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Jess, Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Jess! At a young age I had a passion for animals, especially the exotics. You could find me watching the crocodile hunter and asking my parents for a pet snake, which always got turned down. However, I did manage to have my own little "zoo" that consisted of guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs, fish, and a hamster. I knew really early on that I wanted to be a Veterinary Technician.

One of my friend's parents was a Veterinary Technician and I got to visit her clinic in Galena, IL around the age of 7. I also got a tour of the University of Madison, WI. Life happened and in 2014 I moved to Cedar Rapids and found myself at an office job. Working with animals felt like an unattainable dream until I adopted my first snake in January 2018, a Ball Python I named Piper. Piper reignited that passion and drive again.

In December 2018, I rescued my first snake, a Colombian Rainbow Boa named Udon. He was not taken care of properly and it was a journey getting him to good health, but it was so rewarding. After this, I knew I had to go back to school. In the Summer of 2020, I started in the Veterinary Technician Program at Kirkwood Community College. I worked at an emergency clinic before landing at VCA Edgewood Animal Hospital in December 2021, where I really feel part of a great team of passionate people! 

During my free time, I enjoy playing video games, watching anime, and doing many different types of crafts.

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Your pet can enjoy comprehensive preventive and wellness care veterinary services for every stage of life, from puppy or kitten through adult and the senior years. We invite you to explore our services to learn more and help keep your pet happy and healthy!
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