Like most in the veterinary field, my love for animals started when I was a kid. I was lucky enough to attend an agricultural high school for a general animal care degree, and rounded out my education at Becker College. There I found an interest in the veterinary field, and a fondness for pocket pets. I was able to join PawSteps Veterinary Center in the spring of 2013 after a few years getting my feet wet at another clinic. Since joining the team I have taken a special interest in behavior; specifically how to create the least stressful experience for our patients. I have also discovered a surprising passion for educating new pet owners on the importance of their pet's mental health.
When I'm not at PawSteps, I am fulfilling my round-the-clock jobs as wife to my husband, Michael, and mommy to our two littles. Brayden is our sweet little boy who wants to be just like his daddy, and his baby sister Harleigh is quickly becoming the sassy princess of the house. Abbie is our chocolate lab who loves nothing more than belly rubs and kisses from anyone who will offer them, and is Harleigh's personal mealtime taste-tester.
I joined the Pawsteps team in August 2016 to pursue further training in the veterinary field. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA spending that time shadowing both veterinarians and technicians trying to decide which path I wanted to take. I decided that becoming a tech was the right move and continued my education at New England Institute of Technology. I enrolled in their Associates degree program in October 2016 and completed the program March 2018. I am now studying hard to hopefully pass the national technician exam in July 2018 and become a fully certified vet tech.
I currently live in West Boylston, MA with my boyfriend, Jay, and our two cats, Dallas and Moxxi. In my free time I enjoy CrossFit, hiking, motorcycle rides with Jay, and Caribbean cruises with my family whenever we get the chance.
CVT | Certified Veterinary Technician
Hi, I'm Jessie. I am one of the newest members of PawSteps, joining the team in June of 2017. Originally I'm from Maine, and have been working my way around the Northeast during my educational career. I have an art degree from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in Biology at the University of Southern Maine. School is something I clearly enjoy, as I am currently in my second year of veterinary school at Tufts University.
I live in Grafton with my husband, Bruno, our dogs, Henry and Fozzie, and our cat Reggie. On the rare occasion that I'm not studying or working, Bruno and I enjoy spending time with family and decompressing during a good hike with our fuzzy kids (except Reggie, who is far too classy for hiking.)
Jillian's my name, veterinary medicine and crafting are my games. I fell down the rabbit hole into the wondrous world of PawSteps while attending the New England Institute of technology for my technician degree. Through my superhero Vet Tech training at school I was able to defeat the national vet tech exam and become a certified vet tech in 2015. With lots of hard work and my newly acquired superpowers in caring, head rubbing and healing, I was promoted to Lead Vet Tech. From there I perfected these skills even further, enhancing and focusing my power while helping and leading my fellow avengers. I was able to earn the title of Technician Manager to bask in all things technician and patient related. I also occasionally venture into the world of exotic medicine where I get to play with my scaly and feathery friends.
I return to my lair covered in hair in Bellingham to power up with my side kick John and our 4 teenage mutant ninja cats Buttons, Shea, Sansa and Mickey Moo Mantle Mellon. When I'm not donning my surgical mask and my ick-resistant suit of arms I can be found immersed in the world of crafting. There I revitalize my mind and spirit crafting goods for my lair and for my fellow superheros. Or you may find John and I incognito relaxing on our boat or cruising on the bike!
CVT | Certified Veterinary Technician
I've had the privilege of working at PawSteps since July of 2017, after graduating with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Originally from Chicago, I have a mixed bucket of past animal experience under my belt, including raptor and wildlife rehabilitation and working with hoof stock at a zoo. Though I started at PawSteps as a CSR on the 'front lines' I have been lucky enough to also acquire training as a veterinary assistant, and hope to make my way into veterinary school in the near future.
Currently I live in Wayland with my girlfriend and her family, as well as our adorable and awkward Cockapoo, Luna. When I'm not working hard at the clinic, I enjoy whipping up new and delicious recipes and, as a self identified bird-nerd, love birding and exploring the outdoors!
I joined the PawSteps family in August of 2018 and becoming part of this team has definitely changed my perspective of the veterinary field. Working at PawSteps hardly feels like “work” most days, but rather a daily opportunity to fuel my passion for veterinary medicine. I have been fascinated with animals since I was a child and it’s always been a dream to be able to help all animals in need. Over the past three years I've had the privilege to work with many animal organizations and I hope in the near future to complete my education in veterinary school. My dream is to someday venture out and have the opportunity to work alongside exotic jungle animals. I was born in Butte, Alaska and I now reside in Worcester with my boyfriend and our two goober dogs; my pitbull Kaiya, & my rottweiler Bubba. In our downtime when they are not roughhousing they snuggle right up with me like two little burritos.