Annette has been with us since 1999 and has a degree in Veterinary Technology. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she is a huge sports fanatic. Her many years of experience in veterinary medicine aids her in serving as our office manager, technician and receptionist. She has a rescued white Boxer, named Petey, and several special needs cats. She is extremely knowledgeable and goes out of her way to help people and their animals.
Melinda started with St. Francis Hospital for Animals in January of 2019. She worked as a registered nurse for many years before deciding to change over to her true love of animal care. She loves spending time with her children in her spare time. She has two children and 2 fur babies.
Jazmin joined our practice in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Queens University in our hometown of Charlotte. She hopes to go to vet school soon and will be a great asset to the profession. Her science background and fluency in Spanish have been extremely beneficial to us in helping our Hispanic clients and their pets. She has a love of all animals, especially the exotics.
Athenia has been working in the veterinary field for more than 17 years and is also a personal trainer. She loves people and animals and has been adopted by a rescued dog, Breezy. She is an expert at handling pets with a gentle touch and has a calming effect on them when they are in the hospital. Athenia’s technical skills are superb.
Cathy has been with St. Francis Hospital for Animals since 2006 as a receptionist, and more recently as a kennel attendant. She has worked with animals for 25 years as a groomer, veterinary assistant and caretaker. She is an "animal magnet" and currently cares for 3 dogs and 1 cat in addition to the rest of her family.
Bridgett has been with St. Francis Hospital for Animals since January 2015 and is a graduate from North Carolina State University. She is our social media manager, providing our clients with current relevant updates. Watch for the monthly post “Keeping up with Kozelka” which she cleverly titled. Her love for animals has gained her 3 dogs. When she is not working, she is usually in the water somewhere with her family.
April started working with St. Francis Hospital for Animals in March of 2018. She has worked with animals for more than 15 years, and she loves learning and educating others. When not working, April loves hanging with her pets- one dog, two cats and a guinea pig- and watching her reality stories.
Carol joined St. Francis Hospital for Animals as a veterinary assistant in September of 2018. She is a great addition to our team since she has worked with animals, including grooming, for more than 14 years. When Carol isn’t with our animals here, she is spending time outdoors with her family and friends. She has two children, 3 dogs and cat.
Emily became a St. Francis Hospital for Animals kennel attendant in 2018. She is a Charlotte native with a love for all things exotic. This love has lead her to a life shared with one dog, two snakes, a gecko, a green cheek conure and tanks full of frogs and fish.
Maria has always been an animal lover. Growing up she had turtles, fish, birds and a dog. She has been a pet sitter since 2013, and joined St. Francis Hospital for Animals as a receptionist and kennel attendant in 2018. Currently Maria has two dogs, a Great Dane mix and a husky mix. Maria likes to spend her free time traveling.
Nancy was born and raised in New York and moved to Charlotte in her early 20’s. She began working as a Veterinary Assistant in this building when it was known as Park Cedar Animal Hospital. Nancy has a passion and love for all animals with an emphasis on animal behavior and client education. She has come full circle working where it all started for her, now here at St. Francis Hospital for Animals. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys reading and long walks on the beach. She shares her life with her family, dogs, cats and a bird.
Zach initially started working as a volunteer for St. Francis Hospital for Animals while attending Myers Park High School in Charlotte. When Zach turned sixteen, he was hired part-time as a kennel attendant until he left for college. Zach’s love for all animals has kept him interested in the veterinary field even while away at college. Zach graduated from UNC-Greensboro and is now back with his St. Francis Hospital for Animals family and contributes in many ways. Away from work, Zach performs in different theatrical shows and film. His life is shared with his family and pup, Pancake!
Yellow found a home with us at St. Francis Hospital for Animals in May of 2015. He came in as a very sick patient, suffering initially from a bite wound and high fever. After staying with us for almost a month, he became part of our family. He has grown more and more courageous, so odds are you will catch a glimpse of him when you visit. Yellow enjoys sleeping, chewing straws, drinking out of his own specific cup, watching birds and eating.
Big things come in small packages
In August of 2020, a kind couple house hunting found a stray, black kitten and brought him in to us knowing they could not leave him there all alone. As St. Francis, patron saint of animals, provides protection of animals, the couple knew the staff at our clinic would do the same for now known as “Ozzy”. Ozzy had numerous health issues when he arrived needing treatment from conjunctivitis to several parasitic infections. As these infections cleared up, Ozzy’s huge personality began to shine. Our sweet Ozzy bear has a form of dwarfism called osteochrondrodysplasia. This condition manifests itself in Ozzy’s appearance with short, thick limbs and tail and the cutest bow-legged stance. His most noticeable feature is his large teeth, one of which is always sticking out giving him his adorable, unique appearance. Ozzy is fully grown and weighs in at 4 pounds but do not let his short stature fool you. Ozzy shares his home at the vet clinic with his full-size, now brother, Yellow. Ozzy and Yellow do everything together and Yellow has been by Ozzy’s side to teach him the ways of being a cat living larger than life. Ozzy is a grand addition to our clinic family. Ozzy now has more caregivers, free healthcare for life and an abundance of love flowing his way. Follow this boy’s sweet journey on Instagram @ozzythedwarfkitty and see the full life this small kitty is living with grandeur.
“God requires that we assist the animals when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.”
St. Francis of Assisi