Meet Our Amazing Team

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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. Madelyn Waleski

Dr. Madelyn Waleski

Veterinarian

Bio coming soon.

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.

Jordan E.

Jordan E.

Office Manager

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

One of our adoptables was getting adopted and managed to escape her new owner’s arms. She was running all over the lobby and it took myself and 2 other receptionists diving on the ground to catch her.

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

A Puma! I’m fast-paced and don’t like to be messed with.

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

A tiger. They’re beautiful creatures. If you raise them from a small cub, they’re very loyal.

Mike

Mike

Kennel Manager

I have been working at Coyne since April 2018 and I absolutely love it. My inspiration to want this job was simply my love for animals. When you’re working in a place full of animals every day is very heartwarming.

Mike’s most embarrassing moment at work was when he accidentally locked himself in the outdoor kennels and realized he had no way to climb out over the wall.

If he had to choose two animals to breed together, defying the laws of nature, he would want it to be a cat and a dog so that it could be the real-life version of the cartoon ‘Catdog’.

Schyler

Schyler

Office Manager

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
Working here for almost 2 years and having pets of my own, there are so many funny and memorable stories. Dogs refusing to leave our clinic, my water-hating dog falling into the lake after chasing his shadow, and more.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
I’m naturally a pretty lazy individual and love naps… so possibly a koala or a sloth.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I’ve been fascinated by dolphins since I was young, so definitely a dolphin if it was feasible!

Michelle S.

Michelle S.

Veterinary Technician Manager

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 

I have always had a passion for animals ever since I was little. My parents could always count on me bringing home a variety of new “pets”, which I’m sure they were very appreciative of. I started my career in 2006 when I graduated from Joliet Junior College as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Along my path I got to work with a variety of animals, ranging from small pocket pets to large wild cats, as one of my externships was at a zoo. As much of a rush, it was to experience doing a wellness check on a sedated Orangutan, I decided to stick with small animals. I recently joined Coyne Veterinary Center in October of 2019 and am very eager to care for your fur baby and share my experience with the staff.

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

Kara

Kara

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.

Jessica

Jessica

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!

Cassy K.

Cassy K.

Veterinary Technician

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 
I started working as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital when I was in high school, just after I got my first dog. The more I learned, the more my love for animals grew. One dachshund shortly turned into four and that’s when I realized this was the field I was meant to be in! I definitely have a passion for small animals and am always eager to help with any exotics that come through.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
Some of my favorite memories are a result of a challenge. There are a few instances I can think of with rowdy birds, but I think one of my favorites was handling two birds in a room with the doctor. The birds flew straight out of their kennel and around the whole room. The owners refrained from telling us that their birds were rarely handled and they did not necessarily feel comfortable handling them in the hospital. But luckily, they were just startled and were very friendly!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
If I could compare myself to any animal, I would choose a Beluga Whale. I love how playful and friendly they are, even in the wild. I love watching videos of them lending a helping hand and returning stuff people drop in the ocean.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I did an internship at a zoo over the summer and loved taking care of the Cotton-Tipped Tamarins. They look like little mad scientists and are so devious; I could watch them play all day.

Nicolette

Nicolette

Veterinary Assistant

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

McClaryn

Technician Assistant

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.

Skyler

Skyler

Veterinary Assistant

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.

Kailynn D.

Kailynn D.

Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon.

Room Assistants

Nicole

Nicole

Room Assistant

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

As an animal lover, I cannot help wanting to help animals in need. As I was getting ready for bed I heard a cat outside meowing. I was already in PJs and thought no one would see me in the dark. Just as I was about to get the cat, my neighbor came home. I hid behind a large tree but the motion lights caught me and my neighbor asked what I was doing. I told him about the cat and he said, “only that would happen to you.”

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

I would compare myself to a goat. I always find myself in crazy situations and sometimes cannot get myself out. I’m funny, sometimes without even trying to be and my quirky personality will put a smile on your face.

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

I would want a sloth. They are calm and easy-going. They always appear to be smiling and would be a wonderful pet to tell your secrets to. Sometimes it would do me good to just sit and chill and move as slow as a sloth.

Maddie L.

Maddie L.

Room Assistant

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences.

Although I am in nursing school currently; I will always have space in my heart for my furry friends. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to work at Coyne on the weekends because even working at the hospital the techs and doctors have taught me so much about patient care. Some of the skills I have learned at Coyne I will take with me for the rest of my life.

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

When I was working in kennels, my manager at the time was hiding in a kennel with her favorite dog and scared the life out of me! I remember falling on the floor and dying of laughter!

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

I’d probably be a dog because I have a small group of people I love and I am loyal to them.

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

I would love to own a fox. I think they are beautiful and seem to have a playful personality.

Trinity

Trinity

Room Assistant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
My dog is deathly afraid of sudden movements of any inanimate objects. A fold-up chair had fallen over in my room and she refused to come in the room for over a week. If she ever misbehaves all I have to do is put my hand on the ‘enemy’ and she will listen.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
I would compare myself to a lioness. I am extremely independent, brave, and loyal to those close to me. I refuse to let anything get in my way.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
Red Panda – They are small, fuzzy, and always look happy.

Lynn

Lynn

Pharmacy Assistant

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!

Madison B.

Madison B.

Room Assistant

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 
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!

Client Service Representatives

Cody

Cody

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon.

Liz

Liz

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I have always enjoyed being with people and their four-legged family members. After college and various accounting positions, I began my career in the animal care and veterinary field. I owned a business specializing in house-sitting, dog walking and home care at the same time, and worked as a receptionist at a 24-hour emergency facility. After I met and married my wonderful husband, Jim, we moved to Tupelo, Mississippi and I continued to work within the veterinary field. I was hired as a receptionist, trained in-house as a technician and untimely became practice manager. A few years ago, as I drove down Broadway and saw our facility being built, I knew I needed to get back into the veterinary field… and the rest is history!

There were a few moments that truly imprinted in my the importance of connecting with each of our clients.It is an amazing feeling when an owner know that you and your facility will care for their pet as your own.

Liz has a sweet family tradition on Christmas where after they decorate the Christmas tree, they turn out all the lights in the house except for the tree and lay down with their feet under the tree. They take that time to bond, talk about their favorite memories, ask any and all questions, and enjoy the quiet moment of just them.

She has also has learned the importance of the tie on her work scrubs the hard way while getting her daily hug from a golden named Barry!

Allison G.

Allison G.

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

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.

Cris

Cris

Client Service Representative Shift Lead

I went to school for Criminal Justice, but my first dream job was to become a vet. I have such an intense love for animals and working at Coyne is such a dream. I get to work with insanely intelligent people and I get to see animals all day, what’s not to love? Learning from everyone who works here is genuinely a gift. I want all owners to know that we love and care for your animals almost as much as you do. Everyone here truly cares for the health and well-being of everyone that walks in.

Cris’s favorite dad fact-joke is: “Did you know that the first french fries weren’t actually cooked in France? They were cooked in Greece.”

If she could defy the laws of nature and breed any two animals together it would be a panda and a koala so she could call it ‘Paula’.

Kelley V.

Kelley V.

Client Service Representative

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 
I always wanted to start a career involved with animals. I decided to pursue what I knew I wanted to do, so I applied at Coyne.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
My family and I were at the lake when my fiance’s dog jumped on him, pushing him into the water off the boat dock, then jumped in the water after him!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
I would compare myself to a saw-whet owl. I prefer colder weather. It is rare to see me out (when I’m not at work) and I love being in the woods!

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I think having an orca whale would be a very cool pet. They are extremely smart and I think would make a great companion.

Rayne C.

Rayne C.

Client Service Representative

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. (example: Dr. Dog went to School Name after they were inspired by a childhood experience with their own pet dealing with illness.) 

All my life I have loved animals and always had them while growing up, so being able to come and work at Coyne has been such a dream. I get surrounded by all different kinds of cute faces all day, who wouldn’t love that? I also get to work with amazingly talented people who have taught me so much already. Working here has been one of the best experiences in my life so far and I am very grateful for that.

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 as a pet, I think I would want to have an elephant. Elephants have been one of my favorite animals since I was young, so being able to have one as a pet would be insanely cool. I wouldn’t even need to have a car to get around, I could just hop on the back of my elephant and have them take me everywhere.

Alex Y

Alex Y

Client Service Representative

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 

I’ve always loved animals. I always said I wanted to work with animals, even when I was a kid. I was inspired to get into the animal care field when I was about 15. My family had just adopted a kitten, about 5 days after we adopted him I noticed he felt really hot. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it, except that he liked to sleep right against my side. When I really paid attention, I noticed that he seemed to be wheezing a bit, so I told my mom and we got him to the emergency vet. When they evaluated him, they told us he had severe bronchitis that was almost into pneumonia and if we hadn’t have brought him in, he would have died that night while he was asleep in my bed. I’m not sure how I knew something was wrong with him, but I did and I am so glad that I paid attention. He’s 8 now and the best cat I could’ve ever asked for.

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

One day, in the third grade, my class took a field trip to Amish Acres. While we were there, some boys in my class decided they wanted to get really close to the free-range turkey that lived on the property. Needless to say, the turkey wasn’t impressed and ended up chasing all of us for a solid 5 minutes. It was scary when it happened, but now I look back on it and can’t help but laugh.

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

If I could compare myself to any animal, I would say I’m an elephant. I care deeply for the people that matter to me and would like to think I’m fairly smart.

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 for a pet, I would have a Newfoundland. They remind me of big teddy bears. They just seem like they would be great to cuddle up with on a chilly night.

Lauren M.

Lauren M.

Customer Service Representative

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 

There has never been a time in my life where I haven’t had a fuzzy friend at home, and growing up with animals has created the biggest soft spot for them in my heart. When it comes to pets, my biggest inspiration is my mom, who is possibly even more of a dog-lover than me. She is the one who taught me about the significance of adopting, working through rescues, and giving every dog a chance. At work, I get to be surrounded by animals and animal-lovers each and every day and get to be a part of the love that happens between a pet and their family. I remember my first official day at work, and a woman came to pick-up the pawprint of a furry friend she had to say goodbye to. After handing her the pawprint, she gave me the biggest hug and thanked our team for the support she received. It was one of the most heartwarming experiences and genuine display of just how much our pets mean to each of us and how that love can bring us together.

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

My family and I live on the lake and our pup Pip absolutely LOVES being on the boats but HATES water. One day last summer we were getting ready to go out on the boat when all of a sudden I hear a big splash. I immediately turned around, ready to tease my sister for falling in, to find Pip treading water because she tried and failed to get in the boat that we kept on a lift before it was lowered. She was absolutely fine and it showed that she can actually swim really well, but to this day she still despises getting in the water.

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

I would compare myself to a dolphin because they are playful and social. I also love being in or near the water, whether it be swimming, at the beach or on a boat, so I definitely feel I match up with them being sea creatures.

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

I would have a sea otter because they are my absolute favorite animal. They just look so cuddly and a video of one showing the person filming how to pet them while squeaking is quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Sarah M.

Sarah M.

Customer Service Representative

Never in a million years could I not have pictured myself in the animal care field. I have always been a huge animal lover so I took the leap of faith. My long term goal is to become a technician and be hands-on. Being here at Coyne, each and every day one of the techs have done something to inspire me. Always so willing to help. It’s always a great day to snuggle new puppies and kittens as well as being with families during the tough times. Creating relationships with our clients just puts the biggest smile on my face.

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
A coworker brought in her sugar gliders and I tried to act cool and unscared but the moment that little glider leaped off of the table it was game over! I screamed like a little girl.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
If I could compare myself to any animal I would be a Fennec Fox. Always happy go lucky!

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 I would choose a highland cow. They are the cutest, fluffiest babies!

Brandi

Brandi

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon.

Kennel Team

Melissa V.

Melissa V.

Kennel Attendant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
My dog likes to play a game of chase when he goes outside. So I went to go see if I can catch him, missed a stair and fell!

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
A cat, because I love to take naps.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A tiger because they are so majestic and I’ve always loved tigers.

Derrick B.

Derrick B.

Kennel Team Shift Lead

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

I was trying to take out a big dog and during this time the dog hit me in the stomach. Then I bent over to hold my stomach and the dog tried to jump on my back. I couldn’t help it but laugh!

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

I’d say Buddy (one of our fun Goldendoodles that comes to daycare) because at the end of the day I’m pretty energetic and a fun guy just like him.

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

Like a crossover between a wolf and a husky because they have that wild look but also cool look in their eyes like the world is their playground.

Taylor G.

Taylor G.

Kennel Team Shift Lead

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
When one of our employees got her hair caught in the label maker. (Don’t worry she was fine!)

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
A dog because they are loyal and happy and can be sassy at times.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A dog because I love dogs and there are so many that need loving homes!

Stephanie S.

Stephanie S.

Daycare Attendant

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 

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!

Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Kennel Attendant

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.

June

June

Kennel Attendant

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

This is a tough question because I believe wild animals belong in the wild. Rather than having one as a pet, I’d love the privilege of rehabilitating elephants and large cats to return them to their natural habitats.

Jessica O.

Jessica O.

Daycare Attendant

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

Whenever I work with Kim, she always imitates the dogs and makes them sound like how they would if they were humans, and it never fails to make me laugh.

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

I would compare myself to a turtle because I could either lay in the sun or hang out in the water and I would be protected by my shell.

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

I would have a koala bear as a pet because they like to sleep all day and so do I. They seem very cuddly.

Madison J.

Madison J.

Kennel Attendant

I really like working with dogs in daycare because they’re all just so cute and adorable, they also love to cuddle, so how can you not love them? I love when dogs want to give me a big hug or if they’re tired, so they want to lay on my lap, it’s literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I also think it’s awesome because I get to work with one of my best friends so that’s a good thing about coming to work.

If Madison’s dogs lived in the movie Secret Life of Pets she believes that her dog Pluto would find the closest shoe he could since he believes that shoes are toys. Her other dog Emma would find something on the counter like the bread or bagels and take it into the living room and tear it apart.

Megan

Megan

Kennel Shift Lead

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.

Summer

Summer

Daycare Attendant

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences.

I have had animals my whole life and always loved them. When I was younger, I wanted to grow up and be a vet. I currently have 4 cats and work in daycare and I love every second of it!

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

There was one time I used the air horn around Halloween and scared one of my coworkers. She jumped so high, it was hilarious.

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

A cat because I love to sleep and eat.

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

A giraffe because they’re my favorite animal!

Julia M

Julia M

Kennel Attendant

Share a funny story that happened at work or a funny animal-related story that has happened to you.
The funniest thing that happens is when certain dogs steal the water bowl in daycare and then jump into the pool with them.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
A cat because I’m always curious.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
A snow leopard because I love big cats and I would love to train it to be friendly.

Kim

Kim

Daycare Attendant

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!

Rachel W.

Rachel W.

Kennel Team

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.

Ashley

Ashley

Kennel Attendant

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences.

I am currently attending Pennfoster online college for a veterinary technician. The reason I chose to go to school for this is that I have always loved animals since I was a kid, and to be able to help them get better – that is the best feeling ever.

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

The funniest work story I had happen to me so far was probably when I was rushing to get these 2 corgis upfront and I slipped and fell so hard I had a bruise on my behind for a week! Or when I was 7 or 8 years old I made a “bug facts” video on my praying mantis Chuck Norris, which was basically the bug jumping on my face and me screeching. Before you ask, no, you can’t watch it online.

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

I would compare myself to a Honey Badger because they are small and fearless! They are known to attack lions and cobras.

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

I would have a Greater Kudu because they are so cute and I want to snuggle them!

Nicole P.

Nicole P.

Daycare Attendant

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Morgan C.

Morgan C.

Kennel Attendant

Bio Coming Soon.

Mackenna H.

Mackenna H.

Kennel Team

Bio Coming Soon.

Faith C.

Faith C.

Kennel Team

After I rescued my dog from an animal shelter I began to love helping animals and realized that was what I wanted to do.

If you could compare yourself to any animal, which would it be and why?
I would compare myself do a dog because they are loyal.

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be, and why?
I would have a hippo because they have been my favorite animal since I was little. They are also not common to be a pet and it would be cool.

Kaylin B.

Kaylin B.

Kennel Team

Bio Coming Soon.

Grooming Team

Taylor L.

Taylor L.

Bather

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

When I got my first dog Chelsea, the day we rescued her she escaped from the workers’ arms and jumped on me. That’s how I knew she was the dog for me.

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

An Otter, because they love to cuddle and they love to swim. They love to laugh and they are super excited all the time.

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

A sea otter, they are my absolute favorite animal so I would love to adopt as many as I can

Amanda W.

Amanda W.

Groomer

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 

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.

Kristen

Kristen

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.

Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Bather

Please write a paragraph about your career, what inspired you to get into the animal care field, inspirations, and heart-warming job experiences. 

After going to school and obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science at the Purdue University Northwest, I worked in the field of social work for a while and realized the burn out struggle was real. I set out to find a career path that I would be truly happy in and that’s when a spark came to me that I’ve been wanting to work with animals since I was a child and I switched from my business degree in my sophomore year of college which was going to be used to own my own animal hotel. So I decided my ultimate goal was to become a zookeeper and I knew that Coyne offered the experience I needed to get there!

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

My previous dog Lizzy that has since passed got into our bathroom small garbage bin and got the lid stuck around her neck and came out of the bathroom with the guiltiest look on her face. She looked up at us all innocently. We then took it off after snapping a picture.

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

A dolphin or a dog because they are kind, selfless animals that are playfully goofy but very smart and nurturing when they need to be.

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

I would have a monkey because they are playful and adorable!