As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Suzana saw a lot of stray cats and dogs. She knew she wanted to be their voice, speaking up for them and providing whatever care they needed. She even convinced her parents to take in many strays! To this day, Suzana loves caring for pets of all shapes and sizes.
Suzana’s professional animal care career started in 2000, when she took a position as an Operations Manager at a major pet retail store. She later moved into the veterinary side of things, arriving at Dutchess County Animal Hospital in the summer of 2014.
At home, Suzana has two pets of her own. Donatella is a rescued tiger cat who will play fetch endlessly, and Punkin is a rescued mini schnauzer who has Suzana wrapped around her paw.
Michelle (aka "Wolffie") used to work in a very stressful fundraising job in New York City. She didn’t feel passion for her job, and recognized that working with animals could be what truly satisfied her! Michelle’s background includes graphic design, marketing , advertising and fundraising. DCAH was the perfect fit to utilize all her skills.
Michelle grew up in Orange County, New York. She graduated in 2003 from Marist College with a Bachelor’s in Communications Advertising. While looking for a job after her New York career was over, she found an ad in the Pennysaver and applied. She’s now been at Dutchess County Animal Hospital since 2007, serving as a receptionist as well as a marketing and web supervisor! As of 2015 she became Operations Manager!
Nothing is more rewarding for Michelle than feeling that she’s helped make clients’ days better. She also likes connecting one-on-one with pet patients, and watching pets grow up over the years.
Michelle and her husband have a son, Wesley, and a daughter, Lucy. They share their home with two cats, Nicky and Kris.
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Ambrielle has always had a deep love for animals. Growing up she always tried to sneak stray kitties into her house which her parents were not too fond of. Ambrielle graduated Chapel Field Christian High School in 2015 and started working in retail and customer service. She then discovered she loved working with people. Although she enjoyed working with people she still had a yearning to express her love for animals in her daily life. Working at Dutchess County Animal Hospital has given her the opportunity to follow both passions, working with people and animals!
Alyssa started working with us at the end of the summer 2019. She loves all animals and has had rats, two sugar gliders (Cheddar and Biscuit), a ball python, a red tail boa, and a dog! Alyssa’s compassion for animals started at a young age and continued to grow.
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Sarah has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. Her dream job has always been to work in zoo animal behavior and communication. From working with cats and dogs to spending the day at the zoo, Sarah is most at home when there are animals around.
Born and raised in Hyde Park, NY, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Marist College in Behavioral Psychology. She also graduated from SUNY Ulster County Community College with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2015 and was licensed that same year.
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Tracie’s grandfather used to raise giant chinchilla rabbits, and he let Tracie feed them when she was only five years old. This early experience with animal care helped inspire Tracie to work in the animal care field full time!
Tracie grew up in Rockland County, New York, and moved with her family to Cornwall at the age of five. During her teenage years, she helped train the family dogs in obedience classes, then started cat rescue. She worked with several cat shelters in Boston and New York State, eventually meeting Dr. Diana Cannan in 2001 at a cat shelter in Beacon. A year later, she came to work with Dr. Cannan at Dutchess County Animal Hospital. In 2008, Tracie graduated with honors from SUNY Ulster.
Tracie has a rescue cat named Billy. Billy likes to sit beside Tracie when she reads.
When she has time outside of work, Tracie likes yoga, cross fitness, researching history, and running. She’s also an avid reader and loves going to the library.
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Kristin was fortunate enough to grow up in a household with animals and has the greatest memories of being a little girl dressing up her dogs and pushing them around the house in a toy shopping cart. By the time she was 15 she knew she wanted to work with animals and started volunteering at a local animal hospital, as well as, started working with a dog groomer in the same summer. Kristin quickly learned that veterinary medicine is where she wanted to end up. She graduated from Highland high school and went onto Suny Ulster Community College where she graduated with an A.A.S. in veterinary technology. She became an LVT in 2012 and also studied Pre-veterinary medicine at Marist college. Years of experience in dog breeding has taught her the value of life. Her passion for animals and love of making lasting memories with patients and owners is why she loves general practice so much.
Brittney was born and raised in Queens and you’ll often hear her say, “I’m from Queens!” From the start Brittney has loved animals with her entire heart and has always wanted to help them. “What is a life without having a pet to love in it?” Brittney recently relocated from Queens, NY to Hyde Park, NY with her dad and her two Shih Tzu’s Bailey and Mocha. Prior to moving to the Hudson Valley Area, Brittney has attended many schools to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and even became a Certified Pet Groomer and a Certified Veterinary Assistant along the way. Upon her relocation, Brittney has finally settled on SUNY Ulster where she is graduating in May 2021 and beginning to study for her VTNE! Just as we got to the height of the pandemic, Brittney found her place here at DCAH and absolutely LOVES working with Dr. Haight and the rest of the DCAH team! Brittney is a great part of our team and is always willing to help out around the hospital where needed. You may even hear her singing or humming around the hospital from time to time too!
Claire grew up not too far from Poughkeepsie in Cortlandt Manor. Claire had cats and rabbits growing up and she currently has Jax, an American Bulldog/Pitbull mix that she rescued from Yonkers Animal Shelter. Claire has worked in veterinary medicine on and off for twenty years. Some of her favorite areas of the job include working with the bully breeds in the rooms with their owners, she also enjoys assisting the doctors and technicians with surgical prep. Claire has started her associates degree to become a veterinary technician and plans to continue.
Michaela has loved animals since she was little. When her parents let her go pick out her very first kitten when she was about 7 years old, she ended up coming home with two kittens instead of one! Then her parents let her pick out a dog named Lily, and her love for animals just kept growing. Next, she brought in a stray cat and the family got even bigger!
Michaela lived in Highland, NY and graduated from Highland High School not knowing what she wanted to do for a career. After starting in retail, she soon realized that what she really wanted to do was to work with animals and help them since she had a love for being around them from a young age. Her goal is to go to school to become a licensed veterinary technician and start the career she knows she’ll love.
Rob grew up around animals his entire life. As a kid Rob had dogs, cats and pigs. Not the small pigs, but the bigger ones that a little kid could ride. The pigs’ names were Leonard and Penny! Over the years the animals would take their trips to the rainbow bridge, but like anyone with animals know you can’t have a quiet house for too long. The house always had some fury friend running around. As Rob got older he ventured into different things, and eventually went to college for Exercise Science and Wellness. After graduating and dabbling in some Personal Training Rob decided to go to school to become a Veterinary Technician. Rob started working as a Kennel Assistant at an Animal Hospital while attending school, but unfortunately the Animal Hospital worked a lot with stray and captured dogs which lead to many dogs being euthanized. This was hard for Rob to deal with and he eventually transferred schools to pursue Geology and Environmental Biology. While attending school the animal field was always in the background for Rob like a faint whisper saying “ Where did you go”? He final cracked and jumped back in. He started working as a Veterinary Assistant and loved seeing new dogs and cats every day. As he learned more over the years he realized how fast paced and constant animal care is and how scared some animals are to be there. Rob is a welcome addition to the team!
At the very early age of five years old, Tiffany always said she wanted to be a veterinarian. As a kid Tiffany had brought home an injured chipmunk and tried to save it. Tiffany's parents were not a fan of her bringing injured animals into the home. Her parents later in life enrolled her to volunteer at the Trevor Millbrook Zoo. Tiffany has worked in customer service for over 10 years and loved helping people. She then decided to do both by opening up her own pet sitting service. Still Tiffany wanted to be doing more in the community by helping pet parents and their pet family. Dutchess County Animal Hospital was the perfect opportunity to do both! Tiffany is a first time loving pet parent of her current cat Ozzy, and looks forward to meeting you and your furry family.