Our Team

Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital Team

We love your pets (almost) as much as you do. Before you bring them in, get to know the loving hands taking care of your pets!

Your team near Clark, PA

At Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital, we love getting to know our patients, humans and animals alike. Let us introduce ourselves and welcome you to our family.

Veterinarians

Dr. Charles Yurkon

Dr. Charles Yurkon has been in vet medicine for over 20 years with a Master’s in Toxicology and Business from Colorado State University. He has a special interest in internal medicine, especially endocrinology, cardiology, and surgery. He has a big passion for sharing his knowledge with future vets.

When Dr. Yurkon is not at Happy Tales, he is spending time with his family, teaching Charley and Emmett all sorts of outdoor activities, working with his power tools, bucking trees, fishing, and hiking. He is owned by his dog Hoagie, 3 cat, Stinger, Stella, and Peaches as well as a few chickens.

  1. What you like?
    Feelings of accomplishment in both my personal and work life.
  2. What you dislike?
    Ignorant people.
  3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
    I liked math and science growing up and medicine was a very appealing career choice for me.  Since people are gross and I like animals, I ended up in veterinary medicine.
  4. What is your education?
    – Bachelor of Science in biology from Wilkes University.
    – Masters of Science in epidemiology (toxicology specialization) from Colorado State University.
    – Masters of business administration from Colorado State University.
    – Doctor of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University.
  5. Your superpowers?
    Being a father.
  6. What is the favorite part of your job?
    Helping animals to feel better.
  7. What do you love about yourself?
    My family.
  8. What is your favorite animal?
    In no particular order: big cats (lynx, tigers, lions), honey badger, dogs, little cats.
  9. Where would we find you on your day off?
    Mostly working on the homestead.
  10. Write 3 words that describe you.
    Loyal, goofy, gentle.
    Dr. Amanda Brown

    Dr. Brown grew up in the East Pittsburgh area and went to undergraduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. She attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has furthered her education and passion by studying Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute. She is also a Certified Animal Chiropractor. She has a special interest in herbology, nutrition, nutraceuticals, and alternative therapy.

    When Dr. Brown is not at Happy Tales, she loves to travel, concerts, play sports, hike/camp, forage, and garden. She is owned by her 3 kitties Luna, Sol(Boogie), and Ru as well as her 2 dogs Sage (English Bulldog) and Quin (German Short-Haired Pointer).

    1. What do you like?
      Music, hiking, sustainable living, playing sports, and plant medicine.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Spicy food and cold weather.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      My dog was my best friend as a child and I’ve always had an affinity for animals so I wanted to be their voice and advocate, and promote wellness and healthy lifestyles for domestic animals.
    4. What is your education?
      – BS Biology- Pittsburgh
      – DVM- University of Wisconsin Madison
      – CVA- Chi Institute
      – CAC- Health Pioneers Institute
      – Comparative Biomedical Research- Biofilms
      – Certificate in Public Health
    5. Your superpowers?
      Long-term planning and multi-tasking.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Educating clients and soft tissue surgery.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Independence and work ethic.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Pandas, Beluga Whales, Goats, and Ducks.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Outside gardening/hiking and building something.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Direct, Independent, ambitious.
    Dr. Casey Pawl

    Dr. Pawl’s undergraduate studies were at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University. Go Cyclones!

    She originally started as a mixed animal veterinarian but has migrated to small animals only. She loves animals of all sizes, great and small, but she really loves cows. She currently owns Pembroke Welsh Corgis and a Bernese Mountain Dog. She participates in AKC conformation events with her 4 dogs. If she is not at a dog show, her daughter and she can be found at the park or out exploring.

    Hospital Administrator

    Jennifer

    Jennifer attended veterinary technician school at SUNY Delhi to become a certified veterinary technician. At some point in her career, she began leading veterinary hospitals. She met her husband at a practice in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where they worked together as veterinary technicians. They then moved to Colorado for him to pursue his doctorate in veterinary medicine. They found their way back to Pennsylvania and landed in a great location. Soon, Jennifer became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She is now in her 4th year of owning Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital, has 2 beautiful children, and loves her team!

    1. What do you like?
      Spending time with family, animals, outdoors.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Hard conversations and difficult people.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Attended veterinary technician school at SUNY Delhi to become a certified veterinary technician. At some point in my career, I began leading veterinary hospitals. Met my husband at a practice in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where we worked together as veterinary technicians. During this time we moved to Colorado for him to pursue his doctorate in veterinary medicine. We found our way back to Pennsylvania and landed in a great location. During this time, I became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. We are now on 4th year of ownership of Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital and have 2 beautiful children. We have a great team!
    4. What is your education?
      – 2-year college degree as Certified Veterinary Technician.
      – Lots of hours and courses for my Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Intuition, raising 2 kids as well as running a veterinary hospital.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Animals and our team.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Intuition and my compassion.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Cats/Horses, Dogs/Frogs, Turtles, and everything.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Home with family, gardening, cleaning, or at the practice working on projects.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Responsible, hard-working, compassionate.

    Client Service Representatives

    Tracy

    Tracy wanted to get out of the food industry after high school. She worked at Boardwalk Fries and Arby’s outlet mall. She applied to a nursing home for the laundry department and Grove City Veterinary Clinic. Got a job offer for both. The nursing home laundry department had better hours, but the deciding factor was the offer of vacation and 401K at Grove City Veterinary Clinic. She spent 24 years with Grove City Veterinary Clinic before it was closed permanently. Since then, she’s spent 4 and half years at Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital.

    1. What do you like?
      Sunshine, beach, and camping.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Coconut, mean people, and snow.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Actually, I wanted to get out of the food industry after high school. Worked at Boardwalk Fries and Arby’s outlet mall. Applied to a nursing home for the laundry department and Grove City Veterinary Clinic. Got a job offer for both. The nursing home laundry department had better hours but decided with the offer for vacation and 401K to try Grove City Veterinary Clinic. 24 years with Grove City Veterinary Clinic before it was closed permanently. Now 4 and half years at Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital.
    4. What is your education?
      Graduated High School with high honors.
    5. Your superpowers?
      I believe I can always see the good in people.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Being able to interact daily with clients and pets both.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      My loyalty
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Dog
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      At home or at a softball game.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Friendly, Loyal, and Compassionate.
    Pam

    Pam likes being outside, planting flowers, and spending time with her kids. She also loves kayaking, swimming, long walks, hiking, and flowers. Pam had worked in the ophthalmology field for 8 years and needed a change. She saw an ad for a veterinary hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. She feels that helping animals and owners was where she needed to be. She loves being part of a team, helping clients and her team out, and seeing animals get the care they need.

    1. What do you like?
      I like being outside, planting flowers, spending time with my kids, kayaking, swimming, long walks, hiking, and flowers.
    2. What do you dislike?
      People who are not honest, people who hurt animals, and not being able to have your own opinion around certain people.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I had worked in the ophthalmology field for 8 years and needed a change. I saw an ad for a veterinary hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. I feel that helping animals and owners were where I needed to be.
    4. What is your education?
      My education in school was mainly business. I have a 2-year degree in business. Your superpowers?
      I am still figuring that out as it is a work in progress.
    5. What is the favorite part of your job?
      I love being part of a team, helping clients and my team out, and seeing animals get the that they need.
    6. What do you love about yourself?
      That I don’t give up, I keep trying to work on myself and I love that I am willing to try new things, get out of my comfort zone, I am beginning to “like” myself not in love yet.
    7. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Kitties, horses, and dogs.
    8. Where would we find you on your day off?
      The gym if the weather is not good, nice seasons the park, hiking in the woods, flea markets, kayaking, and spending time with my kids and grand dog Kooper and grand cat Bella.
    9. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Hardworking, loyal and caring.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Hardworking, loyal and caring.
    Sherrie
    Sherrie

    Sherrie loves being outside (except in the winter), spending time with her family and fur babies, cooking, drawing, and eating seafood. She has a great love of animals and is fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Sherrie also enjoys being in the presence of animals and not just people. Her favorite animals are cats/dogs and koala bears.

    1. What do you like?
      Being outside (except in the winter), spending time with my family and fur babies, cooking, drawing, and eating seafood.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Mean or rude people, spiders, fighting, cloudy days, and drama.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Love of animals (a childhood dream of becoming a  veterinarian).
    4. What is your education?
      High school, Medical billing and coding certificate, phlebotomy certificate, dental assisting certificate.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Raised two exceptional children.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Being in the presence of animals and not just people.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Organized/loving.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Cats/Dogs and Koala Bears.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Home
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Organized, talented (art), and compassionate.
    Sue

    Sue enjoys cats, photography, sprint cars, summer weather, seafood, her truck, sunsets, and fun people. She worked as a veterinary technician 20 years ago but changed from the profession for personal reasons. After years of a thankless job, she got back into the field, and it was the best move she ever made. She likes interacting with people and their pets, plus being able to help. If Sue had to pick, favorite part of her job, she’d have to pick helping people and learning more about the care of the animals. In the summer, she can usually be found at the racetrack or exploring nature or the back porch. In the winter curled up with her cats watching TV.

    1. What do you like?
      Cats, photography, sprint cars, summer weather, seafood, my truck, sunsets, and fun people.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Mean people, rainy/snowy days, spiders, mean cats, negativity, and laziness.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I worked as a veterinary technician 20 years ago and changed from the profession for personal reasons. After years of a thankless job, I got back into the field, and it was the best move I ever made. I like interacting with people, and their pets plus being able to help.
    4. What is your education?
      High School
    5. Your superpowers?
      Taking care of cats and kittens.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Helping people and learning more about the care of animals. Cats mostly.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      My ability to look at something and see a perfect/good picture. Plus, my ability to read my cats.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Cats!
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      In the summer usually on the racetrack or exploring nature or the back porch. In the winter curled up with my cats watching TV.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Caring, friendly, and Talented.
    Roger

    Roger enjoys country music and the outdoors. He really enjoys being around animals and wants to learn more about animals. Roger has an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Roger not only gets along with everyone, but he also is friendly, honest, and hardworking. His favorite part of the job is seeing the animals and learning. His favorite animals are dogs and cats. If he is not working he is likely outside with his dogs.

    1. What do you like?
      Country music and the outdoors.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Rap music.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I enjoy being around animals and want to learn more about them.
    4. What is your education?
      Associate Degree in Business Administration.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Getting along with everyone
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Seeing and learning about animals.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      I am kind to all animals.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Dogs & cats.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Outside with my dogs.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Friendly, honest, hardworking.
    Lauren

    Lauren loves helping people and her pets more than anything. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, antiquing, exercising, and doing outdoor activities. She’s always loved animals since she was a kid. She grew up around farm animals and would bring home strays, even as a child. She especially loved all the barn cats! She’s excited to be your Certified Veterinary Assistant.

    1. What do you like?
      I love spending time with my family, traveling, antiquing, exercising, and doing outdoor activities.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Not having sunshine every day, disease and suffering, and evil.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I’ve always loved animals since I was a kid. I grew up around farm animals and have brought home strays even as a child. I especially loved all the barn cats.
    4. What is your education?
      Certified Veterinary Assistant.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Empathy and organization.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Helping people and their pets.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      I can talk to anyone and anywhere at any time.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Boxers are my favorite breed and I love Big cats, especially leopards.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off? Running errands.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Thoughtful, giving, and active.
    Kim
    What do you like?
    I like animals, nice weather, happy people, helping people, riding the motorcycle, swimming and feeling needed.

    What do you dislike?
    Spicy food, mean people and animal abuse

    What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
    I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. So I started with a local veterinary clinic several years ago left the hospital about 2 years ago- Big Mistake! There is nothing like working with animals.

    What is your education?
    Greenville High School

    Your superpowers?
    I can make you laugh

    What is the favorite part of your job?
    That I can learn new things everyday and being a part of a team.

    What do you love about yourself?
    The people I work with.

    What is your favorite animal(s)?
    Dogs- All of them

    Where would we find you on your day off?
    Depends on the weather- back of a bike, swimming and watching movies on the couch.

    Write 3 words that describe you.
    Old, Young at heart and helpful

    Veterinary Technicians

    Renee

    Renne has always wanted to work with animals since she was young. She is currently enrolled at PennFoster Veterinary Technician school. She loves interacting with patients and hearing their stories. She has a passion for animals, she’s caring, and she wants to expand her knowledge.

    1. What do you like?
      Intelligent people and hard workers
    2. What do you dislike?
      People who do not work to their capabilities and dramatics.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Have always wanted to work with animals since I was young.
    4. What is your education?
      Currently enrolled at PennFoster Veterinary Technician school.
    5. Your superpowers?
      No superpowers that I am aware of
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Interaction with patients and hearing their stories.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Passion for animals, caring, and wanting to expand my knowledge.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      No particular favorites, like most animals but birds.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?Studying.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Committed, inquisitive, factual.
    Alana

    Alana was working at a dead-end job and was miserable. Her partner convinced her to go back to school and she ended up at VTI of Pittsburgh. Once she graduated in 2020, she sat for her boards and became certified. If she had to pick a superpower, it would be her ability to draw blood on fat dogs. The best part of this job is being able to provide help for every animal, even if that “help” means letting them go. Alana loves reading, cross-stitching, video games, camping, and bowling.

    1. What do you like?
      Reading, cross-stitching, video games, camping, and bowling.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Big parties and hot weather.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I was working at a dead-end job and was miserable. My partner convinced me to go back to school and I ended up at VTI of Pittsburgh once I graduated in 2020 and I sat on my boards to become certified.
    4. What is your education?
      Veterinary Technical Institute in Pittsburgh with an Associates in Specialized Technology Degree.
    5. Your superpowers?
      The ability to draw blood on fat dogs.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Being able to provide help for every animal we see, even if “Help” means letting them go.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      That I am slowly proving to myself that I am a better person than I thought I was.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Dogs of all kinds.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      On my computer or out in the woods!
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Blunt, Loyal, Fast.
    Dayinera

    Dayinera likes to swim, listen to music or sing, watch TV, play with Simon (her kitty), and read veterinary technician books. Since she was young, she has always felt this bond and need to find a way to make animals feel better and heal them. She has seen so much abuse, and she just wanted to take their pain away.

    Dayinera went to Westminster College for 2.5-3 years for special education, music, and children and family studies. She went to veterinary technician school for almost a year. She has taken several continued education classes for veterinary medicine, children, and psychology classes. She is great at feline jugular blood draws and staying calm and empathetic with clients. She is also great at teaching and talking to clients about euthanasia.

    1. What do you like?
      I like to swim, listen to music/sing, watch TV, play with Simon my kitty and read veterinary technician books.
    2. What do you dislike?
      I dislike mean people, abuse, racism, and becoming angry at myself when I shouldn’t be.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I have always wanted to help animals. Since I was young, I have always felt this bond and need to find a way to make them feel better and heal them. I wanted to always trim nails and bathe them before I knew anything about medicine. I have seen so much abuse, I have wanted to take their pain away.
    4. What is your education?
      I went to Westminster College for 2.5-3 years for special education, music, and children and family studies. I went to veterinary technician school for almost a year. I have taken several continued education classes for veterinary medicine and children and psychology classes.
    5. Your superpowers?
      I am great at feline jugular blood draws, and staying calm and empathetic with clients. I am good at teaching and talking to clients about euthanasia.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Being able to see a difference in pets once they received treatment, learning new things from Dr. Yurkon, and knowing that I make a difference in this world.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      I love how sensitive ad caring I am. I know how to read a room and how to help people in need. I love that I am musically talented. I love that I always put others before myself even though it may sting.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Rats, Cats, and Snakes.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?Watching TV, playing video games, cuddling Simon at home on the couch, or studying on the porch.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Empathy, caring, and determined.
    Delaney

    Delaney’s dad used to bring home turtles and frogs from work (PennDot bridges) and then return them. She’s had dogs her whole life as well as other animals. She’s always cared for them. Originally she wanted to be a veterinarian but definitely enjoys being a veterinary technician better. She received a 2-year college degree as Certified Veterinary Technician. She excels at wrangling bad cats and loves her fellow team members.

    1. What do you like?
      Dogs and cats.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Mean people
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      My dad used to bring home turtles and frogs from work (PennDot bridges) and then return them. I’ve had dogs my who life and other animals. I always cared for them. Originally I wanted to be a veterinarian but definitely enjoy being a veterinary technician better.
    4. What is your education?
      2-year college degree as Certified Veterinary Technician.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Bad cat wrangler.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Good teammates.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Funny and caring.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Cats
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      At home with my cats.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Funny, caring, and smart.
    Molly

    Molly loves hiking, walking her dogs, kayaking, swimming, and video games. She always had a love and passion for animals. She has an associate’s degree from Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. If she were to have a superpower, it would definitely be handling difficult Chihuahuas. Her favorite part of the job would be the compassionate and comforting effects you can have on people and their pets.

    1. What do you like?
      Hiking, walking my dogs, kayaking, swimming, and video games.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Untidy homes, lying, and laziness
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Always had a love and passion for animals.
    4. What is your education?
      Associates degree from Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Handling difficult Chihuahuas
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Compassion and comforting effects you can have on people and their pets.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Ability to work and improve myself everyday and ability to stand up for myself and what I believe in.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Chihuahua
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Outside with the dogs, sleeping, playing video games.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Loud, upbeat, and energetic.
    Samantha
    Samantha

    Samantha has always wanted to work with animals in some compacity, and what better way is there than trying to make them feel better when they are sick. She has plans to graduate from Veterinary Technical Institute in Pittsburgh in April 2022. She loves seeing all of the different breeds of dogs and cats. Her favorite animals are cows because she has always enjoyed being around them.

    1. What do you like?
      I like spending time outside and being with animals.
    2. What do you dislike?
      No dislikes.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I have always wanted to work with animals in some compacity and what better way is there than trying to make them feel better when they are sick.
    4. What is your education?
      Plans to graduate from Veterinary Technical Institute in Pittsburgh in April 2022.
    5. Your superpowers?
      Helping other people in any way that I can.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Seeing all of the different breeds of dogs and cats.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      I love how compassionate and kind I am towards people.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      My favorite animals are cows because I have always enjoyed being around them.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Spending time with friends and family or being outside.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Caring, helpful, and hardworking.
    Alexys

    Alexys loves animals (of course!), taking adventures, and seeing new places. She has always loved animals since she was a child and knew this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Nothing ever felt as perfect as being around animals. She is currently obtaining her undergraduate at YSU, majoring in Pre-Veterinarian. She loves seeing the puppies and kittens and understanding and learning all of what is behind the medicine.

    1. What do you like?
      I love animals. I like taking adventures and seeing new places. I love the beach and the ocean.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Disrespectful people, narcissistic, conflict, and bad environments.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I have always loved animals since I was a child and knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Nothing ever felt as perfect as being around animals.
    4. What is your education?
      –  High School- Sharpsville High School
      – Undergraduate- YSU majoring in Pre-Veterinarian ( Biology BS)
      – Would like to pursue veterinary school for small animals and pocket pets possibly zoo/aquatics
    5. Your superpowers?
      Sensitivity to others, observation, endurance, strength, and resilience.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Seeing the puppies and kittens, understanding and learning all of what is behind the medicine.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      Everything especially my brain and willpower with my abilities.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Orange tabby’s, corgis, lions, hamsters, and dolphins.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Watching my favorite show, cuddled up with Patches.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Determined, strong, and independent. Bonus: Compassionate.
    Becca

    Becca loves exotic pets and learning about husbandry. She also loves creating better environments for her pets. Becca became interested in veterinary medicine when she was 13 years old, and her guinea pig Daisy became ill. An exotic veterinarian took such good care of her, and it made her realize her love for exotics could be applicable in a profession. Fast forward to 2020, and through a close friend, she found out Happy Tales was hiring and applied. She is currently studying her undergraduate at YSU, majoring in Pre-Veterinarian. Her favorite part of the job is caring for others; her coworkers, pets, and clients.

    1. What do you like?
      I love exotic pets and learning about husbandry. I also love creating better environments for my pets.
    2. What do you dislike?
      I dislike driving in busy areas and having a messy space also when my cats fight.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      I became interested in veterinary medicine when I was 13 years old and my guinea pig Daisy became ill. The exotic veterinarian took such good care of her and also us and it made me realize my love for exotics could be applicable in a profession. Fast forward to 2020 and through a close friend I found out Happy Tales was hiring and applied.
    4. What is your education?
      High School- Mercer High School
      Undergraduate- YSU majoring in Pre-Veterinarian ( Biology BS).
    5. Your superpowers?
      How I always give 110% effort
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      My favorite part is caring for others; my coworkers, pets, and clients.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      I like how responsible I am, especially when it comes to my pets.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Fancy mice, guinea pigs, and rabbits.
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      In my pet room.
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Driven, adaptive, and caring.

    Veterinary Assistants

    Trevor
    Trevor choose to be involved in veterinary medicine because as a college student, he was wishing to have a career with animals. He applied to become a veterinary assistant and soon enough he found himself wanting to become a veterinarian which he is currently in school for. His favorite part of his job is having an excuse to play with puppies. He loves his ability to sign and his favorite animals are Rhinos or Orangutans. In his free time, he enjoys working out or simply just staying in bed.
    Julia

    Julia is a junior attending Sharpsville High School and has joined our team to explore different career paths with a job that will always keep her on her toes.  She also loves spending time with all the different kinds of animals that visit us every day. In addition, she loves being able to learn new skills, gain knowledge, and build relationships as a part of the team. Her ability to pick up new skills and her curiosity helps her in many ways in the veterinary field.

    In her free time, she enjoys crafting, DIYing, kayaking, and taking naps. She loves the beach, Newfoundland dogs, baby cows, and goats. Overall, she is a confident, ambitious, and caring person.

     

     

    Asia
    Asia

    Asia has always wanted to work with animals since she was a kid. She enjoys helping animals and being with her coworkers. She is a Veterinary Assistant and got her education from Lawerence County Career and Technical Center. Her favorite animal is a lion and she enjoys cuddling Sunrae and Mochi her pets.

    1. What do you like?
      Animals, softball, pickles, and my coworkers
    2. What do you dislike?
      Negative attitude and peppers
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, sa as soon as I had the chance to actually fulfill that i jumped right for it.
    4. What is your education?
      Lawerence County Career and Technical Center, Veterinary Assistant
    5. Your superpowers?
      Restraints and working
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      Helping animals in need and my coworkers
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      My personality and humor
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Lion
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      Cuddling with Sunrae and Mochi (my pets)
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Dependable, hardworking, and determined

    Veterinary Students

    Alivia
    Alivia is a junior at Clarion University studying Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Leadership and a minor in Chemistry. She has a 3.96 GPA and is on track to graduate next spring. Alivia is involved with the Golden Eagle Marching Band Majorettes where she served as captain for two years and a member for three. She is also involved with Delta Zeta where she has gained many community service hours and leadership skills. Alivia volunteers at a local animal shelter in Clarion and performs research where she is testing ticks found in Clarion Borough area for Lyme Disease. Her favorite thing to do at the Veterinary hospital is staining cytology slides and her favorite animal is an otter. She is off to veterinary school at the Ohio State University!
    Casey
    Casey is a third year veterinary student at St. George University in Grenada. She previously was a school teacher. When she is not studying hard or working she is enjoying her time with family and friends. She is an avid basketball player.
    Natalie

    Natalie was inspired to work with animals after many hours spent observing animals in zoos and a study abroad experience in South Africa combined with several medical tv-series and science classes. Working as a zookeeper and now in a veterinary hospital has confirmed her passion. She looks forward to practicing medicine and performing surgeries while learning about several exotic species and contributing to their conservation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with Chemistry and Psychology minors from the University of Mount Union. She then went to veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh!

    1. What do you like?
      Ice cream and traveling.
    2. What do you dislike?
      Gray skies and negativity.
    3. What is your personal story of why you are in veterinary medicine?
      Many hours spent observing animals in zoos and a study abroad experience in South Africa combined with several medical tv-series and science classes led me to pursue a career as a zoo veterinarian. Working as a zookeeper and now in a veterinary hospital has confirmed my passion. I look forward to practicing medicine and performing surgeries while learning about several exotic species and contributing to their conservation.
    4. What is your education?
      – High school- Commodore Perry
      – College- Bachelor of Science in Biology with Chemistry and Psychology minors from the University of Mount Union
      – Professional- Veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh!
    5. Your superpowers?
      My Just Dance Wii Skills.
    6. What is the favorite part of your job?
      That I’m constantly learning something new and every day is different with unique challenges.
    7. What do you love about yourself?
      My positive attitude and willingness to try new things.
    8. What is your favorite animal(s)?
      Giraffe!
    9. Where would we find you on your day off?
      At the zoo (either working or visiting) or spending time with friends or my mom
    10. Write 3 words that describe you.
      Ambitious, dependable, and hard-working.
    Taylor
    Taylor pictured with her boys, Oliver and Fletcher both adopted from Baker Animal Hospital. I was born and have lived in Sharpsville my entire life. I was a graduate of Sharpsville High School and have a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I was previously a manager at Avalon Golf Course & Country Club before beginning my career at Baker Animal Hospital. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, attending sporting events and vacationing! I am still living in Sharpsville with my two kittens Oliver and Fletcher. Taylor is off to veterinary school at Colorado State University. She will be joining the Happy Tales team in June of 2023 as an associate veterinarian!