Meet Jessica: Vet Tech at North Windham Animal Hospital

Jessica is a veterinary technician at North Windham Animal Hospital.

We spoke to North Windham Animal Hospital veterinary technician, Jessica, to learn about her career, her interests, and her hopes and dreams for the future. This is what she had to say.

Jessica (middle) and her team getting ready to walkThanks for chatting with us, Jessica. Let’s start with where you grew up and currently live.

I grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut which isn’t too far from where I live now.

Did you always know you wanted to work with animals?

I’ve loved animals as long as I can remember. Growing up, I spent a lot of time doing 4H competitive horseback riding. When I decided to apply for a job in the veterinary field, it felt like the right step for me.

Awesome. How long have you been working in the veterinary field now?

I got my first job in the veterinary field in 2004. I worked my way up from cleaning to working the exam rooms. I transferred hospitals five times to gain more experience in the things that interested me most. North Windham Animal Hospital is the fifth hospital I’ve worked for.

Lucky number five! How long have you been there and what’s it like?

I’ve worked here for almost three years. I love my team. My coworkers, hospital manager, and Chief of Staff truly make North Windham great.

You’ve worked for a hospital owned by another corporate veterinary group. What makes VetCor different?

The other group I worked for had a stronghold on our protocols. VetCor lets each hospital practice the way they want to, so we’re able to provide the best care. There’s more freedom and better benefits!

That’s our goal. What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?

Pets are family members, so it means a lot to me to be able to make sure they’re cared for in that way. It’s a joy to get to be a part of what helps them live long, happy lives.

So true. At the end of the day, how do you decompress?

Dr. McKiernan, our hospital manager, Linda, and I have been walking behind our hospital on our lunch break almost every day for almost two years now. We walk pretty much every day, even in rain, sleet, and snow.

You guys are dedicated. So what do your hopes and goals for the future look like?

I’m interested in personal advancement and pursuing a management track. In my personal life, I just want to live a full and content life.

Those are great goals. And you know I have to ask. What pets do you have at home?

I have a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Kodal. He’s the best, most loving dog in the world. He goes everywhere with me. I have pictures of him on my lap at the dentist, hair salon, and work. He’s my constant sidekick.

Too cute! Okay, last question. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do?

I love being outdoors - I enjoy fishing, having bonfires, and spending as much time on the water as possible.