Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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To wake up everyday and do what you love and enjoy where you do it is truly amazing. I found my home at 4 Paws where I work with devoted and talented people that share my passion for providing the best care for our patients, as well as the best service to our clients!
Jamie grew up in Guilderland with an appreciation for living things, going out of her way to show kindness to animals of all sizes. As she matured she realized she enjoyed working with people who shared this love of animals.
While looking for a profession where she could fulfill her calling, at age 21, a position opened up in customer service at a capital district veterinary office. This began a 12 year experience where she was able to learn about veterinary medicine and hone her great customer service skills. Jamie particularly enjoys interacting with clients and assisting them in receiving the best care possible for their beloved family members.
As a practice manager of 4 Paws, Jamie wears many hats including but not limited to being an integral part of the hiring process, training staff and providing opportunities for advancement and continuing education and ensuring our clients receive the best service while our patients receive optimum care. She also ensures that team members work together to project the values and goals of our mission statement.
Currently Jamie lives in Voorheesville with her husband Aaron and 4 children, to round out the family there furry members include 1 rescued mixed breed "Rosco" and 2 rescued cats. If this isn’t enough to keep Jamie busy and she has free time she enjoys camping with her family, antiquing (especially if that helps her decorate her renovated 1800s home), golfing, hiking and reading.
Janelle was born with an infinite love for all animals and a need to rescue them. She was raised on a farm in the capital district, which allowed her to do what she loved by rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife.
She is now a mother of two children and married to a wonderful and understanding man that assists her in caring for her horses, chickens, cats and dogs. In Janelle’s spare time she volunteers at Equine Advocates Equine Sanctuary and spends time with her fur and non-fur family.
Janelle can be found greeting clients at the front desk or exercising the dogs boarding or staying for the day. As the Team Leader of the Grooming and Boarding she goes out of her way to know each patient’s personality and to provide them with the best experience when are here; she genuinely loves each pet as her own, and they love her right back.
Being a Veterinary Assistant has always been a dream of mine. Working with animals everyday is the most rewarding job, and I wouldn't want to do anything else.
Danielle was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ where she first started her career in the veterinary field. She moved to New York in 2007 with her daughter who is growing up with the same love and passion for helping animals.
As the Team Leader of Out- patient Service, Danielle’s goal every day is to create a great office visit experience for patients and their owners. She implements and enforces procedures to be sure that every patient has preventive care tailored to their needs. When clients come to 4 Paws they will be greeted by Danielle with a friendly attitude and contagious smile.
Danielle enjoys boating and being outdoors when weather permits. One day she would like to own a no- kill shelter.
The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion. - Terry Orlick
That quote best describes how Sierra feels about what she does.
Sierra was raised in Sarasota, FL. and returned to her original home of Albany when she reached adulthood. Sierra started as a Kennel Assistant at a local Animal Hospital and found that she loved the veterinary field.
In 2013 Sierra joined the 4 Paws family and immediately found that she enjoyed assisting the Doctors in their work of providing excellent care to patients, as well as working with the owners in tailoring patient care to the individual. She is currently continuing her education to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and 4 Paws supports her in reaching the goal. Sierra plans to use her passion of helping others in her career. She believes that clients and their beloved pets teach us valuable lessons, and that we all learn something new everyday.
Sierra spends her free time hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. For relaxation she likes to write and draw.
Katie grew up in East Greenbush and graduated from Russell Sage with Program and Project Honors in Biology in 2013. She is passionate about all that she does, which includes riding horses, playing the clarinet, continuing her education, and her furry "kids" that complete her home. Katie was a proud member of the Empire State Wind Orchestra and has been competing for years in various disciplines with her horses.
Katie decided she wanted to pursue a career of helping pets and their owners when she did an internship at a local Veterinarian office during college. She has started school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and is excited about her future with the 4 Paws team. When she isn't studying, Katie can be found hiking, swimming, or shopping with her lab "Coco Chanel" or little Chihuahua "Wilbur".
Here at 4 Paws Katie is a friendly, helpful part of the team; her positive energy is contagious and she goes out of her way to make each client and patient the center of her attention.
To give great service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Cathy was born in Brooklyn NY and settled in Averill Park where she met her husband and raised their three daughters. Cathy and her husband also raised two American Pitbull Terriers, Zeus and Sindu, whom were a huge part of the family.
Cathy's desire was to work with children, which she did until she joined our team in November 2013. She began her 4 Paws Career in Animal Care before settling into her newest role of Veterinary Assistant which is where she is truly meant to be. Cathy finds the job to be a privilege, being able to go to work and provide care and compassion to each pet that enters 4 Paws. She takes the time to show each pet owner how important their pet is to us.
Cathy spends her free time with her family, being sure to do weekly Sunday Dinners with her children and Grandchildren. Her role as a nurturer doesn't end when she leaves home, she is always there with her friendly and helpful attitude for her fellow 4 Paws team, the pets, and the owners that come in everyday.
If you love what you do, then you will never work a day in your life.
Colleen has spent her entire life living in Troy, NY where she attended Troy City Schools and was involved in JV Soccer, band and choir, as well as plays and musicals. She then went on to graduate from Union College where she studied Biology and researched the Vectors of Lyme Disease.
Since 2011, Colleen has been a volunteer at the Mohawk Hudson Shelter, where she got to fulfill her passion of helping animals. Colleen has found herself drawn to the Veterinary field because of the compassion and knowledge within the field, and because she gets to continue her education and continue learning as long as she is a part of it. She has started her journey of becoming a Veterinarian and is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Medicine Program at Midwestern University. We are so excited for her and are so happy that she comes back to work on school vacations.
In the little free time she has, Colleen likes to play soccer and the flute, take road trips to visit friends, go to Union Hockey games, and stay fit at the gym.
Colleen is a sponge for knowledge, and her need to learn as much as she can makes her an asset to the team and our clients.
Not only do I look forward to the wagging tails and gentle purrs everyday, but the smiling clients who know their pets have received great care. It is so rewarding to know I made a difference. 4 Paws is my home away from home and the staff is my second family. With "Mama Bear" Wiggins' guidance and support of advancement through continuing education, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Jen grew up in Red Hook, NY and currently resides in Castleton, NY. She has always had a fascination with nature and the animals within it, and knew she wanted to make a difference in animals lives. Her first job was at a Veterinary Hospital, and then she went on to attend Suny Ulster and achieved an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology with High Honors, and receiving academic awards through out.
Being a Veterinary Technician is an important role in her everyday life. At 4 Paws she provides knowledge, compassion, hard work and dedication to the pets who visit. To Jen, being a Technician means being a "jack of all trades"; if you see it you do it no matter what the task. Jen is constantly continuing her education to learn something new daily, to keep up with the developing medicine.
When not working and learning, Jen can be found spending time with her growing family. Her significant other Joe, their 2 daughters, cat and rats are "patiently" awaiting the arrival of their little boy "Hunter". When she finds any free time she enjoys music, dancing and any outdoor activity.
Levade grew up in Brooklyn, NY and was always trying to rescue animals and nurse them back to health. Most times she was successful and was able to release them back into the wild. Helping those that could not help themselves stirred something within Levade that has stayed with her into adulthood fueling her need to work with animals.
After high school Levade attended Alfred State College for veterinary science and became the first member of her family to graduate from college. Later she made the transition to pet stylist by attending grooming school.
Levade attends Grooming expos twice a year to keep up with the latest trends and to master her creative techniques. She keeps the 4 Paws furry family looking their best! Levade’s family consists of her canine companion Taco, a feline Kitty, a turtle named Doug and 2 newly acquired bearded dragons Big Boy and Titan. When not surrounded by flying fur and shampoo Levade enjoys horseback riding. One day she would like to own a horse ranch.
Angel has lived all over the capital district, including her hometown Waterford, and has settled in Castleton. After 16 years of working in the restaurant business she decided to pursue her childhood dream of helping animals and came to 4 Paws in March 2014.
Angel loves every minute of her time at 4 Paws caring for the patients, providing playtime, walks, baths and extra love. She is a kind and patient person that takes her time getting to know each pet and creating an environment that is comfortable and comforting. She treats each pet she meets as she would her own beloved 5 year old dog “Rocky”, and her 2 cats “Taz” and “Bandit”.
In her spare time Angel enjoys spending time with her pets and family, or taking photographs of the nature around her.
Here at 4 Paws she has a calming presence and is always wiling to lend a hand. The pet's seem to respond instantly to her gentle and compassionate nature.
Lori has been with the 4 Paws team since 2000 when she started working in the mornings prior to starting her day at her other job at RPI. She is the first person that the pets see every day and they all greet her with excitement. Lori has helped care and comfort the sick and spent much time coaxing them to eat when they didn't want to. Her love of animals and her special bond with each one is very rewarding for her. Animals are as at ease with her as she is with them, especially the nervous and anxious animals. She says that even a challenging pet needs love, and that being able to win them over is her greatest reward. Patience and perseverance and allowing the animal time to adjust is her formula. If asked who she loves the most, she says everyone she cares for.
Lori is patient, caring and spends a lot of time with each pet when they are here. If you listen closely you will often hear her say to each one “be good now and Lori will see you tomorrow and Lori loves you” as she does her last check on each one before she leaves for the day. She makes a point to know each pet’s likes and dislikes and leaves notes to inform the rest of the staff. Lori will not rest until each and every pet seems content and comfortable away from home.