Derry Animal Hospital Staff

Jenna WatsonJenna Watson CVT, Practice Manager

Jenna’s organizational knowledge, technical skills and ability to be a motivating leader make her a great asset to the Derry Animal Hospital team. Her responsibilities include managing finances, human resources and reception and establishing practice protocols. She is also a certified veterinary technician in New Hampshire and a member of the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Jenna started at the hospital back in 2002.

“Derry Animal Hospital focuses on client education and patient well-being,” she says. “We really try to practice the best medicine. The staff is awesome, as are our clients and patients.”

Jenna has three Rottweilers: Cyrus, Drake and Archer. In her spare time, she enjoys Crossfit, Olympic lifting, motorcycles, mountain biking and hiking.

 

ChristinaChristina, Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Christina joined Derry Animal Hospital in August 2011, bringing years of experience working as horse trainer, dog trainer, barn manager, veterinary assistant and veterinary technician. Her responsibilities include assisting our veterinarians during examinations, drawing blood, administering vaccines and medication, teaching both group and private training classes, and assisting in surgeries. Christina has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Great Bay College. She is a certified veterinary technician in New Hampshire.

When not at work, Christina is kept busy by her many dogs and cats, and two Sugar Gliders.

 

AprilApril, Veterinary Technician, Inventory Manager

As a veterinary assistant with Derry Animal Hospital since 2011, April’s responsibilities include holding patients during examinations, assisting our doctors and drawing blood. She considers being able to help owners keep their pets happy and healthy the most rewarding part of her job. April attended the University of New Haven and the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, where she studied business.

“It’s great to work with people that all share a common goal to keep pets health and happy and work as a team to achieve that goal,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for better doctors to work with.”

April has a Great Dane/Bulldog mix named Tigress and a Doberman named Kimber. She spends her time outside work caring for her dogs, gardening, antiquing, sewing and crafting.

 

AriannaArianna, Veterinary Technician, Kennel Supervisor

As a veterinary technician and the hospital’s kennel supervisor, Arianna is responsible for taking care of our boarded guests, assisting our veterinarians and technicians during examinations and keeping the hospital clean. She joined our staff in May 2014 and has an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from the Thompson School of Applied Sciences at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

“Everyone shows each other respect and gets along very well,” she says. “The technicians and veterinarians are helpful and are willing to teach and help train me. I like that the technicians do a lot here and are very hands on.”

Outside work, Arianna enjoys walking her dog Diamond, running, playing soccer, kayaking and baking.

 

Lita, Veterinary Technician

Lita joined the staff at Derry Animal Hospital in May 2011, and has worked in the animal-care field for over 10 years. As a veterinary technician, her job responsibilities include drawing blood, monitoring surgery, placing IV catheters and endotracheal tubes, taking appointments and administering vaccines. Lita is great with cats of all temperaments and considers lab work her favorite part of the job. She also holds an associate degree in small animal care from University of New Hampshire.

“Everyone at Derry Animal Hospital is so helpful and great with clients and patients,” Lita says. “I have learned so much working here. I consider the staff my second family. I don’t know what I would do without them!”

At home, Lita has three domestic shorthair cats named Boo, Levi and Blizy, as well as a ball python named Sammy and a corn snake named Rika. She enjoys working on her car, makeup, and spending time with her friends, family and boyfriend Ryan.

 

Alison, Veterinary Technician

 

Lily, Veterinary Technician

 

Sam, Technician Assistant

 

KerriKerri, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative

As Derry Animal Hospital’s administrative assistant, Kerri’s duties include handling maintenance issues, managing medical records, greeting clients and ordering supplies and food. She joined the hospital team in September 2007.

Kerri cares for two cats at home, Stoli and Tequila. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys boating, fishing, hanging out by the lake, camping and spending time with friends and family.

 

ShannonShannon, Customer Service Representative

Customer service representative Shannon joined the team at Derry Animal Hospital in April of 2015. Her responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling appointments and – her favorite part – greeting pets and their owners. Shannon has a certification in phlebotomy.

“The atmosphere at Derry Animal Hospital is very relaxed and welcoming,” says Shannon. “It seems less like a job and more like a home away from home.”

Shannon has 12 pets (“if I had more room, I’d have more,” she says): three dogs, Lucy, Aurora and Betty; two hamsters, Whiskey and Sherman; two tarantulas, Charlotte and Blake; a cat, Maverick; a leopard gecko, Angus; a boa constrictor, Sandy; and two nameless betta fish. When she’s not at work or tending to her animals she enjoys drawing, writing, fishing, four wheeling, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

 

BrandonBrandon, Kennel Technician

As a kennel technician, Brandon is responsible for care of animals while they’re staying at our boarding facility, assisting with appointments and helping to keep the hospital clean. Brandon’s favorite part of the job is spending time with our boarding guests. “While they’re away from their family, I like to make them feel welcome,” he says. “Plus, it’s fun for me!”

“I love working at Derry Animal Hospital because of my co-workers. They come in happy an energetic every morning and they treat every animal with love and respect,” says Brandon. “Everyone cares deeply for the well-being of every pet that comes through the door.”

Brandon has a cat named Jarms. When he’s not at work, Brandon enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and spending time outdoors playing baseball, fishing and hockey.

 

 

Pamela, Kennel Technician

Pamela joined the kennel team at Derry Animal Hospital in July 2010 as a part-time technician. Her daily responsibilities include caring for boarding pets, assisting with appointments and helping in reception when needed. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business management and marketing, and assists with the hospital’s marketing materials and social media. Most of all, she bonds with all of the boarding pets to make them feel comfortable during their stays.

“I enjoy being surrounded by coworkers that love what they do and genuinely care about their patients,” Pamela says.

Pamela works as a full-time supervisor for an airline, and in the past five years she has visited 41 of the 50 U.S. states, as well as 17 countries. She loves to travel and work all over the country. In her free time, Pamela enjoys going on brewery tours and trying all types of craft beers.

 

Alec, Kennel Technician

 

WendyWendy, Groomer

Wendy joined Derry Animal Hospital in September 2006. Drawn to her profession because of the time she can spend with animals, Wendy’s duties include bathing, clipping and all other grooming needs. She is a member of New England Pet Grooming Professionals.

At home, Wendy cares for four dogs—Rocco, Bella, Charlie and Chester—and two cats named Oreo and Stella. She enjoys spending her free time with her children and pets, hiking and cooking.

 

EsperanzaEsperanza, Bookkeeper

Esperanza has been a part of the Derry Animal Hospital team since February 2009. As our bookkeeper, she maintains the accounting books, handles financial reporting and bank, credit card and account reconciliations and assists accountants with year-end tasks.

“Doctors are very friendly, approachable and easy going and our staff are hardworking and always ready to lend a helping hand,” she says. “We have a very warm and friendly office environment as well.”

At home, Esperanza has a dog named Truffles. She enjoys watching her children play hockey, taking leisurely drives, walking and hiking, baking, reading, exercising and visiting her son in Canada.