Employee of the Month: June 2021

Katie Verrill, CVT, of Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, worked up until two days before she went into labor and returned to work just six weeks later.

 

Name

Katie Verrill, CVT

Catie Hill

Practice name

Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Occupation

Lead veterinary technician

Specialties/certifications

Certified veterinary technician since 2019

Started in veterinary medicine

2013

Years at practice

7.5

Why Is Katie So Awesome?

Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital Manager Alyson Evans, CVMA, CVA, RVT, CVT, BSIS, CCFP, says:

Before stepping into the role of hospital manager, I was the lead technician here. I knew from my first day of work that I would be mentoring Katie to step into that role. Not only has Katie grown as an individual and outstanding leader, but she also earned her CVT designation in November 2019, followed by finding out she was going to be a first-time mom in December. Well, we all know what happened next: COVID. Still, Katie came to work every day excited and enthusiastic about being at work and continued to learn and develop her leadership skills.

How Does She Go Above and Beyond?

With her giant respirator fitted and working, Katie still managed to train incoming staff and interns in anesthesia and surgical procedures. Katie literally worked up until two days before she went into labor, and she returned to work just six weeks later. In December of 2020, our hospital had to shut down due to half the team contracting COVID-19. Katie took the lead on most of the team communications. She embraced her leadership role and duties with grace and a smile on her face. We were recently acquired by VetCor, and with the acquisition, I became hospital manager and Katie was promoted to lead technician. I couldn’t be prouder.

In Her Own Words

Why do you love your job? I love my role at Briargate Boulevard because of our amazing culture. I have found a work family here. I have a strong bond with our clients and with their furry family members. I love to provide the best medical care that I can.

Favorite celebrity: Zac Efron—I learned a lot from his documentary on Netflix.

Pets at home: Nala (border collie), Dixie (husky mix), and Swim Shady (betta).

What brought you to the profession? Because of my interest in animals, I always knew I wanted to be a vet tech. I love to see and learn about all kinds of animals.

Hobbies outside of work: I’m a mom now, so my daughter takes a lot of my time, but I do lots of crafty things for her. I just made her a texture book. I also enjoy working out and staying healthy.

Congratulations to Katie, and special thanks to Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital Manager Alyson Evans, CVMA, CVA, RVT, CVT, BSIS, CCFP, for nominating her and writing up this article!

Each month in Trends, we will spotlight a team member from an accredited practice. 

Does your team boast an outstanding veterinarian, technician, customer service representative, or kennel worker?

Let us know at [email protected]!

 

Photo credits: Photo by George Evans, gevansphoto.com

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