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Operations Manager
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.
Hospital Manager
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.
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!
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.
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!
Veterinary Technician
Darrin can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to help all of the animals he possibly could—he even recalls “fixing” his childhood German Shepherd, King, with bandages from the first-aid kit. For Darrin, helping animals professionally as a member of the veterinary field simply makes sense. He’s a Veterinary Technician with the Moore Animal Hospital family and couldn’t be happier to serve the animal owners and pets of Fort Collins!

Darrin is originally from Southern California and joined the Moore Animal Hospital team in late 2018 after working for a large corporate hospital. In total, he’s been a part of the veterinary field for 21 years, and is thrilled to continue his journey in animal care right here at the clinic! Darrin is particularly passionate about surgery and anesthesia work, which always keeps him on his toes, and he also loves to help clients better understand their companions’ care needs.

When he isn’t helping pets here at the hospital or spending time with his family and children, Darrin enjoys motor cross racing—he’s won several championships throughout his racing career!—and scuba diving. His favorite memory of diving came at a sea lion preserve, where he had the pleasure of swimming with more than 20 of the majestic creatures at once!
Veterinary Technician
Erica was only a little girl growing up in British Columbia when she first fell in love with animals. She even remembers writing reports to her parents, explaining why she needed a certain animal or why she had to visit the zoo that day. As she grew older, her love for the earth’s creatures only increased. For Erica, a career in the world of veterinary medicine was simply the only choice that made sense!

While in school to earn her Veterinary Technician’s degree, Erica secured an internship at another local clinic. When that opportunity fell through, Erica was thrilled to change her internship location to Moore Animal Hospital! She was hired on as a part-time Technician after completing her internship hours, and the rest is history. Erica finished school in the spring of 2019 and became a full-time Veterinary Technician with the hospital family shortly afterward.

As a Tech, Erica likes pathology work and preparing and monitoring anesthesia. More than anything else, though, her favorite part of the job is getting to spend every day around adorable pets. She finds that her animal patients make her job feel less like work and more like fun!

Outside of veterinary medicine, Erica enjoys snowboarding, horseback riding, cooking, and volunteering for animal-related causes. She and her husband live with several furry companions of their own, all named after sci-fi characters. The family shares their home with Leto, a sweet and happy Boxer; Ender, a rambunctious Staffordshire Terrier mix; and a smart and confident tuxedo cat, Leeloo.
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.
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!
Client Advocate Team Coach
Cecily grew up in Boise, Idaho with everything from dogs and cats to rabbits, birds, and chickens. She even lived with her family on an elk refuge for a time! A passion for the earth’s creatures simply came naturally to her, and it hasn’t wavered since her earliest memories. Cecily is proud to help both pets and their loving owners as a member of Moore Animal Hospital’s Client Advocate team.

Cecily moved to Fort Collins in 2016 and began studying zoology in college. It wasn’t long before she started looking for opportunities to work alongside animals—that’s when she decided to dive into the world of veterinary care! Cecily became a member of the clinic family in August of 2018 and has been helping the pets of the area live happier, healthier lives ever since.

When she has time between her school commitments and her shifts here at the hospital, Cecily likes to spend time in the great outdoors by hiking and camping. At home, she has two feline friends: Belle, an aging Siamese who constantly demands attention; and a Nebelung kitten named Pluto who wakes Cecily up at 2:00 every morning with a loud meow.
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.
Client Advocate & 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.
Client Advocate
Resort Team Coach
Megan grew up surrounded by dogs and cats, horses, hamsters, and much more. She’s always known that she wanted to work with animals in some form or another, and her dream simply hasn’t quit. Megan now studies veterinary medicine at Colorado State University, and loves getting to use her schooling in a hands-on way here at the hospital!

Megan was born in Santa Rosa, California and also grew up in Medford, Oregon for several years. She began her veterinary journey at an equine hospital in California, then joined the Moore Animal Hospital team after moving to Fort Collins for her collegiate studies. Around the clinic, Megan is especially fond of the challenge of taking and reading X-rays, but her favorite part of the job is getting to spend time around pets and animal lovers just like herself.

Megan and her boyfriend share their home with several pets: a pair of three-toed turtles named Squirt and Franklin, a Chihuahua mix named Harry, and a sweet Schnauzer/Terrier mix who goes by Rocky. When time allows between caring for her own pets, studying for school, and keeping things running smoothly here at the hospital, Megan likes hiking and adventuring in Colorado’s scenic outdoors.
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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