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Veterinarians

Dr. Matthew Szalay

Dr. Matthew Szalay

Veterinarian, Medical Director

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Getting accepted into veterinary school and starting my career in this amazing profession. I will never forget opening that letter…

 

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
If an owner has a concern about their pet, consult their veterinarian before looking up symptoms online. Google can be a dangerous place to find advice. Veterinarians will gladly offer advice 10 times over having a pet owner Google something just once.

 

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chipotle. Hands down.

 

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m an avid sports fan. Strong loyalty to the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls. I am not a fan of winters because I enjoy outdoor activities like golfing, fishing, and attending baseball games. I love to cook—everything from preparation, the cooking process itself, the presentation, and of course…the eating…is fun for me.

Dr. Mallorie Barenie

Dr. Mallorie Barenie

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Graduating from vet school, of course!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Owning a pet is a fun and rewarding responsibility. Try to be as educated as you can about your pet’s wellness needs throughout his or her life; however, always consult your veterinarian first if there are any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s healthcare.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
I played the piccolo in Purdue’s All American Marching Band, I’ve traveled to London, Beijing, and Costa Rica, and I enjoy hiking and photographing nature.

Dr. Therese Bonoma

Dr. Therese Bonoma

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
I consider becoming a veterinarian my greatest accomplishment thus far. It was a lifelong dream and I can’t imagine doing anything else!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Preventative care is the most important part of ensuring your pets have a healthy and long life. Make sure they are kept up to date on vaccines, flea/tick and heartworm prevention, and get them spayed/neutered at the recommended age. Feed them a high-quality diet and get their teeth professionally cleaned regularly.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate and ice cream

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
1. I completed a full Ironman Triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin in 2015. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. I finished in 12 and a half hours!

2. I have had my horse, Cowboy, since I was 12 years old. He even came to college and vet school with me.

3. I took part in a variety of animal science and veterinary-related studies abroad—including spending time in the Netherlands and South Africa.

Dr. Krista Turey

Dr. Krista Turey

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
My greatest accomplishment has been filling my life long dream of becoming a veterinarian.

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
Preventative care and routine exams are the best steps to keeping your pets happy and healthy!

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Flaming Hot Cheetos

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
1. I studied abroad multiple times during college in Thailand, Italy, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic.

2. I’m an avid baker and like to bring treats in for my coworkers on Mondays as a good way to start the week.

3. I have recently become a green thumb and am currently growing 30 different vegetables and fruits.

Dr. Jade Bazarnik

Dr. Jade Bazarnik

Veterinarian

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?
Taking the leap to attend Veterinary School in a foreign country. I had never traveled outside the U.S. and actually didn’t obtain a passport until I was preparing to leave for school.

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?
An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. The expense of some of the things we can do as preventative medicine (vaccines, spay/neuter, routine dental care, or even heartworm preventative) truly pales in comparison to some of the costs of treatments of the conditions your pet may suffer from without them.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Spaghetti and meatballs with my grandmother’s recipe for a homemade sauce

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?
My first job was in the kitchen at a nursing home. I’ve never seen or read Game of Thrones.  The only shadow puppet I can do is a rabbit.

Dr. Katherine Bialas

Dr. Katherine Bialas

I attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. I am also Chicago-born and raised!
Every few years we would travel to Poland to visit our grandparents, I was always so fascinated by all the animals they had on their farm – if my parents couldn’t find me it was because I was in the barn or out in the field with the animals!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment at this point in your life?

Becoming a veterinarian sure tops the list!

If you could give one piece of advice to pet owners, what would it be?

You would be surprised how much nutrition affects an animal, a high-quality, well-balanced diet can truly give your pet a longer and healthier life.

3 things people might be surprised to know about you?

1. I spent 5 months living in Thailand where I got to work with elephants.
2. I speak fluent Polish, dziendobry!
3. I was in a folklore dance group for over 15 years, we would perform all over the world, as far as China and as close as Chicago.

Dr. Bialas Polish

Management Team

Jordyn M.

Jordyn M.

Practice Manager

What is your favorite quote about animals?
“Those who teach us the most about humanity aren’t always human.” – Donald L. Hicks

Favorite comfort food:
Dairy Queen ice cream

Last book you read:
The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Most unusual pet you’ve owned?
I currently have a rat.

Allison G.

Allison G.

Accounts Manager

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
We did a “battle of the bands” team-building exercise. We had groups, costumes, and laughed until we were in tears over the joy we brought each other.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
It would have to be a doggie. I am loyal, protective, and enjoy laying around and snuggling.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A horse. I loved riding, watching them play, run, trot, and just be the majestic beauties that they are.

Lynn B.

Lynn B.

Pharmacy Manager

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

I was helping the technician get a fecal sample from a dog. The technician went in to get the fecal and pulled out a baby carrot!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A cat – I like to sleep and have people wait on me.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A duck. I’ve always wanted a duck to be bonded to me and follow me everywhere!

Amanda D.

Amanda D.

Grooming Manager

My sister in law asked me to help her at her shop (I do love animals). Then I got stuck grooming for 10 years and haven’t stopped!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A cat because I’m fierce and friendly at the same time.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A Siberian Tiger or Polar Bear because they are my favorite animals. Beautiful and majestic.

Lauren P.

Lauren P.

Head Veterinary Technician

I have been saving animals my whole life, sneaking kittens in as a child to save them. It has always been my passion and it has been absolutely amazing to turn my passion into a career.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A fox bat because they look like flying puppies and I could share my love of fruit with them.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Axle is my 3 year old cattle dog that keeps me active and is a frisbee fanatic. Stoli is my 12 year old foster fail cat that thinks she’s a dog. Rumchata is my 12 year old rescue cat that has an insatiable love for plastic bags.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love being outside. I love spending time with my kids and my dog outdoors, gardening, time at the lake, and photography.

Morgan S.

Morgan S.

Kennel Manager

Animals have a huge piece of my heart! My goal in the future is to own my own boarding facility. I started learning more about animal care and medicine when my parents’ dog started to have seizures. This experience has inspired me to learn as much as possible about animals and medicine so that I can help my family or others in the future.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a 2 year old Siberian Husky named Zeus and my favorite thing about him is that whenever he wants attention he walks between my legs and looks up or paws at me. I also have 3 crazy cats Shadow, Jax, and Ziggy. My favorite thing about all 3 of them is that they love each other like siblings even though I adopted them 1-2 years apart from each other. Can’t forget about the play time at 2AM bouncing off the walls.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding part working with animals is being able to comfort, care for, and watch them grow.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I’m not working, I love to spend my time with my daughter and family.

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

Kara W.

Kara W.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

When my old dog nervous peed on a stranger’s lap that she randomly decided to jump onto while hiking.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Probably a cat. Independent and I appreciate attention but only when I want it.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A wombat – they’re hilarious and adorable.

Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Veterinary Assistant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

One of my cat’s favorite spots to pee is on my brother’s bed, so that’s pretty funny.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A platypus because I’m just living my life.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A grizzly bear because they are big, dangerous, stuffed animals. They look so cuddly and walking one would mean no one would stop to talk to me.

Jessica K.

Jessica K.

Veterinary Technician Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My favorite moment on the job was when I was helping care for a patient that was being stubborn while taking their medications. The owner called and requested to be put on speakerphone so they could talk their pet into taking their medications!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Gold retriever because they get to swim and lay in the sun all summer long!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A deer because they’re so cute and seem so sweet!

Nicolette T.

Nicolette T.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

Ever since I was young, I have had a love for animals. After the cat I grew up loving passed away, I decided to pursue my Associate Degree in Veterinary Science Technology. I told myself that I would love other pets as much as I loved her. The best experiences I have at work are when clients tell me that they can tell I’m passionate about what I do.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Dolphin because I would want to keep it in my back yard in a huge pool. It would be awesome for my son and husband, and I could swim with it anytime!

McClaryn M.

McClaryn M.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

A dog came in that had eaten a toy, we induced vomiting and when the dog threw up the toy squeaked as it was coming out.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A bear, I eat a lot, sleep a lot in the winter, and love the cold weather.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Tiger – I love big cats.

Megan R.

Megan R.

Veterinary Assistant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My dog and I have this fun game where I give her a bath and then she immediately runs and jumps on my bed.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Well, I took a quiz online because I honestly didn’t know. I got a penguin since they are resilient, intelligent, witty, and loyal to those they are close to and I felt like that was pretty accurate.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I wouldn’t choose anything over my 10-year-old beagle mix Dixie because she is perfect.

Rachel W.

Rachel W.

Veterinary Assistant

I first got introduced to Coyne Vet Center when I job shadowed Dr. Barenie through my vocational class in high school. I job shadowed her for three days. I also met Dr. Szalay while I was there. Dr. Szalay opened my eyes to possibly working at Coyne as a Kennel Attendant that way I could get more experience. I went through all the steps and here I am, working at Coyne! I have always wanted to be a veterinarian because I love animals and I think being able to help them would be the best job ever. Working here has really made me confident that becoming a veterinarian is truly what I want to do. I want all owners to know that our pets love us day in and day out, no matter what mood you’re in, what you look like, or what kind of a day you have had, so try to love THEM as much as they love you.

If Rachel could defy the laws of nature she would breed together her two favorite animals a wolf and a shark. This would make the furriest fish in the sea or a very large wolf with a mouth full of huge shark teeth. She would name it the “Warkf”.

Every year when Rachel and her family go on a fishing trip and on the last day of the trip, her family has a tradition of jumping into the lake. All of them must jump in.

Madison B.

Madison B.

Veterinary Assistant Shift Lead

I am currently in my gap year after graduating with an animal science degree from Purdue in May. I’m awaiting vet school acceptances at this moment. Upon getting into vet school, I aspire to eventually open a practice of my own and practice on companion animals.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
In one of my animal science courses at Purdue, I had to go to the swine farm at 5 am and vaccinate 200 piglets with one other person. The piglets were about 30 pounds so they were getting kind of heavy as the morning went on, and they were running around their pen like psychos so we basically had to tackle them to stop them from running away. Meaning- I was diving straight into manure for 3 hours. My body hurt for 3 days after, and I had thrown my clothes away after 5 washes that didn’t get the manure stench out…

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
Probably a sloth because I can be completely content laying around doing absolutely nothing all day.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I know crowns aren’t exotic and easily accessible, but I would have a Jersey cow because they seriously have the sweetest faces. Their eyelashes are so long and adorable!

Sara L.

Sara L.

Veterinary Assistant

Although I’m currently enrolled in nursing school, working with animals is truly one of the most rewarding jobs one can have. I love meeting new animals every day and saying hello to our regulars. It’s my goal to make every dog feel welcomed and comfortable while they’re here!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Cheetah, I love spicy cats.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two dogs and two cats. Ruger, Faye, Oscar, and Birdie. I love them all equally!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Seeing their improvement throughout the healing process and how fast they can get back on their feet. They always maintain a positive attitude even in difficult situations.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I don’t have many hobbies because I’m in school full-time and work part-time at another job but I do really enjoy reading and napping when time permits!
What causes are you most passionate about?
I’m very religious and most passionate about Christianity

Autumn N.

Autumn N.

Technician Assistant

I have always had a passion for animals since I was little. In high school, that love grew after volunteering at an animal shelter. While working at Coyne, I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
An elephant, I simply love them!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When not at work I enjoy going to farmer’s markets, practicing calligraphy, and hanging out with my cat!

Rosalie F.

Rosalie F.

Technician Assistant

I was raised in rural Michigan, where my mother’s homeschooling methods often meant throwing me outside to explore the world first person; tearing the tarp of the compost pile and grabbing as many snakes as I could before they got away, watching a spider’s web until something happened, catching and raising tadpoles while avoiding the crawdads that often got into my “traps” (for sure just yogurt containers I made holes in), or simply watching bats come out at twilight instilled such a genuine awe for the natural world. I have been fascinated by the biodiversity of even the most familiar ecosystem since childhood, which has given me cause to pursue ethology, biology, and animal husbandry both professionally and as my hobby. I am so grateful for my position at Coyne as I learn hands-on while going through a vet tech program.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I already have most of my dream animals, but Argentine tegus, Madagascar hognoses, Malagasy tree boas, and at least one false water cobra still need to happen
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
Proud owner (or co-caretaker, since my little siblings have taken after me) or a German shepherd, two cats, three tarantulas, four lizards, ten snakes, several arthropod colonies, and a hedgehog!
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
1) I have an up-close and personal look at their incredible design.
2)I work with incredible, innovative, and caring people who I’ve witness save and influence lives in amazing ways.
3) I feel like I make a real difference in the lives of our patients and the clients hold them dear to their hearts.

Chris B.

Chris B.

Technician Assistant

I was inspired to get into animal care after my first semester of college, being a civil engineering major, and realizing it was not for me. I took some time to rethink my career choice and thought of becoming a veterinarian and it inspired me to change career paths.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why? If I could have any pet in the world it would have to be a cat, because my family had one when we were younger but has since passed away.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
The fun and unique personalities of them.

Skyler B.

Skyler B.

Veterinary Technician

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

A horse I rode laid down in a big mud puddle while I was on her and would not get up.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

A sloth because I keep to myself most of the time. I’m shy when I first meet someone new.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

A black leopard because I think they are pretty.

Alyse C.

Alyse C.

Technician Assistant

I have always loved animals and had a passion for caring for them. Growing up I’ve always been one to take home strays and get them back to health so I wanted to learn more about it professionally.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any pet in the world it would probably be a monkey because they are pretty cool.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 3 dogs, 3 horses, 4 cats, 3 chickens and a hamster. They are all unique in their own ways.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I believe the most rewarding part of working with animals is being able to experience watching them heal.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my animals.

Emily B.

Emily B.

Technician Assistant

I have grown up my whole life with a bunch of animals. I’ve always had chickens, barn cats, and dogs. I’ve always wanted to know more about medicines and illnesses with animals to take care of them my best. My goal is to become a vet tech. Working with animals has always been a dream of mine. I hope to one day become a large animal vet tech.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have a miniature cow. They are so cute and would make a good fit for our farm.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two dogs. Flora is a labradoodle and she’s so energetic and loves to play. Otto is an Aussie doodle and he loves to cuddle and run. I also have 15 chickens.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love when a nervous dog or cat comes in and we get them to open up to us. Sitting with them and making them feel safe.

Travon B.

Travon B.

Veterinary Assistant

I started in warehouse work and had no passion to be there daily. Switching into a completely different field and years later enjoying walking into the building daily is what keeps me going. I was inspired to further my animal medicine career after seeing how rewarding it is to help others and their pets.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have a chimp because they are full of personality and facial expressions.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 2 dogs (Bloo, and Veah) And 2 cats (Max and Katy Purry)
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy home improvement and video games

Danyelle M.

Danyelle M.

Veterinary Assistant

Ever since I was young I have had a passion for animal care and animal rescue. It started with my own cats and dogs and continued as I found my way into the animal care field in 2016 at a small humane society. From then, I started Veterinary Technician School and have had experience in many ways doing what I love. My goal is to take what I have already learned and continue to grow.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would choose to have an otter as a pet. I think they are so cute with everything they do and seem like they would be a fun pet to have.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have five pets that were rescued. Three dogs (Yenko, Turbo, and Cobra) and two cats (Gizmo and Denim). My favorite thing about them is how unique each of them is in their own ways.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I find it very rewarding helping owners get their pets back to good health.

Tatiana S.

Tatiana S.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Molly R.

Molly R.

Veterinary Assistant

Growing up I always had a love for animals. I grew up with a black lab, but always dreamed about owning my own little hobby farm – and now I do! I’ve enjoyed working with animals in both the medical and training aspects and I’m happy to be back at work doing both!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Hmmm, I already own all the types of pets I want! Maybe other farm animals like goats or sheep, but I’m pretty content with what I have. It’s enough!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I live on a farm! I currently have two dogs Titan and Hercules; 5 cats named Topaz, Socks, Quinn, Honey, and Cloud; 4 horses Jesse, Jinx, Bane, and Tornado, 1 pony named Peanut, chickens, ducks, a leopard gecko and a ball python.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Being able to form a connection with them and helping them
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Training horses and being Mom

Room Assistants

Valorie G.

Valorie G.

Room Assistant

I have always had animals at home and always wanted to work with animals since I was a kid.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would love to have an elephant as a pet just because of how loving they are to humans.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have 4 dogs and 4 cats of my own. Pomp and Goldie are small breeds, Jinx is an Australian/German Shepard, and Daisy is a Goldendoodle.

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is how different every animal is from each other.

Marley P.

Marley P.

Room Assistant

I am currently attending Purdue Northwest to get a BS in Forensics. I got inspired to choose this career from the tv show Bones. My love for dogs is the reason I started working here at Coyne. I love seeing them be happy, healthy, and thriving.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A thresher shark because of their speed and their use of their tail. I also would also love to have a panda because of their fluff, their laziness, and the fact they’re surrounded by bamboo.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two dogs. Their names are Flower and Atari. Flower is my baby pit mix and loves to play or give kisses. Atari likes to relax and lay around all day.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Getting to give them love and making them happy. It’s also nice to know they’re here to get help with any of their health concerns.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to ride my long board, listen to records, and drive. All of them help me clear my mind and relax.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I’m very passionate about the fight for equal human rights. People are people and should be free to love who they want and do what they want regardless of their background. I’m also passionate about climate change since there is no Planet B.

Samantha B.

Samantha B.

Room Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Hannah S.

Hannah S.

Room Assistant

Since I was very young I’ve always wanted to be a vet, and now beginning my path to vet school by working here is such an incredible experience that I am very grateful for. Hopefully, I’ll be starting my undergrad in Animal Sciences next fall. I love working with dogs and cats and can’t wait to be able to help them medically.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any animal in the world, it would be a horse. I’ve always loved horses and actually used to take riding lessons. I would absolutely love to have enough space to own one!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
Currently, I have two dogs, Ellie (a shetland sheepdog) and Rex (a European Doberman), 3 indoor cats, Tom, Jerry, and Oreo, one barn cat named Dash, and a few chickens. My favorite thing about the dogs is how incredibly smart they both are and my favorite thing about the cats is, well…that they’re cats. Cats are the best!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The most rewarding thing about working with animals is definitely gaining the trust of any animal, but more specifically the animals that are timid and sometimes even mean around people.

Client Service Representatives

Sarah M.

Sarah M.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

Since working at Coyne I’ve truly come to find that working in the vet med setting is exactly where I belong! I have moved and come back several times! The Coyne motto and family are truly what make it a better working environment! Being able to assist in a c-section has been the highlight of my job thus far!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
An otter. They are cute, cuddly, and love water!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 3 doggos, and they are my babies! We have Delilah (American Bulldog), Bella (lab mix), and Loki (pit bull/boxer mix). Delilah is one of a kind and her crazy tongue that always hangs out is what she is known for! Bella is our best girl! She’s happy go lucky and ready for fetch 24/7. Our Loki boy is a mama’s boy and lives for walks!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Everything. Animals have the biggest heart and the bond you can create with them is one in a million!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my husband and family, shopping, walking the dogs, being outdoors or decorating our new home!
What causes are you most passionate about?
Local dog rescues, especially Guardians of the Green Mile, that’s where we got our sweet Loki! Along with anti-bullying, planting trees, and anything ocean related!

Kaylin B.

Kaylin B.

Client Service Representative

I’ve had a soft spot for all animals since I can remember. Knowing each time I go into work I have the ability to make a difference in the quality of just one of their lives gives me the motivation to keep showing up even on the hard days.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have a horse one day! I’ve always been so passionate about them, some of my favorite jobs were on ranches.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I guess you could say I already have a horse of my own. We have a 1 yr old Great Dane named Bunta. He is 140 pounds of puppy love and our favorite thing about him is his unique tail kink, it makes him look like a little pig.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I find that as the years I work at Coyne pass, the most rewarding part is truly knowing these animals and their families. I get to see these babies come in straight from adoption and watch them thrive and grow in their loving homes.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I’m not working I am blessed to be able to stay home with my 2 kiddos and watch as their little personalities grow everyday.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about mental health awareness. I think in a perfect world fully trained service animals would be easily affordable to anyone fighting these hidden battles.

Kristine F.

Kristine F.

Client Service Representative

I am starting a new chapter in my life. I have worked with human patients for 20 years and now I have the opportunity to make a difference in a furbaby’s life! 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would love an Alpaca. Years ago I took my daughter to a farm where you could feed Alpaca by hand. I had this sweet Alpaca come up and put his head on my shoulder. I was so excited and my daughter was busy snapping pictures! 

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

Yes, two rescue cats named Lola and Carly Sue. 

Olivia V.

Olivia V.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

Growing up I always dreamt of being a veterinarian, but as I got older I tried to be more realistic with myself and how much schooling I wanted to put myself through. I’ve always had pets growing up and the older I got the more my love grew for animals, so when the opportunity came up to work with animals I couldn’t pass it! 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would pick a cow because I think they are so cute and I feel like I’m pretty equipped to handle cow-like animals (my dog).

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I have two dogs, Athena and Zeus. Zeus is a Great Dane puppy and Athena is a Great Dane Pitbull mix. They are both still really young and hyper so they keep me on my toes. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing would be the interactions that happen daily with not only the pets I get to come in contact with but the owners as well. Pet owners often feel as though their pets are family so I’m excited to help them with all their needs.

Tori H.

Tori H.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I have always loved animals and wanted a career where I was able to help them.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love a goat, I think they have such fun personalities.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Titan and Pudge, they are both so sassy.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Seeing them happy and healthy
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Crafting

Tayllor M.

Tayllor M.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I love working with pets that bring so much joy to our lives!
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Sea turtle
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have one dog named Lucas. I love how he thinks he is still a tiny puppy, even at 100 Ibs!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The happiness they bring to any situation.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I am a full-time hairstylist after work hours!

Samantha S.

Samantha S.

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Haley B.

Haley B.

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Megan T.

Megan T.

Client Service Representative

I’m currently enrolled at IUN as a biology major soon to be in pre-veterinary medicine school. I have two dogs of my own that are my whole world. I enjoy being able to help other people care for their animals.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A tiger because they’re like big cats
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Yes, Otis and Willow. Otis is a Saint Bernard and my best friend. He is a very good boy with high energy and gives many kisses. Willow is such a sweetheart and a very patient dog. She loves to cuddle.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I find that knowing I’m helping owners feel that their pet is in good hands and that we are helping the pet themselves the most rewarding.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Going to the gym
What causes are you most passionate about?
Treatment of animals

Cassie S.

Cassie S.

Client Service Representative

I have been working with animals and participating in 4-H for over 10 years which grew my love for animals and made me want to work in the animal care field.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would want a panda just because they look so cute and cuddly
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have Three dogs, Bentley, Dunkin, and Penny. I love to take them on walks or spoil them with pup cups from our favorite place! (Dunkin of course)
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Seeing them happy and healthy
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Horseback riding
What causes are you most passionate about?
Local dog rescues

Kennel Team

Kim H.

Kim H.

Daycare Attendant Shift Lead

I started working in the veterinary field 14 years ago, with Dr. Coyne, as a kennel attendant. I’ve learned so much working with all these talented and knowledgeable doctors and technicians. However, working in doggie daycare has been so rewarding and enjoyable. I’m obviously an avid dog lover and I’ve built such a bond with so many dogs (and a lot of owners too). Do you know how some people dread going to their job every day? Not me. I look forward to seeing my favorite 4 legged friends. They make my days brighter. It’s very rewarding to gain a shy, timid dog’s trust and watch them come out of their shell. I truly care and love them. Dogs are my life.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures. They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” -Gilda Radner

If Kim had to set up her dogs’ dating profiles they would read as follows:

Stefan: Ball enthusiast. Loves his mother. Enjoys snuggling on the couch. Expert bully stick chewer. Loves treats and ice cream. Enjoys long walks. One look at me and you’ll fall in love instantly. I’m adorable.

Damon: Opinionated. Strong. Boisterous. Loves naps. Enjoys car rides. Loves his father.

I love to kiss, even if you don’t want me to. I’m very loving, but if you do something I don’t like, I will eat you!

Stephanie S.

Stephanie S.

Daycare Attendant

My inspiration came from when my sister became a Vet-Tech, and I really wanted to be part of the animal care field as well.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.

My sister’s dog Brutus chased us with a garden hose through the whole garden. In the end, he was super happy and me and my sister were soaking wet.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?

Probably a cat, they’re very sweet and cuddly and independent but also a bit standoff-ish watching the action from a distance.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

Definitely a sloth, they’re just so cute!

Ethan W.

Ethan W.

Daycare Attendant

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I’m pretty content with a dog, I definitely want a staffy though.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have three dogs and two cats: Emma-I love how crazy she is. Jenny-I love the face she makes when we get home. Hank-the way he runs. Cats: Charlie-I love how chunky he is. Lulu- she fetches Nerf darts
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Probably just seeing the different dogs and bonding with them.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I would say adopting animals from rescues or shelters

Kaylee K.

Kaylee K.

Kennel Attendant

The thing that happened in my life that inspired me to get into the animal care field is when I was younger my parents brought home a dog named Kobe. He was a pomeranian and he was very sick, I felt so bad because he was so miserable and had to go to the vet every week. 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?

I would either have a Tiger, a Panda, or a Red Panda as a pet if I could. The reason why I chose these animals is that I find Tigers strong and very beautiful animals and Pandas/Red Pandas are cute and silly animals.

Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?

I currently have 2 pets. As of now, I have a dog named Zoe, she is a Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix and I have a cat named Mochi, she is a Siamese Munchkin cat. 

What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

My favorite thing about working with animals is getting to be around them, pet them, love on them, and knowing that they are in the right place with the right people being cared for.

Aiden T.

Aiden T.

Daycare Attendant

I love working with animals. This is what drove me to apply with Coye. My long-term goals will hopefully keep me in a rewarding position that is lucrative at the same time.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
It would definitely have to be a dog. Dogs are extremely affectionate and show their gratitude well.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
My family has some fish, no names, and a Guinea pig named Finn.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The reward comes from the love the animals show us.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy hanging out outside and playing video games.

Dolores T.

Dolores T.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

I’ve been an animal advocate for 28yrs, it was in caring for exotics I found a purpose to educate and care for other rehomed animals. While I joined this hospital to learn better means to speak with the public and gain more confidence in our abilities with all species. I’ve gained so much more… I don’t think I’ll be away from Coyne at any point in our endeavors to care for your animals too.

What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Understanding the deepest purpose in life for all of us I would suppose, the existence of each animal is like that of you and me, important, special, and necessary for the continuation of the symbiotic nature of the world we live in. The personalities and communication abilities are never-ending, and there is always something new to learn.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I’m a gamer at heart who also loves to create artwork. Though I do keep my nose in the books at times, I enjoy Pathogen, genetic, biology, and herpetological research studies and long nights watching documentaries!
What causes are you most passionate about?
Protection of our Native and non-native wildlife and ecosystems, as well as Captive care of such species in the happenstance that the wild becomes unsavory to provide life for any of its creatures.

Jordan W.

Jordan W.

Kennel Attendant Shift Lead

After working a few different jobs while taking a break from college, I decided to attempt something different and work with animals. Growing up I always loved animals, and would much rather deal with animals than with people. I figured I’d give it a try to see if I would like to pursue a career in the field.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any pet in the world, it would probably be any kind of monkey. There’s not much reason why I just think it would be fun to have.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have one all black cat named Phoenix. And my favorite thing about her is how much she sort of looks like she’s always smiling.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I feel like the most rewarding thing about working with animals, is the privilege of earning their trust. It’s hard to describe how rewarding it is when a dog that knows very little about you, in a short amount of time decides to put their trust in you.

Trinity P.

Trinity P.

Kennel Attendant

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. I never had any animals growing up but I started working for my neighbor when I was 7, I’m not sure what it was called but I helped collect money for no kill animal shelters. I also grew up in a neighborhood where there was always stray animals of course I couldn’t keep them but I loved helping reunite them with their owners.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I really want wolf hybrids, I have seen a lot of misunderstandings in wolf hybrids most people think they are just like any other dog and that is not the case, gaining and keeping their trust is based on respect and proper training.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Yes; Shadow and Sunny, they are both Labradors, my favorite thing about Shadow is he is a hunting dog and will play all day long. My favorite thing about Sunny is she is the biggest baby and melts when you call her name.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Definitely watching them grow or seeing all the different personalities each dog has.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I like to volunteer at animal rescues like Settlers Pond or just doing art.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Causes I’m passionate about are animal abuse awareness I can do project after project on animal cruelty and each one would be different.

Grace B.

Grace B.

Daycare Attendant

I grew up watching David Attenborough’s documentaries which made me fall in love with our planet. I always loved connecting with nature and animals, and had many different beloved pets throughout my childhood. Because of this, I was determined from a young age to dedicate my life to helping animals. I am currently on the path of becoming a Zoologist.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
An octopus, because they’re very intelligent and mysterious.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog named Zoey and my favorite thing about her is her sassy attitude.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Ceramics and photography

Jesse V.

Jesse V.

Kennel Attendant

After taking some time off from college and working jobs that left me unsatisfied, I decided to return to school to work in a field that I love and leaves me feeling fulfilled. I start school In the fall to become a Vet-Tech and in the meantime chose to work here to learn as much as I can.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would love to have a pet monkey who I can do fun activities with that other animals can’t do. Like eat at the table together and play at a playground.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
Chuck(Poodle/Schnauzer Mix) – He’s a smart and mischievous little dog glued to your hip with lots of energy. He’s sometimes seen tossing his toys in the air, playing catch by himself!
Zoe(Pomeranian) She is a super sweet, but sassy dog who would sleep all day if allowed. She always has a big smile on her face and does a “wave/praying” gesture to get your attention.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I like to spend a lot of time outside either skateboarding, running, or enjoying time with my dogs.

Samual R.

Samual R.

Kennel Attendant

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
My cat, because he’s perfect
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
Currently, I have 2 dogs and one cat. Nina & Harlow, and my cat Wally.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Being able to do one of my favorite things as a job. Even though there’s the cleaning, and cleaning up after messes, it’s still awesome to see all the animals every day. Just to be involved with so many animals is honestly amazing.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Playing with animals, gaming, sports.

Emma K.

Emma K.

Cuddle Time Attendant

I decided that I wanted to work with animals because I have been around them my whole life and I really enjoy caring for them.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog named Missy. My favorite thing about her is, her friendly and outgoing personality!
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I love spending time with all different kinds of dogs and seeing their different personalities.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, and spending time outside.

Mady H.

Mady H.

Kennel Attendant

Currently, I am attending Purdue University majoring in Animal Sciences on the Pre-Vet track. I have wanted to become a veterinarian since a young age and am working towards gaining more experience.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have a penguin because they are my favorite animals.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
It’s an easy way to give back to the community.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with friends and family.
What causes are you most passionate about?
environmental and wildlife conservation

Madalyn M.

Madalyn M.

Kennel Attendant

My love of animals started at a young age. My family had dogs, cats, horses, and goats. Anytime someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always to become a veterinarian. I am pursuing that dream by attending Purdue West Lafayette studying Animal Science on the Pre-Vet track. I have a passion for helping animals. It’s hard for me to go past an animal without having to pet it!

If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be, and why?
If I could be any animal, it would have to be a dog. Sounds basic, I know, but dogs are such a loyal companion.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I currently have 1 dog, 2 barn cats, 6 miniature horses, 1 quarter horse, 1 mini mule, and 1 full size mule. My favorite thing about all of them is that they all have different personalities.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
What I find more rewarding is knowing that the animals got the best care while being away from their families and creating special bonds with each of the animals that come in.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I am not working I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family and being around all of my animals.

Madison M.

Madison M.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Katie B.

Katie B.

Kennel Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Kaylee G.

Kaylee G.

Kennel Attendant

I am a big Christian. One of my future goals is to either get into construction or acting! Growing up I always had some sort of pet whether it was a dog, cat, bird, or even a Guinea pig. So when I got older I saw that most dogs unfortunately get mistreated and I feel like working at a vet, no matter the position, I am helping a dog!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Probably a penguin! They are adorable.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have 3 dogs and 2 cats! I have a miniature Australian Shepherd named Oreo. My favorite thing about her is when she walks because her butt waddles. I have a mini Bernadoodle named Oliver. My favorite thing about him is his personality. I have a mini Australian Shepard mixed with Boarder Collie named Eden. My favorite thing about her is her love for the snow.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Being able to see the difference in change from a first-time dog to a long-time dog and just seeing how they come out of their shell.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy working with the church like this past week I went on a mission trip to help rebuild homes. I also like to spend time with family.
What causes are you most passionate about?
The American Cancer Society because my family has a cancer gene and my brother has a blood cancer. Going on mission trips Because I was able to help people who were unable to help themselves do the things we did for them.

Katie G.

Katie G.

Cuddle Time Attendant

Bio coming soon!

Grooming Team

Kristen T.

Kristen T.

Groomer

I have always wanted to work with my mom at the pet shop she worked at. At 15 I did. Then she inspired me to go and learn grooming which is what I do now. My love for animals is so strong that anytime I see a stray animal on the street I try to locate the owner or take the animal to a shelter. A heartwarming experience I’ve had is when I had to groom a Lagotto Romagnolo for the first time which made me very nervous. When the groom was complete the owner was very happy and has since requested me to do their grooming in the future.

Kristen’s recommendation for everyone to try at least once would be to get a massage with hot rocks.

If her pets lived in the movie a Secret Life of Pets… her dog Cuddles would panic because she was left alone and chew on everything all while her sister Lucy would be sleeping the day away.

Faith G.

Faith G.

Groomer

I have always wanted to work with animals so when the opportunity came about I took it and it has been the best decision I have made.

Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them? 
I have a German Shepard named Daisy Mae and a Golden doodle named Rusty. My favorite thing about them is how loyal they are and how much joy they bring to my life every day.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Seeing them happy and healthy.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Being with my family

Bree L.

Bree L.

Groomer

After I left college, I really aspired to find work I genuinely enjoyed doing. I had an interest in working with animals and grooming, so I decided to go for it. Now I found myself enjoying my work for the first time and love what I do.
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A giraffe. I just think they’re really cool and they’re herbivores which I think is adorable.
Do you currently have any pets? What type and what are their names?
I have 1 dog and 2 cats. My dog’s name is Koda, he’s a black tri, mini Australian Shepard. A boy all-black cat named Zak Bagans, and a girl white and grey cat named Salad.
What is your favorite thing about working with animals?
Seeing all the different breeds of cats and dogs, everyone is just so cute!

Jade B.

Jade B.

Grooming Assistant

I always saw myself working with and caring for animals. So naturally, I wanted to be in an environment where I could make those connections.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A panda. They’re so cuddly and cute.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
A dog and a cat. My dog’s name is Pocket and my cat’s name is August. My favorite thing about Pocket is how cuddly and loving he is. My favorite thing about August is how playful he is and he loves to snuggle.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
What’s most rewarding about working with animals is getting to connect and spend time with them to get to know their personalities.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I enjoy being artistic such as painting and drawing.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Dog rescues.

Beth B.

Beth B.

Grooming Assistant

I’ve always had a big, caring heart when it comes to animals. It was always a dream of mine to work with animals when I was younger, but I could never handle the medical side of it. When I found Coyne was hiring for a grooming assistant it just happened to be a perfect fit!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A Sloth! I find them extremely interesting, for a slow creature they are excellent swimmers!
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have two cats. A tabby cat named Pretty Girl and a tuxedo cat named Tubs. My favorite thing about Pretty Girl is that she knows when I’m having a bad day she comes over to me and gives me cuddles. My favorite thing about Tubs is he’s a cat who doesn’t believe he is a cat. He loves to sit on your shoulder when you’re sitting and loves to be carried like a baby.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
I never have a dull day a work, I am always smiling and laughing when the dogs come in and they are always excited and I love the kisses they give you after a nice bath.

Jenna N.

Jenna N.

Grooming Assistant

I’ve always seen myself working with dogs since I was little. Whenever I’d see a stray animal, I would always want to help it. I love all animals and would love to continue working with dogs when I’m older.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Panda, they sit around all day and eat.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have a dog and a cat. My dog’s name is Chevy and my cat’s name is Finn. My favorite about Chevy is how loving and loyal he is. My favorite thing about Finn is how cuddly he is.
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
The bonding of all the different dogs.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I like to travel and explore nature.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Giving to animals and kids in need.

Laina K

Laina K

Grooming Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Housekeeping

Patty O.

Patty O.

Maintenance

In this season of my life, I love to help others to make their life easier. As I look back at my life, choosing a career that included caring for animals would have been a satisfying career because of the passion I have for animals. I want them to live their best life. So for now, I am surrounded by amazing skilled co workers who share that same passion for animals.

If you could be any animal, what would it be, and why?
A wildlife-type of bird. I would love to fly around and enjoy nature. Besides, I don’t like to sit around.
Do you currently have any pets? What are their names and what is your favorite thing about them?
I have 2 perfect rescues, Oscar and Remi. My favorite thing is their unconditional love. They fill in those love gaps, ya know?
What do you find most rewarding about working with animals?
Doggy kisses❤️
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to train my dogs and go for doggy walks with them. I also love to plant flower gardens and bake.
What causes are you most passionate about?
I am not only passionate about caring for others, but I believe every animal should be very well taken care of. After all, they are family❤️

Trainer

Justin

Justin

Trainer

Justin has been formally training dogs for 7+ years. He is an accredited AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Justin has a wide range of training experience. From puppy rearing, behavior modification and obedience to field trial, protection, tracking, scent detection and Police K9’s. Justin avidly pursues ongoing education by working with Master dog trainers while keeping up with clinical research. The key component to Justin’s training style is educating the owner to have the ability to train their own dog. Building a better relationship between dog and owner is the end goal.  When he’s not helping clients build that relationship he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, four dogs and serving as a Reserve Police Officer.