Working under the supervision of a veterinarian or a veterinary technician, a veterinary assistant is responsible for basic tasks such as feeding, exercising and comforting our patients. At WSVA our patients are never left alone pre or post-surgery. There is always a veterinary assistant with the pets once their surgical procedure is complete and the patient is resting comfortably prior to going back home to be with their people. Veterinary assistants also clean and sterilize rooms, equipment and instruments; restock supplies; and makes sure that our hospital is in tip top shape.
Barbara, Animal Care Manager
“I love and respect all animals, and I consider it a privilege to interact with them. Animals are good teachers and working with them always shows me another aspect of their beauty. Also, I enjoy being part of this incredible team at WSVA, as we work together to provide excellent care and service to the animals and their owners.”
Barbara holds a master of arts degree in Research and Non-Fiction Writing from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Prior to coming to WSVA, she worked as a nationally certified paralegal. She came to her current career as a veterinary assistant after doing extensive volunteer work at West Suburban Humane Society. In addition she has fostered many cats, providing love and palliative care for cats coming to the end of their lives. Through that experience she found her calling in caring for animals. Barbara is an avid reader and spends as much time as she can with her grandchildren.
Colleen, Veterinary Assistant
“I love taking care of animals. I feel blessed that I get to work with them and help to keep them comfortable while they’re here with us. I truly enjoy working with the great team we have at WSVA, we’re like a family. We all have the same goals, which is caring for our patients in a very compassionate manner, we treat them like family as well.”
Colleen joined the WSVA staff in 2008 as a Veterinary Assistant. She has a true passion for animals and loves to learn and grow. She has taken on many more duties over the years and is a true asset to the team. In addition to her work at WSVA, she spends time reading, playing volleyball, visiting local zoos and spending time with her dog, Ali.
Austin, Vet Tech Assistant
“I enjoy caring for animals, because I believe all animals deserve as much love as they give us. I also enjoy the close bond among all of the employees at WSVA. We all make a great team.”
Austin joined the WSVA team in 2013 as a veterinary assistant. He provides animal care along with cleaning and making sure all of the supplies are stocked. He enjoys watching and playing sports, especially with his two brothers. Austin is also with the Clarendon Hills Fire Department. He is committed to helping care for the animals that come into WSVA as well as to caring for his family’s rescue dogs Maizy Mae and Marley Rae.
“I love being able to be a part of helping animals. Their personalities and selflessness make my day. I love meeting all the different cats and dogs that come into WSVA and being a part of caring for them.”
As an assistant, Ellie offers care to the animals both pre-op and post-op, making them comfortable during their stay. Ellie’s kindness and compassion for the pets of WSVA make her a vital part of the team. Ellie volunteers at the ADOPT Pet Shelter, and she enjoys dog-sitting for families. She is certified as a veterinarian assistant from the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn. Ellie is the proud owner of a yellow Lab named Holly.
Tim, Veterinary Assistant
“I love animals and spending time with them is a wonderful part of my job. I particularly enjoy helping the rescue animals who come to us for their care. it makes me happy to see the pets healthy.”
Tim, a veterinary assistant, assures the comfort of the animals, feeds and walks them and tends to their every need during their stay. In addition to many other duties, he restocks supplies and makes sure instruments are sterilized. Tim attends Montini Catholic High School and is looking forward to exploring colleges. When he’s not focusing on his studies, he enjoys writing, drawing, working out and staying active.
Ali, Veterinary Assistant
“Because they can’t speak, each animal’s case is like a puzzle. I really enjoy that challenge while also caring for a creature that would otherwise not be able to help itself.”
Ali is working on her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Champaign. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame. A resident of Hinsdale, Ali works in many aspects of the hospital to help further her education. She greets clients, she also fills prescriptions, helps in radiology and in taking lab samples. She feels an invaluable benefit of working at WSVA is the willingness of all the doctors to share their knowledge.
Lindsay, Veterinary Assistant
“I feel that animals bring us so much happiness. They are a gift, and I believe it is a privilege to be responsible for their care.”
Lindsay is a veterinary assistant at West Suburban Veterinary Associates. A Lisle resident, she feels fortunate to be working at a clinic that provides such a high standard of care. She enjoys getting to know clients and their pets, and providing excellent care and customer service is very important to her. She has experience as a volunteer at private shelters in Indiana. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys drawing, painting and gardening. Her future includes tech school.
Melanie, Veterinary Assistant
“Everyone at West Suburban Veterinary Associates is so caring, passionate, and knowledgeable about what they do. I came here as a nervous student intern, and everyone was kind, patient and willing to teach and guide me. I built my confidence, and now I feel I belong. Caring for animals is something I wanted to do since I was a little kid, and it feels like a dream come true.”
Melanie prepares and helps patients recover from anesthesia and surgery. She is enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Joliet Junior College and will graduate in June, 2018. She lives with her three dogs – Jethro, Cooper and Loki in Bolingbrook.