NORMANDY, Pre-Vet Intern
A Vandegrift High School graduate, Normandy does undergraduate research in endocrinology at Texas A&M, from which she will receive a degree in Zoology this Spring. She enjoys the challenges of the problem-solving needed to help animals. Normandy also has an interest in exotic species, volunteering at a wolf rescue and sanctuary. She wishes more pet owners fully understood and accepted the financial obligation of properly caring for a pet. Normandy would love to visit Greece and Rome in the future, as well as the Georgia Aquarium. She says her cats, Jasper and Po, are the most talkative “people” in the house and could probably have their own sitcom. Her quote: “Very few clinics have the ‘family’ feel yet the highest level of professionalism and veterinary care that AHSR maintains.”
AMY, Veterinary Assistant
Amy has loved and cared for animals on a farm for as long as she can remember. Now working in animal health care, she enjoys “getting to be with animals and watch them grow, helping them with their needs throughout their life.” She would someday like to see the beauty of nature in Canada or Alaska. When she isn’t working or caring for her two-year-old daughter, Amy finds time to do online education toward a degree in Veterinary Technology. She also has exceptional drawing talent. She has rescued two cats, one from a parking lot and one from under her car. Growing up in a music store, Amy has an affinity for choir, and has helped at the Children’s Advocacy Center as well. She also says, “I have witnessed myself the love and care that the doctor and staff have for each pet.”
ANDREW, Pet Care Assistant
A senior at Vandegrift High School and one of the school’s (and state’s) top swimmers, Andrew will attend Texas A&M and major in Zoology in preparation for veterinary school. Andrew enjoys brisket and classic rock, and would like to vacation at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. He would like pet owners to know how important it is to keep up to date on their pets’ vaccines, and what foods are toxic to animals. He has an interest in cytology and wants clients to know, “We have a very friendly and well-educated staff.” At home, Andrew’s family has two cats and a dog who “is the cutest thing on the entire planet.” His most humorous recollection of working in animal health care was seeing a bulldog that “was trying to bite everyone, but couldn’t because it was so fat.”
MELISSA, Licensed Veterinary Technician
A native of Evansville, Indiana, Melissa attended the Vet Tech Institute and was licensed in North Carolina while working at the veterinary clinic at Camp LeJeune while her husband was in the Marine Corps. She enjoys paddle boarding with her big, lovable Doberman Pinscher, Apollo, and has two cats: Ileane (fat and 3-legged) and Phoebe (old and sassy). She’d love to drive a Tesla Roadster, spend a vacation at the beach or in the mountains, and enjoys alternative music. She wants clients to know, “We are the cleanest hospital I have ever worked at!” Her funniest experience in veterinary medicine is finding dried-up piece of dog poop in her pocket after a day of work.
STEPHANIE, Veterinary Assistant
A Clemson Tiger, Stephanie is a South Carolina native who came to Texas after earning a degree in Animal Agribusiness. Her boyfriend is at UT Austin working on a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Stephanie enjoys painting, playing guitar, and cuddling with her dog, Frankie. She’d like to see the beaches, mountains, and architecture of Italy. She wishes more pet owners knew how important it is to keep their pets on heartworm prevention consistently. She also has an interest in pet nutrition. Stephanie listens to classic and alternative rock and would love to drive a Range Rover. She thinks AHSR is a super fun place to work and wants clients to know that “We will go above and beyond for our patients and clients!” She had the interesting experience of receiving a phone call from someone who wanted to purchase medications for their camel, which was in the Middle East. That’s going to be a tough exam to do!
MEGAN, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Megan is one of 11 children and moved around the country a fair amount with her father’s Coast Guard career. She attended high school in Eureka, California and then Sacramento State University. Megan also served in the USCG herself, performing search and rescue operations in the San Francisco Bay area. She then earned her Veterinary Technology degree from Rockford Career College. Megan has a keen interest in the science behind veterinary care, particularly clinical pathology. She really enjoys helping sick patients recover and feel better and has a soft spot for geriatric chihuahuas. She echoes Melissa’s warning on the importance of consistent heartworm prevention: “I’ve seen too many pets die from [heartworm infections].” In her free time, Megan likes to cook (“it’s my favorite form of therapy”), attend concerts and music festivals, and play with her two “fur babies,” Oliver and Biggie. She’d like to be in the audience of Saturday Night Live.
SHERMAN, Practice Manager
Sherman has loved baseball as long as he can remember. His hometown team got within one game of the Little League World Series. He later played at The University of Michigan, the team winning three Big Ten championships and going to two College World Series, and in the Gold Coast League for the Pompano Beach Royals. Earning a BS in Industrial & Operations Engineering and an MBA, Sherman had a 20-year career in operations planning and leadership, logistics, and consulting. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, Sherman left the private sector for several years. Returning to the business world in 2013, he helped design and equip The Animal Hospital at Steiner Ranch, and became the Practice Manager in 2014.
Sherman has been married to Dr. Cole since 1990, and they have two adult sons: John has a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering and works in the aerospace industry, and David is pursuing a BS and MS in Computer Science with an interest in cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. In his time away from AHSR, Sherman enjoys golf, woodworking, and reading articles and books about international affairs, history, and national security.
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