela has turned her passion for pets into a position here at the hospital. She’s a proud member of Moore Animal Hospital’s pet resort care team.

A Fort Collins native, Ariela frequently came to the clinic after her school day ended to meet her mother before heading home. It wasn’t long before she was helping out with small tasks around the hospital. The rest is history—Ariela simply never stopped helping the pets of the area, and now she works here four days per week! She especially likes to keep the clinic’s boarding pets company while their owners are gone on vacation.

Ariela’s interests outside of animal care include photography and picture editing, singing and listening to music, making art, and spending quality time with her family at home. She and her mother live with seven loveable dogs—Mo the Husky/Lab mix; a Heeler named Maya; two French Bulldogs who go by Boston and Brooklyn; Pollie the Rat Terrier mix; and a pair of Papillons named Titan and Viper—as well as a mischievous cat named Joy and Pizza the frog.

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Resort Technician

Kailey has felt a special bond with animals ever since her earliest days. Her family even jokingly calls her “the animal whisperer!” For Kailey, putting her nurturing side to use by helping pets live happier, healthier lives is a dream come true—she’s a Resort Technician here at Moore Animal Hospital.

A Fort Collins native, Kailey first joined the Moore Animal Hospital team after being accepted into the Veterinary Technician Assistant program at Front Range Community College. She’s been a member of the family ever since, and will graduate in 2019 to become licensed. Kailey’s favorite parts of her job are getting to meet a wide variety of pet personalities every day and working alongside a talented team of animal-lovers just like herself.

When time permits between her school studies and shifts here at the hospital, Kailey can be found spending time at her boyfriend’s family dairy farm—she’s fallen in love with the farm’s goats!—or doting on her own pets at home. Along with her parents and younger sister, Kailey lives with three cats named Sammy, Sassy, and Max, as well as a Black Labrador named Cheyenne who hates water and avoids it at all costs.

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Resort Technician

Kayden has always been fascinated by animals and their varied personalities. The older she got, the more she became interested in the science behind their care needs. Kayden’s family dog suffered through her own struggles with cancer, which only deepened Kayden’s desire to help pets through the power of medicine. Now, she’s thrilled to care for animals hands-on here at the hospital!

Kayden is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming and started her animal-care journey by signing on to Front Range Community College’s veterinary technology program during her senior year of high school. She joined the Moore Animal Hospital team in June of 2018, and is excited to advance her education at her dream college, Colorado State University.

Away from the hospital, Kayden can be found soaking up anything that involves Wonder Woman, painting, and spending time with her boyfriend and family. She has one pet of her own: David, a sleepy hamster who always gives Kayden an attitude.

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Resort Technician

Mickey’s best friend—Moore Animal Hospital’s very own Ariela—first introduced her to the clinic many years ago, and Mickey has been coming here ever since. When the opportunity arose for her to work for the hospital, she jumped at the chance! Mickey is proud to join our team of caring and compassionate Resort Technicians.

Mickey hails from Denver, Colorado originally and couldn’t be happier to launch her journey in pet care here at Moore Animal Hospital. She loves to spend time around both dogs and people—for her, a position in the clinic’s pet resort is simply the perfect fit!

Away from work, Mickey likes babysitting, sewing, singing, and enjoying the company of her family and pets at home. She and her family share their home with three pets: Dickson, a Maine Coon cat who loves everyone he meets; Bella the Chihuahua; and a high-energy German Shephard/Basenji mix named Kipper.

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Resort Technician

Briana grew up on a farm in the Fort Collins area, where she took care of all sorts of animals and also had a front-row seat to a variety of wildlife. For her, the connection with the earth’s creatures has always been there. Caring for animals professionally simply made sense!

Briana first began here at Moore Animal Hospital as an intern and volunteer, and then happily accepted a job as a Resort Technician with the clinic family. She now attends Front Range Community College to study veterinary technology—Briana will one day serve pets and animal parents as a Veterinary Technician.

When she has time between her shifts here at the hospital and her collegiate studies, Briana likes drawing, writing, singing, relaxing in the great outdoors, and spending time with her own pets at home. She shares her life with her dog, Pugsly; a cat named Bubblegum; several rats; a hamster and a guinea pig; and multiple fish!

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