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Casie started as a veterinary assistant in 2006. She grew up with a love for animals, and always knew any job she had would be centered around them. She has competed with horses for the last 12 years and continues to ride whenever she can. After graduating high school, she moved to Flagstaff to pursue a Zoology degree at Northern Arizona University. She moved back to complete an internship with Reid Park Zoo in the summer of 2011 and has been a part of the Ina team since. In her down time, she currently volunteers at one of the local Wildlife Rescues here in town and enjoys spending time with her Border Collie mix, Tucker. (With IRAH since 2/2011)
Barbara was born and raised in New York City and has always had a large number of pets growing up. She has tremendous love and compassion for all animals. She has been fascinated with the animal science field since childhood.
After graduating from St. John’s University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Barbara worked as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
She moved to Arizona in 2001 and has been working in the Vet field since 2007.
Barbara is owned by her two Australian Shepherds, Kilo & Narc.
Barbara spends the majority of her free time with her two dogs, her husband and at the gym.
Barbara has a strong passion for fitness and health and enjoys running, biking, all sports, Bikram Yoga, playing the Alto saxophone and scrapbooking. (With IRAH since 4/2013)
Terri started working as a veterinary assistant about 12 years ago. She started out working with cats and dogs before working her way up to horses. When it comes to helping animals, Terri has a big heart. terri likes to spend her free time horseback riding, working behind the scenes at the race track, and spending time with her many cats, dogs, horses, and family. (With IRAH since 04/2011)
If at the tender age of five you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, without any hesitation I would have replied a Police Officer. But growing up with a very persistent mother whose love of animals outshined that of her kids it was insisted upon that one of her daughters work with animals. When a local veterinarian offered me the
chance to train and work as a technician the very real fear of my mother allowed me to take this veterinarian up on her offer. And so I have remained for the last four years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have been involved in rescue organizations since before I could drive; fostering hundreds of kittens and dogs. I am the mother to a wonderful, snorting pug: Mathew Grady. I am also the humble servant to three cats who hate each other as much as they hate their canine siblings. While the world of law enforcement still calls out to me, I have put it on hold, focusing instead on the fuzzy, wet-nosed critters that have brought me so much joy over the years. (With IRAH since 3/2007).
Marya's love for animals encouraged her to study veterinary technology at Apollo College. This has led to the beginning of her technician career which has been extremely fulfiling. Marya loves being a part of the healing process for animals in need. Her hobbies include movies, reading, and dancing. She enjoys any food as long as it includes jalapenos and any soda that is on sale. Marya enjoys spending time with her husband and spoiling her son Ayden. She shares her home with 3 cats (Scout, Zen, and Texas) and her Shih-Tzu (Roxi). (With IRAH since 7/2011)
Marisa developed a deep compassion and love for animals at a young age. She earned her Veterinary Assistant diploma and has been working in the field ever since. She enjoys her job immensely. On her days off, she loves spending time with her six cats, two dogs, two turtles, and a guinea pig. Her hobbies include Zumba, hiking, and searching for cat figurines at local thrift stores. Marisa is known as the "Crazy Cat Lady" and embraces it to the fullest extent. (With IRAH since 12/2010)
At age two I was introduced to a big, wet nosed Flat Coated Labrador Retriever named Snoopy; he was my best friend and also the reason I told people I was eventually going to become a veterinarian when I grow up. Many years later I still strive to meet that aspiration and continue to work toward it. I started working in an animal hospital at a young age as a kennel tech primarily scooping and cleaning.
I have learned on the job the ins and outs of veterinary medicine in the past five years along with volunteering at equine centers and wildlife sanctuaries. I love being a technician especially on emergency and surgical shifts.
I currently attend U of A for my Bachelors in Veterinary Science with the ultimate goal to advance to vet school. I own a vibrant young horse named Bella and an adorable Dachshund mix named Sebastian. (With IRAH since 12/2013)
Right after graduating from Tucson High, Damian attended Pima Community College where he demonstrated a strong interest in learning medicine. Damian has worked in the medical field since 2007. He first worked in human medicine before transferring his passion to Veterinary Medicine. In his free time, he spends it with his two beautiful daughters. Together, they enjoy outdoor recreation activities and anything adventurous. (With IRAH since 10/2010)