Just like medical doctors work with nurses, veterinarians rely on veterinary technicians to assist them with patient care, surgeries, radiographs and much more. The veterinary technician plays a vital role in client education as well as the health and well-being of your pet. At WSVA our technicians have had extensive training and have a zest for continuing to learn the latest techniques to provide excellent medical care for our patients. Each and every one of our veterinary technicians has a passion for animals and a passion for being an advocate for your pet.
Gina, Certified Veterinary Technician
“I love working at WSVA because we practice excellent medicine with a caring, qualified team. The staff’s compassion for our patients is evident in the care we provide.”
Gina has been with WSVA since 2006 and is the clinic’s head certified veterinary technician. She earned her Associates Degree with honors in Veterinary Technology from Colorado Mountain College in 1991. In addition to her vet tech work, she has served on the board of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (of which she remains a member), In that role, she worked to re-accredit the Veterinary Technology Program at Joliet Junior College. She is also the supervisor for all veterinary technology externs from the college. She is currently a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and loves her two rescue pets, a cat named Kalani and a dog named Kona.
Laurie, Director of Employee Training and Development
“West Suburban Veterinary Associates places a lot of emphasis on learning and continuing education, and they recognize and reward hard work and perseverance. I love what I do. My position provides me with an exciting, never-ending challenge as there are always new things to learn, new things to teach and room for all to grow in this field.”
Laurie is responsible for creating and implementing training programs and overseeing the development of careers. She helps her coworkers set and attain their professional goals within WSVA. Because of extra vet tech training, she spends time in the operating room managing critical and high risk patients. Laurie has an associate degree from College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, and she has certifications in stem cell therapy and low level laser therapy. In addition, she feels that the strides made at West Suburban Veterinary Associates in the medical field each year are astronomical. She and her husband Rick have five children, seven grandchildren and a boxer named Brody.
Katie, Senior Veterinary Technician
“When you have coworkers and a staff who not only care about their patients, but also one another, it leads to a compassionate and cohesive work environment. Also, you won’t find many general practices practicing such progressive and advanced medicine. I absolutely love medicine and the advancements that I’m fortunate enough to witness. Being able to use this in the veterinary field is a blessing.”
Katie’s duties include anesthesia, dental care, phlebotomy, nursing and patient care. In addition, she supervises technical and assistant staff, maintains inventory and handles client communication and education. She has a bachelor of science degree in Biology from Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her certification as a Vet Tech in 2007, and she has done post graduate work in clinical lab science.
Marie, Senior Veterinary Technician
“Compassion and care is the main priority at WSVA. The doctors are knowledgeable and skilled, and it’s an amazing team. I like caring for animals; it gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
As a Senior Veterinary Technician, Marie maintains the in-house pharmacy. She assists in surgery, patient care, room technician or any position that needs her. She received a three year degree from Animal Health Technique from College Lionel-Groulx, Ste-Therese, Quebec, Canada. In addition to her professional experience, she participates in informative and educational activities about reptiles with the general public. Marie shares her home with her husband, three boys and has three cats and horse named Roscoe.
Jessica, Certified Veterinary Technician
“I believe at WSVA we practice a higher standard of veterinary medicine. The medical team always has the best interest of the patient in mind as well as the owners. I enjoy being a patient advocate; I always have our patients comfort in mind.”
Jessica has been a certified veterinary technician for ten years. Her experience, knowledge and compassion make her a valued member of the WSVA team. She earned an associate degree in Applied Science from Joliet Junior College. The mother of two, Jessica enjoys hiking, gardening and drawing. Jessica shares her home with her two dogs, Marty McFly and Mr. Furley and two cats, Gilbert and Nim.
Katie, Certified Veterinary Technician
“I love working with animals; I find it emotionally gratifying. I feel we are the voice of the pets, and we always have their backs. I love the people who I work with, and everyone at WSVA practices excellent medicine.”
Katie received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her certification as a veterinary technician from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Denver, Colorado. Kate enjoys the outdoors, travel, sports, cooking and baking. She and her husband Tom share their home with their three daughters; dogs, Dakota, Roo and Tink; and cats, Lucy and Ne Ne.
Betsy, Certified Veterinary Technician
“When a sick patient recovers and is able to be reunited with its family, the reaction of the family and pet is my favorite part. At WSVA, I love that it feels like we are all a part of a family. We all work well together and practice great medicine.”
A Certified Veterinary Technician, Betsy has worked in veterinary medicine for seven years. She has a gentle spirit and an infectious laugh that permeates through the hospital. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, riding motorcycles and hanging with her two dogs Jaxx and Drea.
Adrienne, Veterinary Technician
“I enjoy working with and learning from experienced colleagues of varying backgrounds. What is most meaningful is advocating for patients and having to rely on symptoms and signs as opposed to reported verbal concerns. Every case is like solving a puzzle.”
Adrienne assists nurses and doctors with patient care, surgeries, and radiographs. She plays a vital role in client education and the health and well-being of pets. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. She lives with a cat and dog.
Gabi, Veterinary Technician
“I enjoy being able to help animals, and I love them unconditionally. I love being able to make a difference for the animals and their owners. I also enjoy the sense of camaraderie here at West Suburban Veterinary Associates. I am learning additional skills that will help me in veterinary school.”
Gabi handles patient care, exotic animal care, phlebotomy, and the monitoring of both diagnoses and surgery. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Psychology and Zoology with a focus on animal behavior from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has prior experience as a vet tech of exotic animals where she handled surgery, care, diagnostics and education. Gabi has two dogs, two cats and two lovebirds.
Katie M., Certified Veterinary Technician
“I enjoy providing high quality medical care and learning from the experienced team of technicians and doctors at West Suburban Veterinary Associates. I’ve loved animals since I was little and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. It’s gratifying being an advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves.”
Katie provides nursing care, surgical monitoring, client education, hematology and parasitology. Her experience includes training swimming dogs for therapy. In addition, she was a seasonal zookeeper at Brookfield Zoo, a veterinary assistant for three years, and a vet tech intern at Shedd Aquarium. Katie earned a bachelor of science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign and an associate degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology from Joliet Junior College.