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.