Tieton Drive Animal Clinic

3901 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902

(509)966-4000

www.tietondriveanimalclinic.com

Natalie 

Practice Manager/

Technician

Education: YVCC Vet Tech program- first graduating class.  Licensed Veterinary Technician.


What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: Every day is different- I always learn something new.


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: It's sad when people don't think about what is involved in owning a pet.  When they are not able to take care of the animal physically, emotionally, or financially. 


Your pets: Limbo- border collie who adopted us; Marvin- rat terrier who thinks the world is out to get him; MaryJo- cat with a pellet in the neck.  Three "rescue cats" and now we're a retirement home for a neighbor cat.


Your hobbies: Bocce ball, golf, bowling, gardening, watching old movies

Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: Favorite food- anything take out or restaurant.  I've been trying to learn to smoke/grill food.  Nobody is perfect, but they should try!

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Sandy

Technician/Receptionist

Education: CWU -2 years, Pierce college- vet tech program.  Licensed Veterinary Technician.

What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: I love going to work knowing I will be spending my day with all the amazing pets we see here.  I'm so lucky to be someone that can actually say that I love coming to work each and every day.


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: The challenging days are the days when clients have to say goodbye to their pet.  I've been a tech for many years and it never gets any easier.


Your pets: All my cats are rescues: Davey, Mia, and Boo.  Reggie- Shih Tzu mix, 13 years old.  All my animals are amazing and are so special to me!


Your hobbies: Spending time with my children

Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: I love any food with cheese on it!  Also I love the Office reruns and watching funny movies.

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Heidi

Technician 

Education: Licensed Veterinary Technician


What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: Obviously the animals are everyone's favorite. I enjoy watching animals come in sick or in pain and seeing them walk out happy and more comfortable. I like seeing the joy they show when reunited with their owners.


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: Communication, compliance, seeing sick animals living out their last days with us.


Your pets: Murph! Boston Terrier/Dachshund mix.


Your hobbies: Crossfit, golf, relaxing, watching movies, listening to music, travel, hiking, massages.


Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: "Be the change you wish to see in the world," -Ghandi "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." -Proverbs 4:23

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Chantel

Technician

Education: B.S. Biology, Licensed Veterinary Technician

What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine:  Getting to know the personalities of each patient and bonding with them.


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: Dealing with the patients that are painful or fearful, knowing what you are doing is meant to help and not being able to explain that to them.


Your hobbies: Reading, spending time with family.


Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: If I had a super power I would love to be able to move things with my mind.  I would settle for a second pair of retractable arms though.  I love chocolate!

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Jenn

Technician

Education: Licensed Veterinary Technician


What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: Puppies!


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: Getting attached to our patients.


Your pets: Cats- Lilly, Tiger, and Squeeker; Dogs- Leroy, Boomer, and Poncho


Your hobbies: Hiking, floating the river, gardening, spending time with my children


Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: Motto: there's always a brighter side.

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Maddie

Technician

Cortney

Technician

Education: Licensed Veterinary Technician.

What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: Educating clients on vaccines, health issues, etc. Seeing a sick patient come in and leaving better/healthier and knowing we were a part of that recovery.  The ability to help animals and be their advocate.  Helping clients with their pet, whether through behavior, bonding, or understanding their pet.  And of course, playing with puppies and kittens.


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: Knowing we can't save all the animals despite our best efforts.


Your pets: Bandit- German Shepherd, Skye- white husky


Your hobbies: Camping, fishing, shopping, traveling, wheeling, hanging out with family and friends

Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: Grey's Anatomy.  Hanging out with family and friends.  "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." -Fred DeVito

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Jamie

Assistant/Pharmacy Manager

Education: Ellensburg High School


What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: The ability to help animals. Also, you can never get enough puppies and kittens!


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: Getting attached to all the special animals.


Your pets: Zeke (great dane), Cleo (Yorkie), Bruce (Pitbull), Captain (Cat), Assorted chickens, and Mr. Wu (pig)


Your hobbies: Fishing, camping, golf, anything outside. BBQ during the summer and floating the river.

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Kylee

Assistant/Receptionist

Molly

Assistant

Holly

Assistant

Makayla

Assistant

Grizz

Assistant

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Evelyn

Assistant

Education: Attending West Valley High School

What you like the most about working in veterinary medicine: Helping animals and, of course, puppies!


What you find the most challenging about working in veterinary medicine: Seeing animals in pain


Your pets: Willow- Lab mix, Max- poodle/terrier, Kiki- Siamese mix


Your hobbies: Eating good food and playing video games

Favorite food/movie/book/personal motto/hero/super power/etc: Favorite comfort food- grilled cheese with tomato basil soup

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Connor

Assistant

Kelsey

Assistant