Most Valuable Player of the Month for August 2017 – Amy Wrobel

8/4/17

Amy pictured with Emma Marie and Cuka Moo

 

Amy Wrobel has been named Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for August 2017 by last month’s winner, Casandra Santos.  Amy began her time here at Family Pet in 2013 as a shy, soft-spoken Kennel Assistant with a huge heart.  While she’s still shy, soft-spoken, and gold-hearted, she has grown tremendously in her role as a Veterinary Technician here at our hospital.  Casandra cited Amy’s technical skills, patience in mentoring/training others, affinity for teamwork, and her unwavering patient advocacy as reasons for naming Amy as August’s MVP.  All of us at Family Pet are so appreciative of Amy’s skills, humor, and heart of gold.

 

Question and Answer with Amy

 

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“I have 2 wonderful dogs. Cuka Moo is a 12 year old Miniature Pincher that I’ve had since she was a pup and she is just the most precious little thing ever. Emma Marie is around 5 years old, my husband and I found her in the street as a malnourished pup, and we just had to keep her since she is such and cuddle bug.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“My Favorite thing about working and Family Pet is the staff. We all work together as a team to ensure that every patient is taken care of with the most love and dedication. Every pet that walks through our doors is treated just like one of our own; we want the best for them and would never settle for anything less. I don’t want to toot our own horn but we do such an amazing job with that.”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I would have to say this moment! I used to be very timid and had very little confidence in myself but being around such a supportive staff and people who are willing to go above and beyond to ensure you succeed has gotten me to where I am today. I’m more confident in my work and put my heart and soul into everything I do, and I couldn’t be more thankful to my managers Tony and Michelle whom have helped with that. They’ve been so patient and kind as well as always willing to lend a hand if I’m in need. They’re both a big part of my success and I just couldn’t be more thankful for the motivation and confidence they’ve instilled in me.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I love cuddling and watching TV with my pups and my husband Adam. Doing Yoga when I can and hanging out with family.”

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

“Know that everything is going to be okay! We want to make sure you’re healthy and strong because we love you and want nothing but the best for you.”

How would you spend one million dollars?

“I would buy my dream home, pay off my remaining school loans, help my mom retire early, donate to charity and put the rest in my savings for a rainy day.”

What is your personal motto or mantra?

“Keep Moving Forward. It was something my dad always told me growing up and when he passed away it just kinda stuck with me. I ended up getting it tattooed on my arm so if I ever get discourage or feel down I can just look at my arm and smile because I know that’s what he’d want me to do.”

Describe yourself in three words.

“Loving, Funny, Shy”

What is your biggest pet peeve?

“Bad manners! It drives me insane!!!”

Do you have a hidden talent?

“I love to sing!!! Not sure if I’m any good at it, but my husband tells me he loves it, and it helps me both relax and calm down when I’m stressed.”

What’s your favorite activity to do with your pet(s)?

“Hiking or anything outdoors with my husband Adam.”

 

Congratulations, Amy!!

Amy will pick next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

 

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Casandra Santos (July 2017)

Michelle Fernandez (June 2017)

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for July 2017 – Casandra Santos

7/11/17

Casandra, pictured with Honey

 

 

Casandra Santos was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for July of 2017 by last month’s winner, Michelle Fernandez.  Casandra joined the Family Pet team as a Client Care Coordinator in 2014. She’s been a critical part of piloting and developing the Doctor’s Assistant (D.A.) position over the last few years.  This past spring, she was promoted to Supervisor to oversee our small team of D.A.s.  Michelle cited Casandra’s professionalism, compassion, intelligence, and drive as reasons for naming Casandra as July’s MVP.  We are incredibly grateful for her talents and dedication.

Question and Answer with Casandra

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“Yes I have a 12 year old Shiba Inu named Honey.  She is the sweetest and cutest thing in the world and by far the favorite shiba at Family Pet.  She never barks and loves to sleep all day, however she does love to chase birds and she prances like a deer when chasing after toys.    She is an excellent cuddler and has been by my side since she was a tiny puppy.  Honey has truly been there for me through thick and thin and I could not imagine my world without her.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“The people and patients.  I have some of the best coworkers in the world.  Everyone at Family Pet is compassionate, cares about animals and are some of the best in the business.  It is also very hard to have a bad day at Family Pet with our cute clients ready to turn any frown upside down.”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I think I am most proud to lead our Doctor’s Assistant department.  Being given the responsibility to nurture and grow an entirely new department is quite an undertaking and I appreciate the fact that Family Pet acknowledges my skills and trusts in my judgement to get the job done.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I love musicals and live performances and try to make it to the theater at least once a month.  I saw Hamilton when it opened on Broadway and got to meet the entire cast and even have a $10 bill signed by Lin Manuel Miranda (he drew a goatee on Hamilton’s face!).  I also love to play volleyball and have an extensive whisky collection.”

If Family Pet Animal Hospital had a theme song, what would it be?

“’Simply the Best’ – Tina Turner”

What’s the strangest job you’ve had?

“I used to be a mall cop.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“I am currently training for the Chicago Marathon and I run with CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) on Sunday mornings.  After watching an inspirational Samsung commercial featuring an ostrich, our group leader told us, ‘Do what you can’t.’  I have never once considered myself a runner.  In fact, I hate to run but crossing the finish line for a marathon has always been a bucket list item so when the opportunity to raise money for PAWS and participate in the 2017 Chicago Marathon came up, I decided that I too can ‘do what I can’t.’”

“If you would like to help me raise money for PAWS donations can be made by clicking on the link below and putting Casandra Santos in the Donate to Fundraiser box: https://my.pawschicago.org/TEAMPAWSBOAChicago/CasandraSantos

Name three things on your bucket list.

  1. Run a marathon (should be crossed off in October)
  2. See the Northern Lights (let’s hope my upcoming trip to Iceland in November will cross this one off the list).
  3. See or swim with wild dolphins.

Do you have any strange phobias?

“I am scared to walk barefoot on tile.  When I was a child growing up in the Philippines, I cut my foot on a tile bottom of a pool.  Since then, I cannot have my bare feet on tile.”

What is your favorite junk food?

“Hot Cheetos or really any type of chips.”

 

Congratulations, Casandra!

Casandra will pick next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Michelle Fernandez (June 2017)

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for June 2017 – Michelle Fernandez

Franklin taking a snooze and the late Tabitha, sporting her doggles.

 

6/8/17

Michelle Fernandez was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for June of 2017 by last month’s winner, Sandy Gerstung.  Many of our longtime clients have seen Michelle’s face around here or at least felt her care of their pets for many, many years.  Back in 1993, Michelle answered the “Help Wanted” sign in Family Pet’s window and she’s been here ever since.  Starting as a Kennel Assistant, her hard work, dedication, and love for animals led her to her current position of Technician and Inventory Manager.  More than anything, she contributes immensely to maintaining the foundation of Family Pet’s “soul.”  She is incredibly committed to our patients, clients, and every member of our team.  She is thoughtful, compassionate, and truly dedicated to her work.  In short, WE LOVE HER!

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH MICHELLE

 

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

“I have 4 cats, Pixel, Sullivan, Willow and Waffles.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

“I am so privileged to work at a practice that has such a wonderful group of people to work alongside.  Everyone is so great from the owners of the practice to the kennel employees and what makes it even better is that everyone has the same goal – excellent patient care!!!”

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

“I have worked at Family Pet for many, many years and have had several proud moments of my own as well as having moments of pride for my team mates.  I can’t really distinguish one moment that is the greatest.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I enjoy going to the movies, reading and going on vacation to enjoy our wonderful National Parks.”

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

“I would want the patients to know that we have their best interests in mind and are doing our best to help them, whether it be an annual check-up or in a dire situation.  Most of all, I would want them to know that we are here for them and to not be frightened.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

“Telekinesis, how great would it be to move things with your mind?”

How would you spend one million dollars?

“I would purchase a house in Bar Harbor, Maine to be closer to my favorite National Park, Acadia and I would donate some money to an animal care organization.”

If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest and why?

“Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool.  I find him so interesting, not to mention that Tool is absolutely one of my favorite bands.”

What would you choose for your last meal?

“Some type Mexican meal, probably tacos of some sort.”

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

“I once was tricked and ate shark nuggets, it really did taste like dry chicken, I was scarred by this event.”

 

Congratulations, Michelle!  Michelle will get to choose next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Sandy Gerstung (May 2017)

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for May 2017 – Sandy Gerstung

5/9/17

This is how Sandy relaxes during her time off. 😉

 

Sandy Gerstung was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for May 2017 by last month’s winner, Lilly Lam.  Lilly cited Sandy’s unparalleled dedication, timeliness with her responsibilities no matter the circumstance, and her affinity to help those in need.  Since day one when Family Pet opened its doors, Sandy has always been the bookkeeper/accountant, which she did in her free time since she had a full-time position at a local accounting firm.  When she retired from the accounting firm in 2004, she took a full-time position with Family Pet as the Finance/HR Manager.  We are all grateful for her dedication and the way she takes care of all of us in big and small ways.

Question and Answer with Sandy

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

Yes, a cat with attitude named “Chicken.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

The feeling that everyone is family – both staff and clients.

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

The day [Family Pet] opened, seeing Rae Ann’s dream become reality.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Travel – be with family and friends

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

They will be given the best care possible.

What’s the strangest job you’ve had?

Working at a carnival on the midway

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be true to yourself

Tell us something about yourself people would be surprised to know.

I traveled in an old converted school bus with an aunt, uncle, cousin and 5 dogs. They did a balancing act and dog show.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People that do not take responsibility for the actions. Also, bad manners.

What would you choose for your last meal?

French bread and butter

What did you wear to prom?

A yellow formal.

What is your favorite junk food?

Pizza

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Oysters

What fortune would you want to get in a fortune cookie?

“Your family and friends will never know sorrow.”

 

Congratulations, Sandy!  Sandy will get to choose next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Lilly Lam (April 2017)

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

 

Most Valuable Player of the Month for April 2017 – Lilly Lam

4/11/17

Lilly’s pups – Milo, Miko, and Mooshu with the MVP milkshake

 

Lilly Lam, one of our Client Care Managers, was named as Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for April 2017 by last month’s winner, Dr. Annika Hoffman.  Dr. Annika cited Lilly’s dedication, efficiency, friendliness, positive attitude, and compassion along with her excellent communication skills as the reasons she awarded Lilly with the MVP honors.  Lilly has blessed Family Pet with her keen eye for detail and high expectations for herself and her team in delivering quality care at our hospital for over six years.  We are incredibly grateful for her talents, enthusiasm, and love of caring for our patients and clients.

Question and Answer with Lilly

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

I have 3 Havanese, all named after Disney characters. Miko (from Pocahontas) is my first born and although I love him to bits and pieces, he is a lemon. Milo (from Atlantis) and Mooshu (from Mulan) are Havanese rescues that I adopted from a group that I actively volunteer for – HALO (Havanese Angel League Organization).

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

The patients, of course!! Our team is pretty darn awesome as well. =)

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

Every day is a new adventure with many proud moments. I would say that the most memorable would be going through the interview process with Jim and Colleen. During my interview, I was so nervous that I started stuttering and nervous giggling. Coming from a finance and business management background, with no other animal health experience other than volunteer work and caring for my own pets, I didn’t think I would get the job. I am thankful/grateful every day, that Jim and Colleen took a chance on me to allow me to become the animal health professional that I am today.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have WAY too many hobbies. First and foremost, my fur-children take up most of my free time. Cross-stitching has been a hobby of mine since I was a little girl. I try to maintain an active lifestyle and hit the gym as much as I can. I’ve also recently taken on rock climbing, snowboarding and self-defense tactical training.

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

I love you guys and just want to help make you happy and healthy!!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Mind control. No explanation needed… =)

How would you spend one million dollars?

I feel that our society focuses too much on materialistic luxuries. I would be happy leading a simple lifestyle. As long as there is a roof over my fur-children, warm clothes, and enough food to get us through, I’d be happy. So if I had an extra million dollars, I would opt to donate everything to organizations in which proceeds go directly towards helping those in need.

Describe yourself in three words.

Stubborn, intense, crazy

What’s your favorite activity to do with your pet(s)?

Lounge on the couch. ^_^

What song or movie are you ashamed to admit you absolutely love?

I have no shame in saying this and I’ll gladly scream it to the world: I love any song with Celine Dion in it!!

 

Congratulations, Lilly!  She will pick next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

PREVIOUS MVPS:

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M. (March 2017)

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

MORE ABOUT US:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for March 2017: Dr. Annika Hoffman

3/7/17

Dr. Annika with Mio, Daphne, and Apollo

Annika Hoffman, D.V.M., was awarded Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for March of 2017 by last month’s winner, Frank Fiacchino.  Frank cited Dr. Annika’s winning smile, professionalism, and enthusiasm for caring for Family Pet’s patients, along with her patience, listening skills, and teamwork as the reasons he awarded her with the MVP honors.  We couldn’t agree more.

Question and Answer with Dr. Annika

Dr. Annika answers our serious and not-so-serious questions.

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

I have 3 pets. Apollo is an almost 7 year old Doberman mix, who my husband and I rescued a month after I started vet school. I also have two 5-year-old Ragdoll cats named Mio and Daphne. They all love to cuddle and snuggle on the couch.

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

The team – it is rare to find a job where you enjoy working with every single colleague!

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

It is humbling to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the staff at Family Pet Animal Hospital; so just being able to say that I work at this amazing hospital makes me proud.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In the city, I like to go to musicals, the symphony, and occasionally the opera. However, my true passion is nature, so whenever given the chance I go to my home-country Sweden and hike, kayak, cross-country ski, swim in the lakes etc. I rarely get to enjoy outdoor activities in the US, but when I do my favorite place is Colorado.

If Family Pet Animal Hospital had a theme song, what would it be?

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (the Toy Story version)

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

As an ER Doc, I would want my patients to know that I am here for them, and I will do whatever is possible to make them feel better.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Fly- having a bird-eyed view is of great benefit in many situations.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Dolphin, because they are smart, fun, fast and I would absolutely LOVE to live under water.

Name three things on your bucket list.

  1. Backpack in New Zealand
  2. Scuba dive in Indonesia or close to that area in the pacific or Indian oceans.
  3. Horse-back riding trip in Montana

What would you choose for your last meal?

Boeuf bourguignon or Coq au vin

What song or movie are you ashamed to admit you absolutely love?

“The Police Academy”

What is your favorite junk food?

Deep dish pizza

 

Congratulations, Dr. Annika!  She will pick next month’s MVP, so stay tuned…

 

Previous MVPs:

Frank Fiacchino (February 2017)

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

More about us:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

Most Valuable Player of the Month for February 2017 – Frank Fiacchino

2/6/17

FRANK AND KIDS
Frank, pictured with his “kids,” Scruffy and Riley.

Frank Fiacchino, one of Family Pet’s Client Care Coordinators, was awarded the FPAH Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for February 2017 by last month’s winner, Tony Tramutola.  Frank joined our team in August of 2015 after serving as an Assistant Clinic Manager at the PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic.  In a past life, Frank performed professionally in musical theater.  He subsequently spent many years honing his customer service skills in the hospitality industry.  His love of animals brought him to the veterinary world and we are so grateful to have his talents, patience, and humor here at Family Pet.

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH FRANK

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

I have two: 1) Scruffy:  a grey and white 14 year young male Shih Tzu.  I adopted him from my cousin when he was two. [My cousin] was about to have her second child and said having a preschooler, a new born baby, a husband and a puppy was too much. THANK GOD, for my sake, she chose to part with the puppy. 2) Riley:  a gold 7 year young female Yorkshire Terrier.  On Halloween weekend of 2014 I was working for PAWS when Riley was brought in from Tennessee. She was brought in on a Friday to be seen by the doctor on Monday before being put up for adoption. I played with her all day and decided to bring her home for the weekend so she wouldn’t have to stay in a cage by herself. Well it’s been a really LONG weekend!

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

For 15 + years I worked in the hospitality industry so customer service is something I enjoy as well as its kind of innate at this point. Also, Ever since I can remember I have loved animals. Being a Client Care Coordinator I get to combine those two loves for a perfect blend.

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud?

I never had the pleasure of knowing Marla Minuskin, one of the original co-founders.  But after I started working at Family Pet, it did not take long to know her spirit is still very much alive here. I have heard many wonderful stories of her from coworkers and clients alike. So when Jane Lohmar , one of the managing partners told me Marla would have really liked me it made me VERY proud.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my four legged children, binge watch Netflix and run outside in nice weather!

If you could communicate with our patients, what would you most want them to know?

Not to be scared. I would let them know that they were in good hands with good people that will do EVERYTHING in their power to make them feel better!

What’s the strangest job you’ve had?

I once hosted a live NICKELODEON game show where the prize was getting slimed.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Flying, I hate driving!

How would you spend one million dollars?

First off I would hire an accountant, because I am awful with money. Then I would have him/her set it up so my Mom, siblings their families and I could live a comfortable life without worrying about money! Oh and I would adopt a TON of dogs!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Everybody’s perception is different and a person’s perception is their reality.

What is your personal motto or mantra?

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Tell us something about yourself people would be surprised to know.

I once had a role in a NBC Monday night movie.

Congratulations, Frank!  Frank will pick next month’s FPAH MVP, so stay tuned…

 

Previous MVPs:

Tony Tramultola (January 2017)

Emily Olvera (December 2016)

Janet Laz (November 2016)

Kate Van Eck (October 2016)

Jim Dinan (September 2016)

Katie Doan (August 2016)

 

More about us:

Family Pet Animal Hospital’s mission, vision, and core values

Our Doctors

Our Staff

 

Most Valuable Player of the Month for January 2017 – Tony Tramutola

Tony & FinnTony Tramutola, Family Pet Animal Hospital’s longest standing staff member and one of our Technician Managers, was awarded the FPAH Most Valuable Player (MVP) for January 2017 by last month’s winner, Emily Olvera.  Tony joined the Family Pet team as a teenager back in 1990 just after the practice first opened.  He is an incredibly skilled, no nonsense technician and manager that our doctors and staff call on for assistance incessantly.  Around here, he is often referred to as “Dr. Tony” for his wealth of knowledge and experience.  He may not have a DVM degree but he is certainly invaluable to our team.

His patience and skill with especially scared or aggressive dogs has earned him the title of “dog whisperer.”  Many of our clients request him by name to be the technician to handle their pets when they come to see us, knowing he “speaks their language.”

QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH TONY (he is a man of few words):

Do you have pets?  If so, tell us about him/her/them.

Yes.  Tank is a pitbull mix and full of energy.

What is the moment at FPAH of which you are the most proud? 

Working here for 26+ years.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Playing video games, watching TV, and taking long walks with Tank.

How would you spend one million dollars?

Buy a house and car and eat well.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

When someone says something happened a million times (over-exaggeration).

What would you choose for your last meal?

New York strip steak and baked potato.

Congratulations, Tony!  Tony will pick next month’s FPAH MVP for February, so stay tuned…

Bourbon & Beignet – Rescued by PAWS Chicago from the Louisiana Floods

11/23/16

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Meet Bourbon and Beignet.  They are two of 26 dogs and cats that PAWS Chicago was able to rescue from Southern Louisiana following the devastating August 2016 floods that hit the area. The PAWS team drove 16 hours each way to transport animals from local shelters in Louisiana back to the PAWS Chicago Medical Center.   Shortly after their return, we contacted PAWS to see if and how we could help.  Heart worm is very common in the southern states, and unsurprisingly, Bourbon and Beignet both tested positive.  Family Pet Animal Hospital was able to sponsor both Bourbon’s and Beignet’s heartworm treatment.

A little bit about these wonderful pooches:

Beignet – The best word to describe her is “perfect”.  She is gentle, sweet, tolerant, and laid back. She greets everyone with a low tail wag and soft eyes.  She’s an old soul who always looks a bit like she understands exactly what is going on.

Bourbon – Bourbon is a sweet and loving guy. He likes to jump on everyone he meets because he is just that happy to make new friends. He served as a mentor to younger, more insecure dogs that arrived from the south with him – nudging them along when they were frightened of new city noises. His favorite treats are bread, sweet potatoes and cheese.

We are happy to report that both Beignet and Bourbon have found wonderful forever homes through PAWS Chicago.  Family Pet Animal Hospital was so happy for the opportunity to help PAWS in their amazing efforts in caring for these wonderful pets.

Link to more information about PAWS Chicago’s rescue mission

http://www.pawschicago.org/louisiana/

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week! October 16 – 22, 2016

10/16/16

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Your pets deserve the best in pet care and it takes everyone on the veterinary health care team to make that happen.  The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) recognized that fact and established National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) as the third week in October.  We certainly value our technical team’s contributions every day, but that this particular week to celebrate their contributions to the health and well-being of our patients.

When you and your pet visit Family Pet Animal Hospital, we hope you have an immediate sense of who we are – we truly care about you and your pets and we love what we do.  We pride ourselves on the amazing team members we have that embrace and embody our core values:

  • Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Empathy
  • Energy & Focus
  • Pride
  • Team Player

 

Veterinary technicians and assistants play a vital role in the care of all our patients (and our clients).  Their jobs are similar to that of nurses in human medicine – to perform technical tasks to support the doctors and provide comfort and support to the patient as well.  Our technicians are trained to provide nursing care, conduct diagnostic laboratory work, aid in medical, dental, and surgical procedures, administer anesthesia, and much more.  We could not do what we do without their talents.

Veterinary medicine and technology is always growing and changing and we strive to be on the cutting edge to provide your pet with the best care possible.  Our technicians’ commitment to continuing education allows us to support the addition and integration of new skills, protocols, and systems to our team because your pet deserves the very best.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to our amazing technicians.  We are so grateful for their tireless work, compassion, humor, and talents.  They are crucial to the delivery of the care we provide to the pets in our communication.  Thank you, Vet Techs, for everything that you do!

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!