Our Careteam

April

Veterinary Technician

Ever since she can remember, April has wanted to act as a voice for animals. After all, pets rely on humans to make important decisions about their care—April feels a responsibility to do all that she can to help! She gets to care for animals daily as a Licensed Veterinary Technician here at Animal Care Center.

Originally from Colorado, April moved with her family to Nevada in 1990. She attended the University of Nevada in Reno to study veterinary medicine, and passed her national exam to become a licensed Technician after graduation. After purchasing a home in Fernley, she joined the Animal Care Center team in December of 2008.

April especially enjoys the math and science involved in the veterinary profession. She loves calculating dosages, and says that she could draw blood and place IV lines all day! Most of all, April likes to see an animal go home from the clinic healthy and happy.

At home, April lives with her two cats, Pecan and Cashew, both of whom were adopted from the local SPCA. When she isn’t spending time with her cats or tending to the needs of pets around the clinic, April enjoys reading a good book. She also enjoys the occasional adrenaline-pumping activity; she’s been skydiving once and plans to go again, and has even bungee-jumped six times!

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Monica Sempel

Office Manager

Raised in the woods of rural Montana, Monica was constantly surrounded by animals—she likes to say she grew up on the back of a horse! She’s always felt that animal care was her natural calling, and now she gets to serve pets and their owners every day as a Veterinary Assistant here at Animal Care Center.

After studying veterinary medicine at Montana State University, Monica took time off to raise her family in Nevada. Ten years later, she was itching to get back into the workforce, and her love of animal care hadn’t wavered. She joined the Animal Care Center family in May of 2012 and couldn’t be happier; the constant learning experience and day-to-day challenges make it all worth it for Monica!

Monica, her husband David, and their daughter, Sydney, share their home with several pets. Katie is a wise old shepherd mix. Jimmie is a feisty Boston Terrier mix who loves chasing anything that moves, and Dudley the Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix considers himself Monica’s personal sidekick.

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Cecelia

Veterinary Technician

Although she had enjoyed the company of animals since she was a little girl, Cecelia never considered working in veterinary medicine until she needed a job to support her young daughter. She thought that working in a vet’s office would be fun, so she signed up. Little did she know that it would ignite a life-long adoration for animal care and turn into a passionate and rewarding career!

Originally from Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Cecelia secured her first veterinary job in Reno, Nevada when her family veterinarian took on a business partner and needed extra help. She learned the profession from the ground up before transitioning to a clinic in San Pablo, California to become a surgeon’s assistant. After relocating to Indiana and beginning at another pet hospital there, Cecelia decided to advance her animal-care education and signed up for the veterinary technology program at Columbus Technical Institute (now known as Columbus State Community College).

Cecelia graduated magna cum laude in 1987, then spent the next eight years at a nearby veterinary hospital before getting married and moving to Michigan. After another eight years at a veterinary clinic there, she moved to northern Nevada, where she would spend the next 13 years caring for the area’s pets and developing a special interest in veterinary dentistry.

Cecelia joined the Animal Care Center family in the fall of 2015 after reconnecting with the hospital’s very own April, whom Cecelia had previously mentored during April’s education. Aside from her passion for veterinary dentistry, Cecelia enjoys educating clientele on the best possible care techniques for their pets and serving as an advocate for the all-important bond between humans and animals.

In her time away from work, Cecelia enjoys gardening, making fruit preserves, sewing, and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader. She and her husband, Ray, have three children and share their home with Cecelia’s mother, two dogs named Brooke and Dino, and a pair of recently adopted kittens named Percy and Wolfie.

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RoseAnne

Client Care Specialist

RoseAnne has been an animal lover all her life, but never suspected she would wind up in the veterinary world. While searching for a job in the administrative field a few years ago, she stumbled across a position at an animal hospital. RoseAnne hasn’t looked back since! Now, she’s an Office Assistant here at the Animal Care Center and feels fortunate to care for the area’s wonderful pets every day.

RoseAnne was born in Alberta, Canada and moved to Orange County, California with her family when she was young. She started her veterinary journey in 2012 when she signed on as a receptionist supervisor at an animal clinic in Victorville, California. Upon moving to this area several years later, RoseAnne decided to continue her work in the field—she was thrilled to join the Animal Care Center family in the summer of 2016 as an Office Assistant!

In her time away from work, RoseAnne enjoys reading, seeing comedy shows, and volunteering at the local Humane Society. She currently lives with her brother, Ed, and her teenaged son, Samuel. The family shares their home with two rescued cats named Chelsea and Cinder.

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Rachel

Client Care Specialist and Veterinary Technician Assistant

Born and raised in northern Nevada, Rachel spent much of her childhood assisting her mother with various animal-rescue efforts. She’s been passionate about pet care ever since she was a little girl! For Rachel, working in the veterinary field allows her to spend time with the animals she loves while making a true impact in the community.

Rachel joined the Animal Care Center family in October of 2016 and serves as a Front Office Assistant. She couldn’t be happier to begin her veterinary journey here at the clinic, and is particularly passionate about interacting directly with clients and making visiting pets feel as comfortable as possible. Rachel also likes the fast-paced nature of her work; no two days are ever quite the same!

In her time away from work, Rachel enjoys dabbling in arts and crafts—she even makes wine-bottle decorations and personalized wreaths for friends and family—and spending time with her husband and young son at home. She and her family share their lives with a Boston terrier, Sherlock, who likes to think he can go on walks all by himself, and a Dachshund mix named Oscar who makes it his mission to protect all family members.

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Kristen

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Kristen has harbored a passion for medicine ever since she was young, and she grew up around everything from snakes and lizards to horses and goats. Why not combine her fascination with the medical field and her adoration of animals, she mused, by working in the veterinary world? Kristen is proud and happy to serve pets and their owners as one of Animal Care Center’s Veterinary Technician Assistants.

Kristen is originally from Reno but visited Fernley frequently while growing up. She moved here in 2010, when she began working at a local pre-school before signing up for Penn Foster College’s veterinary technology program in the winter of 2015. The following spring, Kristen started working here at Animal Care Center as a Veterinary Assistant. She’s excited to soon begin her externship for school, which she’ll be completing right here at the hospital!

One of Kristen’s favorite parts of her job is drawing blood—although she’s not fond of needles herself, she finds blood draws to be extremely rewarding! Kristen also loves to volunteer at the clinic’s regular spay-and-neuter clinics; for her, nothing beats getting to help out the community using her skillset.

Outside of work, Kristen enjoys dance and has even won medals and ribbons for her talents. She also hopes to travel as much as she can in the coming years. Kristen and her boyfriend, Dillon, have one pet of their own: Maggie, a loveable border collie.

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Dominique

Client Care Specialist

Dominique had everything from cats and dogs to hamsters, mice, a hedgehog, and even an iguana while growing up. It was Shyanne the Black Lab, though, who truly opened Dominique’s eyes to the world of animal care. Helping the dog go from a shy, nervous pup to a full-fledged member of the family made a permanent impression on her! Dominique has always wanted to help strengthen those incredible bonds for others—that’s why she decided to become a veterinary professional.

Dominique joined the Animal Care Center family in February of 2018, shortly after graduating college. She’s a proud member of the clinic’s talented front-desk team, and her favorite part of every shift is getting to meet the area’s pets and animal owners. Dominique also loves cuddling with Meowser, Animal Care Center’s beloved office cat.

In her free time, Dominique enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking in the great outdoors, reading or catching a good movie, and traveling. She even spent a semester of college studying abroad in Italy, and got to explore most of Europe during her time overseas! Dominique also loves to spend time with her pets at home. She and her family have four Chihuahua mixes: Peenut, Otis, Bella, and Rosie.

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LisaMarie

Veterinary Technician Assistant

LisaMarie has been surrounded by animals since her earliest days, and she’s adored pets ever since bonding with her very first dog. It didn’t take her long to decide that she would love to help others’ companions as a veterinary professional. LisaMarie now gets to do just that on a daily basis—she’s a Veterinary Technician Assistant with the Animal Care Center team!

LisaMarie is originally from Lodi, California and enrolled in Veterinary Technician school in the fall of 2017. When her sister—Animal Care Center’s very own Kristen—mentioned that there was a position open here at the clinic, LisaMarie jumped at the chance to gain hands-on experience in the world of pet care. She joined the hospital family in February of 2018, and she’s been caring for the area’s pets ever since.

Away from work, LisaMarie spends much of her time raising chickens; she even runs her own hatching business after starting off with only two chickens a few years ago! When she isn’t working with her birds or helping pets and owners here at the clinic, LisaMarie can be found spending quality time with her family. She and her partner, Mike, have two wonderful daughters named Paige and Salem, and they also share their lives with a number of animal companions. The family has a dog named Gotti; Binx the cat; a pig who goes by Hamilton; three geese; five ducks; and 15 chickens!

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Sydney

Clinic Assistant

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