Technicians and Assistants
It is Amber's knack for anticipating exactly what needs to be done that earned her the nick name "Ready Betty" at the clinic. She is two steps ahead of most of the staff most of the time! That is why you will see her in all the departments helping out where ever she is needed! With a BS in Biology from Northern Arizona University Amber has a special interest in exotics and would like to one day be a veterinarian. Amber and her husband Thomas share their home with a 3 year old bearded dragon named Winslow. Winslow is a very charasmatic beardie who keeps his family well entertained. They also have a 4 year old tree frog named Leonard and a 9 year old pomeranian named Bjorn who they rescued shortly after moving to Anchorage.
We knew we had found another winner when Jolaine cruised up to the clinic on her first day of work riding a harley! Alaska born and raised, Jolaine works hard and plays just as hard. She has wanted to be a veterinarian since a young age and is pursuing a degree in biology at UAA. With her drive and dedication, we have no doubt she will achieve her goal of attending the University of Washington Veterinary School. Jolaine can be found in all areas of the clinic working on projects, cleaning and assisting the technicians and veterinarians. She also likes to keep us organized and the equipment running well - and we sure appreciate that! In her free time (when she is not studying!) Jolaine spends time with her family and her two bernese mountain dogs: Logan and Kona. They like to hike, camp, play frizbee and pretty much anything outdoors.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Ryan was on skis as soon as he could walk. Harnessed to his Dad, Ryan zoomed all over Mt. Alyeska in Girdwood - maybe it was this experience that made Ryan want to follow his Dad into the veterinary field? As soon as he got his driver's license Ryan started working at CVAC and has been a part of the team ever since. Ryan loves to learn new things and as such he is cross trained to multiple roles in the clinic. He is a bit of a cat/dog whisperer and enjoys bonding with and caring for our patients. Ryan is especially attentive to Woody our clinic kitty - during lunch breaks they can be found hanging out solving the problems of the world. Ryan is currently working on his undergraduate degree at UAA focusing on mathematics and statistics.
As soon as she had the opportunity, Jackie was volunteering at the Mat-Su Shelter and taking care of any dog or cat they would let her. Next she helped an assistance dog group for a couple years. After moving to Anchorage and joining the CVAC team she was quick to jump on any opportunity to help around the clinic. These days she hosts our Puppy Parties (with the assistance of one of our doctors) and loves to teach puppies of all shapes and sizes how to play well with others. Outside of work you’ll find her hiking, biking, or canoeing; generally with her two dogs: Scotty, a calm golden retriever, and Bayli, a catty black lab.
Patty joined the team at CVAC in December of 1998 and enjoys the privilege of being CVAC's most tenured employee! Patty comes to the clinic late in the afternoon and helps keep the hospital tidy and well stocked. She especially loves the time she spends with her pal Woody, our clinic cat. Her pet name for him is "Woodios" and he loves the pets and, sometimes, toys she brings to him.
Patty's first love is animals, but when she is not at the clinic she has many interests that keep her very busy! In addition to being an avid bowler, she also plays track and field and indoor hockey for the Special Olympics. Patty also enjoys the theater and her favorite roll was as Michael Jackson in a performance of "Thriller". To relax, Patty does arts and crafts, especially stained glass pieces that she displays in the office at the clinic.