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Diane McCain - Office Manager

A veteran at AHW, Diane keeps her finger on the pulse of the business as our office manager. She has been here since the doors opened in 1997 and is integral in day-to-day operation of the business. She has many critters in her care! Her dogs, Doogie and Wiley, have both passed their Canine Good Citizenship Tests and Wiley has titled in Rally and Barn Hunt. She also has horses, a donkey, a cat, and birds! She keeps busy with their care and other animal-related activities.

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Stacy Gladitz - Receptionist

Stacy began working with us in August of 2014. She graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School and has worked multiple other jobs within Waterford ~ she's our social butterfly! We could play the game "Six Degrees of Stacy Gladitz"! At home, she enjoys time with her husband, two daughters, one son, one dog (Rebel), and two cats (Sassy & Hopscotch). When she's not working with us, she enjoys watching her kids in all their different sports, is an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and really enjoys the little bit of relaxation time she gets!

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Makalynn Allsopp - Receptionist

We looked long and hard, during the Fall of 2021, for a perfect fit to our reception team and found Makalynn right in front of us! She is a Fort LeBoeuf graduate and has brought her family pets to us for quite some time. She is currently attending business school at Penn State Behrend and has a history of taking care of animals at previous jobs. The fact that she enjoys talking to people and loves animals makes her a great fit. When she isn’t at school or working, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and cuddling with her pets. She also loves to be with family and friends, soak up some sun, and travel!

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Carly Collins - Receptionist

Another perfect fit to our team, Carly started working for us in March of 2022! She is a graduate of Seneca High School and is currently attending Gannon University School of Nursing. When she isn’t at school or working, she loves spending time with her pup Zoey, working out, going to Presque Isle and anywhere that good friends & family follow with sunshine and white sandy feet!

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Vikkie Silva - Certified Veterinary Technician

Vikkie was born and raised in the Erie area. She graduated from Mercyhurst College and worked in the advertising industry for 10 years. During that time she was a client of ours and volunteered with a small animal rescue. In 2012 she opted to change careers and began working for us after graduating from veterinary technician school in Denver. She has two dogs (Clover & Ghillie) and two cats (Remy & Hazel; both were bottle-fed as kittens.) When she isn’t at work, she enjoys competing in dog agility and spending time with her husband as they travel, search for beachglass, and garden.

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Kendra Oosterkamp - Veterinary Technician

Kendra completed an internship with us in 2015. We were impressed with her skills, so after she graduated from the Veterinary Technician Institute in Pittsburgh and gained some work experience, we added her to our team in 2016. She chose her career path due to previously working in a stable and having a life-long love of animals. She lives with her husband and their Basset Hounds, Benelli & Nova. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones.

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Destiny Nageotte - Veterinary Technician

Destiny joined the AHW team during the Summer of 2018. She is a lifelong resident of Cambridge Springs where she always had a passion for animals, starting with the 4-H program where she knew she wanted to work with large animals. She later graduated from Great Lakes Institute of Technology’s Veterinary Assistant program. Destiny and her husband have one dog (Leila) and two cats (Trip & Primrose). When she isn’t working, she enjoys kayaking and hiking. She dreams of owning a goat farm someday.

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Emily Hulings - Veterinary Technician

Emily joined our team in July of 2020 and brought three years of professional technician experience and an education from Great Lakes Institute of Technology. Her interest in the veterinary field began when she was given the chance to help feed dairy cows and their calves one summer. That led to an overwhelming need to help care for animals of all species and helped determine her career path. Emily’s time outside of work involves loving on her fur kids (Asparagus, Mia, & Goliath), occasionally floating down a river, and hanging out with friends and family!

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Bree Valerio - Veterinary Technician

We brought Bree into the AHW family in December of 2020. She had previously worked as a veterinary technician, but tried a path in human medicine after graduating from Mercyhurst University. Having loved being around animals since she was a small child, though, she quickly realized she missed the veterinary field. Bree loves being able to witness the bond between people and their pets and appreciates helping them through every aspect of their care. She and her husband, Josh, have one son (Leo) and two Golden Retrievers (Benny & Burt) at home. They enjoy taking the pups on walks and swims - especially at Presque Isle! They also enjoy camping and spending time with family.

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Kelsey Boucher - Veterinary Technician

Kelsey's lifelong love of animals also makes her a great fit here! Her passion for animals started when she was 6 years old and rescued her best pal Arwen. Arwen sparked her interest in the veterinary field, which she has since expanded on with her education and pets. She is a graduate of the Great Lakes Institute of Technology Veterinary Assistance Program. Before becoming a part of the AHW Family, she gained 7 years of vet med experience in the Erie area. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Avery (a three legged German Wirehaired Pointer) and Tilly (a springer spaniel mix). When she is not spending all her time playing with her pups and cat Loki, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends!

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Jessica McDuff - Veterinary Technician

Jess brought a wealth of knowledge with her when she joined our crew! She always knew she wanted to work with animals (even the creepy crawly ones!) and she has in a multitude of ways; from educational programs in high school to part time help in pet stores to working in wildlife conservation. She completed her Master’s Degree in Ecology in 2018 and we were lucky enough to catch her attention September of 2021. She lives with her husband Dylin, four dogs (Ramone, Reya, Shenzi, & Duncan), four cats, and some snakes. Jess also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her dogs outdoors.

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Mariah Ashton - Veterinary Technician

Mariah grew up surrounded by animals, knowing that she wanted to work in the veterinary field in some capacity. She moved across the state, to Erie, in 2007 and attended veterinary assistant school. Her experience includes three years of work as a stablehand and more than a decade of veterinary technician work. Mariah has three children, nine cats, five fish, four dogs, three horses, and a partridge in a pear tree. (ok, there’s no partridge) In her free time she enjoys reading, competing her horses in the tri-state area, and generally spending time outdoors!

 

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Holly Hunter - Veterinary Technician

Holly is a graduate of Edinboro University, and has been with our office since 2005. Her love for animals has led her several different directions in the animal industry. She has taken on Nutritional Consulting with Purina ProPlan and, in 2013, she also began working part-time at our local Pet Emergency Center. She stays busy with her husband, Scott, by going to the beach, golfing, seeing concerts, and -of course- cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers! At home, she has three cats (Geno, Ellie, & Monday - she might be our crazy cat lady!) and one dog (Clark).

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Autumn Burkett - Veterinary Assistant

Autumn has been with us since the summer of 2014. Her family had been bringing their pets to us for years and when they learned we were hiring, they sent her our way! She has a background in pet product retail services and has been a great addition to our office! She has four dogs and two cats. In her free time (which she doesn't have much of - she has multiple jobs!) she enjoys sleeping, shopping, watching movies, and fishing.

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Brittni Farrell - Receptionist

Brittni was here for an appointment with her cats one day when she heard we were looking for a new receptionist. Lucky for us, we were able to hire her and she began working at our hospital in June of 2016. She graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in Social Services. She has two Bengal cats, Thea and Axyl, whom she loves and adores.

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Katrina Kreider - Veterinary Assistant

Katrina has had an interest in veterinary work since Dr. Bell visited her second grade classroom and gave a talk about animal care. She completed a job shadow experience at our hospital as a high school student and asked all the right questions. We hired her as an assistant in July of 2019. She lives with family and their two dogs (Nala & Tucker). She keeps busy with schoolwork, but also enjoys reading, being with family and friends, and working outside.

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Taylor Klick - Veterinary Assistant

Taylor began working with us in September of 2020 while still in high school. She has always wanted to work with animals and did great in school, so when her family mentioned to us that she was interested in a job, we got her into the AHW team! She has previous experience working at a horse barn where she helped care for the horses and maintain their stalls. She is currently attending Penn State’s Pre-Vet program and often comes home to see her family, their two dogs (Copper & Gus), and two cats (Nala & Timon). Outside of work and school, Taylor enjoys playing basketball, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

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Chase Bell - Veterinary Assistant

Chase is a college student focusing on medical classes. He has many hobbies including photography, soccer, pole vaulting, cinematography, and hunting & fishing with his family. He has a Jack Russell Terrier and a cat that he enjoys spending time with. In her prime, he loved pheasant hunting with Mudge, the Jack Russell Terrier. You can usually find him with family and friends in the great outdoors.

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Anne Stewart - Veterinary Assistant

If you are a long-time patron of AHW, you may remember Anne from her first time here with us, from 1997 to 2007. When she heard we were looking for some part time help, she came back in August of 2020! Anne has always had a lifelong love of animals and first gained some experience at a groomer’s shop before getting involved in the veterinary field. She shares her home with her husband, Terry, her father, William, two dogs (Crissy & Sawyer), and one cat (Mama Cat). In her free time she enjoys motorcycle rides, walking and hiking, and spending time with friends.

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Ashley Trout - Veterinary Assistant

Ashley began working for us, as an assistant, in August of 2021. She has always wanted to work with animals and completed a job shadow experience with us during her sophomore year of high school. She is currently accepted into Penn State’s Pre-Vet program and hopes to run her own veterinary practice someday! Ashley has eight pets: three dogs (Milo, Lily, & Miley) and five cats (Loki, Rein, Miss Thumbs, Flynn, & Monroe). She likes to spend time with friends and family, read, and go on long drives.

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