Our Careteam

Pam

Veterinary Assistant

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

Veterinary Assistant

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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Bridget

Veterinary Assistant

Whenever she was asked as a little girl what she wanted to be later in life, Bridget always had her answer ready: she wanted to become a veterinarian and help as many animals as she possibly could. By the time she was introduced to the world of animal rescue during her high-school years, Bridget’s mind was made up: she wanted the opportunity to educate other pet owners and do her part to better the life of every animal that crossed her path. Her dream hasn’t wavered—Bridget is proud to serve as a Veterinary Assistant!

A Georgia native, Bridget first came to Westside Animal Hospital in the summer of 2015, serving as an intern during her veterinary schooling to gain crucial hands-on experience. After graduating and getting married, she sent Dr. Purcell a resume—in the spring of 2017, Bridget was happy to join the clinic team full-time as a Veterinary Assistant! She’s been tending to the area’s pets ever since.

Away from work, Bridget loves painting—oil and canvas are her choice media, but she also enjoys dabbling in acrylics and charcoal—and spending time with her family and pets. She and her husband, Cody, share their home with two cats: Charlie, who enjoys playing fetch and helping to make the bed, and cuddle-loving Floki.

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Rachel

Veterinary Assistant

Rachel grew up on a large plot of land in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and was always the one bringing home stray animals and begging to keep them. She’s known ever since she was a little girl that she wanted to one day work hands-on with pets! Rachel gets to live her dream every day as one of Westside Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Assistants.

Rachel’s journey in animal care began when she started shadowing a local veterinarian. When that individual opened her own veterinary clinic, Rachel was invited to join as a member of the staff—she hasn’t looked back since! She was happy to become a member of the Westside Animal Hospital team in November of 2016, and continues to help pets and their loving owners as a Veterinary Assistant.

Rachel has a special passion for dentistry work, and never tires of seeing a patient’s mouth go from grimy to sparkling clean. She’s also fond of radiology and the way it gives her an insider’s view into the health of a pet, and she also likes parasitology and the great benefits that parasite control can offer.

When she isn’t helping pets feel better here at the hospital, Rachel can be found spending quality time with friends and family and doting on her own dog, a loving Jack Russell/Beagle mix named Darla.

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