Meet the Staff

Casey graduated from Hillsborough Community College in 2013 with her Certified Veterinary Technician degree. She has a 16 year old schnauzer named Paris. Casey especially enjoys surgery and monitoring anesthesia. She is currently in school for human radiation therapy (but promised she’ll still work at FAH part time because she loves us so much!)


Cierra has been an animal lover her whole life and works closely with Second Chance Friends as a foster house for dogs, especially the ones with behavioral issues (which means she’s a saint!). She is Family Animal Hospital’s most recent addition, and we are so happy to have her. She’s worked with animals for 10 years and has a wide animal background, from boarding facilities to grooming salons and pet stores. She was previously a certified dog trainer. She owns 4 dogs, a rabbit, snake, and a tarantula so it’s safe to say she like animals of all kinds!


Crystal has been working in the veterinary field for the past 5 years. She enjoys scaling and polishing teeth and loves dental days! She also does all of our Facebook posts and loves taking pictures of our patients. She has a Husky, 4 cats, 1 bearded dragon, and 2 guinea pigs. She loves Disney, Disney, and Disney! She is our comic relief at FAH and enjoys puns.


Jen has been working in the veterinary field for 35 years. She hails from New Jersey where she worked at a cat only hospital for 12 years. She has her Certified Veterinary Technician degree, and in 2014 earned her Veterinary Practice Manager certification. Jen manages most of the business side of Family Animal Hospital but still enjoys being a vet tech, especially when kitties are involved! Jen is married with 2 children, a new grandbaby, and has 3 cats and 2 Boston Terriers.  


Julie has been working in animal hospitals since high school, and she’s now in her 3rd year of college in the pre-veterinary program at USF. Julie is learning everything she can about being a vet tech and is also absorbing as much information as she can from Family Animal Hospital’s veterinarians. We are already joking that she is going to come back and work here as a veterinarian when she’s out of vet school. She is one of the sweetest people, very smart, very talented and is going to make a great veterinarian!

Karla has been working in the veterinary field since 2006. She discovered her passion for veterinary medicine when she was a junior at USF, majoring in History. Since then, she has worked as a veterinary nurse and enjoys teaching clients about caring for their pets. She has a special place in her heart for our geriatric patients. She has 5 cats, and a husband, who’s just as crazy about their kitties as she is! She collects comic books, and has been doing so since she was 5 years old. She loves designing, building and sewing costumes for comic book conventions.

Michelle graduated from Hillsborough Community College in 2015 with an Associate degree in Veterinary Science.  She became a Certified Veterinary Technician that same year. She has worked with animals for over 10 years and her special interest is in behavior. She practices many fear free techniques to help alleviate patient anxiety while visiting Family Animal Hospital. Michelle loves bulldogs, and has one named Stan who sleeps 26 hours a day. She also has 2 cats and a Pekingese who is adorable and lovable, and fun fact, Michelle hates cupcakes.

Traci graduated from Hillsborough Community College with her Certified Veterinary Technician degree in 2015. She loves working with animals and especially enjoys the small breeds. Traci is also a licensed piercer and works part-time at a tattoo shop in Lakeland. She has 4 dogs, one who is a partially paralyzed schnauzer whom she rescued, and 4 cats, one who is missing an eye.


Tay has been working with Family Animal Hospital as our main receptionist since we started! She loves working with animals and worked in the human medical field before starting at Family Animal. She has 2 cats and a dog and 3 beautiful children, who are also animal lovers!