Caitlin

Hospital Administrator

Someone once told Caitlin that if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing, and she believes this expression is instrumental for a happy life. By working in veterinary medicine, Caitlin gets to have fun every day while helping pets and their owners live better lives!

Caitlin grew up in Milbrook, New York and attended Hartwick College in Oneonta to complete dual Bachelor’s degrees. She came to Dutchess County Animal Hospital in 2012 after graduation and returned to school in 2013 and received an A.S. in Veterinary Technology. She couldn’t be happier working with her dedicated coworkers; Caitlin says there’s nothing better than a cohesive team working together to help a pet in need! At Dutchess County Animal hospital I get to work with some of the most talented individuals in the field!

Caitlin has two dogs of her own at home, a goofy English Labrador Retriever named Liam and an adorable rescue dog named Gemma. She also has two horses, Matti and Gabe.

Most of Caitlin’s hobbies outside of work also include animals—she loves horseback riding and hiking with her dogs. She’s also heavily involved with pitbull and “bully breed” awareness organizations.

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Michelle

Operations Manager

Michelle used to work in a very stressful fundraising job in New York City.  She didn’t feel passion for her job, and recognized that working with animals could be what truly satisfied her!  Michelle’s background includes graphic design, marketing , advertising and fundraising.  DCAH was the perfect fit to utilize all her skills.

Michelle grew up in Orange County, New York. She graduated in 2003 from Marist College with a Bachelor’s in Communications Advertising. While looking for a job after her New York career was over, she found an ad in the Pennysaver and applied. She’s now been at Dutchess County Animal Hospital since 2007, serving as a receptionist as well as a marketing and web supervisor! As of 2015 she became Operations Manager!

Nothing is more rewarding for Michelle than feeling that she’s helped make clients’ days better. She also likes connecting one-on-one with pet patients, and watching pets grow up over the years.

Michelle and her husband have a son, Wesley, and a daughter, Lucy. They share their home with two cats, Nicky and Kris.

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Terry

Client Liaison

Terry’s interest in animal care began when she was seven years old, growing up in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Her parents presented her with three baby ducks, and she absolutely loved caring for them and watching them grow up. Now she’s worked in the veterinary field for a full 16  years!

As the Human Resources Manager at Dutchess County Animal Hospital, Terry is responsible for interviewing and hiring new employees, which is one of her favorite parts of the job. She also enjoys interacting with clients and greeting all the new puppies and kittens.

Currently, Terry has one pet: Bree, an eight-year-old pug who likes to help Terry weed the garden. Outside of the veterinary world, Terry likes snorkeling, although she doesn’t get to do it as often as she’d like. She also likes traveling, and says that one of the most interesting places she ever went was Bali, Indonesia.

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Suzana

Concierge

As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Suzana saw a lot of stray cats and dogs. She knew she wanted to be their voice, speaking up for them and providing whatever care they needed. She even convinced her parents to take in many strays! To this day, Suzana loves caring for pets of all shapes and sizes.

Suzana’s professional animal care career started in 2000, when she took a position as an Operations Manager at a major pet retail store. She later moved into the veterinary side of things, arriving at Dutchess County Animal Hospital in the summer of 2014.

At home, Suzana has two pets of her own. Donatella is a rescued tiger cat who will play fetch endlessly, and Punkin is a rescued mini schnauzer who has Suzana wrapped around her paw.

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Michele

Concierge

Michele’s passion and love for animals began when she was just a few months old when her parents took in a stray tabby kitten they named Peanut. Then came Maggie a Palomino rabbit rescued from a rabbit farm in upstate New York.
Michele has lived in LaGrange for her whole life and graduated from Arlington High School in 2012. After graduation she entered the retail field. But her love for animals left her longing for a job that is more meaningful and she now joins us here at Dutchess County Animal Hospital. She is hoping to make working in the veterinary field a lifelong career.

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Tracie

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tracie’s grandfather used to raise giant chinchilla rabbits, and he let Tracie feed them when she was only five years old. This early experience with animal care helped inspire Tracie to work in the animal care field full time!

Tracie grew up in Rockland County, New York, and moved with her family to Cornwall at the age of five. During her teenage years, she helped train the family dogs in obedience classes, then started cat rescue. She worked with several cat shelters in Boston and New York State, eventually meeting Dr. Diana Cannan in 2001 at a cat shelter in Beacon. A year later, she came to work with Dr. Cannan at Dutchess County Animal Hospital. In 2008, Tracie graduated with honors from SUNY Ulster.

Both of Tracie’s own pets are rescue animals. Her dog is a pug/Pekingese mix who loves people and enjoys coming to the hospital with Tracie. James Dean is a Persian cat who likes to sit beside Tracie when she reads.

When she has time outside of work, Tracie likes yoga, cross fitness, researching history, and running. She’s also an avid reader and loves going to the library.

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Sarah

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sarah has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. Her dream job has always been to work in zoo animal behavior and communication. From working with cats and dogs to spending the day at the zoo, Sarah is most at home when there are animals around.

Born and raised in Hyde Park, NY, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Marist College in Behavioral Psychology. She also graduated from SUNY Ulster County Community College with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2015 and was licensed that same year. She hopes to combine the two degrees to specialize in animal behavior.
Sarah has been teaching dog training classes since 2012 and is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has now paired up with Dutchess County Animal Hospital, offering training classes at the office. Visit http://www.facebook.com/wolventraining for more information.

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Laura

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laura, a lifelong animal lover, started her animal care career when she took a job at a local pet store at the age of 18 where she first met Dr Haight (Cannan). She left that position to continue her bachelor’s degree at SUNY New Paltz and pursue a completely different life in ecommerce and emarketing​. After 10 years, Laura realized her passion and returned to her first love, caring for animals, and earned her A.S. in veterinary technology from San Juan College.

Today, Laura shares her home with Olivia, the 14 year old super mutt, Merlot, the Russian Blue and an Indian Ringneck parrot named Rocket. Her future plans involve raising miniature donkeys and pygmy goats. Outside of the animal hospital she enjoys bicycling, photography, and gardening.

She has a passion for recognizing stress in her patients and working to reduce stress during veterinary visits. She strongly believes that each pet is an individual, and care should be tailored to their individual needs.

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Melyssa

Assistant

Melyssa has always been very passionate when it came to animals. She hoped to one day be able to work in a job where she can help take care of them. She worked in a few different places, and tried different things, but nothing was as fulfilling and rewarding as her job here at Dutchess County Animal Hospital. She loves being surround by a very caring and supportive team. She loves to be able to work with the clients and their pets. She hopes to move forward and make this a long term career!

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