Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

Amy Shaw, TBDHead Veterinary Technician Amy Shaw has been with York Animal Hospital since August of 1998, but began her career in the animal care field in 1993.

Licensed to practice in the state of New York, Amy says, "Working at York Animal Hospital has been a wonderful experience. The doctors and staff work very closely together and the degree of care and compassion that is shown every day makes this a great team to be part of."

"I spend my free time with my husband and kids. We like to fish, hike, go to the movies, and just spend time together. I also like gardening and reading and spending time with my four-legged family members—labs Olivia and Wilma; boxer Lucy; lab mix Mic; and poodle Louie. I also have 5 cats—Louie le chat, Emma, Phoebe, Peep, and Al—and 2 goats named Gertie and Millie."

Staci Finn, Licensed Veterinary Technician Licensed Veterinary Technician Staci Finn has been with York Animal Hospital since May of 2004 and began her animal care career in 2002. She earned both her certification as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Service Management from the State University of New York at Canton. Additionally, she is an experienced dog and cat groomer.

"York Animal Hospital is a great place to work," she explains. "Great benefits, great co-workers, great career. I love my job and am very thankful to work at such a great hospital with wonderful, caring co-workers."

At home, Staci has a golden retriever named Brodi; a boxer named Gracie; a Yorkie named Daisy; a Westie named Riley; and nine cats—Penny, Todd, Terrance, Rita, Chloe, Mrs. Bocephus, Louie, Bobscinta and Mario. "I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and daughter and all of my pets. I also enjoy photography and camping."

Samantha Olin, Licensed Veterinary Technician Licensed Veterinary Technician Samantha Olin has been with York Animal Hospital since January of 2006. She first began working in the animal care field in 2004.

Asked what she enjoys most about her work, she says the list is rather easy, "Great boss, great co-workers, and I love what I do."

At home, Samantha has two Rottweilers named Monte and Maura and two cats named Tink and Caz. Her hobbies include horseback riding, camping, and hanging out at her family’s cabin on Keuka Lake.

Burgundy Smith, Licensed Veterinary Technician Licensed Veterinary Technician Burgundy Smith joined the York Animal Hospital staff in October of 2010 but began her career in the animal care field in 1998. She is licensed to practice in New York state and holds an Associate's in Science/Veterinary Technology from Medaille College.

Asked what she enjoys most about being with us, Burgundy says, "Everyone here truly loves animals and is compassionate. They are so committed to the animals' well-being, which makes it so easy to be part of this great team."

Burgundy's love for animals extends well beyond the workday; at home she has a pitt mix named Irie, a beagle named Cricket, two guinea pigs named Clover and Dandelion, two goats named Cartman and Tweek, an Arabian mare named Tsecret, and a huge aquarium filled with many fish. Her hobbies include horseback riding, camping, snowboarding, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her husband Mike and their animals.

Christie Baker, Licensed Veterinary TechnicianLicensed Veterinary Technician Christie Baker joined York Animal Hospital in April of 2013 with two years of experience as a dog trainer.  She earned her associate degree from Alfred State College.

“I enjoy working at York Animal Hospital mostly because of the friendly environment, “she explains. “We all try our best to provide the best care for each animal that comes in and that is rewarding.” She especially appreciates talking to clients and helping them learn the best ways to provide for their pets.

Christie has two cats of her own—9-month-old brothers Maverick and Levi. “Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, four-wheeling, being outdoors, gardening, walking, and swimming.”

Jennifer Barnhart, Veterinary Technician Assistant Veterinary Technician Assistant Jennifer Barnhart has been with York Animal Hospital since August of 1998.

"I love this job because everyone else here loves animals as much as I do," she says, "and we all want what is best for them."

At home, Jennifer has a German Shepherd named Astro; four Yorkies named Zoey, Charlie, JJ, and Tessa; two Shiloh shepherds named Isaac and Islee; and five cats named Red Bear, Brother Lewis, Boots, Wedge, and Dino.

"My hobbies are spending time with my pets, my husband of 28 years, my daughters, ages 26 and 23, and my granddaughter, Emma Grace!" she says. "I also enjoy hiking and biking with my dogs and family."

Amy Sheflin, Veterinary Assistant Veterinary Assistant Amy Sheflin has been with York Animal Hospital since 1996. In addition to her years of experience, she also holds an Associate’s Degree from Finger Lakes Community College.

Amy says that the key to what keeps her happy in her work translates to the many great people she is able to interact with throughout the day. "I love working with the animals and their people," she says.

Amy has a number of animals at home which include three dogs—Meg (a springer), Letti and Shay (Australian shepherds), along with several cats, horses, goats, chickens, and pigs. She also breeds Australian shepherds.

"York Animal Hospital is a great place to work because we have a great staff and great clients and pets. It is a fun yet professional atmosphere, and we are always trying to improve ourselves!" she advises.

"With my husband Kurt and two sons, Travis and Collin, we are very busy with our house and animals—along with my childrens' schedule! When I have time, I love to ride my horses and train my dogs."

Lindsay Norton, Veterinary AssistantVeterinary Assistant, Receptionist, and Kennel Attendant Lindsay Norton has been with York Animal Hospital since June of 2012. A graduate of SUNY Oswego, she holds her bachelor's degree in Zoology with a minor in psychology.

A member of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the US, she has also worked with animals over the past couple of years as an educational assistant and supervisor, a lab technician for a herpetology department, and a tour guide and petting zoo attendant.

In addition to her friendly nature, Lindsay brings her talent for movie quotes. But most of all, as she explains, she loves working at York Animal Hospital because "we are all hard workers who know how to have fun and enjoy working together. Everybody respects each other and our clients. Also, we act like family and help each other out."

Lindsay has a 12-year-old border collie/yellow lab mix named Zeus, and a 6-year-old domestic medium hair cat named Sammie (in addition to several outdoor cats). She is family oriented and loves being outdoors—especially when it comes to rollerblading and camping. She also likes softball, volleyball, games, and the drums.



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