Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Meet our new employees!

We have two new employees. Rosemary Burke has joined us as the Assistant Director for Business and Client Services. Kelsie Dolezal is our Head Veterinary Technician.

Here is a photo of them taken at the construction site. Tracey Hlede, our first DVM, joined them at left, with Rosemary in the middle, and Kelsie on the right.

I asked Rosemary and Kelsie a few questions to get to know them, and here is what they said:


Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I have a background in healthcare and operations management. My experience includes working for healthcare supply companies as well as at the University of Illinois Medical Center. During college I spent summers working at an animal hospital. I love animals of all kinds!

Q: Tell us why you're excited about the Center.
A: I believe the Center will have a truly positive and significant impact on Chicago's pets, pet owners, Vet Med students, and the Chicago veterinary community and I am very excited to be a part of it.

Q: Tell us about your pets/your experience with animals.
A: Currently I have a six year old male shepherd mix named "Flags." Past pets have included a variety of dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and a crow.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that few others know.
A: I am fascinated by sharks! This started during a snorkeling trip in Belize where by odd circumstance I got to hold a baby nurse shark.


Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: Originally from Goshen, Indiana, I attended Purdue University and graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2004. While in school, I did both my externship and half my practicum in Alaska. The other half of my practicum was completed at the Animal Behavior Clinic in the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After graduation, I took a months road trip to ski in the western United States, and ended up settling in Chicago where my boyfriend (now husband) is from. Working at Animal Medical Center of Chicago for almost 3 years in small animal general practice, I was ready for a move to research. I was employed by the Rush University Comparative Research Center for almost 2 years. My job at Rush mostly consisted of anesthesia for many different species, from mice to goats! Both my jobs were great experience's from which I gained knowledge and wonderful friends! In my free time I like to play in the snow (or shade, depending on the season) with my boxer, Pnut. I also enjoy eating my chef husband's food, doing crafty things like sewing and jewelry making, dancing, hiking and anything outdoors. I love Chicago, but being from northern Indiana I still love to get out of the city and enjoy the farmland!

Q: Tell us why you're excited about the Center.
A: I am SO excited about the center because it is going to be a teaching facility for both veterinary and veterinary technician students. Working at Rush we were able to teach quite a bit of Principal Investigators and Medical Students how to properly handle and care for their research animals. I found I really enjoyed that aspect of my job and decided I was ready to use my experiences to help educate vet and tech students. They are our future in the veterinary field and I want to make sure vet students understand how important technicians are and how to utilize them to their fullest ability.

Q: What's your funniest animal story?
A: I guess one of the funniest things I've seen is how much pigs love to be scratched! If you start to scratch them on their backs they will move around and make sure you get them in all their itchy spots. Pigs are great to watch too, so smart!

Q: Tell us something about yourself that few others know.
A: I love poop! Parasitology, that is! Parasitology in a general practice consists of taking a sample of your pet’s feces and looking at it under the microscope, identifying tick and mite species, fleas, and sometimes worms. In tech school I excelled in parasite identification and actually considered a career in a parasitology lab. I believe the eggs we see under the microscope are works of art, and if blown up, would make a great decoration in your home or office.

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