PVH Nursing Care Week and National Veterinary Technician Week 2015

Published on July 18, 2017

During the PVH Nursing Care Week and National Veterinary Technician Week (October 11 to 17), we're highlighting some of our hardworking nursing care staff! Our nursing care team provides your animal companions with safe and reliable nursing and surgical care and consists of licensed veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants.

Here at the hospital, we're showing our appreciation for the nursing staff with special treats (pizza, donuts and apple cider, an ice cream sundae bar, and more!) planned throughout the week.

And now, without further ado, let's learn a little more about some of our fantastic nursing care team members!
 
Signe Anderson, LVT | Large-Animal Department

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Signe is originally from Ridgefield, Connecticut, and moved to Seattle in 2013. She has always loved animals and started horseback riding when she was 8. She spent every day at her barn riding horses and going to horse shows. She was able to start working at the barn when she was 13 and continued working there for the next eight years. In high school, Signe did an internship with her equine veterinarian and loved every second of it. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012, where she was a French major and Spanish minor. After college, she realized that working with animals was something she wanted to do, so she went to Pima Medical Institute and became licensed as a veterinary technician in April 2015. Signe has a 19-year-old Belgian warmblood named Talexis and a 17-year-old Dutch warmblood named Rienette J. She also has a 4-year-old Jack Russell mix named Harry.
 

Lynnae Gutierrez, LVT | Large-Animal Department

Lynnae is originally from Yakima and was, essentially, born on a horse! She saddled up for the first time at just a few weeks old and rode her own pony by herself at the age of 2. She helped her mom out with equine wound management and other care from the time she was young and it just stuck with her. Lynnae went to Pima Technical Institute and became a licensed veterinary technician in 2013. In 2004, she was able to take an equine massage course in California and is now looking to enter a massage program in Washington so she could practice in the state. Lynnae loves to ride horses and, simply, spend time with them – horses are her passion! She also loves to read, go to the movies, and eat popcorn. She can also be found geeking out on the computer and playing computer games! Lynnae has seven horses. Cheyenne (her main squeeze) is her 24-year-old mare that she has had since she was 2. She also has Sizzler, Echo, River, Misty, Sammy and Wildfire. She even has a pet that doesn’t weigh a ton!: Rusty, her silky terrier, is 9 years old.  
 

Cambria Harmon, LVT, CVT | Small-Animal Emergency Department

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Cambria grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and moved to Washington in 2015. She wanted to be a veterinarian since she was young and had an opportunity to work in a veterinary kennel when she was 16. In 2007, she received an associate of science in pre-veterinary medicine from Casper College. Cambria then attended Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and graduated in 2009 with an associate of applied science in veterinary technology and a certificate of proficiency in shelter management. As a veterinary technician, she is certified in Wyoming and licensed in Washington. Cambria is currently the NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) representative and scholarship committee member for the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association. She shares her home with an 11-year-old dog named Walker Trigger Ranger and two tortoiseshell cats, Spazz, 5, and Celebrity, 11. Cambria just started horseback riding lessons and has dreams to have a cattle ranch with horses and farm animals.

 
Rebecca Hawley, LVT, SAMP | Integrative Medicine Department

Rebecca is originally from Washington and started animal husbandry in the sixth grade by joining the local 4-H club; this is how she got hooked on animal science! Rebecca graduated from the Pima Medical Institute and became a licensed veterinary technician in 2013. As an essential part of our integrative medicine department, she found herself at the Northwest School of Animal Massage and graduated in 2014 as a small-animal massage practitioner (SAMP). Rebecca shares her life with a 7-year-old pug named Mei and a 2-year-old cream tabby named Tesla. In her spare time, she likes to read science fiction novels, go hiking and go horseback riding. 

 
Sam Mount, LVT | Small-Animal Department

Sam is originally from Bellingham. She attended Bellingham Technical College and graduated with an associate of applied science in veterinary technology in 2014. She can be found camping or horseback riding with her 5-year-old BLM mustang mare named Maxine. Her 3-year-old, three-legged cat named Hank and her 4-month-old kitten named Axel keep her busy.
 

Dixie Richards | Large-Animal Ambulatory Department

Dixie grew up on a ranch outside of Winnemucca, Nevada, where caring for animals was part of the everyday lifestyle. As a child they taught her how to be responsible, compassionate and empathetic, and how to be a friend. She went to New Mexico State University and graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration in 2013. While in college, she rodeoed for the university, winning the Grand Canyon Region in 2010 for the goat tying and qualifying three times to the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming. In her spare time, she enjoys rodeoing and roping, of course. Dixie works in just about every department at PVH, helping with the small-animal general practice as well. Dixie has two dogs: Randa (5) and Kaptai (2), and three horses: Bolt (10), Monkey (13) and Coo (8).

 
Heide Sanders | Integrative Medicine Department

Heide is a fundamental part of the integrative medicine team here at PVH. She went to Pima Medical Institute for veterinary assisting about 10 years ago and has been in the veterinary field since then. After working for a small-animal clinic for three years, she found her way to the PVH small-animal team before joining the integrative medicine team. Heide has her hands full at home with a 1-year-old standard schnauzer named Lupin. She acquired two cats, littermates, from PVH and named them Ingrid (Iggy) and Leopoldia (Leo). She also has two human children who are 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 years old.

 

Lindan Spromberg, BS, LVT, VTS (ECC) | Small-Animal Emergency Department

Lindan is originally from Bothell and is proud to say she was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest! In high school she worked in a pet store and loved being around animals. After high school she went to the University of Oregon for a year and worked part-time at a small clinic in Eugene. The following year she transferred to the University of Washington and began working nights in an emergency veterinary clinic while she was in school. She received her B.S. in cell/molecular biology from UW in 2003. Lindan obtained her veterinary technician license in 2000, earned her VTS (veterinary technician specialist) and became board-certified in emergency and critical care (VTS, ECC) in 2005. Lindan was published in 2011 after writing a chapter on transfusion medicine in an emergency and critical care textbook. She also spent two years as an educator at a local veterinary technician college.

Lindan is interested in transfusion medicine, fluid therapy, critical care management, anesthesia/analgesia and nutrition. She enjoys teaching fellow technicians and has presented topics at local and national veterinary conferences on transfusion medicine and fluid therapy. She also enjoys teaching clients about complex disease processes and the pathophysiology of disease. Outside veterinary medicine, she loves to make pottery and do clay hand building. She enjoys knitting scarves, golfing, computer gaming, watching movies, and playing ball with her dog, Kiya. Kiya is Lindan's ridiculously cute (and ball obsessed) 5-year-old pit bull. She also has a 36-year-old blue and gold macaw named Horatio, a 24-year-old military macaw named Tandy, and two 19-year-old red-lored Amazons named Layla and Fargo. 

 

Kay St. Aubin | Small-Animal Department

Kay started volunteering at the Everett Animal Shelter and then worked in a small veterinary clinic as a kennel attendant -- that’s what led her to go to school for assisting! She then came to PVH to help further her career and knowledge for the care and love of animals. She has two fur babies at home, a 2-year-old domestic short hair named Benny and a 7-year-old Boston/Chihuahua mix named Midge (the ugliest, cutest thing you’ll ever meet). One day she’d like to learn more about large animals AND own a piglet. Kay loves to take trips and spend time outdoors. She embraces her red hair and lives by the saying “red hair don’t care.” As you can probably tell, Lucille Ball has had an impact on her life and she will be the next America’s Favorite Redhead :)

 

 
Erin St. Clair | Small-Animal Department

Erin is one of our veterinary assistants in the PVH small-animal department and is originally from Marysville. She attended the Pima Medical Institute and received her veterinary assistant certification in 2013. She has two 7-month-old kittens named Gracie and Georgie. She is an avid Netflixer and can be found cheering on the Seattle Seahawks every Sunday. “SEA!! HAWKS!!”


Erin Stecher, BS, LVT | Large-Animal Department

Erin was born and raised in Snohomish and graduated from high school here as well. She always knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field, so she picked up a small-animal assistant job and soon learned that the tech position was the one that would best fit her. Erin graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in cellular biology from Western Washington University and, in 2011, received an associate of science in veterinary technology. Erin has a 6-year-old grey tabby cat that she adopted as a tiny kitten after her litter was left abandoned. She also adopted a 10-month-old Labrador mix that was a parvovirus case at PVH. Erin enjoys running, tennis, volleyball, Netflix and reading.

 

Kasey Swogger, LVT | Small-Animal Department

Kasey is originally from Marysville but traveled a lot due to being a military kid – she last lived in Hawaii! She has always loved animals and started washing dogs four years ago. She loved having that opportunity to spend time with animals so she pursued a career in veterinary medicine. She went to Pima Medical Institute of Seattle and graduated with an associate of applied science in 2014. She became a licensed veterinary technician in 2015. Away from the hospital, she enjoys target practice at the rifle range, reading, and spending time with her family. Kasey has a 3-year-old hedgehog named Blueberry and four dogs: Elsa, an 8-year-old pit bull mix, Schatzi, a 6-year-old cattle dog mix, Wyatt, an 11-year-old border collie mix, and Stanlee, a 1-year-old pit bull mix.

 

Katie Weets, LVT | Small-Animal Emergency Department

Katie is originally from a small town in eastern Washington called Sunnyside. After she graduated high school, she moved to Mount Vernon to pursue an art degree. However, after two years she changed her major and moved back to eastern Washington where she obtained an associate’s degree of applied science in veterinary technology in 2010. She fell in love with western Washington so much that she decided to move back after obtaining her degree and license. She has been working as an LVT ever since and has been with Pilchuck for the past three years as an emergency LVT. At work she enjoys trauma patients and wound management, but on her down time (at home) she likes to read, sightsee, take day trips, take photographs, and spend time with friends and family. Katie also has interests in refurbishing old furniture and DIY projects. She has three cats: Tito (5) and Mateo (4) (both are blood donors at PVH!) and Sir Jeffery (8). She also has a dog named Kody (7), who goes just about everywhere with her.

 


To learn more about a career as a veterinary technician, visit:

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT)