Meet Dr. Bruno: Chief of Staff, Client Educator, & Party Planning Extraordinaire

Dr. Niccole Bruno is the Chief of Staff at Companion Animal Hospital.

I grew up in Queens, New York which is where my interest in veterinary medicine first began. Like most people in this field, I’ve always had a desire to help animals. As a young girl, I’d feed stray cats and dogs in my neighborhood. When I got older, I started volunteering at an animal hospital in Hempstead and from there, my passion blossomed.

Dr. Bruno with her husband, children, and dogYou might be surprised to learn that I’ve been working in the veterinary field for over two decades now. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked as a kennel attendant, a veterinary assistant, and a veterinary technician as well as dabbled in the areas of both research and pharmacy.

After working those jobs for many years, I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian, so I attended Tuskegee University where I majored in animal science. I later attended Cornell University and graduated with my DVM degree in 2006. After that, I moved to Katy, Texas which is where I currently reside with my family.

Over the past 13 years, client education has become one of my favorite aspects of working as a veterinarian. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the importance of providing their pets with preventive and routine health care. That’s why it’s my goal to help them learn about the huge role they play in their pet's long term health.

When I first started working at Companion Animal Hospital, I was an associate veterinarian. I was honored when I was promoted to Chief of Staff within my first year there. I truly enjoy working with both my staff and superiors. I appreciate the work-life balance afforded by VetCor because it allows me to pursue my career goals and still have time to spend with my family.

In addition to that, Companion has been undergoing renovations recently which has given me the opportunity to get to know people who work in various departments at the VetCor home office. Those interactions always leave me feeling like a valued member of a larger community. It’s really nice to know that my opinion matters and my work is appreciated.

Although I love private practice, I’ve also developed an interest in practice management. I enjoy hospital design and being able to cultivate a positive environment for both clients and staff. I’d love to be able to expand upon that someday whether regionally or nationally.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Tyron, our two children, Cole and Addison, and our shih-poo, Jimmy. I’m also a big fan of traveling, binge-watching various TV shows, watching football, scrapbooking, and party planning. It’s safe to say that I keep busy!