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Meet Us Monday – Staff Spotlight

TVH Vet Tech Ann

Welcome to our second installment of "Meet Us Monday".  You see our faces when you bring your pets in for medical treatment or lodging, but do you really know us?  Do you know what song we would sing at Karaoke if given the choice?  Do you know what we things we consider ourselves to be supremely terrible at doing?  If we could travel anywhere in the world, where would we go?  The answers to these questions and more can be found right here in our BLOG every Monday!! 

Today in "Meet Us Monday", please meet staff member Ann, one of our fantastic Veterinary Assistants!


Job at TVH:  Veterinary Assistant

Time at TVH: 4 months

If you could vacation anywhere you want, where would you go? Australia

What is your favorite book? My favorite author is Terry Pratchett; his "Discworld" series is among my favorite books.

Favorite movie? No contest: Jurassic Park.

Favorite item of clothing? Lounge pants!

What are your hobbies outside of work? I write. I have been published in an anthology of short stories and poems.

How many members in your pet family? One dog…his name is Toby and he is fourteen. I just adopted a handsome rat named D'Artagnan from the SPCA and then adopted him an albino baby brother named Fisk!

What led you to work in the veterinary field? I knew I wanted to work with animals or be in the biology field. I had the best biology teacher ever which led me to major in Wildlife Conservation. I wanted to work with exotics and long story short, here is where I ended up.

What is your favorite thing about working at Trooper Vet? I like the techniques that I am learning. I get to "baby sit" pets since I am a live-in at the hospital.

If you sang at karaoke night, what song would you sing? I have actually thought about this question before! "I Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley would be my first choice. That is a song I feel like I could do really well.

What radio station is on in your car right now? 104.5…but I surf. I can't listen to commercials. I listen to everything from classic to rap.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

If money was no object, what would you do all day? I would have an extreme video game set up and play all day! I am a pretty hardcore gamer, so much so that none of my friends want to play with me.

What is one of your biggest pet peeves? When people complain about things they can change.

How would your friends describe you? Easy going.

Strangest thing you have ever eaten? Bull testicles! I give them five thumb's down.

Give me one thing you will never do again. Eat bull testicles. smiley

Bungee jump, parachute from a plane, or hang glide? All of the above!

Do you collect anything? Interestingly-shaped glass bottles…although I have zero in my collection at the moment (thanks for throwing them out, Mom.)

Be sure to check back next week for our next edition of "Meet Us Monday"!

Meet Us Monday – Staff Spotlight

Gerry F

We will be spotlighting all of our special staff members this year on something we like to call "Meet Us Monday".  You see our faces when you bring your pets in for medical treatment or lodging, but do you really know us?  Do you know what song we would sing at Karaoke if given the choice?  Do you know what we things we consider ourselves to be supremely terrible at doing?  If we could travel anywhere in the world, where would we go?  The answers to these questions and more can be found right here in our BLOG every Monday!!

Our first "Meet Us Monday" staff spotlight is Gerry, pictured here with her dog, Bo.




Job at TVH:  Kennel Manager

Time at TVH:  Eleven years

  • If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?  Alaska
  • What is your favorite type of music?  Doo Wop
  • What song would you sing at Karaoke night?  Any Motown song
  • What are your hobbies outside of work?  I like to dance.  I go jitterbug dancing most Sunday afternoons.
  • Who are the pet members of your family?  Bandit, Smokey, Angel (cats) and Bo (dog)
  • Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse or drive a car? Doesn't matter to me…I would do all three.
  • Coffee or tea?  Coffee.
  • Strangest thing you have ever eaten?  Duck.  I wouldn't eat it again.
  • If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?  X-ray vision.
  • In one word, how would your friends describe you?  CRAZY!
  • Do you collect anything?  I collect vinyl records.  I have 45s, cassettes, and every record Elvis Presley has ever made!
  • On a scale of 1-10, how funny would you say you are?  Probably an 8.
  • Something that most people don't know about you?  I play guitar and banjo.  When I was in high school, I was the only girl in a band called "The Combo Kings".  We played firehouses on Friday nights and actually got paid to play.
  • Bungee jump, parachute from a plane or hang glide from a mountain?  Definitely hang glide.
  • If money was no object, what would you do all day?  Travel…I'd love to go to Tennessee and visit Graceland.
  • What is your favorite thing about working at Trooper Vet?  I like coming to work.  I get to work with animals every day and the people here are like family.

Be sure to check our blog again next week to meet another one of our great staff members!

Dogs and Summer

8 things you can do to protect your dog in the summer

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws;
  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it's appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat.

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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease? Veterinarians are asked this question regularly.  It is a very serious disease.  Please contact us to learn about how your pet can be protected.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted  to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent  Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

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Dog and Cat Nutrition

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly created the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to address proper nutrition and the prevention of diet-related diseases in people. The nutrition and health experts in both departments re-evaluate current science and medical knowledge every 5 years and use that information to revise the guidelines when necessary.

Until 2010, the guidelines provided nutrition advice for healthy Americans over the age of 2 years. The latest revision, released in January 2011, addresses this healthy population and those Americans at an increased risk of obesity-related diseases. The guidelines, written for the general public, provide recommendations on how to eat healthy and maintain proper calorie balance (calories in equal calories out) to prevent becoming overweight or obese. An easy–to–understand picture, the USDA Food Plate, is a companion to the guidelines and gives people a visual example of proper food portions on their dinner plates (

Unfortunately, similar dietary guidelines don’t exist for pets. In summer 2010, however, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) released a document written for veterinarians and their staff, entitled AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. The association drafted the document because “good nutrition enhances pets’ quality and quantity of life, and is integral to optimal animal care.”The guidelines give veterinarians and their staff a no-cost, quick way to obtain crucial nutrition information for pets. Using this information, veterinarians are better able to help pet owners make better decisions about their pets’ nutrition and overall health


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