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Shani

Receptionist

Shani is from Murtaugh, Idaho, where she grew up on a farm surrounded by animals of all sorts. It wasn’t difficult for her to develop a passion for pet care early on in life! Ever since her childhood days of finding stray kittens and nursing them back to health, Shani knew that a career in the world of veterinary medicine would be the perfect path for her.

After her family relocated to Twin Falls, Shani moved to Boise in 2004 and has lived there ever since. She worked at another local veterinary clinic for five years before joining the River City Veterinary Hospital family in 2010. After a short stint in human medicine, Shani returned to the team in 2016 as a receptionist, and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of the area alongside her dedicated and compassionate coworkers.

Shani and her husband have two beautiful daughters, who are already huge animal lovers just like their mother. As a family, they enjoy hiking, camping, and enjoying the company of their own pets. Shani and her family share their lives with a black Labrador named Boone, a cat, a rabbit, and a squadron of four chickens.

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Amanda

Receptionist

Amanda’s love of animal care started when she was very young; she was fortunate to grow up handling all sorts of creatures. She even remembers heading out to feed her family’s mule at only three years of age! For Amanda, animal care has always been a natural part of life, and she’s thrilled to further her passion as a member of the River City Veterinary Hospital family.

Amanda began her journey here at the clinic in early 2016, shortly after moving back to Idaho from Washington State with her husband and son. She started as an animal caretaker before transitioning into front-desk reception work. Amanda loves working alongside her passionate and talented coworkers to bring the best possible brand of veterinary care to the pet owners of the area—she’s proud to be one of the first faces clients see upon visiting the hospital!

In her time away from work, Amanda likes spending time with her family and two pets, enjoying the great outdoors, and making crafts by hand.

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Tracy

Receptionist

Tracy has adored pets ever since getting her very first cat, a beautiful Persian named Frosty. By the time she got to witness her close friend’s family foster dogs and try pet therapy at the local veterinary hospital, she knew that she would love to work hands-on with animals herself! Tracy is happy and proud to begin her veterinary journey right here at River City Veterinary Hospital.

Tracy is a Meridian native and serves as one of River City Veterinary Hospital’s front-desk receptionists. She’s a people person through and through, and absolutely loves interacting directly with the clinic’s clientele and their beloved animal companions on a daily basis. Tracy is particularly fond of the way her fast-paced position keeps her on her toes.

Tracy lives in Meridian with her boyfriend, Brandon, and their two loveable cats. Charlie is a chubby orange tabby who loves to eat and cuddle; Luna is a sassy, spunky Calico who loves bathing and taking on the dreaded vacuum cleaner.

When she isn’t spending time with her family, friends, and cats, Tracy can be found enjoying the great outdoors, catching a movie, or playing softball. She’s currently on a city softball league and especially loves playing outfield!

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Meghan

Receptionist

Meghan grew up in Eagle, Idaho, where animals were simply a part of life from day one. She’s always had a care-oriented nature, and even used to work in the human healthcare field. As one of River City Veterinary Hospital’s front-desk receptionists, Meghan gets to use her medical skills and nurturing personality to better the lives of pets!

Meghan joined the River City Veterinary Hospital family in June of 2016. Her favorite part of the job is the positive, client-centered hospital environment, and she adores leaving work every day knowing that she’s made a real difference in the lives of the area’s pet owners.

When time permits outside of work, Meghan enjoys hiking, eating sushi, reading a good book, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has three animal companions: Little Cat, a long-haired feline who likes to sleep all day; Lucifer the black cat who enjoys pestering Little Cat when she’s trying to sleep; and a sled-trained Husky named Toska.

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Whitney

Receptionist

Whitney has adored animals, as well as people just like herself who own and care for them, ever since she was a young girl. For her, working in the field of veterinary medicine is her chance to give something back! Whitney proudly serves Meridian’s pet owners and their animal companions as a receptionist with the River City Veterinary Hospital family.

Whitney previously lived in Montana for nine years, New Hampshire for two, and has now been an Idaho resident for 15. She began her animal-care career at a clinic in Seattle, where she learned the ropes of the profession and further developed her client-service skillset. Whitney recently joined the River City Veterinary Hospital team as a receptionist, where she makes it her mission every day to ensure that every visitor to the clinic—whether they’re two- or four-legged—stays comfortable and happy.

Whitney lives with her husband, Scott, and their beautiful baby daughter, Laney. The family also shares their home with a Saint Bernard named Tucker and a cat, Bill, who runs the show around the house. When she has time between her work schedule and family life, Whitney is an avid cook and loves gathering friends together for meals.

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A.J.

Veterinary Technician

Growing up in Mission Viejo, California, A.J. constantly shared space with at least one dog in the house. Since he moved around a lot as a child, his family pets truly became his best friends—A.J. always wanted to return the favor! He gets to do just that as one of River City Veterinary Hospital’s Veterinary Technicians.

A.J. has been a part of the River City Veterinary Hospital team for over three years. He began as a kennel employee, then progressed into the Veterinary Technician position. A.J. truly believes that his job is one of the most rewarding that a person can have—he never takes for granted the connections he gets to make with people and their pets!

A.J. has three pets of his own at home. Basil is a rescued Border collie/Blue Heeler mix who is the smartest dog A.J. has ever known; Valentine is a long-haired Chihuahua who tries to hog all of the attention; and Scribbles is a young Cairn terrier mix with a ton of personality.

In his spare time, A.J. enjoys photography, woodworking, and painting, and can get lost for hours in a painting while blasting classical music. He also enjoys running, hiking, hunting, and fishing in the great outdoors with his dogs.

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Jenn

Veterinary Technician

Animals have been a part of Jenn’s life for as long as she can remember. She also has an intense passion for medicine and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. What better way to combine her love of animals and her fascination with medicine, Jenn thought, than by becoming a veterinary professional?

Jenn is originally from Parma, Idaho. She worked in several human medical facilities after obtaining her nursing certification, but quickly realized that she would prefer to focus more on animal care. In 2008, Jenn decided to apply here at River City Veterinary Hospital and hasn’t looked back since! Her favorite things to do around the clinic are help with surgeries and learn new things from her fabulous coworkers.

Jenn and her husband, Nik, have two young children named Leah and Max. They share their lives with Chief, a Chesapeake Bay retriever who is in in training to be an excellent duck hunter, and two loveable cats named George and Princess Peachy Pink.

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Jill

Veterinary Technician

Jill has always felt drawn to the medical field, and holds a special place in her heart for animals. She’s always wanted to help creatures who can’t speak for themselves! As one of River City Veterinary Hospital’s Veterinary Technicians, she gets to do just that every day.

Jill grew up in Caldwell, Idaho, and began her veterinary career as a receptionist before receiving on-the-job training to become a Technician. She started here at the hospital in a relief capacity in 2009, then moved to Wyoming for two years before rejoining the River City Veterinary Hospital team. She’s especially fond of placing catheters, drawing blood, and helping with surgeries.

At home, Jill and her husband share their home with their young daughter, a heeler mix puppy named Rowdy, and a bossy Chihuahua named Dally. As a family, they love camping, fishing, and traveling.

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Maddy

Veterinary Technician

Maddy is a sensitive soul whose greatest ambition is to advocate for animals and pets who can’t speak for themselves. Her drive and determination has carried her through tough times, leaving her even more dedicated to the animals she treats and supervises. Upon the sudden passing of her Chow-Chow/Cocker Spaniel, Snoopy, Maddy knew that spending her life improving the quality of life and well-being of animals was her true calling.

Maddy was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Mountain Home and then Meridian when she was young. She earned her Associates of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology from the College of Southern Idaho, then immediately began working here at River City Veterinary Hospital.

Maddy’s favorite parts of the job so far are getting to work with her team (a.k.a. her new family!) and being given the opportunity to help and love on animals all day long. Her passion is working with exotics (foxes, hedgehogs, chinchillas, small lizards, bearded dragons, owls, snakes, ferrets, etc.), but every canine friend who trots through the door finds a special spot in her heart. She adores getting to bring her best friend Dean, a Pit Bull, to work with her every day, and loves long walks on the beach with him. When there isn’t a beach around, her neighborhood will do. In Maddy’s down time, her new kitten Gus Gus loves to drive her crazy with his wild antics and noisy cat toys, and there is nothing she likes more than snuggling with her two fuzzy kids while watching movies.

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Becca

Veterinary Technician

As a child, Becca dreamed of working in veterinary medicine; ultimately, she found herself in the human nursing field at the outset of her career. Although she loved the scientific aspect of her work and the immense satisfaction of helping others, she knew that something was still missing. That something was animals! Becca decided to switch paths, and now happily serves both pets and their owners daily as a Veterinary Technician.

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Becca moved to Idaho with her family when she was only 10 years old. After her stint in the human healthcare field, she joined Brown Mackie College’s veterinary technology program, where she earned her Associate’s degree in animal science. Becca then began an externship right here at River City Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2016, where she learned on-the-job from her skilled and compassionate coworkers. When she was offered a job during the final days of her externship, Becca didn’t hesitate!

Dentistry work is one of Becca’s favorite parts of the job—she loves to provide preventative healthcare measures in order to make sure a pet’s mouth stays healthy. She’s also fond of surgery and laboratory work, and has a special fondness for studying blood samples. Most of all, Becca enjoys meeting pet owners just like herself on a regular basis.

When she’s not at work, Becca can be found fishing, reading, and spending time with her family at home. She has a wild, independent, and spirited young daughter who is already shaping up to be just as much of an animal-lover as her mother. The family shares their lives with a rescued Beagle, Muffin, who may be the quietest dog of her breed to be found anywhere; and a gentle Great Dane/Labrador mix named Sable.

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Mirella

Certified Veterinary Technician

Mirella grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where an innate passion for animals was instilled in her from an early age. She’s wanted to improve the lives of pets—as well as those who love and care for them—ever since she was young, and has now worked as a veterinary professional for more than a decade!

Mirella began training as a veterinary assistant at a Florida animal hospital while earning her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College. When her husband got a job offer in Idaho, she transferred to a hospital in Meridian. Since moving to the area, she’s earned her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician—Mirella joined the River City Veterinary Hospital family in the fall of 2015 and couldn’t be happier with her choice! She has a special interest in anesthesia work, and her favorite part of her job is bonding with patients to help facilitate their quick recoveries.

When she isn’t tending to the needs of Meridian’s pets here at the hospital, Mirella enjoys scuba diving, backpacking, traveling, and spending time with her family at home. She and her husband, Brad, share their lives with four cats: Dexter, the eldest, was found at SeaWorld and grew up in Mirella’s dorm room during college; Kaylee was rescued during Mirella’s tenure at another Idaho animal hospital; Lily is a sweetheart who loves everyone she meets; and Simon was rescued at five weeks of age and has since grown into a 16-pound giant.

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Kendra

Certified Veterinary Technician

Kendra grew up alongside dogs, cats, and horses, and always felt an intrinsic connection with animals. The older she got, the more her passion blossomed—Kendra simply can’t imagine working in any other field! She’s a Certified Veterinary Technician with the River City Veterinary Hospital team.

After learning as much as she could about animals through her agriculture courses in high school, Kendra began volunteering at an animal clinic in Nyssa, Oregon to gain hands-on experience in the world of pet care. In the fall of 2013, she began her studies in veterinary technology at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, serving pets and their owners at a nearby veterinary clinic during her free time. Kendra graduated in May of 2015, and passed her certification exams that fall to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Kendra moved back to this area in the summer of 2016 to be closer to family, and joined the River City Veterinary Hospital team in July of that year. She has a particular fondness for dental cleanings, and never tires of improving a pet’s oral health through proper dental care. Most of all, Kendra likes getting to spend time around adorable pets—as well as animal-lovers just like herself—on a daily basis!

Kendra was recently married to her childhood crush, Devon. Together, they enjoy camping, hiking, going to the movies, and spending time with Kendra’s dog, Bobby.

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Tasha

Groomer

When she first started working in an animal kennel in 1999, Tasha realized just how much she adored caring for animals. After serving in the kennel for a few years, the facility’s groomer encouraged Tasha to take up grooming herself. Tasha learned the basic skills, taught herself how to perform advanced scissoring work, and has been happily grooming pets ever since!

Originally from New Plymouth, Idaho, Tasha started her veterinary career at the Humane Society in Nevada before moving back home and taking a kennel job in Boise. She stayed there for nearly 17 years, 13 of which were spent honing her grooming skills. After being invited to join the River City Veterinary Hospital clinic team by her former co-worker, Janel, Tasha signed on in July of 2014 and couldn’t be happier.

Tasha and her husband have three pets at home: a German shepherd/husky mix who can still run like she’s a puppy; a five-year-old Shih Tzu who can make anyone give him a treat; and an elderly Shih Tzu who turns in a lot of circles. When she isn’t grooming pets here at the hospital or spending time with her own, Tasha enjoys camping and fishing with her husband. Their most memorable experience occurred in Washington State, where they went salmon fishing and ended up maxing out the boat’s capacity!

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Aiyana

Animal Caretaker

Aiyana grew up on a ranch here in Idaho, where she was surrounded by horses, cows, goats, dogs, and cats from day one. For as long as she can remember, she’s wanted nothing more than to care for the earth’s creatures professionally! Aiyana is proud to serve the area’s pets and animal owners as an Animal Caretaker with the River City Veterinary Hospital team.

Aiyana first joined the clinic family in August of 2015, and is thrilled to begin her journey in veterinary medicine here. Her favorite thing about the job is that it keeps her on her toes constantly; no two days are ever quite the same! Aiyana also loves interacting directly with animal parents and their four-legged friends.

When time permits between her busy school and work schedules, Aiyana enjoys horseback riding, singing, public speaking, reading, writing (she’s currently working on her second book of a trilogy!), and spending time with her own pets at home. She shares her life with a trio of Dachshunds—Maggy, Dixie, and Tootsie—as well as a dog named Sniggles, a cockatiel who goes by Bob, and four horses.

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Kelly

Lead Caretaker

Growing up in Mountain Home with her parents and five siblings, Kelly was surrounded by all sorts of animals; she cared for everything from dogs and chickens to goats, horses, and cows. Kelly found herself wanting to learn even more about pets and veterinary medicine, so she decided to pursue a career in animal healthcare. Now, she’s happy to care for the area’s pets as a member of the River City Veterinary Hospital team!

Kelly worked in an assisted living facility before deciding to make the jump into animal care, and first joined the hospital family in October of 2015. She’s especially fond of soaking up knowledge from the Veterinary Technicians and doctors, and loves building lasting relationships with the clients and pets who visit the clinic. Kelly is particularly proud of all that the hospital does to help the local Humane Society.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys drawing and painting, playing softball with her little sisters, camping in the great outdoors, and attending rodeos. She has one pet of her own at home: Belle, a spastic cat who enjoys staring out the window at the passing cars and running laps around the house while Kelly is trying to sleep.

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Shaina

Animal Caretaker

Shaina has had a longstanding fascination with veterinary care, and wanted to work in a field that would allow her to make a lasting impact. When she began caring for the area’s pets and animal owners as a member of the River City Veterinary Hospital team, she knew that she’d found the perfect fit! Shaina is one of the hospital’s Animal Caretakers.

Shaina is a Boise native and joined the clinic family in April of 2016. She’s especially fond of getting to see the incredible bonds between pets and their owners on a daily basis, and also enjoys interacting with a variety of different animal personalities here at the hospital.

At home, Shaina and her family live with a multitude of pets. They have three dogs—Kalia, Tucker, and Bear—as well as three feline friends named Lily, Kitty, and Hansley. The family enjoys hiking and camping together in the great outdoors, and they’re particularly fond of taking their canine companions swimming with them!

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Crystal

Caretaker

Animal care was simply a natural part of life for Crystal while growing up—in addition to her own dogs at home, her uncle kept horses and her grandmother owned birds for many years. Crystal has wanted to put her compassionate spirit and adoration of animals to good use ever since she can remember!

Crystal was born and raised here in Boise. She worked a variety of jobs in the area, developing her skills in customer service and also serving as a lead teacher for a local daycare facility, before joining the River City Veterinary Hospital team in early 2016. She loves bonding with the clinic’s boarding dogs; she knows she’s done her job if the dogs are happy and worn out by the end of the day!

Crystal is married and has two daughters—the eldest of which is studying to be a veterinary technician herself—and a stepson who lives in Alaska. At home, the family has three dogs: Kalia, a yellow Lab; a Springer Spaniel named Tucker whose bark is worse than his bite; and a Pomeranian who goes by Little Bear. They also own a trio of cats: Hainsley, who moved in without an invite; a rambunctious, tiger-striped grey kitten; and Lilly, the mother of the bunch.

Outside of her interests in the veterinary world, Crystal enjoys practicing her photography skills whenever she gets the chance. She loves being able to express her love for nature and animals through her photos! Crystal also likes camping in the great outdoors and going pheasant hunting with Kalia.

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