Before deciding to fully immerse herself in the animal world, Jess received an Associates's in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Purdue University Calumet. Her journey with veterinary medicine, and us, started here when she needed a job while finishing her degree.
Throughout her time teaching, she continued to work as an assistant at SJAC (where we’ve been proud to have her on the team for over 14 years!), but after teaching 6th-grade science for a year she felt she wasn’t spending enough time working with animals. Between her love for animals and her love for the science behind veterinary medicine, she was compelled to go back to school again and received her Associate in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster in 2018. After having recently passed her board exam, she is our newest registered technician!
Her four-legged children include Scout and American Bulldog/Boxer mix, and 3 kitties: Scar, a Japanese Bobtail, Clark a domestic shorthair, and her newest addition Cosmo, a domestic shorthair.
She is also a single mom to 3 two-legged children that she is proud to have raised while attending the veterinary technician program and also working full time. In her spare time, she takes her children to the bowling leagues and on camping and hiking trips at state parks.
I obtained my Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 and passed the VTNE (national exam) the same year. I am a certified animal trainer through the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy, and I am also working toward my specialty in behavior, also known as a VTS. I love working with cooperative care training, and I have experience working with anxiety and aggression cases. I work with positive-reinforcement marked-based training. What this means is that I focus on rewarding the desirable behaviors and ignoring undesirable behaviors. If you have a pet with any training or behavior concerns, feel free to contact SJAC so we can consult with you and get your family the help you need!
I personally have a Boxer named Otis, a Hound Mix named Vader, and a cat named Nox. In my free time, I work on new behaviors with my animals and research new and old behavior books and articles. In the summer, I enjoy hiking with my dogs, fishing, and horseback riding