Our Team Members
Carrots, THE Top Dog Cat
He may be the smallest employee, but Carrots just happens to be the coolest cat in the Clinic.
Carrots came to us in 2014 as a rescue from Licking County Humane Society. He needed to have his left eye surgically removed due to a possible accident making it painful and useless. When he came back for a check-up on his eye, we also performed x-rays and realized his hip had been broken, but had already healed, leaving him with rear legs that are set a little closer together than normal. We kept him a few more days for observation, but his mellow personality awarded him run of the Clinic for exercise, and he decided that he didn't want to leave us.
He rules our Clinic with an iron paw, tearing up the reception area furniture when we forget to trim his nails in time. He is, however, a Fair & Just Boss and never plays favorites with his team members; anyone can give him cuddles and pets without prejudice. He has also proven himself a very good therapeutic cat and seems to know when one of his people need extra snuggles.
This little orange guy rules all of us with his purrfect purrsonality, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Brittany, RVT and Practice Manager for R.C.V.S.
Brittany received her Associate's Degree for Veterinary Technology at Kent State University Tuscarawas in 2011. She highly enjoys working with animals and does her best to make them feel as loved inside the clinic atmosphere as they do inside their homes.
Brittany is our Practice Manager and helps the Doctors stay organized and works closely with them to keep the Clinic running smoothly.
Brittany and her husband, Ross, have one daughter named Kathleen. Of course, they also have rescued pets; Nessie, their adorable little Heinz 57 dog, and Janie, an elderly Beagle they adopted after a long-time client passed away. They also share their lives with 3 cats named Spanky, Patches and Schmegal.
When Brittany is not at work and not wrangling her kiddo, she enjoys down time with reading, crocheting or beekeeping!
Brian, Office Manager for Hebron
Brian ensures that the routine daily operations at our Hebron Clinic run smoothly, while promoting a positive workplace. He loves the fun-loving, close-knit family environment at RCVS. Prior to joining our team, Brian served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and traveled all over the world.
Even though he enjoys his job at Refugee Canyon, he loves spending his time away from work with his wife, 2 daughters, and 2 lovable pups, Amos & Cooper. Brian is a Cleveland native, so he definitely likes watching football and is a die-hard Browns fan, although some years may be a little more difficult than others to watch. Brian and his wife, Jessica, also try to attend as many music festivals as possible every year.
Annette, Accounting Manager & Lead Customer Service Representative
Annette is in charge of Refugee Canyon's finances and bookkeeping, and mainly works behind the scenes now, but she enjoys working at the front desk at least one day each week. She has been a Receptionist in Hebron for over 20 years, and she knows most of our clients on a first-name basis, and has formed many friendships throughout the years.
She and her husband, Pat, have been happily married for over 25 years. Together, they have 4 adult children, Casey, Justin, Leslie and Shane. They also have 7 beautiful grandchildren that they love spending time with as much as possible.
Annette and Pat share their lives with 2 spoiled cats named Quinn, the Bengal, and Clancy, the Persian; and 2 happy dogs named Blair & Flo inside their home. Outside the house, they have 2 rescued horses named Nickie & Rocco living out their lives in luxury.
Jodi, Kennel Manager for Pataskala & Professional Groomer
Jodi is our Kennel Manager and Groomer, but is also able to double as a Veterinary Assistant during medical exams if needed. She worked for 10 years at a Veterinary kennel in Zanesville before changing her career path and began grooming for a living. She enjoys making dogs feel better with a good groom and bath.
Jodi is a Zanesville native, born with a passion for horses and grew up competing in Barrel Racing and 4-H. Jodi then moved on to Team Roping until she retired her roping horse. She is now riding and training a mare named Moonshine that she enjoys showing in Ranch Riding competitions. When she is not working, or on the back of a horse, you’ll find her cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes, regardless of the sport.
Working with people that are also good friends is a wonderful privilege, but her home life is where she relaxes and has fun with her wife, Dr. Samantha Coe, and their young son Grayson. Jodi & Dr. Sam also have a "daughter" named Callie, that just happens to be an Australian Cattle Dog. Together, they live on a small farm where they keep their 2 horses, Moonshine & Josie, and 3 rescued cats named Tressel, Skittles & Nada.
Amelia, MSc, CVT, Office Manager for Pataskala & Manager of Behavioral Svcs.
Amelia joined our Refugee Canyon Team in Pataskala as the Office Manager for the Veterinary Clinic and also acts as Pataskala's Lead Technician. She has a Masters of Science in Applied Animal Behavior & Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Additionally, Amelia received her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University in Minnesota. One of Amelia's passions in Veterinary Medicine is learning all she can about animal behavior.
As a new Ohio resident, Amelia has been exploring the area and enjoys running when it's nice outside. She also volunteers with a local animal rescue organization.
Amelia has 3 cats, but 2 still reside in Saint Paul, MN for the time being. Her 8 year old cat, Vera, is the first one to make the move to Ohio with her. Amelia adopted Vera after being responsible for socializing her while she received veterinary care during her studies at Argosy.
Sidney earned her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from the Bradford School. She works in surgery and helps the doctors during appointments in the office, and also on their farm call appointments, but she is most famous for spoiling our clinic cat, Carrots. She keeps him well stocked in treats and takes him home over holiday breaks (and some weekends) so he won't get too lonely.
Sidney also spoils her own animals, which include 4 horses (Kaye, Brandy, Logan and Tank), 3 dogs (Dixie, Daphnie and Darby), 4 barn cats and a lot of chickens. Growing up, Sidney was always involved in 4-H where she showed horses and pigs. She continues her equine passion by trail riding or training and competing in barrel racing events whenever time permits.
Sarah is a 2021 Graduate of Columbus State Community College with her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She began her internship with RCVS, and we are happy that she decided to stay with us to begin her career.
Sarah lives with 3 dogs and 2 cats. Mia & Emma are both Golden Retrievers, Bella is a Miniature Dachshund, and Simon & Scarlet are both rescue cats. Sarah and her Mom raised Simon on a bottle because she was found abandoned in their goat barn when she was only 2½ weeks old!
Along with showing her 4-H goats at the Hartford Fair, she is also an Advisor of 4 Paws 4-H Dog Club and has shown her dogs, Mia & Emma, since they were puppies. When Sarah has a moment of quiet, she spends it with family and friends, or by reading.
Shannon graduated from Columbus State Community College with her Associates of Applied Science Degree in 2021. Shannon also completed her internship with our Clinic, so she is very familiar with our clients and staff. Shannon assists the Doctors during appointments at both the Hebron & Pataskala locations and loves the diversity of cases that we see daily.
Growing up in Montana and Colorado, Shannon is an avid nature lover and is outside as much as possible. She and her husband, Corey, have 2 sons, Dylan and Eli. They are also pet parents to a chocolate Newfoundland named Chewbacca, a Cocker Spaniel named Leia and a mixed-breed adopted from CSCC named Poppy.
Sleep is a cherished luxury, but Shannon also loves crafting, binging movies, or doing almost anything with her family and friends.
Edwin hails from Peru and studied Veterinary Medicine at the National University of Cajamarca. He worked for five years after graduation in a Veterinary Hospital where he met his wife, Jessica, while she was volunteering in the Peace Corps.
After moving to the United States in 2015, he married Jessica, and they now have two beautiful twins, Benjamin & Elena. They also have three cats at home named Jake, Leonard and Oscar.
Edwin now works in our Hebron Clinic alongside our Doctors to continue his education during farm calls, surgeries and office appointments. When Edwin is not at work, he enjoys running, playing soccer and cooking his native Peruvian food for his family. He and his family also raise Quail together for their eggs.
Jamilya originally joined us at our Pataskala team, but now she works closely with the Doctors at both locations as a Veterinary Assistant while she continues her education through Penn Foster's Veterinary Technician program. She is knowledgable in all aspects of our Clinics, and can do everything from helping the Doctors during appointments, to Customer Relations at the Front Desk, and also assists with our Boarding pets at the Kennel if necessary.
Jamilya is a graduate of Heath High School. Her favorite things to do when she isn't studying or working, are catching up on sleep or spending time with her friends and family. Her own pets also keep her quite busy because they include 2 dogs named Dora & Gilbert, a Hedgehog named Felix, 2 Leopard Geckos named Swiper & Rafael, and a Bearded Dragon, named ... Dragon ;)
Lucy started with us in 2020. Her recent Bachelors Degree in Agricultural & Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University is the stepping stone to fulfill her lifetime love of animals, and her dream to become a Zoo Veterinarian.
Lucy shares her life with her dog, Wylie, a heeler/husky mix and 3 cats named Bolin, Honey & Nibbler; all adopted as strays or adopted through Licking County Humane Society. Along with the 4-legged family members, she also lives with her parents and younger brother, Jimmy.
When Lucy isn't working or studying, you'll most likely find her hiking or driving with Wylie and exploring our buckeye state.
Mickenzie works with us in both of our Hebron and Pataskala locations as a Veterinary Assistant while she studies to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Mickenzie lives at home with her family, and her new "puppy", a German Shepherd named Major. They have another rescued German Shepherd named Moon, and 3 rescued cats, a pet hamster, a pet rabbit, a few fish, and a pet snake named Amos.
Mickenzie and her boyfriend Chase have dated since the 8th grade, and they love spending time together when she's not too busy with work or studies.
Maria grew up in California, but moved to Ohio in 1992. She has a passion for helping animals, and came to us from the Licking County Humane Society with a lot of animal knowledge and skill. Maria is also a retired U.S. Navy Chief, serving 20 years of combined active and reserve duty.
Maria's husband, Bob, is an avid gardener, and they grow their own hay and manage a small farm together. They have a combined family of 4 adult children and 5 grand-kids. Their animal "kids" include KC, a Tennessee Walker horse and Bella, the Rocky Mountain horse; 3 dogs named Remy, the Multi-poo, and 2 Great Pyrenees brothers named Smith & Wesson. Their garden benefits from the 15 chickens they have to eat bugs, which Maria calls her little Pterodactyls.
Maria loves being outdoors running, bicycling, hiking, horse-back riding, or riding her iron horse, Harley ;)
Jamie joined our team in 2021. You may see Jamie during appointments at either of our locations, and she also helps at the front desk at both Clinics when needed. She enjoys working with "challenging" cats ... and especially loves black cats. Her pets at home include 2 dogs, Diesel the Old English Bulldog and Uriah the Boxer, and 3 cats named Sheba, Herbie & Sin. Jamie bought Sheba when she was working at her first job in Petland many years ago, and she is now a senior citizen at 20 years old! She acquired Herbie when he was left on the doorstep of her last Veterinarian, and Sin is a beautiful long-haired black cat born on Friday the 13th.
Jamie recently married her long-time love, Matt, in 2020 during the beginning of the Covid crisis. Together with Matt's daughter's Macy & Alexis, they enjoy traveling to the beach, bowling, skating, going to concerts, fishing and boating ... and she especially loves riding her motorcyc
Interestingly, Jamie is a fan of paranormal activity because she grew up with a ghost in her Grandparents' home!
Clarissa joined our team to help us at Hebron during Veterinary Exams and Surgeries, but she is also efficient in the Laboratory, and is also assisting at the Pataskala Clinic one day each week.
Clarissa has lived in Ohio near Martinsburg and Hanover her entire life. She married her high-school sweetheart, Jerrade, and together have 2 young children; a daughter named Chloe and a son named Wayde. They enjoy family time by camping and having bonfires. Clarissa also loves to do anything crafty!
Their pet population at home includes 3 large dogs, a German Wirehaired Pointer named June, 2 Great Danes named Oka & Garin, a cat named Princie, and a 17-year old lizard named Leo.
Jamee grew up in southern Ohio and graduated from High School through the Mid-East Career and Technology Center where she took Grooming and Veterinary Assistant courses. She has recently moved to this area to be a part of our Team. She has always lived and worked with animals and enjoys the ever-changing experiences here at RCVS. You will see Jamee's smiling face at either of our Clinics assisting with doctor appointments, or at the Reception desk.
Jamee lives with 1 small rescued Chihuahua mix named Rosie who is her best friend, and only slightly spoiled. She spends her personal time by playing with Rosie, listening to music or working out.
Reception & Customer Service Representatives
Laura works part-time in both our Hebron & Pataskala locations as Receptionist. In addition to interacting with clients and their pets at the front desk, she also keeps our website, Facebook & Instagram pages updated with news, information and photos.
She and her husband Brian, have one son currently studying Audio Engineering in Columbus. On her days off, Laura is usually at home caring for her small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. Additionally, they have a Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix named Boyd that watches over the herd. She has a Quarter Horse mare that was born on their farm the same year as their son, 22 years ago. They also enjoy 2 rescued dogs, 8 rescued cats, and 2 pet ducks named Tyra Banks and Naomi (khaki) Campbell. Tyra was incubated & hatched from an egg that Dr. Laing's ducks produced.
When Laura isn't in the barn, she relaxes by rug-hooking, going to concerts or traveling with her family.
Troi is one of our Receptionists that can double-duty as a Veterinary Assistant when required. You'll mainly find her at our Hebron Clinic, but she will occasionally help us at Pataskala if necessary.
Troi and her husband, Allen, have one daughter named Ashley that might be more horse-crazy than Troi. Together, they enjoy supporting Ashley with her school activities, and helping her show various 4-H projects each year, but especially when she has opportunity to attend and show their Quarter Horse, Zippee, in local shows. They have one little old man named Hercules at home that is a Miniature Australian Shepherd.
Troi stays busy outside of work by volunteering as a 4-H Advisor, and she still loves to ride horses whenever she finds the time.
Audra is one of the front-desk-warriors that works mainly in the Hebron location, but can be found in Pataskala when required.
Audra and her husband David, have been married for 24 years and have 4 children ranging in ages from 11 to 25. They enjoy their life filled with 6 horses, 3 dogs and lots of outside rescued cats. The entire family enjoys barrel racing and trail riding on their horses Stormy, Chula, Dixie, Fancy, Troubadour, and Doc.
When she's not spending time with her horses, Audra enjoys being a 4-H Advisor, and being with her family, or just reading whenever she has time to set down.
Dixie joined the front desk team on a part-time basis at both of our locations. She brings 40 years of experience working with people and clients after she retired from the Licking County Common Pleas Court.
Dixie is a Newark native, and together with her husband Troy, they have 2 grown children, and they also have 2 grand-daughters that they love to spend time with. She and Troy have just adopted an adorable black Lab puppy named Koal.
When she finds the time, Dixie loves to travel and experience new things with her family.
Sage lives at home with her parents and 4 siblings, Samuel, Olive, Pearl & Willow. She is currently a Junior in High School, and is also taking some college courses at Mount Vernon University. Sage works at our Pataskala front desk and helps maintain our busy Boarding and Grooming schedule. She loves interacting with the boarding dogs and cats while they stay with us.
Sage's family loves all kinds of animals, and they have several fish, a Leopard Gecko, a Gerbil named Walnut, and a beautiful black Labrador named Gracie that they got from friends when their dog had puppies.
Sage has dual citizenship in America & Canada because her mom is Canadian. She likes to crochet, sew and read in her free time.
Donna helps us keep the Boarding animals happy, exercised and fed. She loves the outdoors, and enjoys all animals, but especially dogs.
Donna shares her home life with husband Mark, and their 2 dogs, Sammy the Golden Retriever and Alli, the Border Collie. They also have 2 adult children, a son & daughter, that they enjoy spending time with whenever possible.
Donna and her family are adventurous, but she especially loves taking photographs and hiking, or just walking through town with her dogs. When she has to be cooped up inside, she'll spend her time scrapbooking with her photographs, or crafting.
Amanda is one of the smiling faces that will greet you at the Boarding & Grooming side of our Pataskala location.
Erin is a 2008 graduate of C-TEC of Licking County and works in our Hebron office a few days each week in charge of custodial services by cleaning our Lobby, keeping our trash from overflowing, and keeps the bathroom nice so it doesn't look like a herd of cattle ran through it. She happens to be the resident cat-lover, and enjoys saying hello to all of the kitties in the hospital while she's working.
Family is the center of Erin’s life, and she lives at home with her parents and enjoys visiting her grandparents, her brother and his family, or going to school events to watch and cheer for her nephews, Ben & Jack.
When she is not enjoying her human family, Erin can be found with her dog, Bailey, or her 2 cats, Mr. Lew & Allie, both rescues. She also loves to bake cookies or go to the movies with her friends.