Tilden is the hospital manager at Abilene Veterinary Clinic.
Like most kids, I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a little girl. I was born and raised in Abilene, Texas and I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with animals growing up. In fact, I showed pigs through high school and I’ve been riding horses for over a decade now. These days, I own three horses, Joe, Shiner, and a miniature named Puddin.
I’ve been working at Abilene Veterinary Clinic since I was 15 and my coworkers really have become my second family. After I graduated high school, I realized that I didn’t want to leave home for college and would prefer to continue working as a veterinary technician. Shortly after that realization, I was promoted to hospital manager which was very exciting, especially since I had pretty much grown up there.
My favorite part about working at the hospital is getting to know the clients and their pets. I love building rapport with pet owners and showing them they can trust me with their best friends. Their pets have really grown on me too and I care about them as if they were my own. I’ve known many of my senior patients since they were puppies and kittens and I feel fortunate to have watched them grow up.
In addition to caring deeply for the clients and patients I see, I love my work family too. My coworkers make the day go by quickly and I enjoy being able to create lasting friendships with them both inside and outside of the hospital.
My experience working at Abilene has been really positive and I hope to become a better, more efficient hospital manager in the future. Our regional manager and Abilene alum, Cassie, has set a great example and I hope to someday follow her path (because she's just the best).
When I’m not working at the hospital, I love spending time with my husband, Dustin, our 1-year-old daughter, Tinslee, our cat, Kitty, and our three Dachshunds, Cinch, Wrangler, and Levi. We’re a pretty active family and we love hunting, riding horses, going four wheeling, and swimming in the tanks in our spare time.