Our Careteam

Pam

Veterinary Technician

Ever since she was a little girl, Pam felt an intrinsic connection with nature and animals. Pets have been a part of her life since her earliest memory! For Pam, nothing compares to the feeling of being able to care for a fellow living creature who can’t always ask for help.

Pam grew up in rural North Carolina with her parents and two younger brothers. She started her veterinary journey as a hobby breeder of Cocker Spaniels, and eventually became the co-owner of a pet shop. She was at her local animal clinic so often that the veterinarian there began joking about hiring her! Pam took him up on the offer, and hasn’t regretted her decision since.

Pam joined the Westside Animal Hospital family in March of 2015, and particularly enjoys the diagnostic process involved in her work. Her favorite part of the day is seeing healthy pets reunited with their owners after a hospital visit.

Pam lives with her husband, who works at Gulfstream Aerospace, and their houseful of rescued dogs and cats.

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Cassandra

Kennel Technician

Cassandra has adored dogs for as long as she can remember. As soon as she started her first animal-care job at a doggy daycare, one thing became quite clear: working in veterinary medicine was the perfect fit!

Cassandra grew up in a military family, and spent a significant portion of her childhood living in Europe and traveling throughout the world. After graduating college here in the U.S., Cassandra decided to continue her work in the animal care industry. She joined the Westside Animal Hospital team in the fall of 2013, where she loves getting to know pets and owners alike. Cassandra’s favorite part of her job is the diversity it affords—no two days are ever quite the same around the clinic!

Outside of work, Cassandra enjoys spending time with family, working on craft projects, and reading good books. She and her family share their lives with a cranky senior cat, a vocal half-Siamese, an adorably fluffy tuxedo cat, and a 90-pound dog.

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Shelley

Office Manager

Like most veterinary professionals, Shelley adored animals while growing up. As she got older, she realized that a career in the veterinary world would allow her to nurture pets first-hand while improving the lives of their owners at the same time! Shelley has been a part of the Westside Animal Hospital team for over 15 years.

Originally from Michigan, Shelley’s journey in veterinary medicine began when she was only 13 years old—she had been pestering a local kennel for a job, and one day they invited her to come along to a dog show. It didn’t take long for Shelley to start attending shows on a regular basis, and she even started working in the clinic’s grooming shop over the summers!

Shelley started here at Westside Animal Hospital as a Kennel Technician in the fall of 1989, and now serves as the hospital’s Office Manager. Her favorite part of the workday is seeing how much patients have grown between appointments. She also has a special interest in canine behavior, and even used to train and show dogs in obedience trials. Now, Shelley has switched to showing fish—yes, fish!—in competitions.

At home, Shelley lives with four canine companions of her own. Raven, the alpha dog of the family, keeps everyone in line and considers herself the boss of the house.

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