Most Valuable Player of the Month for November 2017 – Monica Hernandez


Monica pictured with Sophie

Monica has been named Family Pet Animal Hospital’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the month for November 2017 by last month’s MVP, Armando Zizumbo.  Originally hailing from California where she worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician, Monica joined the Family Pet team in April of 2016.  Armando cited Monica’s kindness, multitasking abilities, and strong work ethic as reasons for naming Monica as MVP.  Even though we question her sanity moving from California to Chicago, we’re so glad she did.  We appreciate her patience, steadiness, and teamwork in the care of our patients.

Question and Answer with Monica

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

I have a cat named Sophie, she’s a tortoiseshell…and a handful, but the best!

What is your favorite thing about working at Family Pet?

I love working with the animals of course, but having such amazing coworkers that work as a team and pick each other up on bad days make it all worthwhile.

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

Not so much a moment but being a part of the Family Pet team makes me pretty proud.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my husband, Isaac, exploring random parts of the city I’ve never been and baking which I don’t do often enough.

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

I would want them to know that we are helping them and most importantly to not be afraid.

What is the funniest thing that’s happened at Family Pet?

Too many to name, but pretty much every day there’s a funny moment. 🙂

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

Tiger, because I love how elusive and majestic they are…or any large cat to be honest.

How would you spend one million dollars?

Buying a house and this is probably more than a million dollars but spend it on my family in any way they need.

Name three things on your bucket list.

Travel the world and experience how different cultures live their lives, Safari/camping trip in Africa, and visit every state in the US.

What would you choose for your last meal?

So this is a weird one and I always feel like the kid from the movie “Signs,” but definitely mashed potatoes with gravy and French toast…separate of course 😉

What is your favorite junk food?

Doughnuts and French fries



Congratulations, Monica!



Armando Zizumbo (October 2017)

Lauren Dempsey, D.V.M. (September 2017)

Amy Wrobel (August 2017)

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)


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