Technician ManagerWendy Hart
School: University of Colorado at Boulder, BA, CVT
Originally from New England, Wendy spent 13 years in Colorado enjoying the sunshine, mountains, and educational opportunities. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2004 with a BA in Biology with an emphasis in behavior, knowing she would be working with animals for the rest of her life. Wendy became a certified veterinary technician in 2008, spending time in general practice, referral hospitals and animal shelters across Colorado and Massachusetts. Wendy joined VCA South Shore in 2015, taking on the role of Technician Manager in 2016.
Wendy loves working as the technician manager, helping the technicians and technician assistants fulfill their career potential. With an emphasis on continuing education and hands on learning, she takes pride in making VCA South Shore a great place to work.
Settled in New England again, Wendy spends her time enjoying the beach with her Chihuahua mix Nick-Nak. Winters are spent enjoying the snow and watching movies.
Technician SupervisorAshley Chamberlain
Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College
Ashley grew up in Maine where she enjoyed riding horses and being outdoors. She attended Mount Ida College and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2009. During college Ashley worked for both a small general practice and a large animal practice in Maine. Ashley joined the team here at VCA South Shore as a neurology technician in June of 2009. At the beginning of 2014 she became part of the technician supervisor team.
Ashley loves working in the emergency department; helping take care of the patients that come thru that high paced department. She has an interest in emergency medicine, pain management and neonatal care. Ashley also has interests in training the new technicians that start here at VCA South Shore and coordinating internships for Veterinary Technician Students.
Ashley enjoys being outdoors, reading and spending time with her family in Maine. Along with her husband she also loves traveling, watching movies and spending time with their box/lab mix Daphnie and their cat Buddy.
Technician SupervisorDeirdre Lynch
Deirdre has been working at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital since 1997. Prior to working at VCA, Deirdre worked for a large animal clinic in Ireland. She moved to the United States in 1997. Deirdre is a very talented anesthesia and emergency technician. In addition to her lovely Irish accent, she gives our staff and veterinarians many reasons to admire her strength and courage. Deirdre likes to visit her homeland and love spending time with her husband, son, and adorable puppy.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianTammy Griffin
School: University of Maine
Tammy has been working at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital for the past 19 years as a veterinary technician. Tammy graduated from a veterinary technician program at the University of Maine in 1988. In her tenure at the hospital she has endured many changes and is looking forward to what the future brings. Tammy is married and has a 9-year-old son Colin; Colin hopes to be a veterinarian when he grows up. Tammy also has a yellow lab named Jack and orange Tabby cat named Oscar.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianLeslie Leach
Leslie has been working at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital as a certified veterinary technician since 2001. Leslie is originally from Wisconsin, moving to Massachusetts 12 years ago. Leslie is married, has a beautiful 5 year-old daughter and a lovely 15-year-old step daughter. She also shares her home with her first 'baby', Harley, an 8-year-old Boxer dog. Leslie graduated from a veterinary technician program in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1995. Since joining our staff, Leslie has worked in many areas of the hospital; learning and growing with each experience. Leslie is looking forward to grow with our new facility and is excited to continue to provide our clients and pets with the same great care they expect from VCA, only on a much bigger scale.
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Certified Veterinary TechnicianJackie Levy
Veterinary Tech School: Mount Ida College
Jackie graduated from Mount Ida College with an Associate's degree in the Veterinary Technology program in 2001. She achieved CVT accreditation in December of 2001. She recently went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College with a combined focus in Clinical Medicine and Hospital Management.
Jackie began her career as a technician at VCA Roberts Animal Hospital, in 2000. She was promoted to hospital co-manager in 2005 and continued to develop her management skills there for the next 7 years.
In 2008, Jackie completed the post-graduate certificate program from the University of Tennessee in Canine Rehabilitation. From 2008 to 2012, she provided part-time canine rehabilitation services (similar to physical therapy for humans) here at our hospital. In January of 2012, Jackie joined the VCA SSAH team as a full time rehab technician and supervisor.
In addition to her work in the veterinary field, Jackie also has an interest and expertise in canine behavior and training, and has been teaching group puppy and obedience classes since 2001. In March of 2008 she became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Jackie believes continuing education is critical to providing the best care and support to our clients and hopes to pursue credentialing as a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through the APDT, as well as a Master’s degree in Education. She attends conferences and seminars related to veterinary medicine, rehabilitation and canine behavior on a regular basis so that we can continue to provide the most current therapies and recommendations for our patients.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianTracey Mathieson
Tracey has been working at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital since 2003, becoming a certified veterinary technician in 2005. Tracey enjoys working in all areas of the hospital but primarily works in the Ophthalmology Department with Dr. Pumphrey and Oncology Department with Dr. Segaloff.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianLauren Nickerson
School: Quinnipiac College
Lauren is a graduate of Quinnipiac College and has been working in the animal medical field for 7 years. She has been part of the VCA community since 2006 and currently works in the anesthesia and surgery department. Lauren became a licensed veterinary technician in 2009. Lauren and her husband share their home with their 6 year-old Boxer named Murphy and their fresh 3 year-old Boston terrier named Finn. The Nickerson's are expecting their first (non-furry) child in February 2011.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianLaurie Smith
School: University of New Hampshire, Animal Science
Laurie is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been working at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital for 21 years. She began as a kennel nurse on weekends and during the summers while attending The University of New Hampshire. She graduated with a BS in Animal Science and continued working at South Shore as a Head Nurse for several years. Laurie developed a love for surgery and trained to become a surgery and anesthesia technician where she has continued to work to this day. As the hospital grew, Laurie also took on the responsibility of purchasing and became the Medical Supply Manager. She lives at home with her husband, two children, her dog Kassie, and her three recently adopted kittens (Lucy, Linus, and Charlie.)
School: University of Connecticut, Animal Science
Cathy graduated from University of Conneticut with a degree in Animal Science and has been working been working in the animal medical field for 25 years. She has been with VCA for 20 years and works in diagnostic imaging and emergency critical care. Cathy is married and has 2 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 3 horses.