Tara was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom and received a BA in Liberal Studies and a BS in Allied Health Sciences. With a lifelong love of animals, when she saw our employment ad in 7 Days in 2004, she jumped at the opportunity. She is a jack of all trades here at Ark, working as our lab technician, outpatient technician and anywhere else she’s needed! She is happily married with a 18 year old son, 10 year old daughter, and two Goldens, Edy and Cade. She enjoys reading, running and aerobics.
Kris joined the Ark team in 2005. She was born in Rhode Island but has called Vermont home for most of her life. She has two dogs, an Australian Shepherd, Boomer and Cairn Terrier, Widget. When not at work, Kris enjoys skiing, biking, paddle boarding and spending time with family and friends.
Abby is a native Vermonter who grew up in Highgate and is the youngest of 6 children. She attended Vermont Technical College where she received her veterinary technician degree in 2012 and became a Certified Technician shortly after. She joined our surgical team in the spring of 2013. When not at work, Abby enjoys golfing, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and significant other, Kyle. She shares her home with her dog Leonard and 2 cats, Dino & Carl.
Nicole was raised in Panton with her brother Darren by her parents, Colleen and Brian. She attended Penn Foster and Bow Meow grooming school. Her thirst for knowledge about animals led Nicole to join our team in the fall of 2014. She has been grooming pets for 6 years. Nicole shares her time with her cat, June, and Finn the fish, June’s “brother from another mother”! Nicole’s interests include hiking, weight lifting, reading, swimming, traveling, and attending concerts.
Liz was raised in Fairfax, VT and received her BS in Animal Science at UVM. Liz spent a summer working at the Phoenix Zoo taking care of three elephants! We knew Liz as a client before she started at Ark in 2011. Liz shares her home with her husband Tim, daughter Elynore, her two dogs Nikita and Maizie, and a small flock of chickens. When not busy with work and family, Liz enjoys walking the dogs, hiking, swimming, and traveling.
Jenny was born in Manhattan, NY and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She fell in love with Vermont and has lived here for over 10 years. She graduated from Vermont Technology College in 2016 and joined the Ark staff soon after. Jenny volunteers her time with rescue dogs. She shares her home with her two cats, LB & Screech and rescue shepherd mix, Foxy. In her free time she enjoys hiking, dog pack walks, reading, cooking and Autumn activities, her favorite season of all.
Shana was born and raised in Rutland, Vermont. In 2016 she received her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Vermont Technical College and joined the Ark team soon after as a surgical technician. Shana enjoys spending her free time with her Chihuahua puppy Moose and her boyfriend JT. She also love spending time at the beach with her family and friends.
Olivia grew up by the seacoast in New Hampshire and moved to Vermont after graduating from Great Bay Community College in 2015, receiving her veterinary technician degree. She joined the Ark team in the summer of 2016. Olivia share her home with her cat Oliver and rescue dog, Bear. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, ceramics and spending time with family and friends.
A colorful group on Fridays