Veterinary Assistants

What it means to be a Veterinary Assistant at Guernsey Veterinary Clinic:
While there are programs available to educate a person to become a veterinary assistant, most are trained on the job. There is no legal education requirements for one to become a veterinary assistant however we are very fortunate to have a staff of assistants that are exceptionally experienced and educated at what they do. Our assistants are vital to everything we do here at the Guernsey Veterinary Clinic. A good veterinary assistant is very versatile and can complete a wide variety of tasks. A small example of an assistant’s duties include: assisting the doctor, daily care of hospitalized patients (including walking and feeding), assisting in the exam rooms, pharmacy, client communication and cleaning and maintenance of the facility and equipment. Their activities are under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician.

Shona Saki – Veterinary Assistant

Shona Saki

Shona joined our team at the Guernsey Veterinary Clinic in December 2000. She graduated from Shenandoah High School and Muskingum-Perry Career Center where she pursued medical studies from both legal and secretarial aspects. She continued her education through Cedar Valley College where she studied veterinary technology. 

When asked about why she chose this career and the favorite part of her job Shona stated, “I grew up on a farm and have always loved being around and working with animals of all sizes. This world just would not be nearly as enjoyable without our little animal friends!”

Teresa Ziegler – Veterinary Assistant

Teresa Ziegler

Teresa has been working in the animal care field since 2001 and joined our team at the Guernsey Veterinary Clinic in March 2008. 

Teresa attended Diamond Cut Dog Grooming School in Medina, Ohio and received a certificate as a Professional Groomer. She currently owns her own grooming business.

Roberta Wiley (Robie) – Kennel Technician & Veterinary Assistant

Roberta Wiley

Robie began working in the animal care field in 1981 and joined our team at the Guernsey Veterinary Clinic in July 1999. Robie studied liberal arts at Lakeland Community College and also studied to be a veterinary assistant at Cleveland Medical Educational. She has even studied art and painting. 

Robie and her husband Jim have five “furry children”: one dog and four cats.

When asked about why she chose this career and the favorite part of her job Robie stated, “I have always wanted to be around animals and I have always had them as members of my family. It is just a big plus to be able to work with them too! The best part of this job is to see a hospitalized pet be treated by our wonderful veterinarians and return home. I have been very lucky to have a job I absolutely love.”

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