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Certified Veterinary Technician

Do you have any nicknames?

No! Surprisingly I haven’t worked with many other Heather’s, so the need for a nickname just hasn’t come up. The last clinic I worked at had 3 Heather’s, but the other two went by their last names instead, so I got to “keep” my name. On the rare occasion we worked together, we would all go by our last names to minimize confusion.

In your words, what is your job at Frontier?

My job would be easiest to describe as a nurse- it’s my responsibility to make sure your loved one is comfortable and not in pain. This could be by giving them head pats while they are getting their vaccines, to wrapping them in a warm blanket while they recover, to ensuring they have adequate pain control after surgery. I’ll also be the one to clean their teeth, collect their blood/urine for testing, administer medications, monitor their vital signs while under sedation, and other general nursing care requirements.

Why did you decide to work at Frontier?

I started working at Frontier part-time to expand my skill set. At that time, I was working at a large corporation, focusing on emergency and critical care, but I felt my basic technical skills were falling behind. I fell in love with the atmosphere after just a few short weeks- it’s amazing how different each clinic can be! Everyone was friendly, willing to teach, and welcomed me with open arms. It wasn’t long after that, that I requested to work here full time instead. I am continuing to learn every day, and really love the medicine we practice here!

Do you have any pets?

I have lots of pets! I have 2 dogs and 4 cats.

Lilly is my golden retriever- she’s 11 years young, and is the love of my life! She was the first dog I ever had and is perfect in every way (even when she’s really not, haha).

Kira is my siberian husky- she’s 8 years old, and my husband and I got her as a wedding gift to ourselves. Her birthday also happens to be the same day as my husbands- so easy to remember!

Sheba is my grey/white kitty, and she’s 10 years old. I found her as a skinny stray back when I lived in Mississippi. I was working relief at a different location, and said if she was still outside/willing to come to me when I got off, I would take her home. Lo-and-behold, she came home with me, and has never left my side since! She’s the sweetest and most affectionate kitty I’ve ever met.

Misha is my calico/torti, and she’s 5 years old. I rescued her from outside when she was a kitten- she was sleeping right underneath a tire and didn’t move when I scooped her up. She’s really enriched our lives and is probably the softest cat I have ever felt. Ever.

Titan is my newest addition- and he just turned 2 years old. I acquired him when he was 6 hours old- a good Samaritan found him outside and quickly brought him to my clinic, where I agreed to care for him. I don’t regret that decision at all.

Rascal is a kitty I acquired when my neighbors moved out and left her behind- she’s a torti, and probably about 18 years old. She’s a sweet, loving gal, and I am glad I have gotten to make her life a little easier in her golden years.

Tell us a little-known fact about you!

I’m a military brat- I moved around a lot when I was little. I spent most of my time in the south and on the east coast. Several years ago, we made the decision to come to the west coast- and haven’t looked back! It’s amazing here, and I plan on living here for several more years. I am also very much a nerd- I love to read and play video games in my spare time. My favorite book is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, and my favorite video game is the Kingdom Hearts series.