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Caitlin Arie-Donch

Caitlin Arie-Donch

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Caitlin Arie-Donch. I’ve been an RVT at Pawsh Place for the past 3 years. I received my associate’s degree in veterinarian technology from Cosumnes River College and got my RVT license in April of 2017.

I’ve always loved animals and grew up with 2 dogs, a guinea pig, and an iguana. In middle school, I began volunteering at the Marin Humane Society and from then on I knew I wanted to work with animals. After looking at a number of different animal careers, I decided on becoming a vet tech.

I love being able to help animals and send them home better than they came in. I also got to volunteer at a spay and neuter clinic in Mexico. With no cost to the citizens, it was a great learning experience that also reduced the cat and dog population there.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, boyfriend, and my two cats, Freddie and Flossie. A fun fact about me is that I got to learn how to train elephants in Thailand!

Overall, I love how everyone is so passionate about their jobs at Pawsh and truly loves animals. We’re a great team and everyone works together to help each other and the patients out. And I look forward to learning more and growing with my Pawsh family.

Melanie Bargon

Melanie Bargon

Veterinary Technician

What’s up, I’m Mel! I’m from Oakley California and graduated from Freedom High School. One day my dog, Harley, had an appointment at Pawsh Place and Dr. Hatt asked me if I wanted a job. Since I love helping animals I said ‘yes’ and have been working here as a veterinary technician ever since.

My main goal of working in pet care is to educate people on the proper ways to care for their animals. Because they deserve to live the best life possible.

I also have fur babies of my own: Lagetha, Zeus, and Mona!

A fun fact not many people know about me is that I was a track and field rock star in high school!

Stephanie Brunson

Stephanie Brunson

Veterinary Assistant

Hey, I’m Stephanie! I’m a veterinary assistant here at Pawsh Place and got my schooling done at Carrington College. I’ve always known that pet care was my passion. Ever since I was a little kid, taking care of animals was all I talked about.

My main goal working in pet care is to get an alphabet behind my name! I will be taking my RVT license exam in March. After that, I plan to continue my education, and acquire a VTS specialty in emergency care and reproduction.

Oh! I also have two pets: Ollie and Peach! My two chihuahua babies are EVERYTHING to me! I also have a fish named Dwight.

A fun fact about me to know is that I’m Pawsh’s official “Chihuahua whisperer.” I just speak their language, what can I say.

Kristina Ramirez

Kristina Ramirez

Veterinary Assistant

Hello, I’m Kristina, but you can call me Kristi. I’m from Grand Terrace, California and graduated from SFSU in 2019 with my bachelor’s in physiology with a minor in race & resistance studies. Nowadays, I’m a veterinary assistant at Pawsh Place here in Vacaville.

I’ve always loved animals and wanted to be around them as much as possible. When I learned about the veterinary profession, I decided it’s what I wanted to do with my future.

I plan to going to veterinarian medical school, and one day, opening my own practice. I also love the Saving Gracie program that Pawsh supports and would like to incorporate something like that into my future practice as well.

I have two dogs: a pitty-mix named Jax (AKA Mr. Man), and a chihuahua mix named Bean.

Haleigh Serrano

Haleigh Serrano

Veterinary Assistant

Hello everybody, my name is Haleigh and I’ve been a veterinary assistant at Pawsh Place for about a year.

I’ve always had a love for animals and knew since I was little that I wanted to help make a difference for them and help;p them. I love that I can do for them what they can’t do for themselves.

My goal working in pet care is to make it a great experience for pets to visit the doctor and send them home healthier than when they arrived!

I also have a pet of my own. My fur-baby is a cat named Zoey 🙂

Some fun facts about me are that I love cooking, singing, and am from Rhode Island.

April Smith

April Smith

Receptionist

Hi, my name’s April and I’ve been a receptionist here at Pawsh Place for the last 3 years. I live on 10 acres in Esparto with my wonderful husband and son. I’ve had too many animals to count over the years, but currently, I have just 2 dogs, 4 cats (2 are barn kitties), and 11 alpacas. That’s right, alpacas!

I’ve worked in the veterinary industry my entire life, spent 25 years as a vet assistant (I loved assisting with pet dental procedures!) or in reception. I’ve always loved animals too. In the 3rd grade, I brought home a stray collie and begged my mother to let us keep him. After trying to find his owner first, she finally agreed we could give him a home! I remember always having multiple pets growing up, they made our family complete. As a teenager, I fell in love with horses. A friend of mine had a stable and I would spend all my spare time there. I learned how to ride, train, and show horses in the arena. My favorite was an ex-racehorse named Ms. Bar Roni, but we called her Macaroni or Ms. Mac. I’ve always loved horses and they are some of my fondest teenage memories.

What I love most working at Pawsh are my coworkers. In the three years, I’ve worked here, this is the best time. We have the best people, we get along, and we have plenty of laughs to get us through the day. I also appreciate the pet care philosophies here and what we offer the pet community.

A fun fact about me is, well, I’m a little bit of a clown and like doing silly things for laughs. And, like I already said, I have 11 alpacas…and I love them all!

Kelsey Marcus

Kelsey Marcus

Receptionist

Hey there, my name is Kelsey and I’ve been a receptionist here at Pawsh going on 3 years! I was born and raised in Indiana, and also lived in Colorado for a few years. There, I worked at a dog daycare boarding facility and loved the atmosphere where I could be around dogs.

I decided to further my education by taking an online certificate program through the Animal Behavior Institute for Advanced Canine Training. One day I hope to be a dog trainer as well and use my knowledge and experience to help owners as much as I can.

My love for animals started early on, even when I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to work with them. My first-grade teacher, Mrs. Oates, had a big heart and such compassion for animals and this left a big impact on me. To this day, I still admire and could spend hours talking with her about her passion for animals that’s rubbed off on me.

What I like most about working at Pawsh is learning something new every day. It’s also a treat to get to know the pets as well as their owners. To me, pets are always there for you no matter what, even though they can’t talk, you know they care about you and it means a lot to be able to give back to them for all that they do for us.

My husband, who’s in the Air Force, and I have a full house at home. We have two dogs, Raja and Abu, a cat named Jasmine, and two birds, Dantonio and Sweetie. We also have an adorable, furless, two-legged daughter, Breslin. We’re a Disney, Michigan State, animal-loving family!

Kelly Hagy

Kelly Hagy

Receptionist

Hi there! My name is Kelly, I’m a receptionist at Pawsh Place. Originally from the Bay Area, I got into petcare because it’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of and because animals are the best part of us.

At Pawsh, my goals are to facilitate and meet the needs of the clients and their pets. I also have pets of my own. There’s Ollie, but he has nicknames. We call him Ollie-Vert, or Vert-Vert. There’s also Bagel Dog because he’s a big Beagle.

A fun fact about me is that I’m a bonafide coffee addict! I used to be a barista and had a whole coffee themed wedding.

Nice to meet you, and I look forward to taking care of you and your pet!

Lindsey

Lindsey

Receptionist

Hey all, I’m Lindsey. I’ve been a receptionist on Pawsh’s front line for a year and a half. Working here is great because it’s in my home town, it’s close to my house, and I love the people I work with as well as learning new things about animals and being around them. Plus, I enjoy helping as much as I possibly can, interacting with people, and being busy. It reminds me we’re doing something good.

For me, I can’t imagine my life without an animal in it. They bring you a certain type of joy that people can’t. They’re always happy to see you, and they’re there to make you feel better and happy. They become your family. In a lot of ways, they’re like a child you have that never becomes self-sufficient. You have to take care of them every day, you love them, and build that bond that some people don’t have. That’s why I love my 3-legged Goldie, Billie, so much.

A fun fact about me is that I’m a really good cook. Ribs, fried chicken, dessert, you name it. I just like to create.

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