From my early twenties, I enjoyed being employed full-time as a Veterinary Technician
since 1987. I started at the ground level as a Kennel Attendant/Receptionist/Assistant
at a small 2 doctor animal hospital. After a year and a half, I landed another job
at a well-respected 24-hour hospital, South Shore Veterinary Associates (SSVA).
SSVA had 23 doctors plus 9 interns a year, over 40 staff members and 3 sister
clinics. I loved this job, it was fast-paced and very busy. I worked three twelve
hour days and had my weekends off. While at this hospital, I acquired crucial knowledge
in the veterinary field. I was involved with a variety of diagnostic and surgical
procedures, supervising medical emergencies and treatment as well as empathetic client
education. I spent eight years in this position, until the owner sold the practices
to a larger veterinary chain.
South Shore Veterinary Associates
Attempting to Radiograph a Great Dane.
Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists
Inside the O.R. assisting with an Ulna Osteotomy.
I resigned from VCA South Shore Animal Hospital so that I could follow my former
boss to his newly opened Cape Cod Veterinary Associates, I was in charge of the Surgery
Department and stayed for two years. Even after many years in this field, I still
felt like there was a lot more to learn, which was not possible at this facility.
So I joined a much larger facility, even more well-known than any other animal hospital
I worked at, the highly respected Angell Memorial Animal Hospital (now called Angel
Animal Medical Center).
It was very difficult to start over in a new facility, but I felt that I could
be tough enough to endure the obvious “clicks” within the walls of this Boston animal
hospital. After two years as an Assistant Surgery Supervisor, I grew tired of all
the red-tape and politics that went along with the job. I had gained as much knowledge
as I could and it was time to move on.
I spent the next two years working for a Veterinary Hospital Chain, The Healthy
Pet Corporation included several animal hospitals spread out over western and southern
As a Technician Training Coordinator with ‘Healthy Pet’, The job involved short-stints
in each of the hospitals a few weeks at a time and attempt to train and/or retrain
their Veterinary Technicians...as well as some of their doctors. It was a turbulent
job, in more ways than one, and I came across a gross number of Veterinary Technicians
who didn’t even know the basics of veterinary medicine. Some of them had been Veterinary
Technicians for over 20 years, but they couldn’t even tell me a normal heart rate
of a dog or cat. It was appalling and embarrassing to realize how little they knew
and also how much they resisted education. After a year of witnessing the irreversible
mistakes, blatant ignorance and rudeness from the Veterinarians and the Veterinary
Technician staff - I had enough.
I decided to take a break from the Veterinary Industry, and started looking for
something new, although I wanted to stay within my field of expertise. I browsed
through online ads and the newspaper and I found an ad in the South Edition of The
Patriot Ledger at a new Pet Store called Woof & Co. The ad was looking for sales
After years of encountering very sick pet store puppies and warning people of
the problems with such establishments...I decided that it was about time that I try
to get the Inside Scoop. I wanted to know first-hand what really goes on at these
I interviewed with the District Manager, She hired me on the spot, and I started
the next day as a Sales Associate.
I learned from the very beginning that the puppies were acquired through a Class
B Broker, The Hunte Corporation. Most of the puppies arrived Sick with Nasal discharge
crusted onto their Tiny Little Faces. Many were emaciated and covered in feces.
The Hunte Corporation was located in Goodman, Missouri and gathered hundreds
of puppies from thousands of Puppy Mill Breeders across the Midwest.
The things I saw sickened me, and only intrigued me to find out more. The District
Manager liked me so much, that after two months I was offered a Store Manager position
at a new location,, in Saugus, Ma.
I knew that if I accepted this position, I could finally get my hands on a ton
of secret information, which I ended-up acquiring from both Pet Stores, with the
help of another (anonymous) Store Manager.
It took them three months to Fire me, but by then, I already had the required
“Mounds of Evidence” against them. With the help of numerous Animal Activists, Dog
Magazines, and News Channels, the Entire Chain of FOURTEEN Stores, was CLOSED DOWN,
due to Multiple Neglect Complaints and Failure to Comply with Massachusetts State
My Woof & Co. Experience lasted Two Years and after that - I was exhausted.
After a summer working in Construction, I finally decided to go back to the Veterinary
Industry. Even with all the Family Politics ...I took a position with my former boss,
at his Specialty Surgical Practice.
I loved my career and busted my hump to Manage the Surgery Department. Six years
later I was injured on the job by lifting a 104 pound Rottweiler cross that was
recovering from ACL surgery.
Suddenly, my Veterinary Technical career came to an end.
Angell Memorial animal Hospital
Patient Induction with Propofol.
During my entire career as a Veterinary Technician, I had several Part-Time jobs,
in and out of the Veterinary Industry.
I often took jobs at Small Animal Hospitals for curiosity purposes only. But I
also had several Spokesmodel and Fitness jobs on nights and weekends.
8-Track, Boston, Ma.: Go-Go Dancer 1990-1994
All That Glitters, Boston, Ma.: Promotional Model
Greater Boston Motorsports, Boston, Ma,: Spokesmodel
South Shore Boxing, Weymouth, Ma.: Ring-Card Girl
Playoffs Sports Bar, Weymouth Ma.: Daisy Duke Model
Brodey Productions, Weymouth, Ma.: Fitness Model
Woof & Co. Would have been better off as a Pet Supply Store instead of a Pet Store.
At Healthy Pet, I worked with many Beautiful Birds!
Boston Veterinary Specialists
Assisting with an elbow arthroscope for an OCD lesion.