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.
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 her family and significant other, Kyle. She shares her home with her dog Leonard and 2 cats, Dino and 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.
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 loves 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 shares 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.
Alisia was raised in South Burlington, Vermont. She lived in Massachusetts for 4 years and now currently lives in South Burlington with her boyfriend Ismael. She has always loved animals and her favorite breed is a French Bulldog. When not at work, Alisia enjoys spending time with family, traveling, trying new restaurants and being outside in the sun!
Elyse is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but has lived in Vermont for 5 years now. Growing up she was always passionate about all animals and would always find a stray to bring home. She loves the thought of being able to help those who can’t help themselves. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Kahlua and Maximus, and her boyfriend, Dan. Elyse loves to spend time outside and to explore all the beautiful things Vermont has to offer. She is excited to meet you and your beloved pets!