Karissa is a 2012 graduate from the Veterinary Technician Institute of Pittsburgh. As a member of our senior staff she has been instrumental in training new hires and implementing new safety protocols involving our restraint and handling procedures. Fear Free comes very naturally for her and even the most timid pets seem to warm up to her very quickly. Karissa has completed Companion Therapy Laser training, Low Stress Handing and Restraint, Fear Free Level 3 training, and Companion Animal Dentistry training through the Animal Dental Training Program out of Baltimore Maryland. She splits her time between working at the hospital and being a full-time mommy of 2 of boys.
Head Veterinary Technician
Jessica has been with the practice since the early days back in 2010. She has now taken on the role as Inventory Manager along with her vet tech responsibilities. Jess has been involved in animal care her entire life. Growing up she was extremely involved in her local 4-H and showed cattle at various farm shows and fairs. She maintains her own farm and horse boarding business. She also competes in horse jumping competitions as her schedule allows.
Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager
Brooke is a YTI graduate with large and small animal, shelter, and surgical assistance experience. She is one of our weekend warriors. Brooke has completed Companion Therapy Laser training, Low Stress Handling and Restraint, and Level 1 of Fear Free training.
Emily is a YTI graduate with shelter, surgical assistant, and small animal experience. She is one of our Surgical Technicians. She has completed Companion Therapy Laser training and Fear Free Level 3 training.
Bekah is a current student at Wilson College pursuing a bachelor's degree as a Veterinary Technologist with a minor in Small Business Management, and will graduate May of 2020. At Wilson she is apart of the VMT Club, and a mentor for incoming freshman who plan to pursue a Veterinary degree. She has been a technician with us at Compassion’s for two years now. She has also completed Companion Therapy Laser training, and Fear Free Levels one and two.
Kayla is an experienced veterinary technician with additional training in Fear Free restraint and handling, Companion Therapy Laser, and our Laser Safety Officer. Kayla wins the staff award for most diverse pet collection which includes dogs, cats, salt water fish, fresh water aggressive fish, amphibians, and pocket pets!
Denielle is a 2012 graduate from Alfred State College as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is certified in Companion Laser Therapy and Fear Free Levels 1 &2. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as her 2 chocolate labs.
Hannah is a graduate of Delaware Valley University with a degree in Equine Business Management. She has been working in the veterinary field for 4 years. She has completed Companion Laser therapy training and Fear Free level 3 certification.
Desiree is a recent graduate from the YTI Veterinary Technician program, and our Vet Tech Intern. She has received her Companion Therapy Laser training and is working on Fear Free education. She is very passionate about animal care and has a love for all animal large and small. Her favorite part about working here with us at Compassion is being part of an amazing team of veterinarians and support staff. She loves getting to meet and spend time with our clients and our patients.
Natasha is a Certified Veterinary Technician, who graduated from Sanford Brown College in Pittsburgh. She has been involved in 4-H for most of her life-either showing her goats, or helping to mentor the younger generation of 4-H kids. She has years of experience with large animal veterinary care and can usually be found side by side with Dr. Anne on a large animal farm call. She has completed Fear Free Level 3, Companion Therapy Laser training, and various other continued education modules to stay on top of her skill set. She is one of our surgical technicians and is always willing to go the extra mile to help a client or patient.