Valerie Vatter, LVT
Valerie is a full time Licensed Veterinary Technician at North Suffolk. She has worked in the field since 1982 and at North Suffolk since 2004. Along with her degree in Animal Health Technology, Valerie also holds a BA in Natural Resources Management. Valerie was inspired to help animals from a very young age after reading and re-reading the book “All Creatures Great & Small.” She admired Ansel Adams, Jacques Cousteau and John Muir for their appreciation, exploration, and protection of the natural world around us. Valerie may have gotten slightly too enthusiastic with her passion when, at the age of 18, she purchased a colt at a livestock auction when her parents were out of town! However, that may not be the craziest thing she has ever done. Once, she spent 25 days traveling across the country with her best friend to move to Anchorage, Alaska! She then lived there for 10 years. Valerie looks back on this as one of her best experiences. Valerie has a 3 year old Miniature Australian Shepherd named Luey. He keeps Valerie on her toes with his rambunctious energy and herding behavior. Kachina (the princess of the house) is her 7 year old cat. She has been with Valerie since she was brought into the clinic as a young kitten after being found on the side of the road. Then there is Freddy (the loner). He prefers to spend most of his time outside. He adopted Valerie when he showed up on her doorstep 6 years ago.
Amy is recognized by many when they enter the front door of North Suffolk Animal Clinic. As a full time receptionist, she has been with the clinic for 9 years. This is a great spot for her, as it allows her bubbly and outgoing personality to shine through! Amy has a total of 12 years of experience in the industry, working as an assistant as well. She loves being able to share her knowledge and experience by helping clients make good decisions for their furry loved ones. Amy’s own furry loved ones at home are Chief, Loki, MeJellin and Kamea. Chief was adopted from a humane society in 2012. He is a lab mix that is very active (and sometimes wild and crazy!), but he is a very good boy who knows how to behave when told. Loki is a 2 year old kitty that lives up to his name by being eccentric and always on the go! MeJellin, a 6 year old cat, is a definite mamma’s boy. He also enjoys playing fetch! Kamea is a very shy but loveable 7 year old cat. When she has time left over after loving on her fur babies as well as the fur babies of clients, Amy can be found with her fiancé watching the races at the dirt track, or spending time with family and friends. Amy is proud to have loving, supportive parents to look up to, as they have always been there for her.
Brittany has been a part of the North Suffolk family for 4 years. She works as both an assistant and receptionist. Along with her obvious love for the patients she cares for, Brittany enjoys being able to form connections with the clients as well. She values the relationships she makes with both the animals and their humans. Brittany loves to learn new things, and is currently a student at Blue Ridge College pursuing her degree to become a licensed veterinary technician. Brittany’s huge family is very important to her, and she values the time she gets to spend with them. When she has time to spare from her studying, Brittany loves to ride horses and take trips to the Outer Banks. She also enjoys reading, and one day hopes she can read her way through the American List of Classic Novels. One of the things on Brittany’s bucket list is to spend time in Thailand with the elephants there.
Bryan began his journey in the veterinary world on Christmas Day 2007. He moved to Virginia in September 2014 and joined North Suffolk at that time. Bryan is proud to be able to serve as an ambassador for those creatures that cannot speak, and believes that all life is precious. Working as an assistant gives him the opportunity to share his passion and knowledge with others to bring animals the care they deserve. Bryan’s love for creatures does not just include those of the furry variety. If you visit his home, don’t be startled to meet the geckos that share the space! However, his 4 year old dog Rufus keeps the geckos in line. After living in a dorm on a college campus, Rufus now enjoys his more laid back lifestyle at home with Bryan. Bryan looks up to and gives credit to his brother, who Bryan describes as a wealth of knowledge who has helped mold Bryan into the person he is today. What is something that Bryan cannot give up? Bacon.
Kelli works as an assistant at North Suffolk, and loves the family atmosphere at the clinic. She loves to learn and is especially fascinated by anatomy and physiology. Kelli loves animals and school so much that she wants to be a veterinarian herself! She currently attends school, continuing on from the Bachelor’s degree she has already attained from Northern Arizona University. Kelli loves to travel. She has parasailed in Mexico and hopes to visit Ireland in the future. In addition to traveling, Kelli loves Harry Potter and Christmas. And don’t ever ask her to give up sandwiches! Kelli adores her furry family members. They include a basset hound named Harley, who loves carrots and belly rubs. Her cat Spartacus can be found sitting on shoulders and giving love bites on noses. Seamus, the other kitty of the family, is very acrobatic. Just be sure to keep any Q-tips and cotton balls out of his reach!
Theresa has shared her love with animals since 1990. She is a long time member of the North Suffolk Animal clinic family. Theresa worked part time at North Suffolk around 8 years ago, and she recently returned to the clinic after moving back to Virginia from Korea. Theresa’s family grew while she was living in Korea. While there, she rescued Chaska, her 3 year old Pit Bull and Monkey, her 2 year old rabbit. While Theresa feels that moving across the world may be one of the craziest things she has done, she couldn’t imagine her life without her new four-legged loves she gained from doing so. At work, Theresa loves being able to see all of the pieces of the puzzle come together with diagnosing, treating, and witnessing the resilience of animals. She has a special place in her heart for rehabilitating wildlife and the preservation of nature.
Tiffany is one of the newest members of the North Suffolk family. She joined us in November 2015 as a veterinary assistant. Prior to coming to work with us, she spent 3 years working in a pet store and has loved all types of pets her entire life. She currently has a Chihuahua named Penny, guinea pigs, a leopard gecko and fish. Tiffany is in the process of attaining a B.A. in Biology, and loves to learn new things constantly. She feels passionately about making a positive impact each day in the life of another, whether it be human or animal. Along with being passionate about animals, Tiffany loves plants and gardening, traveling to new places, and attempting to play the ukulele. She would love to one day travel to Australia or New Zealand.
Travis (also known to some as Uncle Trav) joined the North Suffolk family with more than a year of experience in the industry. You can find his smiling face at the front desk on occasion, but primarily acting as cuddle ambassador as a veterinary assistant. Travis thoroughly enjoys interacting and getting to know both the patients and clients at NSAC. He loves helping animals on their road to recovery and giving them extra TLC along the way. At home, Travis has a variety of pets including a Belgian Malinois, 3 chameleons, and even a ball python, all with their own very distinct personalities. Travis hopes to one day be able to travel internationally, making sure to spend some time in Fiji.