Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Gianna Salvadore

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Gianna Salvadore.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Gianna Salvadore, a certified veterinary technician at Anthracite Animal Clinic in Ashland, Pennsylvania. She began working as a vet tech immediately after graduating with her degree in May, 2014. In her free time, Gianna enjoys taking her dogs for walks, reading, baking, crafting, shopping, and spending time with her family, friends, and boyfriend.

Gianna describes her three pets as fitting into her family perfectly—so much so that she “could not imagine life without them.” There is Marvin, a 9-year-old domestic shorthaired cat she took in when its previous owners no longer wanted him; and two dogs: Louie, a 14-year-old mixed breed; and Beau, an 11-year-old miniature poodle which experiences mobility challenges.

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Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Kari Walker

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Kari Walker.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Kari Walker. As a teenager, she began helping at the clinic where her mother worked as a veterinarian. It was here that she gained valuable experience and learned more about veterinary medicine—which paved the way for her eventual career path. Kari has now officially been a vet tech for four years, and works in the Internal Medicine Department at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado.

Kari owns five rescued pets. Her three cats are Sebastian, the first cat she adopted as an adult; Smooch, a cat relinquished to a clinic due to a broken jaw; and Indi, a three-week-old kitten also brought to her clinic. Kari’s two dogs are Coraline, a “spunky mixed breed” brought to her hospital with a heart defect; and Lola, a dog show champion who originally belonged to Kari’s late mother.Read More…

Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Deanne Pawlisch

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Deanne Pawlisch.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Deanne Pawlisch, a vet tech who got her start as a kennel attendant in the early ’80s. She became a technician in 1986 and now works at Midwest Veterinary Dermatology Center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Deanne’s “furry family” consists of “Frenchie and the Flying Terrier Brothers!”—a posse which includes Riddick the Frenchie and three terriers: Derby, Rubgy and Wilbur; Julio Hiver and Diego del Fuego, two cats which Deanne is convinced “eat tapas and listen to Flamenco music when no one is home”; and her horse, Flash.

In her spare time, Deanne enjoys riding her horse, taking her dogs on adventures, FURminating her cats, and scrapbooking.

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Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Anne Marie Kubacz

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Anne Marie Kubacz.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Anne Marie Kubacz. Anne Marie has worked as a vet tech at The Animal Medical Center in New York City for 41 years. Her free time also involves caring for animals—she has shown and bred Irish setters for 43 years, an activity she describes as a family affair. (Anne Marie, her husband Randy, and her son Peter are the only family to each handle a national specialty winner in the history of Irish setters in the U.S.) The family owns an 11-year old house dog, Arrow, which she describes as “a gentleman and a great ambassador for the breed” as well as a 10-year-old Irish wolfhound champion named Greta.

Anne Marie finds great joy in “breeding healthy companions” and seeing how much her dogs “have enriched people’s lives.” As the Health Chairman of the Irish Setter Club of America, she also assesses the breed’s health needs, coordinates an annual health clinic at the group’s national specialty, speaks at local Irish setter club events, and writes articles for the group’s national publication. She is also passionate about such charities and movements as the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, the One Health Initiative, and Take the Lead.Read More…

Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Kerri Gibilisco

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Kerri Gibilisco.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hard working and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Kerri Gibilisco, a vet tech for 18 years. Kerri works at The Pet Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska, where she implemented a behavior program at the clinic that utilizes environmental enrichment for the hospitalized patient and low stress handling and restraint. Thanks to this program, patients at the clinic can feel more at ease and relaxed with spa-like cages, radios, and TV.

In her spare time, Kerri enjoys gardening, canning and pickling, reading and writing, camping, and clicker training with her cats: Nigel, AKA “Pork Chop,” a shorthaired male from the Humane Society which suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; Theodore Owen, a three-year-old mackerel-print male born with a flattened chest due to his mom sitting on him; and Stanley, a rescued male shorthair with idiopathic cystitis.

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