Dr. Jyl’s Mobile Vet Connection Staff
Dr. Brian MacKie, DVM, DVM, ACVIM/Cardiology, Veterinary Specialist - Dr. MacKie, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 2005. Following graduation, he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group in Sacramento, California. After his internship, he moved to the University of Wisconsin - Madison to complete his residency training in Cardiology from 2006-2009. During his time there, Dr. MacKie helped implement the use of the Amplatz Canine Ductal Occluder at the University of Wisconsin for non-invasive treatment of a congenital heart disease, authored a paper on the use of an implantable ECG monitor for the evaluation of fainting in dogs, and assisted in prospective research on pulmonary hypertension and cardiac biomarkers. His clinical interests include, but are not limited to clinical cardiology such as echocardiography and electrocardiography (ECG), pulmonary hypertension in dogs, syncope (fainting) associated with heart disease and arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure (CHF). He does have a cardiac catheterization suite for pacemaker therapy and treatment of congenital heart disease. His goal in therapy for your pets is to maintain an exceptional quality of life for his patients with heart disease.
Michelle, Licensed Veterinary Technician "I've always been connected to animals since I was two. I Decided at seven years old that helping animals was going to be part of my life purpose and have been doing it to this day. Sitting in nature and at the ocean is my bliss and the planet continues to lead me to where I am needed most to help all the animals, Domestic and wildlife. Future vision is to travel the world living my bliss and being a voice for the animals of all kinds."
Dena, Veterinary/Kennel Assistant "I’ve always shared a special connection with animals. Even at a young age I knew I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I’m currently attending school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician and will graduate in 2018. From there I plan to attend veterinary school to be come a Veterinarian. I’d like to someday open my own practice so I can follow my passion and help animals in need. I have an interest in alternative medicine and animal nutrition and would also like to start a rescue to help animals in shelters who have not been adopted. I currently have a West Highland Terrier named Mac, a Queensland Heeler/Pitbull mix named Lady and a tortoiseshell cat named Tinkerbell. In my spare time I enjoy attending concerts, working on my car or watching tv with my boyfriend."
Kelley, Veterinary Receptionist "I’ve always had a love for animals, ever since I was a little girl. My veterinary interest sparked when I was in the 5th grade, when my hamster needed to be put to sleep because of an abscess. I wanted to be a veterinarian and save all the hamsters in the world! I was lucky to grow up in Carmel Valley, CA. We had horses, cows, a duck that slept with our German Shepherd, rabbits and other animals to love! After graduating from Carmel High School in 1980, I completed one year of Animal Health Technology program at Hartnell College before I was hired full-time as a Vet Tech at Carmel Valley Veterinary Hospital in 1982. I worked there for 10 years, assisting in surgeries, going out on house calls, in charge of treatments and loving what I did. I was fortunate to take a 23-year break to raise my five children. My four sons are Eagle Scouts: oldest son is in the Marine Corps, second son former Marine Corps Reserves and now an electrician, third son graduated from SJSU Aerospace Engineering program and working down south, and my youngest son is applying to colleges and a senior in high school. My beautiful daughter plays competitive soccer and is my youngest child. I also have a sweet grandson who currently lives in Texas. I’m thrilled to be back in the veterinary field as a receptionist. I still have my previous Vet Tech skills so I can assist in treatment/surgery, but you’ll find me at the front desk with a smile and happy to greet you and your fur baby!"
Robyn, Kennel/Veterinary Assistant "Like most people in the veterinary field I have a passion for animals. I have worked in various areas of animal care since I was 13. I have AS degrees in Animal Husbandry and Equine Studies. At home I have 2 beagles who I adore, 11 year old Alvin and 9 year old Simon, and a 10 year old Belgian Malinois, Bellian. In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening and watching Star Trek reruns (yes I know I'm a nerd)."
Abby, Veterinary Assistant/Administration Abby moved to Placer county from the Bay Area in January 2018. She has been in the Veterinarian field since 1999, working as a Veterinary Assistant and Office Assistant. Abby has had a love for animals her whole life and enjoys caring for them. Some of her hobbies include: hiking, gardening, camping, baking and spending time with friends, family, and her Frenchie/Boston Terrier mix, Ike.
Joey, Vetertinary Technician "Hello, My name is Joey Garay. I've been working as a vet tech for the past 5 years. I have an associates in animal science, and am studying to take my national exam to become an RVT. I love animals, those that I work with, and those I have at home. My boyfriend and I share a loving pack with a number of kids: Kiba, a 3 year old husky mix, Leela, a 7 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback boxer mix, Nutmeg, a 13 year old terrier mix, 4 cats (Anakin, Meatsa, Kitten McCandles, and Marshmallow), and last but not least- Mavis, our chicken. Most of my time outside of work consists of hanging out with all of them, going to concerts, and playing videogames. ”
Jeff, Grounds Keeper/Kennel Assistant My name is Jeff. I have a 5 year old female Shitzu dog named Ashes. My hobbies include walking my dog, long walks and riding bikes. I love all animals and enjoy working with them.
Kaley Lucas, Kennel Assistant. "I have been interested in animals for as long as I can remember, but had never really considered working with them professionally until very recently. After working with Dr. Jyl I am thinking about going to school to become a licensed veterinary technician, and/or possibly pursuing another animal related career. I have a huge interest in animal behavior, psychology and training because it gives me a unique opportunity to improve the relationship between animals and their humans. Horses are my current interest. My personal menagerie consists of three cats, two horses and one snake. In my spare time I like to go dancing, horseback riding, studying genetics, reading, spending time with my family and learning new things in general."
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