Elizabeth J. Olson, DVM, CCRT
Lauren has been working in the veterinary field for 5 years. She began working with animals while getting her Bachelor's in Biology from East Carolina University in North Carolina. She maintains a great passion for working with wildlife, and has had the privilege to work with many types of animals in many different settings and environments, including as far away as Australia. Her love for wildlife is actually what made her decide to move to Florida (with the help of a fast-growing affinity for Florida Gopher Tortoises). She loves to travel as far and as often as she can, but in the meantime she enjoys hanging out with her dog; Sipsy Blue, her two cats; Darby Tolouse and Turkey Ma'am, and her chinchilla; Shimmy. She is currently contemplating starting a Master's program, and her ultimate goal is veterinary school.
Laura, BS, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
Laura has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. Growing up in Iowa, she attended Iowa State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Ecology with a focus in Wildlife Care and Pre-Veterinary medicine. Laura is a recent graduate of the Veterinary Technician program through St. Petersburg College, and has a special interest in internal medicine and wildlife medicine. She enjoys spending time with her husband Danny, being at the beach, paddle boarding, hiking, climbing, scuba diving, crafts, and baking . Laura owns an out of the home bakery business called "I'd Rather Be Baking" that specializes in cakes and cupcakes. She has two sugar gliders (Kiah, Bindi), two dogs (Zippy and Finnley), a little white mouse (Izzy), and a new kitten (Pippin).
Certified Veterinary Technician
Originally from the Detroit area, Heather majored in Wildlife Biology at the University of Michigan. After college she worked as a field biologist and zookeeper at a bat conservation organization. In August of 2018 she received her CVT from St. Petersburg College. Since 1998, she has worked in many different areas as a veterinary technician from zoo medicine to critical care. Heather has a special interest in emergency & critical care and wildlife medicine. In 2005, she founded City Bats Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of Florida's bats and Gopher tortoises. She is also the co-owner of Tastyworms Nutrition, an online exotic pet supply company. As a licensed Florida Wildlife rehabilitator there is little free time ! She enjoys snuggling with her cats : Edgar P. Nubbins, Snarf, and Grim and hiking with her chiweenie, Cricket.
Leah joined our team in July 2015. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has been working in the veterinary field since 1997. Starting as a kennel technician in Manassas, Virginia she was quickly promoted to Veterinary Technician Assistant and learned how to care for pets. Given the option to continue as a technician or transfer to the reception area, Leah moved to the receptionist position. She discovered that for her, working closely with the clients was the most rewarding way of helping pets. After attending Seminole State College to obtain certification in human medical billing and coding, Leah couldn't imagine working without animals so she stayed in veterinary medicine. Leah loves spending time with her teenage son They frequent Walt Disney World and the Orlando Science Center together. When there is any spare time, Leah enjoys writing and spending quality time her her dog "Lily" and her cat "Gogo".
Jenni, LVT, CVT, AA, BAS(VT)
Certified Veterinary Technologist
Jenni has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1988 and received her license from Michigan State University. In 2012, she received a Bachelor's of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College, where Dr. Olson was her mentor for her senior project. Jenni has worked for Sedgwick County Zoo, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. She has also worked in private practice and in internal medicine in a specialty practice here in central Florida. Her special veterinary interests include avian and reptilian hematology and reptile medicine. In her spare time, Jenni likes spending time with her family camping. Her non-human family includes two dogs, Chloe and Olaf, one kitty named Princess Kitty, a yellow-naped Amazon named Uma, and a blue-tongued Skink named Moey.
Tori has been in the veterinary field since August of 2014. She started out as a kennel technician and worked her way up to veterinary technician a year and a half later. Currently, Tori has an AA in General Studies, and is progressing toward a certification as a veterinary technician. Her special veterinary interests include reptile and large animal medicine. In her spare time, Tori loves to go to the Disney theme parks and take advantage of the beautiful beaches of Florida. Tori has a lab mix named Shadow.
Kayla, BA, BS
Kayla has been in the veterinary field since September of 2010. She was trained by two doctors in a clinic in New Jersey. Kayla graduated in May of 2018 with a double major: one in psychology and the other in biology. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys anything that is outdoors, traveling, SCUBA diving, reading, and watching Netflix or Hulu. Kayla's has a special interest in general surgery and she has had the opportunity to assist in a tiger dental cleaning. Kayla's non-human family includes two cats named Nibbles and Loki, a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix named Monti, a bumblebee ball python, and a leopard gecko.